Convergence

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Facilities Using the Convergence Center Term

We were able to find three U.S. entities that have used the term "convergence center" in naming their research facilities. Those three entities are the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, Purdue University, and The State University of New York. Since we could only find three U.S. entities, we expanded the scope of our research to entities outside the U.S. and, from doing so, we were able to find additional entities that have used the term "convergence center" in naming their research facilities (a collaboration between the European Union and the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, plus a collaboration between Imperial College London and The Institute of Cancer Research).

U.S. Entities

1. Convergence Center for Policy Resolution

  • The first U.S. entity that has used the term "convergence center" in naming a research facility is the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.
  • This link is to the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution's website.
  • The organization is a nonprofit that aims to solve social issues and was established in 2009.
  • The organization states that it "employ[s] our proven methodology of dialogue-leading-to-action to find breakthrough solutions on critical national issues. We engage an extraordinary network of people—business leaders, policy advocates, community practitioners, elected officials, think-tank experts, academics, and community leaders—in moving forward. We empower unlikely alliances to create change at the local, state, and national levels."

2. Purdue University

  • The second U.S. entity that has used the term "convergence center" in naming a research facility is Purdue University.
  • Purdue University named one of its research facilities "The Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration", which is located in Purdue's Discovery Park (a research campus).
  • The following is the description of what the center does: "[The] Convergence [Center] is where private industry will collaborate with Purdue faculty, students, and one another — where ideas will be turned into discoveries and global challenges translated into innovations and impact."

3. The State University of New York

  • The State University of New York is a U.S. entity that used the term "convergence center" in naming one of its research facilities.
  • This link is to the research center's website.
  • The following is the description provided of what the research center does: "Called the SUNY Korea Convergence Research Center, the lab seeks to conduct revolutionary research and it aspires to strongly participate in defining the technologies that will become main-stream in future generations. This inherent principle of convergent research is founded in a host of computer science disciplines, backed by a high-quality educational and research infrastructure."

Non-U.S. Entities

1. European Union & Tumo Center for Creative Technologies

  • The European Union and the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies are non-U.S. entities that collectively used the term "convergence center" in naming their research facility.
  • The research facility is named the EU TUMO Convergence Center for Engineering and Applied Science.
  • This link is to the research center's website.
  • The following is the description provided about what the research center does: "The EU TUMO Convergence Center for Engineering and Applied Science is a state of the art STEM ecosystem in Yerevan, Armenia. A hub for research, education, and startups geared towards university students and young professionals, the center will bring together partners, both local and international, to bridge the gap between higher education and industry in Armenia. It will be a mixed-use campus that connects students, researchers, and professionals to each other and with their global peers while fostering innovation and entrepreneurship."

2. Imperial College London & The Institute of Cancer Research

  • Imperial College London and The Institute of Cancer Research are non-U.S. entities that collectively used the term "convergence center" in naming their research facility.
  • The research facility is named "The Cancer Research UK Convergence Science Centre."
  • This link is to the research center's website.
  • The following is the description provided about what the research center does: "[T]he mission of the CRUK Convergence Science Centre is to bring together engineering, physical sciences, life sciences and medicine to develop innovative ways to address challenges in cancer research to benefit cancer patients." Additionally, "the Centre will foster new opportunities for collaboration between researchers at the two institutions and to support the clinical translation of novel cancer technologies and therapeutics. Over the first grant period, the aim is to build the collaborative network, leverage additional funding and establish key translational infrastructure to accelerate clinical implementation of new approaches."

Research Strategy

As was mentioned in the introduction, we were only able to find three U.S. entities that have used the term "convergence center" in naming a research facility. We looked for additional U.S. entities that have done so, but were unable to find any others. We implemented three research strategies in looking for five or more U.S. entities that have used the term "convergence center" in naming a research facility. First, we conducted numerous, broad searches for any research facilities named as such. Through those numerous searches, we were able to find three U.S. entities that have so named a research facility. Once that process no longer yielded any other entities, we turned to our second research method, which involved checking company databases, including Crunchbase and Hoovers, to see if we could find any other research facilities so named, but we could not through those databases. Third, we searched for jobs through Linkedin and Indeed to see if any mentioned the term convergence center, but that also did not yield relevant results. Since we could only find three U.S. entities that have used the term "convergence center" to name their research facilities, we expanded the scope of our research to include non-U.S. entities that have so named their research facilities. From that expanded research scope, we were able to find two additional entities that have used the term "convergence center" to name their research facilities. In our research, we did not find information to suggest that any of the facilities might have previously gone by a different name, which is why we didn't mention any such information in our research findings above.
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Insights Surrounding the term Convergence

In general, the word "convergence" has a positive connotation; however, in certain contexts, there can be some negative implications of the word. Some insights are below.

Benefits

  • Since convergence means the joining of two or more entities to form a new whole, a benefit of naming a research facility using "convergence" would be that it conveys the joining of research to create a solution.
  • Convergence is also used to "describe things that are in the process of coming together," which would also have a positive connotation for a research facility in that research is the process of bringing theories and experiments together.
  • The word can also be "representation of common ground between theories or phenomena." This would be a positive connotation for a research facility in that a variety of researchers are finding common ground for the betterment of the whole.
  • Similarly, convergence can also be a "meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged," which would apply to the research facility itself. This would suggest that the facility is a place where researchers come together to exchange ideas.

Drawbacks

  • In some contexts, convergence can mean "the state or condition of being about to happen, imminent," which can lend itself to a connotation of risk or danger. In terms of a research facility, the public may not want risk or danger in their communities.
  • Additionally, convergence can also sometimes mean "an incursion by a large number of people or things into a place or sphere of activity." This definition may suggest that the research facility is going to be a place where many people are going to be and that may not be welcome in a community.
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