What is the Atlantic Geoscience Society?

The Atlantic Geoscience Society (AGS) brings together earth scientists from universities, government institutions, and the mining, petroleum, and offshore exploration industries in the Atlantic Provinces. Its membership includes professional geologists, students, and interested members of the public. It is an entirely volunteer association with a small membership fee. AGS is affiliated with the Geological Association of Canada (GAC) and the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG).

What are its goals?

The primary goal of the Atlantic Geoscience Society is communication of ideas and information about the Earth and earth science to both the professional geoscience community and the general public.

What are its activities?

The AGS holds executive meetings and an annual colloquium in late January or early February, usually in one of the smaller centres in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. This serves mainly as a forum for AGS members to present the results of their current research, and may also include invited speakers from outside the Atlantic Provinces who give scientific papers on topics of special interest to AGS members. In recent years, workshops have also been held at these meetings to educate AGS members on recent developments in earth science. From time to time, AGS has organized or participated in national and international scientific conferences, including the Geological Association of Canada - Mineralogical Association of Canada (GAC-MAC) annual meeting in Halifax in 1980 and Wolfville in 1992, a Symposium on Sedimentary Basins of Atlantic Canada and Worldwide Analogues held in Halifax in 1986. AGS publishes a newsletter that is distributed free of charge to its members. It also publishes a professional journal, "Atlantic Geology" (formerly "Maritime Sediments and Atlantic Geology"), which is subscribed to by members and non-members as well as university and government libraries. AGS has also undertaken a range of special projects, mainly directed towards increasing public awareness of earth science and providing information on the geology and mineral deposits of the Atlantic Provinces to the general public. These projects include geological highway maps of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, safety manuals, field guides to sites of geological interest, and a series of videos on the geology and mineral resources of the Atlantic Provinces.