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Welcome new member!

Thank you for representing your institution on a Science Atlantic Committee!

Science Atlantic is a federally incorporated, charitable association representing 18 post-secondary institutions in Atlantic Canada. 

We have been providing networking and learning opportunities for students and faculty in the Atlantic region since 1962. Our core membership consists of the Deans of Science or equivalent and approximately 150 faculty representatives from our member institutions. 

Science Atlantic’s activities include workshop and networking opportunities for students and faculty, annual student conferences in ten disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields,  awards recognizing students’ research and science communication skills, and speaker tours by notable scientists.

As the discipline representative for your institution, you’ll share Science Atlantic information with your department and your school’s information with representatives from other schools.  

Please read on for information about where your discipline fits into the organization, your role, and how to connect with other members.

Stay In the Know, Get Involved!

Celebrate 60 years of Science Atlantic!

Over the past six decades, the organization has evolved and grown, now representing 18 post-secondary institutions from all four Atlantic provinces!

To celebrate each institution’s participation in Science Atlantic, we are hosting a tree dedication event on each campus, Fall of 2021. See details here.

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Attend a Science Atlantic Event

We have eight annual student conferences and four annual speaker tours!

See details here.

Help Strengthen our Organization

We spoke with Atlantic Canadian faculty about their experiences in the post-secondary STEM community. Results from this project were presented at the 2020 AMM, where breakout groups brainstormed ways to act on the results.

We are looking for your help to build on these ideas. Check out our Broadening Horizons Info Hub for updates and calls for volunteers.

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Check out the Virtual Conference Season Report and the Yearbook

We are pleased with how the 2020-2021 season played out. Check out our virtual conference year-in-review and our Student Award Yearbook!

Other Resources

**Click here to see the organizational chart.

Institutional Representatives

Institutional Representatives (Deans or Science or equivalent) from the member institutions hold the vote for determining the direction of the organization.  They annually elect a Board of Directors to oversee the business of the organization. The Institutional Representatives meet annually to monitor committee activities and to discuss issues of general concern.

The Board 

The Board consists of a Chair, Chair Elect or Past-Chair, Treasurer, three Institutional Representatives, three Committee Chairs, and two members-at-large. The Board meets monthly to discuss financial concerns and to regulate the strategic direction of the organization.

The Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee’s purpose is to assist the Board and Executive Director in setting and maintaining the strategic direction for Science Atlantic and to empower the strategic planning action committees to carry out their activities in support of the goals of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

Action Committees

Action Committees have been developed to implement tactics required to execute the three strategic priorities: 1) Sustainable and Inclusive Governance, 2) Partnerships and Community, and 3) Leadership and Empowerment.

Division Committees

Standing committees in various divisions report to the Board and are dedicated to student and faculty engagement through the organization of activities including annual conferences and speaker tours. Committees set their own goals and organize their own activities based on the requirements of their particular area of science, subject to approval of the Board. 

Committee members are appointed by their department or dean. At the discretion of the committee, other persons may participate in its activities and deliberations without voting privileges. Each committee shall elect an Executive consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary. 

  • Stay up-to-date with Science Atlantic news and promote opportunities to students and faculty.
  • Attend the annual conference when possible and encourage student participation.
  • Interact and foster communication with colleagues from other institutions.
  • Share Science Atlantic information with your department and your school’s information with Science Atlantic representatives from other schools.

Click here to see who else is on your committee and who is a Science Atlantic Representative at your institution!

The Science Atlantic Virtual Commons is an invitation-only, password-protected system that facilitates communication with your fellow committee members by providing a mailing list, file sharing, and a virtual meeting space. Click here to log in.

You may also participate in e-mail discussion through your institutional email address. See the list of committee email addresses below:

If you have any questions, please check the Virtual Commons FAQ or contact us.

Click here to review our policies. 

Science Atlantic Staff

Lois Whitehead, Executive Director

Michelle McPherson, Membership Support Officer

Visit the Contact Us page to see the full Science Atlantic team!