I-CAMP is an annual summer school that brings together young early-career researchers (typically PhD students and postdocs) and distinguished scientists to combine advanced professional education with learning about different cultures and history of nations around the World. It was previously held in China, Australia, Argentina, Uruguay, USA, is taking place in Cambridge, UK this year, and will be held in South Africa next year: http://www.colorado.edu/i-camp/.

I-CAMP•13 registration and checking into College rooms will take place in the Churchill College where about 70 I-CAMP students will stay during the entire duration of the summer school starting from about noon of June 26 (note that there will be also local students from Cambridge and vicinity as well as attendees staying elsewhere). During the registration, participants will receive iClickers that will be then used for monitoring how students follow the lecture material during the entire school. The official opening of the school will take place in the Newton Institute’s main lecture theatre, 4-4:45pm, June 26th, with Welcome from INI director Prof. John Toland and summer school organizers. This will be followed by a brief overview of logistics and history of the summer schools and plans/arrangements for I-CAMP•13. The first scientific lecture on history of liquid crystals (4:45-5:30pm) will be followed by a Panel Discussion “Liquid Crystals: from history to future” moderated by Tim Wilkinson and John Ball. The students will then walk to the Eagle Pub for a get-together party where they will get to know each other in an informal setting and will discuss how and why liquid crystalline organization was important in the discovery of DNA structure. Next-day morning, the students will be asked to give an answer to such a multiple-choice question using iClickers.

The summer school program will resume at 9am in the Engineering Department (Trumpington Street) and will contain entire day of introductory tutorials on June 27th. I-CAMP•13 will have joint program with the INI MLC workshop W4 on Friday, June 28, in the large lecture theatre in Mathematical Sciences building next to the Newton Institute. There will be a Poster Session I in the end of day on June 28. In addition to giving formal poster presentations, the students will be asked to upload their posters to the I-CAMP•13 Facebook account. The Mathematics of Liquid Crystals (MLC) participants and I-CAMP•13 speakers will then evaluate these posters and select the recipients of three best poster presentation awards as well as 12 15-min early-career speakers who will give talks on Friday, July 5.

I-CAMP•13 lectures within June 29-July 4 and on July 6 will be held in the Cavendish Laboratory’s lecture theatre. July 5 will be 2nd half of the workshop “MLC meeting with young scientists.” This part of the program will contain 12 oral presentations by young scientists (15 min each) selected by MLC participants, Lecture by Prof. Virga on Grand Challenges and Opportunities at the interface of Mathematics and Liquid Crystal Materials Science, a Panel Discussion, Lunch with MLC participants, Poster Session #2, as well as a “Science Policy Forum” with an address by Julian Huppert, Member of Parliament for Cambridge. This part of program will take place in the INI main lecture theatre.

In addition to the scientific part of the program, there will be Outreach Forum and Early Career Forum (intended to help students and postdocs to better understand the “beyond science” part of preparation needed for pursuing their independent careers in academia, industry, national labs, etc.). Evening and weekends will contain organized tours, games, etc. (including a football game on Saturday afternoon, June 29, possibly between MLC and I-CAMP participants, and a trip to London on Sunday, June 30).

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have developed a variety of sponsorship opportunities that will enable your company or organization to effectively partner with the I-CAMP Summer School and receive the maximum benefits for your contribution. This sponsorship program is designed to create a successful opportunity for industrial and scientific organizations to ensure successful networking and exposure opportunities before, during and after the conference. Due to limited sponsorship opportunities and to ensure maximum exposure for your company or organization, please select and reserve your sponsorship opportunity as soon as possible. Benefits will include acknowledgement in the Summer School program book and at the conference; in addition, Company logo on the I-CAMP website will be linked to the Company web page. The following are currently available sponsorship opportunities:

  • Major Conference Sponsorship – $10,000 or more;
  • Welcome Reception – $7,500;
  • Three Dinner Receptions – $5,000;
  • Three Lunch Receptions – $2,500;
  • Three Best Paper Awards for Students – $1,000;
  • Ten Refreshment Breaks – $500.