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StFX hosts national and regional physics and math conferences

June 8th, 2018
Theory Canada 13 (TC13) participants at StFX

Academics from across Canada and from around the world were on the StFX campus this week to learn, share information and collaborate at two conferences related to physics and mathematics.

The Atlantic General Relativity Workshop and Conference (AGR 2018) took place June 6-7, followed on June 7-9 by the national conference on theoretical physics, Theory Canada 13 (TC13).

An audience of over 50 registered participants from Eastern Canada and internationally attended AGR 2018, organized by StFX mathematics professor Dr. Robert van den Hoogen. 

Participants of the Atlantic General Relativity Workshop and Conference (AGR 2018)

TC 13, organized mainly by StFX physics professor and department chair, Dr. Peter Marzlin, brought about 75 participants from across Canada and abroad including India, Russia, the USA, Mexico, and western Europe to campus. 

“Theory Canada is the national conference on theoretical physics that brings together scientists working on Relativity, gravity, quantum physics, particle physics, and condensed matter theory,” Dr. Marzlin says. 

“We are the proud hosts of the 13th edition of the conference, which is sponsored by StFX, as well as the Perimeter Institute, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques, the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences, the Winnipeg Institute for Theoretical Physics, as well as two private companies (Lumiant and Solar Power Network).”

Dr. van den Hoogen says the AGR series of meetings has been a regular and annual feature of the Relativity and quantum gravity community in Atlantic Canada for over 25 years.

Prior to the conference, on June 5th, StFX hosted a one-day workshop for senior undergraduate and graduate students on “General Relativistic Effects in Cosmology.” Over 40 students and researchers from across the world converged on StFX and Antigonish to learn from local and international experts led by Dr. Chris Clarkson (Queen Mary College University of London) in a friendly and welcoming learning environment, he says.

Dr. Latham Boyle (Perimeter Institute) opened the AGR Conference on June 6th as the invited speaker and spoke on the topic of the “CPT symmetric universe." For the next two days, researchers from the Atlantic Provinces, Canada, the United States, Europe and Africa presented their research in all aspects of classical and quantum gravity.

This year’s workshop and conference was sponsored by StFX, the Perimeter Institute, and the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS).


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