Physics & Astronomy Division


The Physics Division was established at the inaugural meeting of Science Atlantic in 1962. Members immediately developed an outline for a core undergraduate physics program to be common across the region, with aspects of its recommendations subsequently implemented throughout Atlantic Canada. 

In the mid 90’s ‘Astronomy’ was added to the division’s name to reflect the steadily growing interest in the sub-field.

One of the division’s major functions is organizing an annual student conference. AUPAC (Atlantic Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy Conference) has been held with great success each year since 1982. The division is also organizes lecture tours throughout the Atlantic provinces. You can find links to this year’s AUPAC and upcoming lectures, as well as past conference proceedings and tours, on these pages.

AUPAC 2022 Conference

The 2022 AUPAC (Atlantic Universities Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy Conference) will be hosted by Université de Moncton February 4-6, 2021. The conference will be held in-person.

News and Events

SA-CAP Physics Speaker Tour

The Science Atlantic and Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) Physics Speaker Tour brings experts in the field right to the doorsteps of undergraduate students in Atlantic Canada. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 tour has been postponed. For more information, please contact the Tour Coordinator .


Committee Chair

Doug Dahn
University of Prince Edward Island

View all Physics & Astronomy committee members.


Thanks to the support of our generous conference sponsors, each year AUPAC recognizes the achievements of some of Atlantic Canada’s top undergraduate and graduate physics and astronomy students through a variety of awards.