Volunteer at the Mathematical Congress of the Americas!
First Call for MCA Volunteers - Help make MCA 2017 an event to remember! The second Mathematical Congress of the Americas (MCA) will take place on July 24-28, 2017 in Montreal: https://mca2017.org at Centre Mont-Royal and McGill University . We need your help in organizing this event, yet bear in mind that this is an occasion for you too. As a major mathematical event, MCA will provide an opportunity to broaden your knowledge, meet individuals from across the continent, and build professional networks. Moreover, if you volunteer for MCA, your conference registration fees will be waived and you will receive an MCA Volunteer T-shirt. You are welcome to attend all events of the congress when you are not on shift! If you are interested in volunteering, the Canadian Mathematical Society will create a web link where you can leave your coordinates and availabilities. We will keep you posted about this. Meanwhile, here is what you may be required to do. There will be three types of volunteers. Registration Volunteers: Volunteers working at the Registration desk are responsible for welcoming delegates, providing them with badges and other materials, and answering questions as required. Registration volunteers must become knowledgeable about the event as they will be asked a variety of questions and must be able to communicate special requests to event staff. Volunteers will be provided with all relevant information, including maps and an information binder. Directional knowledge of the McGill campus is an asset, as well as speaking Spanish or Portuguese. Session Attendants (AV): Session Attendants will assist the speakers or workshop presenters in meeting their needs before, during, and after their presentation(s). This may include making sure water or other beverages are available, ensuring seating is appropriate, distributing handouts, and other tasks as required. They have several responsibilities, such as monitoring meeting rooms for Audio Visual problems, and troubleshooting where required. Attendants will assist the conference organizers/logistics team in ensuring the required preparations are ready for the delegates and assisting with other tasks as required before, during and after the session. Live tweeting during the sessions on topics of interest are also encouraged if time permits.
Directional Attendants: Directional Attendants will help attendees find their way around the meeting space. They will receive maps and a clipboard with an informational sign on it so attendees know who you are. The directional attendants will be standing for the majority of your shift. Please be ready to assist any attendees who have mobility issues and/or appear to need help. This may include elderly attendees, those in wheel chairs or on crutches, or those who are vision impaired. You may be asked to help attendees between locations, so you should be prepared to go outside if necessary. There will be a shuttle available for these attendees as well. The directional attendants will assist Monday attendees as they load buses - this task is Monday only. Canadian Mathematical Society hopes to see you at and around MCA 2017!