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Updates on the Impact of COVID-19 on Science Atlantic Conferences

March 18, 2020, 12:00 pm

Science Atlantic has been diligently following federal, provincial, and institutional policies and statements to ensure the best possible decisions for students and faculty taking part in our activities.  The following outlines the most recent decisions regarding the 2020 Psychology and Chemistry student conferences.

Note: Potential attendees of any academic event are encouraged to seek guidance from their home institutions regarding travel planning.

Cancellation of Psychology Conference at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook, NL, May 19-20, 2020

In light of travel restrictions enacted at universities and across the region, the organizers of the 2020 Science Atlantic Psychology Conference have regretfully made the decision to cancel this year’s gathering planned for May 19-20.  The Science Atlantic Psychology Committee is considering alternatives.

You can stay up to date on discussions by contacting your institution’s Psychology Rep (Psychology Committee members).

Updates for ChemCon 2020 at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, June 11-13, 2020

ChemCon is approximately three months from now, and most health authorities and our member institutions have not made statements regarding events or travel after May 31, 2020.

Mount Allison administration, ChemCon conference organizers, and Science Atlantic staff are watching developments so that we can make a timely decision regarding cancellation.  Updates will be circulated to Science Atlantic Chemistry Committee members and posted on and the 2020 ChemCon website.

Registration refunds for AFB and SAEC (scheduled for March 13-15, 2020)

Registration refunds are in progress for all registrants for the Aquaculture and Fisheries and Biology Conference and the Science Atlantic Environment Conference that were cancelled this past weekend at Cape Breton University.

Please check your original payment method for the refund.  If you do not receive a refund by March 26, 2020, please email

About Science Atlantic

Science Atlantic is a charitable organization representing 17 post-secondary and research institutes in Atlantic Canada, coordinating academic conferences and networking opportunities for post-secondary students and faculty in the Atlantic region since 1962. Activities include annual conferences in ten disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, lecture tours by notable scientists, awards recognizing research and science communication skills, travel assistance for students to attend conferences, and workshops for faculty.

For more information, please contact Lois Whitehead, Executive Director, at