Social evening with board games.
It was important for BioSpec to focus on the social as well as the academic. Through both interdisciplinary assignments and digital meetings, all participants could meet and introduce themselves to each other.
BioSpec held one digital social evening where they used an application called "Gathertown". They could play board games, or just sit / stand talking together in Gathertown. Some of the board games that were in the application were tetris, drawing competition, guessing game, and code words. In addition to Gathertown, BioSpec held a session where everyone introduced themselves, their hobbies and their country. This meant that you learned more about each other and those you had to work with in groups. A bonus was that they also learned fun facts about other countries.
- I was wondering how the social program would work since everything was done digitally, but I think they solved it very well. I really liked Gathertown which had different games we could try, says Pernille Margrethe Olsen who is a PhD student in fermentation technology (biotechnology) at the BioRef group at the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science.
The summer school was interdisciplinary where they worked in groups with people from different backgrounds. Some had a background in computer science, others in biology, physics and chemistry.
They were given an assignment at the beginning of the summer school that they had to solve in their groups, and at the end of the summer school they had to give a presentation about the work they had done, and how they solved the problem. They also used Gathertown when they worked in their groups. Gathertown provided them with a whiteboard to take notes on, share a screen, and they could see each other to communicate well. By working in such interdisciplinary groups, they learned how to collaborate with others who have a different background than themselves. It also gave them insight into each other's professional background.
During the summer school they had lectures, tutorials and guest lectures. They even got the opportunity to present their science and what they are working on.
- You see the benefit of people from different professional backgrounds coming together to solve a problem. Some were better at statistics and computing, while others were better at explaining the results we got.