Convergence, Volunteer Opportunities
Convergence aims to foster collaborative work, transdisciplinary thought, and knowledge sharing. We do this by supporting similar programs and activities, engaging in partnerships with other institutions and organizations, placing conferences, exhibitions, workshops, public reunions, and pedagogical exercises. Our final goal is to facilitate research, discussion, the transmission of knowledge, and exchanges of resources and expertise to advance the education of neuroscience and art, the connection between them, and the engagement of the general public.
In the past five years, the main activity of Convergence has been an interdisciplinary course hosted at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Concordia University and a series of talks called the Convergence Sci-Art Art-Sci Conferences.
The course holds public exhibitions of the collaborative work between neuroscientists and artists during the semesters. The talks focus on the crossover of disciplines with science, especially arts and communication. Between the 2017 and 2020 exhibitions, 40 artworks and 38 talks have triggered the discussion about neuroscience and art in Montreal. An international crowd joins them by accessing the two online catalogues, the social media coverage of the activities, and the public conferences accessible online.
The Convergence Initiative is looking for volunteers to fill several positions in work related to our operations.
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.
The Four Areas where you can help
- 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).
- Application for funding and resources to different agencies, offices, and institutions.
- Select the documentation and review applications.
- Gathering documents for applications.
- Submit applications.
- Event planning and logistics, liaison 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.
- 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 to 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.
Convergence, Perceptions of Neuroscience is an independent initiative developed in partnership with the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Program of the RI-MUHC and Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts. It is supported by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, McGill University Integrative Program in Neuroscience, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, and The Visual Voice Gallery.