EPINOR Summer School 2020 is canceled

We regret to inform you that we have to cancel this year’s summer school because of the situation with the Corona virus. We will try organize the same summer school later. We will inform you about the dates as soon as possible.  


Historic building with garden and fjord
Photo: Solstrand/Fotograf Thor Brødreskift

The Art of Scientific Investigation: Imagination is more important than knowledge

The topic for this EPINOR summer school in Bergen goes beyond the usual statistical and epidemiological methods. It deals with the role of intuition and creativity in science.

Where do original ideas come from?
What are ways to tackle problems that seem intractable?
How can we arrange our daily routine to encourage creativity?
How do we keep fear of failure from blocking novel ideas?

As scientists, we seldom discuss these issues, and yet the history of science is rich with examples of their importance. Einstein is credited with saying that imagination is more important than knowledge.

The following three dimensions are crucial to unique ideas. Imagination is the power to bring to mind things that are not present to our senses, Intuition is our ability to understand something instinctively, and Creativity takes the process of Imagination to another level – an original idea that has value. Creativity is applied Imagination.

A paper from a previous workshop provides a fuller discussion of our goals for this summer school course. We will also draw on the ideas of Beveridge’s classic book, The Art of Scientific Investigation, as well as more contemporary works including TED talks and YouTube videos.

Leading researchers will provide lectures together with a wide range of activities and small-group discussions to encourage your own capacity for imagination and creativity – all in the beautiful setting of the Solstrand Hotel outside Bergen.

The arranging committee: Trond Riise (EPINOR representative, Bergen), Rolv Skjærven, Allen J. Wilcox, Carl Baravelli, Marianna Cortese, Daniel Gundersen

Tentative program (to be confirmed):

Allen Wilcox (US) “Intuition as tool for science”

Kenneth Hugdahl “Science is not the same as research”

Nigel Paneth (US) “Corporate culture is a threat to the profession and very pursuit of science”

Espen Selvik “Music and creativity”

Kirsti Malterud “Qualitative research and creativity”

Simon Øverland “Courage and creativity”

Siri Håberg “Curiosity killed the rat”

Lars Vatten “Creativity versus craftsmanship”

Rolv Skjærven “Hypotheses or Play with your data ”

Nis Brix and Andreas Ernst  (DK) “Intuition and application of causal mediation analyses”

Marianna Cortese (US) “Failure and creativity”

Carl Baravelli  “How to be creative in your PhD”