Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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The IDEAS Initiative

IDEAS (Innovation, Diversity, Exploration & Advancement in STEM) Initiative is a volunteer organisation created to launch a multifaceted offensive against sexism in the natural sciences. The IDEAS Initiative is designed is to oversee and coordinate activities that encourage the advancement of under-represented groups in physics. This is done through a two step multi-generational methodology: The Initiative will aim to develop the existing Canadian STEM community, then utilize this community to foster a love and passion of the natural sciences in adolescents across the nation. IDEAS Initiative programming emphasizes community and values-based education, fun, fostering a love of the sciences, leadership development, individual growth, and team-based problem solving.

The IDEAS Initiative was founded at Queen's University by graduate students in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy. The IDEAS Initiative is supported primarily by the Queen's University Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, The Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute, SNOLAB, and The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

The IDEAS Initiative was formerly known as the GIRLS (Girls for Innovation, Research, Leadership & Science) Initiative.

2021 IDEAS Programming

In 2021, the IDEAS Initiative will be coordinating the following activities:

Future Programming:

The IDEAS Initiative is currently looking for institutional partners across Canada to host the IDEAS Summer Camp at additional locations in 2021. If interested, please contact us at