The Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) was founded in 1973 and held its first conference at St. Francis Xavier University in 1975. APPSA has met every year since, making it the longest running continuous regional political science association in Canada.

Each year, a university in Atlantic Canada assumes the responsibility of organizing and hosting the annual conference.

St. F. X. U in Fall

June 21, 2020

Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Research Exchange

In lieu of an in-person conference, the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA) will host a research exchange in October 2020. Click here for more details.


May 19, 2020

After much deliberation and discussion, we have chosen to cancel the 2020 Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association Annual Conference scheduled for October 23–25, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has generated considerable uncertainty, particularly with regard to the health risks and travel restrictions that may be in place in the fall. While StFX does plan to open for students in September 2020, incoming public health protocols will significantly complicate our ability to plan the conference and will prevent us from holding the events that make conferences such enriching academic experiences.

In coordination with the APPSA community, we have decided to delay the scheduled line-up of conferences for one year. StFX looks forward to hosting the APPSA Annual Conference in October 2021.

We continue to examine the possibility of limited interim online options to facilitate academic presentations. A decision regarding online options is expected in early June 2020.