EPICamp noun E.PI.Camp I  \ ˈe-pi-ˌkamp\ = combination of barcamp and EPICUR = the idea that when curious people gather, great things emerge/

What is an EPICamp?

EPICamps are low threshold workshops, inspired by the barcamp (also known as unconference) format, offered to Early Career Researchers of the EPICUR alliance to engage with peers as well as established researchers with similar interests in order to pursue joint inter- and transdisciplinary projects on societal challenges. Meeting at an EPICamp allows Early Career Researchers to explore similarities and – perhaps more importantly – complementarities of their research. EPICamps combine different formats – from mini-pitches to larger discussion groups – in order to facilitate networking across our partner universities and to enhance academic matchmaking of researchers from different disciplines and fields.

EPICamps are hosted virtually (until further notice) by a core group of researchers from at least three of our partner universities. These core groups – called EPICamp Academic Boards – may consists of established and Early Career Researchers from any discipline or field. They will coordinate the topics and themes of the EPICamps along the three EPIChallenges of “Sustainability”, “Migration, Mobility, Identity” and “Public Health.” We encourage interested researchers to reach out to us with ideas and topics that fit into one or more of the three EPIChallenges: whether you would like to contribute a small format or wish to organize an entire EPICamp, all initiative is welcome.

Who can partake?

EPICamps are open to researchers of all career stages from all disciplines and all partners. They are, however, directed primarily at Early Career Researchers who will be eligible for funding in later stages of the EPICUR Research project. Taking into account the diversity of how each partner organizes the career development, EPICUR employs a broad definition of Early Career Researcher for the EPICamps. This means we invite scholars from a broad spectrum of research career development, reaching from the final stretches of their PhDs to the first years of tenure track positions. We also encourage established researchers who would be interested in mentoring Early Career Researchers or would like to advise on projects to attend as well.
Prospective participants of the EPICamps should have a general interest in pursuing interdisciplinary research and/or work transdisciplinary with partners from outside academia. They should have a proven interest in the EPICamp’s topic they wish to attend, however, no previous experience in the field and/or inter- and transdisciplinary work is required.
If an EPICamp’s Call for Participation catches your interest, please sign-up!

How do I participate?

If you have questions or you would like to get involved, please contact our Lead Team at the University of Freiburg and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.


Eva Rüskamp

Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

Work Package Lead – Common Research Agenda

📧 epicur-research@mail.uni-freiburg.de

Nina Eisenmenger

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

Work Package Co-LeadCommon Research Agenda

📧 nina.eisenmenger@boku.ac.at