Students & Educators

Canadian-American-Mexican (CAM) Graduate Student Physics Conference

CAM 2013 Poster

The CAM Conference is a joint meeting of the Canadian, American and Mexican Physical Societies which is held every second year, cycling between locations in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, with Canada hosting the CAM conference every sixth year (click here for a history of locations/attendance).  

The conference focuses on the research done by graduate students. Plenary contributions from established scientists will also give the student participants exposure to ongoing research in diverse sub-fields. Students share the results of their research with senior scientists and international peers in their own field, as well as with those focused on other disciplines within physics. The aim of the CAM Conference is to provide an outstanding opportunity for students to develop professional skills, learn a broad range of physics topics, and initiate interactions across geographical borders. Furthermore, it will foster communication and exchange of ideas among students of various backgrounds and interests.


The 2013 CAM Conference will be held at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The conference will be held August 15th-18th, 2013.

Conference programs are now available.

Download maps of CAM locations and other useful information!

Lab Tours are being organized for Thursday, August 15th. 

Registration for CAM 2013 is now open, with early registration rates available until July 15th.

The conference schedule is now online.

Abstract submission is now closed for both oral and poster presentations. To check on the status of your abstract, or to submit a poster abstract, please visit the Indico website at Unfortunately the travel grant deadline has passed for Canadian and Mexican students, so posters submitted in July from non-US institutions will not qualify for travel support.

Guidelines for Speakers

Talk Guidelines and Tips
The talks are 12 minutes long, plus 3 minutes for questions.  The moderator will stop you if you go over time, so if you want to be able to conclude, it's in your best interest to ensure your talk has good timing. A general guideline is 1 minute per slide, though this varies considerably depending on how much (or little) you like to say for each slide.
A 12 minute talk is quite short! Since your audience will not be specialists in your field, it is likely that in order to be understandable, at least half of your talk will consist of background and motivation. It helps to have someone in another field of physics listen to your talk beforehand to give you advice on making it intelligible. Finally, having a clear layout and sections for your talk is important, but 12 minutes is not enough to spend time slowly going through a table of contents.
Keeping slides clear of unnecessary text pleases most members of the audience and makes the talk easier to comprehend. Also, all fonts are not made equal and selecting a high quality font is important, partly because many physics graduate students read this webcomic:
Before your session starts, bring your talk on a USB key into the room and let the moderator load your talk onto the computer. There will not be enough time to load your talk between speakers within a session. Please prepare to use our computer, not yours - we are on a tight schedule and it is much faster to use a single computer. Besides, when the computer  minimizes your talk to update Adobe Reader and Sophos Antivirus and Windows XP, then restarts, it will be our fault, not yours.
The best format for your talk is a .pdf. The computers do have copies of Powerpoint, but if you plan on using Powerpoint you should check through your talk on one of the computers well before your session, as fonts and colours can change significantly from computer to computer.
Poster Guidelines and Tips
Poster printing is often plagued by file type conversion problems. Leave enough time between poster printing and the conference date! Ideally your poster should be printed off by now.
Posters are maximum 5 feet high by 4 feet wide. Typical sizes for posters are 3 feet high by 4 feet wide (36 inches by 48 inches).
	Posters should be hung Saturday morning and left until Sunday if possible. At the latest they must be hung during the 14:50 coffee break on Saturday, before you
attend the public lecture. 
A poster must actively grab attention because poster session attendees have a limited time and many posters to look at. That means you need a very clear and concise introduction and a very clear and concise conclusion, as well as a layout that is pleasing to the eye.
Be sure to stay near your poster as much as possible during the poster session, and try to encourage attendees to learn about your work.

Future CAM Conferences

Under the current CAM planning cycle, CAM2015 will be held in Mexico, CAM2017 will be held in the United States, and CAM2019 will be held in Canada.  Shortly after the 2017 conference is held, the CAP will be inviting bids to host the 2019 conference from Canadian universities who sent at least 2 delegates to the 2017 CAM Conference, with the expectation that at least one of those delegates would be acting as a co-chair of the 2019 conference local organizing committee.  A planning kit, which includes instructions on how to bid for the Canadian CAM conference, can be found at the bottom of this page.  As this conference is jointly organized by graduate students from the CAP, APS, and the SMF and the working language of the conference is English, the planning kit and associated documentation is available only in English.