Welcome to Institutional Reps 2019-04-15T10:19:45+00:00

Welcome (back) to Science Atlantic!

If you’ve been invited to view this page, you are your institution’s representative to Science Atlantic, and are one of 16 voting members who determine the direction of the organization. (For Committee member information, please see this page.)

Science Atlantic is a registered charitable association with a mission to advance post-secondary science education and research in Atlantic Canada by providing opportunities that foster and enrich students, supporting and inspiring researchers and educators, and using our collective voice to address important regional science issues.

Founded over 50 years ago, Science Atlantic currently represents 16 post-secondary institutes and campuses, with a governing Board, a dozen committees, and the involvement of approximately 200 faculty, scientists, and administrators from across the region. Each institution has a representative on each relevant committee, and is represented as a whole by the Dean or equivalent.

The membership elects a Board annually, comprising representatives of the member institutions, committees, and other community members. The current Chair of Science Atlantic is Christian Lacroix, University of Prince Edward Island. All Institutional Representatives, Board, and Committee Chairs can be found on our member page.

Your Role

As an Institutional Representative, your primary responsibilities are to:

  • Participate in decision-making and attend the Annual General Meeting of the organization (annually in November)
  • Educate your President and senior administrators about the value of the organization
  • Stay up to date on Science Atlantic news and activities so you can promote the organization to students and faculty
  • Assist in recruiting faculty members/staff to Science Atlantic committees when vacancies arise
  • Host an annual meeting of your institution’s Science Atlantic representatives
  • Encourage researchers and facility managers across the campus to include their infrastructure in the Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database
  • Support your faculty and students in participating in Science Atlantic events and conferences
  • Support your faculty and students when hosting a Science Atlantic conference

Conferences, Speaker Tours, and Committee Activities

Science Atlantic has ten science committees: Aquaculture & Fisheries, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Environment, Mathematics & Statistics, our new Nutrition and Foods committee, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology. Other committees addressing regional science issues include the Animal Care Committee and the Research Working Group; these are called to action on an as needed basis.

The primary activity of most committees is the coordination of annual academic student conferences (2018-2019 conferences). Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics & Astronomy also coordinate speaker tours, and Science Atlantic co-sponsors a Women in Science speaker tour with the Atlantic NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (2018-2019 speaker tours).

2018-19 Conference Posters: English and Français

Office Projects and Staff

Science Atlantic relies heavily on external funding for staffing.  Two permanent employees are paid from core operational funds.  Other staff are hired on contract for special projects.

In addition to operations, communications, and member support, three main projects are managed by the staff:

  • Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database (AFRED): AFRED is an online, open access database matching people with research equipment and facilities in Atlantic Canada.  Its purpose is to facilitate the sharing of significant research infrastructure in the region, and to aid the development of research connections between industry and academia. Learn more at www.afred.ca.
  • Conference-in-a-Box (CIAB): CIAB is a custom collection of resources for conference organizing teams. It includes a planning guide, templates, online registration and payment capabilities, and an awards management system.  For more information, please contact conferences@scienceatlantic.ca.
  • Virtual Commons (sciatl.org/VCLogin): In this secure members’ section of the site, you can participate in discussions, store and access files, and take part in video meetings. You should have received an introductory email with your login credentials when you became your institution’s representative. If you need this information again, please contact admin@scienceatlantic.ca.

More Information

  • Website (www.scienceatlantic.ca)
  • Annual Report (https://sciatl.org/2018AnnRep)
  • The Science Atlantic MinuteThe Minute is a brief, biweekly message announcing award winners, research and policy news, events, etc. As a member, you have been added to the distribution list. If you have topic suggestions, please contact Cailtynne Hines.
  • News: Our website has its own News page.
  • Follow us on Twitter (@scienceatlantic@AFREDatabase) and Facebook (Science Atlantic). Between newsletters, we post current science news, events, and articles on our social media pages.
  • Science Atlantic Staff: Each staff person is listed on the contact page by area of responsibility.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us.

Christian Lacroix, Board Chair
Lois Whitehead, Executive Director

March 2019