Institut nordique du Québec

Institut nordique du Québec - Ensemble pour le Nord


Événement INQConference: L’Arctique, bande-annonce du climat

Conférence Déclic

  • When: Le 1er juin 2019, à 15h00
  • Duration: 60 minutes (20 min. of presentation, 40 min. of discussion)
  • Cost: Free, attendance prize
  • Where: Québec, Parc d’Espace 400e, as part of la Foire Écosphère – Environnement et Écohabitation

The Arctic is already suffering the full impact of climate change. The average temperature in northern Canada has increased by more than 2 degrees over the past 70 years, three times more than the global average! The scale of the upheaval observed in the far North foreshadows what could happen in the coming decades at lower latitudes. How is the Arctic changing? What does this tell us about the future? Come and speak with Arctic specialist Philippe Archambault, professor at Université Laval. This participatory conference will be moderated by journalist Valérie Borde.

Philippe Archambault is a full professor in the Biology Department at Université Laval. His work focuses on marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, as well as the impact of global changes on ecosystems, mainly in the Arctic.

This activity is presented by Déclic – Centre d’excellence sur le dialogue entre les scientifiques et le public, with support from the Fonds de recherche du Québec and the Institut nordique du Québec.

CMOS Speaking Tour | Climate-Engineering Dialogue in the Context of Arctic Engineering Systems

Pavillon Optique-photonique, room 1168 (2375, rue de la Terrasse Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6) on the Université Laval campus
10h30 on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes focussed on quantifying and reducing uncertainties in climate projections and weather predictions for Canada’s northern regions. A number of land-related modules were improved and/or implemented in the Canadian regional climate models as part of this Network, which has led to better simulations for the region and improved understanding of processes and feedbacks. However, the climate model simulations available are still too coarse to provide information at the spatial resolution required for many engineering applications. Changing land dynamics and properties, particularly related to permafrost degradation, and extreme events can have significant impacts on both surface and subsurface infrastructure. Adapting to permafrost degradation will require remedial measures to be applied to existing infrastructure and new approaches in designing and building new infrastructure. This talk will look at some of the engineering-relevant aspects of weather and climate, including extremes, for the Arctic and will discuss impacts and adaptation strategies and framework for selected engineering operations and infrastructure systems. Due to the rapid warming projected in Arctic regions, it is very likely that at least several tipping points will be crossed, some of which might pose important risks to infrastructure. Specialized analyses of climate model outputs from this perspective to estimate important thresholds for selected engineering systems will also be presented.

Laxmi SushamaLaxmi Sushama is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Trottier Chair in Sustainability in Engineering and Design at McGill University. She has held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Regional Climate Modeling, leveraging her research expertise in engineering hydrology, water resources engineering, climate science and regional earth system modelling. By integrating high-latitude land-atmosphere processes, feedbacks and interactions into climate models, her research strongly influenced regional climate modelling and its applications for cold regions. Her current research also focuses on climate-sustainability nexus with a special emphasis on urban environments, climate resilience of infrastructure and sustainability in engineering design. She has also led major Networks, including the most recent NSERC-funded Canadian Network for Regional Climate and Weather Processes.

Le Québec et l’Arctique

The Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie invites you to a lunchtime conference entitled "Le Québec et l'Arctique". The activity will be conducted in French.

The conference will be presented by Mathieu Landriault (University of Ottawa), Stéphane Roussel (ENAP) and Jean-François Payette (UQAM).

When :
Tuesday, 5 March 2019 from 12h15 to 13h30
Where :
Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie, Édifice Hector-Fabre, salle Jean-Chapdelaine, 1 étage

525, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, Québec (Québec) G1R 5R9

« Le Québec et l’Arctique »

In the recent past, Quebec has included an Arctic component in its International Policy. At the same time, Arctic governance has evolved, facilitating the entry of new players into the establishment of rules and standards for the Arctic region. This new governance opens up opportunities for a province like Quebec, both economically and in terms of identity. On the other hand, competition is increasing to make the most of a scene in which companies, sovereign states, non-governmental organizations and indigenous communities are intertwined. This conference will analyze the opportunities and obstacles that exist for an active presence of Quebec in the Arctic region.

The activity is free, but you must register by sending an email to :

OHMI-Nunavik 2019

The annual OHIM-Nunavik seminar (Tukisik Project) will be held on February 11, 12 and 13, 2019 and the registration period has begun.

During this seminar, which brings together all those interested in the North in general and Nunavik in particular, the researchers and their students present the progress of their research.

In addition to presentations, workshops focusing on themes of interest to the majority of researchers are also organized, such as participatory research or research in an indigenous context. Researchers "outside" OHIM-Nunavik and their students, working on subjects that meet the Observatory's objectives, are also invited each year to present their results and possibly develop collaborations with OHIM.

Free event, but registration is required by January 31.

Event website

Événement INQINQ's 3rd Science Day - Thinking together for the future

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Participate in the Institut Nordique du Québec’s 3rd Science Day on November 28, 2018 at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in Quebec City.

Organized by the three INQ Research Chairs, the event will provide an opportunity for students, researchers and partners to discuss the importance of participatory and interdisciplinary research to address northern issues and respond to research needs in the North.

Event website

ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting

10 to 14 December 2018

Experts from all over Canada will convene in Ottawa to discuss the many issues resulting from climate change and modernization in the Arctic. This 5-day conference will explore the latest findings in Arctic research, touching on topics such as dwindling sea ice, community health and education, changing wildlife habitats, international boundary disputes, commercial shipping, and resource exploitation. Hosted by ArcticNet, a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence, in collaboration with its national partners, the event is the largest Arctic and Northern research gathering held in Canada.

Event website

Événement INQScience Bar / Adapting to a North in Motion: Ecosystems and Communities

On May 12, 2018, La Korrigane microbrewery will host a Science Bar organized by several northern research groups from Université Laval (Centre d'études nordiques, Québec-Ocean, CIÉRA, Sentinel North, Takuvik and Institut nordique du Québec). The activity takes place in the context of 24 Hours of Science that explores the theme of the Movement this year.

We propose a relaxed evening of scientific discussion about the changing Arctic environment, research that is being conducted there and prospects for the future. The discussion with the invited experts and the general public will focus on three main issues:

  1. What are the migratory movements of plant, animal and human species in the North?
  2. What are the impacts of these movements on the territory and on the northern communities and what are the adaptation strategies?
  3. Are we able to follow these movements, both by new technologies and by traditional knowledge?


  • Eric Bharucha, ing. Chief Technology Officer, Sentinel North Instrument Development Platform
  • Gilles Gauthier, Scientific Director of the Centre d'études nordiques (CEN), Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Tundra Food Webs
  • Serge Ashini Goupil, Councilor for the Innu Nation - Co-founder of the Friends of the Mushuau-nipi Corporation
  • Lyne Morissette, Director M - Marine Expertise, Ecosystem and Marine Mammal Specialist
  • Pascale Ropars, Postdoctoral researcher, Plant Ecologist specializing in Arctic ecosystems

The discussion will be moderated by Valérie Levée, a journalist specializing in science, architecture and urbanism.

You can register via the Facebook event

INQ: Partner of the Arctic sustainability summit

As part of the G7 Research Summits held throughout 2018, the Arctic sustainability summit will be held May 23-24 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The Summit aims to bring together national and international leaders to chart the future sustainability of the Arctic and energize the statement of the Académies des sciences du G7 entitled: L’Arctique : la pérennité des communautés nordiques dans le contexte de systèmes océaniques en mutation.

Please see the preliminary program.

You have until May 15th to register.

Événement INQNorthern Days

On June 5th and 6th, attend the Northern Days which will be held at l’École d’architecture de l’Université Laval. Join us for the second edition of Mon projet nordique and a for the Interdisciplinary Exchange Day on the North

For more details, visit the event's page.

Colloque annuel CIÉRA

The annual conference of Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones (CIÉRA) will be held in Québec City on April 26 and 27 at the Musée de la civilisation. This conference will reflect on the stakes of reconciliation between Canadian Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from Canada.

For more information, click here.

Événement INQSecond Northern Research Day

McGill North and the Institut nordique du Québec are pleased to announce the Second Northern Research Day that will be held at McGill Faculty Club and Conference Centre, in Montreal, on January 24th, 2018. This day will allow the participants to create stronger links between McGill students and researchers, as well as with researchers from other universities in Quebec.

For more details, consult the event's page.


  • February 23, 2018 - Conférence : « Développer le Québec nordique : Pour qui? Pour quoi? »
  • June 6, 2017 - Journée de la science 2017 de l’INQ
  • May 2017 - 85e Congrès de l'Acfas – Colloque de l’Institut nordique du Québec
  • March 7-8, 2017 - Forum sur les besoins de recherche des Premiers Peuples (PDF)
  • Frbruary 16-17, 2017 - Colloque annuel du Centre d’études nordiques
  • June 16, 2016 - INQ | Forum santé nord 2016 (PDF)
  • April 26, 2016 - 9e édition | Objectif Nord
  • February 26, 2016 - Midi-conférence: 400 ans de défis pour les samis du nord de la scandinavie (PDF)
  • October 16-18, 2015 - conférence Arctic Circle, session Sustainable development in Northern Quebec: Challenges and Innovation (PDF)
  • October 28, 2014 - Forum sur l'habitation nordique (website)