01 September 2015
The Nordic Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology in Denmark
The Danish Cancer Society organizes every second year a summer school for young cancer researchers. The aim is to attract young talent to cancer research and to help educate future experts.
The Nordic Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology is sponsored by the Nordic Cancer Union and the National Cancer Societies in the Nordic countries. The school is open to 25 Nordic university students of medicine, biology, sociology, statistics, and related fields.
A total of 25 young cancer researchers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden participated in the two-week summer school at Standboulevarden in Copenhagen 2015. The course was targeted on research in cancer epidemiology – i.e research where you look at numbers and records to find new causes of cancer.
The participants have different backgrounds and range from, for example, research in mathematical statistics to public health.
In the months after the course students work on an independent project, which they perform with the guidance of an experienced researcher.
In January, the team meets again in Finland at Tampere University to a small conference where the projects are presented. The aim here is to train the participants in article writing, submission and to teach the young researchers how scientific conferences are held.