October 20-21, 2022

QAtCanSTEM Colloquium 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Queer Atlantic Canadian STEM Colloquium!

This is a free event, and registration is open. If you would like to keep up to date with the conference news, register now!

Abstract Submission is now closed. If you have a submission for a poster you would like to be considered, please contact us at qatcanstem@gmail.com We welcome submissions from all STEM topics, including medicine and the social sciences.

Queer Atlantic Canadian Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (QAtCanSTEM) is a community-building project aiming at enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion to connect LGBTQ+ folks in Atlantic Canada doing STEM. This initiative’s primary project is running the annual QAtCanSTEM Colloquium.

This year's event is taking place in person at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 20th and 21st 2022.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Gwen Grinyer

    Dr. Gwen Grinyer

    University of Regina, Department of Physics

    Dr. Grinyer obtained her B.Sc. in physics from McMaster University in Hamilton and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in experimental nuclear physics at the University of Guelph in Guelph. Following a post-doctoral research fellowship at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State University in East Lansing MI, Dr. Grinyer worked as a research scientist with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) at France’s heavy-ion accelerator facility, the Grand Accélérateur National d’Ions Lourds (GANIL) in Caen, Normandie. In 2017, she joined the faculty at the University of Regina, where she currently holds the title of Associate Professor.

    Dr. Grinyer’s research uses beams of rare isotopes to study the properties of short-lived radioactive nuclei located furthest from stability. This research is carried out TRIUMF and at other rare isotope production and accelerator facilities around the world. In addition to experimental nuclear physics research, Dr. Grinyer is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM fields, physics education and outreach, and science communication.

  • Vanessa Raponi

    Vanessa Raponi

    Vanessa Raquel Raponi, P.Eng., PMP is the Founder of EngiQueers Canada, a national non-profit advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion in the profession of engineering in Canada. She currently works as a Senior Product Development Engineer at Spin Master, a Canadian founded toy company making products like Etch A Sketch, Rubik's Cube, Paw Patrol and Kinetic Sand! Vanessa is excited to kick off this important QATCanSTEM conference, with a keynote that will share her journey in creating a national movement of queer inclusion, as well as how she personally found space for a queer woman of colour such as herself to thrive in STEM.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Dalhousie Office of the Vice-Provost Research and Innovation
  • National Research Council of Canada
  • WISE Atlantic
  • Science Atlantic


Mount Saint Vincent University

166, Bedford Highway Halifax, NS Canada, B3M 2J6

Registration period

April 26, 2022 - 00:00 until October 21, 2022 - 23:30

Submission period

April 25, 2022 - 00:00 until October 5, 2022 - 23:30

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact qatcanstem@gmail.com .

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