Ambassadors serve as community builders, making connections between people and resources. Ambassadors will be senior strategic individuals within their local institution and will be supported by a project manager where necessary.
Typical Ambassador activities will include:
- Hosting awareness sessions for their local institution’s researchers, educators, students, scholars and administrators.
- Meeting with individuals and educating faculty on their campuses who are eager to learn more.
- Establishing and managing partnerships with faculty on-campus.
- Learning from peers by participating in periodic face-to-face meetings and at conferences.
- Sharing information with other Ambassadors.
- Leading the integration of instruments, sensors, shared computational resources, and data repositories at their local institution.
- Plan and submit funding requests.
- Connect Cirrus with useful resources and helpful people on their campus.
- Point interested individuals toward services and resources available at Cirrus.
- Working with the Cirrus Assistantship program on the analysis of supply and demand, to identify what is required to meet future needs.
- Lead the development of key communities of practice, including connections with international communities and initiatives.
The appointment of Ambassadors to establish on campus expertise will ensure:
- Greater visibility for the institution’s research activities.
- Synergy between projects.
- Provision of expertise that is otherwise difficult for individual projects to obtain.
- Lower learning curves.
- Improved retention of top-quality researchers by providing opportunities to collaborate on ground-breaking projects.