Thursday 19, October 2017

Get Involved

Volunteer with us

At ASCUS we are currently seeking volunteers who are interested in devloping, designing and collaborating on lab projects during our Lab Open Sessions that are both creative and scientific that aim to inspire and excite people to get involved with and join the ASCUS Lab community. As the UK’s largest publicly accessible laboratory for experimentation in art and science our audiences include artists, scientists and members of the general public interested in accessing the tools of science for thier own creative exploration and experimentation.

Our Lab Open Sessions run two days per week on Thursdays (4pm-10pm) and Saturdays (10am-4pm). For the programme we are encourging volunteers to develop and create new lab based projects either independently or with other lab community members/volunteers that will contribute and help build an active and vibrant interdiscplinary lab community that is open and inclusive.

Why Volunteer?

SCIENTISTS…

Volunteering with ASCUS Lab is an opportunity for individuals with a background in science to get experience communicating and introducing science concepts, processes and methods to non-science audiences in a lab context. Do you want to work with others on your own project and to gain confidence in communicating science in a shared space for artists, scientists and members of the public? Join us to play an active role in the lab’s growing community.

ARTISTS…

Volunteering with ASCUS Lab is an opportunity for individuals with a background in the arts to share creative approaches with others and gain new skills and insight into the different tools, processes and concepts explored in scienentific labwork. Do you want to work with others on your own project and to gain confidence in sharing what you do in a shared space for artists, scientists and members of the public? Join us to play an active role in the lab’s growing community.

How to get involved

If you are interested in getting involved in our ASCUS Lab Volunteer Programme then scroll down to sign up to our ASCUS Lab Volunteer mailing list to find out when our next volunteer meeting is taking place. This will be an opportunity to find our more about what the ASCUS Lab is all about and what you can expect from volunteering with us. So come along to find out more and get started! Scroll down to read more about the minimum requirements…

Requirements for Volunteering for ASCUS Lab Open Sessions

To take part in any element of our lab volunteer programme we require that all volunteers complete our microscopy & microbiology lab induction. If you are interested in getting involved join our volunteer meeting to sign-up and we can arrange for you to attend this induction.

We also reccommend that those wanting to volunteer have an interest in:

SCIENTISTS…

    • sharing their science and lab skills with others in an art-science lab environment
    • supporting others with their understanding of GLP (Good Lab Practice)
    • communicating and sharing science with non-science audiences
    • working with others to devlop a project that inspires people to do their own art-science experimentation
    • sharing this project with others through our online platforms and/or during a pop up ASCUS Lab event

ARTISTS…

    • sharing creative skills and approaches with others in an art-science lab environment
    • gaining an understanding of GLP (Good Lab Practice)
    • sharing and exploring creative ideas with scientists and public audiences
    • working with others to devlop a project that inspires people to do their own art-science experimentation
    • sharing this project with others through our online platforms and/or during a pop up ASCUS Lab event

Please note that ASCUS Lab has three main areas of focus which include Microscopy, Microbiology and DNA Analysis (currently under development), therefore we are best equipped to support projects that fall within these areas.

Click to download: ASCUS_Lab_Volunteers_form.doc
Please submit your completed volunteers form to: lab@ascus.org.uk or come along to our volunteers meeting and fill it it on the day

Why Volunteer with ASCUS Lab

  • To contribute to the advocacy of art-science collaboration in a challenging, varied, and rewarding environment
  • To support with the delivery of publicly accessible Lab Open Sessions, getting first hand experience of art-science exploration and experimentation in action
  • To improve understanding of the processes involved in providing public access for artists, scientists and members of the public to a lab environment
  • To meet other like-minded individuals interested in art-science intersections and open new doors for future opportunities

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BECOME A PARTNER


Do you have an Art-Science idea?

ASCUS is not a funding organisation and we ourselves rely on grants and project funding to deliver our programme, but if you have an idea for an art-science project, workshop or event we want to hear from you. We regularly partner with individuals, organisations, charities and institutions to work together to develop and design new art-science initiatives. We are interested in innovative and experimental proposals within the artiscience field that strengthen connections between art and science.

As a skilled art-science team we develop, run and support a range of art-science initiatives bringing the work produced to a diverse range of audiences. We do this through our public engagement workshop/events programme in ASCUS Lab and through working partners to present the work at exhibitions, science festivals, arts venues and community spaces. Together we handle the management and production of a year round programme as well as providing curatorial support and consultation to project partners.

We are experienced in providing project support, utilising our extensive networks within the Art/Science community in Scotland, UK and internationally to find suitable opportunities to bring art-science work to new audiences. We are also able to provide marketing assistance to share ongoing project activities through both our mailing list as well as our online platforms. We can also help by supporting funding applications for dedicated support for your project, so do get in touch with your idea!

Please email us at general@ascus.org.uk if you would like to speak to us about an idea.

Types of initiatives we support:

    • Residencies
    • Exhibitions
    • Talks
    • Workshops
    • Events
    • Fieldtrips

RECENT PREVIOUS PARTNERS WE’VE WORKED WITH

Exhibition partner (Academic Institution)

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LifeSpace, Science Art Research Gallery

Beyond Skin Exhibition 2017

Programme/Exhibition partner (Festival & Educational Charity)
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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Contemporary Connections | 2017 Science Festival

Project partner (Researcher/Clinician – Academic Institution)
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Professor Sara Brown

Atopic Art Micro-Residency

Workshop partner (PhD Researcher – Academic Institution)
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Jemma Pilcher

Featured Open Session – with Guest Neuroscience Researcher Jemma Pilcher

Event partner (Organisation)

eXXpedition ‘A Life in Plastic’

‘A Life in Plastic’ Experience and Public Artwork

Programme partner (Lecturer/Researcher – Academic Institution)

Larissa Pschetz

University of Edinburgh Bio Design Challenge

Project partner (Charity)

Eczema Outreach Scotland

Atopic Art: Expressions of Eczema

Programme partner (Academic Institution)

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Festival of Creative Learning

Festival of Creative Learning 2017