Institut nordique du Québec
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.
L'Institut nordique du Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) are happy to announce the candidates preselected for the « Mon projet nordique » contest.
Congratulations to the selected candidates! Come and encourage them!
Mon projet nordique
"The ultimate exercise in scientific popularization and synthesis, « Mon projet nordique », is a competition in which doctoral students will each have 5 minutes to present their northern research project. The purpose of the exercise: to popularize, inform and captivate."
The scientific community is invited to respond to this call for proposals, the main objective of which is to test, in practical terms and in collaboration with Indigenous communities, the potential of the cultural safety approach applied in the context of Indigenous students attending schools north of the 49th parallel, as well as those in schools north of the St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence, in order to better support the academic retention and educational success of Indigenous students. For all details.
Quebec City, March 1st, 2019 - The First Peoples Working Group of the Institut nordique du Québec, with the financial support of the Société du Plan Nord and the Cree Nation Government, will hold a two-day workshop in Oujé-Bougoumou, Eeyou Istchee, on April 2 and 3, 2019 to exchange on the best practices of respectfully sharing this unique wealth of knowledge between researchers and Indigenous people. Through the intervention of researchers, Indigenous representatives and knowledge holders, the workshop will also allow participants to discuss ways to increase the participation of Indigenous communities in research.
This workshop will bring together about 30 participants, including representatives and members of the four Indigenous nations of northern Quebec, as well as university researchers and government representatives.
Following the event, a report will be published containing the results of these discussions. The report will also contain recommendations on the tools to be put in place to enable greater community participation in research.
The Institut nordique du Québec brings together 16 Quebec universities and its mission is to develop a sustainable North based on a foundation of knowledge. Within the Institute, the First Peoples Working Group is composed of representatives of the four nations living in northern Quebec. Its mandate is to identify research needs and priorities for Indigenous communities, establish a responsible code of conduct for research, and establish the place of Indigenous knowledge within INQ.
For information :
Aude Therrien, research professional
(418) 656-2131, ext. 404527
Université Laval's Sentinel North program announces the opening of the Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition, from February 1 to March 10, 2019.
These grants and fellowships aim to encourage the best candidates to undertake or pursue research activities within the Sentinel North research program in a transdisciplinary environment.
Candidates who stand out by the excellence of their academic record and the innovative and multidisciplinary potential of their research project are invited to submit their application.
Learn more about all Sentinel North training programs : www.sentinelnorth.ulaval.ca/en/training-programs
Marie-France Gévry, Training Programs Coordinator
February 4, 2019 marks the start of the 3rd French language edition of MOOC |Northern Quebec: issues, spaces and cultures. More than 1,000 people have already registered for this free online training.
The participants have very varied profiles ranging from professionals working in the North who wish to better understand this environment and its inhabitants, to the curious who dream of discovering this mythical territory, to students who are tempted by the employment opportunities in the region.
The course, in its combined French and English versions, has already attracted more than 6,000 registrants since its launch in 2017. A huge success!
It is possible to register for MOOC until March 4.
Université Laval's CREATE-SMAART and Sentinel North programs offer students a unique opportunity to interact with top level scientists as part of a transdisciplinary and highly technological training program aimed to develop and deploy an optical device in northern conditions.
Registrations are open to recruit participants ready for an integrative and practical experience in the fields of engineering and optics at the Forêt Montmorency, the largest teaching and research forest in the world.
On the theme "Designing cool devices", the bootcamp will promote a lively, versatile and dynamic approach that includes theoretical training followed by practical workshops supervised by experts from various specialties.
The training will be provided in English.
The training will be preceded by a half-day of conferences from students and researchers from the CREATE-SMAART and Sentinel North programs, to which all are invited to participate. More information on this activity is available on the event page.
Applications are accepted until February 15, 2019.
For all details and registration: sentinellenord.ulaval.ca
The Institut nordique du Québec held its 3rd Science Day on November 28 at INRS. This was an event dedicated to research conducted within the three INQ research chairs. 70 people gathered for the event.
Two main themes, shared by the three INQ research chairs, were explored by the 14 presenters of the day "Mapping and Modelling of Northern Issues" and "Participatory Research".
Two student competitions were also held during the event. Here are the results:
1er Prize : Joanie St-Onge, MSc student in biology, associated with BOND - a Sentinel North project, Université Laval
L'amauti ou porte bébé trois-en-un (Free translation: The amauti or three-in-one baby carrier)
2e Prize : Andréanne Beardsell, PhD student in biology, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Prédation d’un nid de Grande Oies des neiges par un renard arctique (Free translation: Predation of a Greater Snow Goose nest by an Arctic fox)
3e Prize : Marianne Falardeau, PhD student natural resource sciences, McGill University
Préparer le pitsi sur le terrain (Free translation: Preparing pitsi on the land)
Group Photo: Photo and Poster Contest Winners
From left to right : Thierry Rodon, Marianne Falardeau, Gwyneth A. MacMillan, Joanie St-Onge, Murray Humphries, Catherine Van Doorn, Jasmin Roy and Arianne B. St-Amour
Predatory journals are illegitimate journals that solicit researchers by e-mail by offering them to publish their articles in open access in exchange for a fee. The problem is that these journals offer no guarantee of the legitimacy of the articles published in them. Peer review may be deficient or absent. Thus, publishing in these journals has no scientific value.
An email targeting researchers interested in the North and the Arctic has been circulating for almost a year. It is distributed by an editor of a predatory journal who has appropriated the name and image of Arctic magazine, published at the University of Calgary. The latter has also warned its authors and readers here.
Some characteristics of a predatory review:
Feel free to contact your disciplinary librarian if you have any questions about predatory reviews.
Thank you to Joë Bouchard, Consulting Librarian at Université Laval, for sharing the news with us.
Jasmin Raymond, chairholder of the INQ research chair in Northern Geothermal Potential and scientific leader of the LOG, will open the doors of his laboratory to us on November 28. Come and discover this laboratory inspired by the philosophy behind open source software and learn more about the geothermal potential of the North.
Visit the INQ’s 3rd Science Day website
Sentinel North and its partners invite students, researchers and research professionals from all disciplines to participate in one of those free training workshops offered this fall:
Places are limited and registration is mandatory (details in the links).
This program provides supplementary funds for transportation, living, interpreter fee and freight expenses, to offset the high cost of conducting northern topics from all disciplines. Circumpolar projects are also eligible for funding.
Your university’s Northern Studies Committee must approve your application and submit it to the NSTP Secretariat by December 1st. The university committee will need to have your application earlier, so make sure to find out what their submission deadline is. Inquiries should be addressed to: Northern Scientific Training Program.
The MOOC | Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Culture will be available in its English version this fall the digital learning environment of Université Laval. This free online course is open to everyone. This course offers an introduction to the sociopolitical issues of Northern Quebec, the ancestral territory of many Aboriginal peoples. This course focuses on understanding the culture of northern communities, the place of these lands in our collective psyche, and the different perspectives of territorial development and sociopolitical evolution.
The French edition will be offered in January 2019. Registration is already open.
Register for the English version (October 8 to December 3, 2018).
Register for the French version (February 4 to April 2, 2019)
More details on the MOOC | Northern Quebec
What's a MOOC ?
A massive open online course (MOOC) is a free online training open to all.
The INQ will organize two sessions during the next edition of the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland.
Lightning talks from the winners of the Mon projet nordique/My Northern Project competition: PhD students from Québec and the Nordics
Preserving the Biodiversity – Exploring New Conservation Planning Models
Northern regions are vital for their biodiversity features and ecosystem services. These regions also harbor major resources that are attractive options for industrial development projects. Balancing the use of northern lands in ways that ensure the long-term maintenance of these globally important biodiversity and ecosystem services while allowing economically advantageous resource extraction is the challenge of our time.
This session is organized by the Société du Plan Nord, the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie and the INQ.
The program for the event is not yet available. To find out where and when these two sessions will take place during the Arctic Circle Assembly, check out our next newsletters or our website in the coming weeks.
Register for the Arctic Circle Assembly.
The "Arctic Sustainability" Summit, in which the INQ was a partner, took place on May 23 and 24 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. This summit was presented as part of the G7 Research Summits hosted throughout 2018.
Various themes related to the North and the Arctic were discussed by individual panels. Louis Fortier, INQ's Science and Innovation Director, participated on “Arctic Climate Change and Global Implications” panel. He also moderated the panel discussion on “Accessible, Usable, and Timely Science.”
The participants on “The Student Perspective” panel organized by the INQ. Nicolo Giordano (INRS), Glenda Sandy (Université Laval), Gwyneth Anne McMillan (Université de Montréal) and Marianne Falardeau (McGill University). Karla Williamson (moderator, University of Saskatchewan) is absent from the picture.
The INQ's primary mandate was to select the speakers for the panel reserved for the next generation of scientists, "The Student Perspective". They made 8 recommendations to the northern and Arctic scientific community.
Here are their recommendations:
* Note that some of the recommendations (4,5 and 6) were extracted from a survey initiated by Gwyneth MacMillan and Marianne Falardeau of APECS Canada and reflect the opinions of 44 young northern researchers. The reminding recommendations were proposed by “The Student Perspective” panel.
The final of the Mon projet nordique competition, presented by the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and UArctic.
Arctic Circle Assembly participants are invited to attend the final of the Mon projet nordique competition, which brings together six PhD students from Québec (Canada) and six international PhD students. These remarkable student researchers are ready to present their projects and provide insight into critical issues currently facing northern environments. Join them at the international final of this contest during the Arctic Circle Assembly between October 19 and October 21st in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Come listen to the students’ five-minute presentations and vote for a “Public’s Choice” winner from each continent!
Winners of the competition, Québec
Winners of the Competition, International Students
Do you know anyone who has made a meaningful impact to the scientific community in the North?
APECS Canada and the ASA ArcticNet Students Association are looking to recognize a mentor who has contributed significantly over a period of several years to the mentoring and fostering of polar early career researchers in Canada. Visit their website for more details.
As part of the « Mon projet nordique » contest presented on June 5, 2018, the Institut nordique du Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature and Technology (FRQNT) unveiled the six students who garnered the top honors of the « Mon projet nordique ».
These students will present their project during the Arctic Circle Assembly which will take place in October 2018 in Reykjavik, Iceland. They will present alongside six Scandinavian students selected by UArctic.
Congratulations to the winners!
From left to right: Alexandre Baillargeon, director of interdepartmental relations, Société du Plan Nord, Marie-Frédérique Desbiens, FRQSC program manager, Marianne Falardeau, laureate, Claune Pinel, FRQNT program director, Maryse Lassonde, FRQNT scientific director, Myriam Labbé, laureate, Mafalda Miranda, laureate, Samuel Gagnon, laureate, Charles-Olivier Simard, laureate, Pierrick Lamontagne-Hallé, laureate and Brigitte Bigué, INQ project director.
L'Institut nordique du Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies FRQNT are happy to announce the candidates selected for the Mon projet nordique contest.
The ultimate exercise in scientific popularization and synthesis, Mon projet nordique, is a competition in which 18 doctoral students will each have 5 minutes to present their northern research project. The purpose of the exercise: to popularize, inform and captivate.
The selected candidates are:
The report of the forum on the research needs of First Peoples is now available. Researchers, members and representatives of the Anicinape, Atikamekw, Cree, Innu, Inuit, and Naskapi Indigenous nations had a discussion on First Peoples' research needs.
For more information, click here.
The three "comités sectoriels d’éthique de la recherche" from Université Laval are launching a call for applications to find representatives of First Nations wishing to join their committee.
For more information, click here.
Sentinel North announces the opening of the third Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships competition.
Closing date: April 10, 2018
For more information, click here.
The Institut nordique du Québec launches its call for proposals for the contest Mon projet nordique. The deadline for proposals is April 27, 4:00 pm.
For more information, click here.
Nasivvik Research Chair in Ecosystem Approaches to Northern Health invites you to a cocktail to close off the 48th AMAP Human Health Assessment Group meeting. This is a unique opportunity to meet with AMAP delegates from several circumpolar countries and colleagues from the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.
When: on the evening of March 1, 2018 (5 to 7).
Where: pub Galway, 1112 Avenue Cartier, Québec, QC G1R 2S5