Call for Abstracts – CAP 2021 Congress

We are pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted (oral and poster) for the 2021 CAP Virtual Congress which will be held from June 6-10, 2021 using the browser-based platform (no software installation required).

This Congress is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the achievements of physicists in Canada and abroad.

Submit an abstract and share your research. For supervisors, the virtual setting offers a great opportunity to showcase the work of all your students.



Ready to submit? Click here.  

Oral presentation abstracts must be submitted by the deadline of February 28th, 2021 in order to be considered. As there is limited time available for oral presentations, poster submissions are encouraged.

Post-deadline poster abstracts will be accepted for a limited period of time once the abstracts submitted on time have been processed.

The 2021 Congress will include a Best Student Competition for both oral and poster presentations. CAP membership is required to participate, and division membership is required to be eligible for division prizes. More details on the competitions, including instructions on how to enter, will
be available on Monday, Feb 8 on our Congress webpage.



To ensure that the conference is available to our members from coast-to-coast, the conference will be scheduled between 10h30 EDT and 17h30 EDT. This means that the amount of time available for our delegate presentations is much more limited than what has been offered during the in-person congress.

To maximize the number of oral presentations that can be accommodated during this compressed time schedule, Division Chairs have been encouraged to organize their sessions using a flipped hybrid mode. This means that presenters will pre-record videos of their presentations and then participate in an online session where they will give a live summary/update of their pre-recorded presentation and participate in a question and answer session dedicated to the talks ascribed to their session.

All pre-recorded talks will be made available to registered delegates approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of the Congress. In addition to the early material, the live program will be recorded and all recordings will be made available to registered delegates for a period of time following the Congress.



Our plenary sessions include talks by Avery Broderick (U.Waterloo/Perimeter Institute), Brian Wilson (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre), Alessandra Lanzara (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab), Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (U. of New Hampshire), and Renée Horton (NASA Headquarters).

What you can look forward to in addition to the plenary talks noted above and our program of oral sessions :

  • Herzberg Public Lecture
  • Community Update by NSERC President
  • Science Policy Workshop
  • Presentation of EDI Survey results
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Networking events using an integrated GatherTown platform, including
    poster sessions and exhibitor booths
  • Symposia Day, including a session celebrating Nobel laureate James Peebles



As the 2021 congress is being offered virtually, the costs associated with running the Congress are lower than are associated with in-person events; however, there are still costs involved that need to be recovered, including among other things, the costs of the Congress management software and the staff time associated with the Congress. The fee structure that has been adopted for this year was set following a careful review of both of those factors. Click here to see the registration fees.



Feb 4, 2021: Abstract Submission System opens

Feb 28, 2021: Abstract Submission System closes

First week of April, 2021: Early Registration Opens / Program available

May 10, 2021: Oral and Poster Presenters: Deadline for submission of advanced materials

May 25, 2021: Early Registration Closes

May 26, 2021: Late Registration Opens

June 11, 2021: Late Registration Closes