Journal Clubs

If you’re looking to stay up to date with the goings-on of your science niche, here’s your one-stop-shop and signpost of where to go looking for likeminded folks with whom you may like to discuss!

If there is a physics or astronomy journal club that is missing from this page please let us know by emailing the current Academic rep.


Who: everyone is welcome! The room is generally populated by mostly astronomy grad students, but non-astronomy students have been known to drop by for a cup o’ joe and several astronomy faculty members join regularly. Undergraduate students doing research at UVic and visiting students/faculty are also welcome.

What: AstroCoffee is a weekly event where folks bring recent astronomy papers or news for general discussion. This is a great way to learn about the important things going on in the broader astronomy community, which can be tough when you have so many things on your plate! Fresh coffee is brewed, teas are available, and occasionally snacks!

Where: in the 4th floor lounge.

When: every Friday at 10am. Usually pause at Winter break (mid December to mid January) and in deep Summer (July/August).

Communication: discord.

Facilitators: Max (mkurzner[AT], Scott (swilkinson[AT]


Who: High Energy Physics (HEP) enthusiasts of all experience levels are welcome!

What: Each week, we meet up to discuss new publications in the field of high energy physics. These include papers from large particle physics experiments such as ATLAS, Belle-II, Super Kamiokande, DUNE (the one without Timothée Chalamet) and more!

Where: 4th Floor Lounge

When: Fridays at 4 pm

Communication: #hep-tea channel on the PAGSA discord

Facilitators: Caleb Miller (calebmiller[AT]

GARGOYLE: Galactic Astronomy Reading Group On Your Last wEekday

Who: astronomy graduate students and post-docs working in the field of Galactic and extragalactic astronomy. Occasionally, guest speakers are invited to join to answer high level questions about a niche topic.

What: collectively, GARGOYLE members select one paper per week for the entire group to read in advance and discuss their understanding, impressions, opinions, etc. in an open forum format. We uphold a welcoming and non-judgmental environment where there are no such things as dumb questions. GARGOYLE members motivate and learn together.

Where: TBD

When: TBD. Usually pause during Summer semester and Winter break.

Communication: email list.

Facilitators: Shoshannah (sjbyrnem[AT], Scott (swilkinson[AT]