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Letter from the Chair, 2020

Welcome to Another Year With Science Atlantic!

Dear colleagues,

The upcoming academic year is turning out to be one of the most unique for science education in recent times. Many of us have been busily making plans to deliver our courses and mentor our students under fairly restrictive conditions.  Despite this, it is extremely refreshing and encouraging to witness the resilience of colleagues and the originality of approaches to curricula.

Members of the Science Atlantic community have also been busy on many fronts to continue to advance post-secondary science education and research in Atlantic Canada.  With the help of one of our longstanding supporters (Dr. Alyre Chiasson, Université de Moncton), Science Atlantic is facilitating an online teaching discussion (to take part, please email  I encourage you to share teaching and learning information that may be of interest to other colleagues; this forum provides a great venue to compare approaches across our 17 member institutions.

As you can imagine, our undergraduate student conferences have been top of mind for the upcoming academic year.  We are working with all committees to come up with innovative ways to bring students from our member institutions together (as we have for the past 58 years). I’m happy to announce that both our fall conferences will be held virtually.  Please read the rest of this newsletter for more details.

Another important aspect of our mandate is to engage our entire community, from our students and faculty members to our institutional representatives, the Deans. This summer, staff members have been busy conducting interviews of post-secondary faculty at all career levels in science-related disciplines to learn about their goals, needs, and experiences.  We plan to use this research to develop opportunities for expanding outreach, leadership, and teaching and learning initiatives.  Stay tuned!

As you can see, Science Atlantic is more than student conferences; it’s about regional collaboration and advancing our collective goals to offer the best educational and research experiences to our community.

I wish you the best for the upcoming academic year.

Christian Lacroix
Chair, Science Atlantic
Professor of Biology, UPEI