The conference program can be found here: APPSA Program.

In addition to “regular” conference programming, we have six exciting extracurricular options, including excursions and professional development sessions.

Professional Development Events

Breakfast + Roundtable: Women in Academia

Join us for breakfast, a roundtable featuring women in the academy on the topic of women in the academy, and network with women at all stages of the academic career. Bring questions, bring yourself, bring your appetite. All women APPSA conference attendees are welcome. Sunday 7:30-9:00 am. Free, but registration is required (on eventbrite).

Thanks to the Gender and Politics Lab and the Scholarship in the Arts Program (Provost’s Office) at Memorial University for sponsoring this event

Media Training Professional Development Workshop

Political Scientists are frequently called upon to provide expertise to the media on a variety of topics, sometimes close to their areas of research, many times not. Some academics do this work frequently, some avoid it completely. This 90-minute interactive professional development training (run by Communications Specialists working in Atlantic Canada) will provide you with some industry insights to help you better handle media requests, and will provide some practical tools to help you respond effectively in a number of different situations. Students, faculty, and all other APPSA conference participants are welcome to attend. Saturday 2-3:30 pm. Led by one-two Communications Specialists (names TBA). Free, but registration is required (on eventbrite).

Thanks to Memorial University’s Office of Public Engagement for generously providing funding for this event

Work Your Career: Positioning Your Political Science Graduate Studies for Career Success

How can graduate students in political science best position themselves for rewarding careers? Do you have to choose between preparing for an academic or non-academic career path? This interactive workshop based on the new book “Work Your Career: Get What You Want From Your Social Sciences or Humanities PhD” will outline tools to identify current career competencies and networks for both academic and non-academic careers simultaneously. Graduate students and all other APPSA conference participants are invited to attend. Saturday 3:30-5 pm. Led by Jonathan Malloy Free, but registration is required (on eventbrite).

Thanks to Jonathan Malloy for organizing this event


Excursions and Tours:

Tour of House of Assembly: Join us at 3:00pm Friday, October 12 for a private tour of the NL House of Assembly. The legislature is housed within the Confederation Building, about 3.5km from the Alt Hotel. Admission is free, but please register in advance (on eventbrite).

Thanks to Alex Marland for organizing this event.

Axe Throwing and Brewery Tour

Join us on Saturday from 2:30-6:00pm for an afternoon of axe throwing and beer drinking! Tour includes one hour of axe throwing at St. John’s own Jack Axes, the same location that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Frontier) visits when in Newfoundland for filming. Then join our tour guide for a walk through historic downtown St. John’s to the Mill St. Brewery for a brewery tour and a flight of beer featuring special local offerings. If interested, please register (on eventbrite).

Petty Harbour Tour – On Water Heritage Skills with Tea & Toutons

Experience the life of a fishing family by trying your hand at weaving rope (keep what you make), rinding sticks, flipping a dory, knitting a net. After a refreshment of tea, toutons and selection of homemade local berry jams- enjoy a ride in the harbour in Maggie the Punt or a dory flat and try your hand operating the tiller! (3 hour tour) Please register here (on eventbrite).


Please register for all excursions and professional development activities on Eventbrite (