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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.


Save the date! The annual Atlantic Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Conference (AUPAC) is happening February 2 to 4, 2024.

AUPAC 2024 will be hosted by Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Registration is open now until Jan. 26th, 2024.

Abstract submissions from undergraduate students of Atlantic Canadian universities for oral presentations are being accepted now. Abstracts may be submitted via email to (Subject line AUPAC abstract).

For more information on the event, keynote speakers, and student presentations, visit the AUPAC 2024 website.

“The Atlantic Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Conference (AUPAC) is an annual undergraduate conference that is hosted by an institution in the Atlantic provinces each year in conjunction with Science Atlantic. AUPAC 2024 will be held at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.”

The 2024 Atlantic Undergraduate Physics and Astronomy Conference (AUPAC) will be held at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, February 2 to 4, 2024.

See the AUPAC 2024 webpage for more details!

Student Awards

2013 Atlantic Universities Undergraduate Physics & Astronomy Conference Winners

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.

News and Events

SA-CAP Physics Speaker Tour

Presenter speaking at a Science Atlantic's 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 .


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Committee Chair

David Hornidge
Mount Allison University

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