A Noteworthy First SmallData Retreat

The picturesque surroundings of Schloss Reinach in Freiburg provided the perfect backdrop for our first SmallData scientific retreat. From March 14th to 15th, SmallData drew together experts from diverse fields to share insights, collaborate, and delve into addressing the challenges of small data for meaningful discoveries.

Day 1 Highlights:

The morning plenary session set the stage with warm welcomes and opening remarks from CRC Speaker Harald Binder and an introduction of associated members.

Throughout the day, parallel sessions dived into individual project presentations from the four disciplines, allowing attendees to share their insights and engage in fruitful discussions.

The day’s talks concluded in plenary sessions featuring summaries from the parallel sessions and discussions on topics for the following day. Attendees also gladly welcomed the opportunities for informal exchanges between projects during dinner, further fostering collaboration and partnership.

Day 2 Highlights:

Day 2 commenced with plenary sessions focusing on the final decisions for the Vision Paper and a teaser of the day’s topics, setting the tone for a day filled with strategic discussions and action planning.

Attendees chose two sessions to contribute to from a diverse and exciting variety of topics from AI Tools in Biomedical Research Labs to Uncertainty Analysis and Translation in Science.

The sessions hosted an in-depth exploration of topics, where attendees contributed their expertise from their disciplines and devised action plans to drive future initiatives forward.

The afternoon saw further discussions on ideas and action plans, alongside introductions of future CRC events, such as the CRC Symposium in October 2024. There were also updates from the Fusion Hub and the SmallData Integrated Research Training Group (SMART) as well as future strategy discussions.

As day 2 ended, attendees bid farewell, concluding a productive retreat on a note of collaboration and anticipation.

The first SmallData retreat was a resounding success with an impact that is certain to resonate far beyond the walls of Schloss Reinach. Watch this space for updates as we continue the journey to unlock small data’s potential for transformative collaborations and discoveries!

Administrative Manager

Marc Schumacher

Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics,
Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center –
University of Freiburg