Symposia Day – June 7

Focused symposia offer the opportunity for a mini-meeting within the general Congress umbrella that help support physics research in Canada by providing an opportunity for networking and collaboration within focussed research areas. Each symposium will be made up of 4 sessions and the whole day will be scheduled in one room with coffee nearby to encourage networking. There are no plenary speakers or other events scheduled for Tuesday to interrupt the mini-meeting. The CAP poster session is scheduled for 17:30 – 19:00, following the end of the fourth session. We have tried to run this earlier than usual so that delegates can go out for dinner with symposium attendees afterwards.

There are eight symposia being planned for Tuesday. They include an exciting lineup of invited and contributed talks. Abstracts can be submitted for these symposia by selecting the symposium track when you submit your abstract (opening February 1, 2022). Delegates who wish to attend only the Symposia Day will be able to do so. At this time we anticipate that the registration fee for non-student CAP member delegates and invited speakers will be no more than $175 for the day. Here is the list of the planned symposia:

  • Advances in Biological and Medical Physics Symposium, organized by the Division of Physics in Medicine and Biology (DPMP) — Exciting new developments in biophysics, medical physics, biophotonics and other areas will be highlighted. Topics will include novel instrumentation, new discoveries, and advances in modelling, including applications of AI. Input on which new advances you would like to see highlighted can be sent to Cornelia Hoehr at
  • Plasma Physics Symposium, organized by the Division of Plasma Physics (DPP) – Delegates wanting to hear about the recent advances in plasma physics research should plan to attend. Various topics will be covered including, among other things, plasma modelling, thermal plasmas, and non-thermal plasmas.
  • New Directions in Accelerator-Based Experiments, organized by the Division of Particle Physics (PPD) — This symposium will provide an overview and discussion about current and proposed accelerator-based experiments being planned within the Canadian particle physics community.
  • Hot Topics from Theory Made Accessible, organized by the Division of Theoretical Physics (DTP) — Come and learn about a broad range of “hot topic” theoretical physics from a group of about a dozen invited experts. These talks will be targeted for an audience of physicists from all subfields to make this science update accessible to all.
  • Private Sector Physicists, organized by the CAP’s Director of Professional Affairs and the Director of Private Sector Physics, in partnership with the CAP’s Division of Applied Physics and Instrumentation – More than 3/4 of graduating physicists work outside academia. Young physicists, or those interested in learning about physics careers paths outside academia, are encouraged to attend this interactive symposium which will provide insights into the careers of physicists working outside academia and offer insights and advice into the possible pathways and training needed to transition your physics training into an engaging and rewarding career outside of academia.
  • Physics at the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), organized by the Division of Nuclear Physics (DNP) — In the next decade a major new accelerator complex, the Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), will be built in the US. At the EIC, polarized electrons will collide with polarized protons, polarized light ions, and heavy nuclei at high luminosities to answer questions of fundamental importance in nuclear and particle physics today. Building on decades-long involvement at particle collider facilities worldwide, Canadian subatomic physicists are participating intensively in the realization of this new facility.
  • Fluctuations and Disorder in Condensed Matter, organized by the Division of Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (DCMMP) — Some of the most challenging problems in condensed matter physics are those where fluctuations and disorder are essential features, and often frustration and a complicated energy landscape are present. This Symposium will bring together researchers across condensed matter physics to present and discuss recent advances in selected areas related to this theme.
  • Precision Techniques in Spectroscopy, organized by the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Canada (DAMOPC) – Measurement and precision are the cornerstone of physics as a quantitative, exact science. It manifests itself in the international system of units and their realization. The division of atomic- molecular- and optical- physics seeks to highlight current developments, applications, and state-of-the-art techniques applied in spectroscopy. Ideas for a symposium talk/subject can be sent directly to Jens Lassen at