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 17 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 17 post-secondary and research institutes, 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 Dave McCorquodale, Dean of Science and Technology at CBU. 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
  • 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 committee, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology. Other committees addressing regional science issues include the Animal Care Committee and the Research Working Group.

The primary activity of most committees is the coordination of annual academic student conferences (2016-2017 conferences). Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics & Astronomy also coordinate speaker tours (2016-2017 speaker tours).

2016-17 Conference Posters

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Office Projects and Staff

Science Atlantic relies heavily on external funding for staffing.  Two permanent employees, the Executive Director and the AFRED Project Manager, are paid from core operational funds.  Currently, we have a staff complement of seven, including three part time students.

In addition to operations, communications, and member support, two main projects are carried out by the staff:

  • Conference-in-a-Box (CIAB): CIAB is a collection of resources for conference organizing teams.  It includes a detailed planning guide, templates, online registration, and an awards system.  For more information, please contact Lois Whitehead.
  • Atlantic Facilities and Research Equipment Database (AFRED): AFRED is the newest project of Science Atlantic; it 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.
  • Website (www.scienceatlantic.ca)
  • Annual Report (https://scienceatlantic.ca/annualreport/2014-15/)
  • 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.
  • The Science Atlantic MinuteThe Minute is a brief, biweekly message announcing award winners, research and policy news, events, etc. As a committee member, you have been added to the distribution list. If you have topic suggestions, please contact Jasmine Golf.
  • News: Our website has its own News page.
  • Follow us on social media: Twitter (@scienceatlantic) 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.

Dave McCorquodale, Board Chair
Lois Whitehead, Executive Director

September 2016