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Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in the intersection of the Sciences and the Arts? Would you like to help to develop new ways to communicate science to the public?

We are looking for highly motivated people that can sustain collaborative work but also have strong personal initiative and creativity. Creative people with good skills in social media, communications, logistics, and interpersonal relations. Problems solvers and social butterflies. Extroverts and Introverts are welcome, the highest value for us is your commitment to get the work done and enjoy the ride in the doing.

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What have we done on our first two years?

Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience, aims to inspire collaborative work, foster interdisciplinary thought, push the boundaries of what is considered science and art, and make neuroscience research accessible to a general audience. Our “two-way engagement” approach promotes transversal knowledge sharing without emphasizing one side over the other.

During the first two years of existence, Convergence fostered interdisciplinary work among the participants in the program and, as a result, delivered different neuroscience and fine arts events directed to them and to a general audience. The students took advantage of several social and educational gatherings, guided tours to laboratories and to art galleries, as well as, a credited course offered by Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. Among the activities directed to the public, Convergence brought art and neuroscience through talks prepared by students (The Five Minute Talks, The Black Box, Sensory, Brainwaves) and professionals (the Sci-Art Art-Sci Conferences Series), plus three major Art-Neuroscience exhibitions. One of these exhibitions was part of the 11th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN/ACN) at La Grande Bibliothèque (BAnQ), and the other two were part of the regular program at the Visual Voice Gallery.  Those exhibitions have been fully documented in a beautiful exhibition catalogue that details the science and art behind each artwork.

This season 2018-2019, Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience, is looking for volunteers to fill several positions in work related to our operations.


How can you help?

There are four different areas where your help could be extremely valuable.

Communications.

- Social media scheduling and publication (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

- Writing articles for the Convergence Blog (English and French).

- Podcasts production.

- Edition and translation (English and French).

- Internal Media (photography, filming, edition, and posting of events on our official outlets).

- External Media (link to newspapers, radio, and television).


Grants.

- Application for funding and resources to different agencies, offices, and institutions.

- Select the documentation and review applications.

- Gathering documents for applications.

- Submit applications.


Organization.

- Event planning and logistic, liaison with between Convergence and the institutions that collaborate with Convergence.

- Booking rooms, gather information about catering, organize cocktails.

- Print and distribute graphic material (this is in coordination with Communications) in different sites.

- Legal aspects. Prepare contracts, review contracts.


Research.

- Non-Academic research. Polls and surveys related to the people that assist our events.

- Statistics and trends on our social media outlets, prepare reports for grant applications, decide better practices for social media posting and events preparation.

- Academic Research. Be part of the research towards publication on Science and Arts Communications. New methods for outreach the public. Media influence. Science and Arts vulgarization. Prepare surveys, research methods, ethical forms, collect data, process, and analysis of data, and prepare reports. This particular task includes your name in any academic material published by Convergence.





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