March 22-24, 2024

Science Atlantic Environment Conference 2024

The University of Prince Edward Island recognizes and acknowledges our location in the unceded, traditional territory of the Mi’kmaq People of PEI.


The 2024 Science Atlantic Environment Conference (SAEC) is a valuable platform to showcase your research, gain insights into your peers' work, and engage with other students and professors in the Atlantic provinces. All students and faculty interested in environmental research are welcome to attend. Undergraduate and graduate students are strongly encouraged to present their research and share their work with peers and colleagues. SAEC offers a unique opportunity to interact, network, and contribute to the vibrant environmental research community in the Atlantic region.

The University of Prince Edward Island's Environmental Studies program is excited to host the first in-person SAEC since 2019.

WHEN AND WHERE? (Schedule and Campus Map)
The Conference will occur on Friday starting at 6 pm (22nd March), Saturday (23rd March), and until noon on Sunday (24th March) at the University of Prince Edward Island Main Campus, Charlottetown. Presentations will be held in MacDougall Hall and a banquet in MacMillan Hall (Murphy Student Centre). A campus map and schedule can both be found in the Important Documents section below. The schedule can also be viewed on the schedule page.

On Friday, March 22nd from 1- 4 pm the UPEI Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation (CCCA), St. Peter’s Bay is hosting a field trip for Science Atlantic Environment conference participants. More details can be found on the Field Trip page.

Registration will cost $95 for students and $150 for faculty members. Prices do not include taxes. Registration is open until March 12th, 2024 (for non-presenters).

Submission is open until February 29, 2024. Please register when you submit your abstract. Submission requirements are listed on the Submission Page. Abstracts, posters, and presentations will be accepted in French or English.

A booklet containing all of the submitted abstracts can now be downloaded from the Important Documents section.


Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Josh MacFadyen

    Dr. Josh MacFadyen

    Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Geospatial Humanities at the University of Prince Edward Island.

    Josh's research focuses on energy transitions and traditional energy carriers in Canada, and he teaches Digital Humanities in the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) program in UPEI’s Faculty of Arts. His most recent monograph is titled Time Flies: A History of Prince Edward Island from the Air. He also published Flax Americana: A History of the Fibre and Oil that Covered a Continent and an edited collection in the same series titled Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island (McGill-Queens and Island Studies Press, 2016). Josh is the founding director of the GeoREACH Lab, and he has held postdoctoral positions at the Historical GIS Lab at the University of Saskatchewan and at NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment at the University of Western Ontario. Most recently he was also an Assistant Professor and remains a Sustainability Scholar at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.

  • Dr. Judith Nyiraneza

    Dr. Judith Nyiraneza

    Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

    Dr. Judith Nyiraneza is currently a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Charlottetown, PEI. Judith’s research and achievements contribute to increase agricultural productivity and environmental performance. Her research focuses on identifying soil regenerative management practices to enhance soil organic matter and soil health under low residue cropping systems and how those practices affect carbon and nitrogen cycling in the soil-plant system. She also identifies strategies to enhance phosphorus use efficiency in acidic soils. She is leading the PEI Living Laboratory project where scientists and stakeholders are working together to increase soil carbon sequestration and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Nyiraneza was recognized as one of the six 2023 Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture.

Red Oak Level Sponsors $1000+

  • Women@Plaza
  • UPEI
  • PEI Bag Company

Blue Jay Level Sponsors $250+

  • Sunly Solar Energy
  • Island Abbey Nutritionals
  • Maritime Electric
  • WEICan ( The Wind Energy Institute of Canada)
  • Island Waste Management


University of Prince Edward Island

550, University Avenue Charlottetown, PE Canada, C1A 4P3

Registration period

January 19, 2024 - 3:00 PM until March 13, 2024 - 5:00 PM

Submission period

January 19, 2024 - 3:00 PM until February 29, 2024 - 11:59 PM

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