Institut nordique du Québec

Institut nordique du Québec - Ensemble pour le Nord


Conference: 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.

Événement INQMon projet nordique: Announcement of the Preselected Candidates

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.

  • Lisa Zoé Auclert, PhD candidate in Microbiology Immunology, Université Laval
  • Cheick Doumbia, PhD candidate in water sciences, INRS
  • Milad Fakhari, PhD candidate in Earth Sciences, INRS
  • Laurent Ferrier, PhD candidate in engineering, UQAR
  • Sarah Gauthier, Master's candidate in Geographic Sciences (MSc), in accelerated doctoral transition process, Université Laval
  • Élisa Gouin, PhD candidate in architecture, Université Laval
  • Hakim Herbane, PhD candidate in architecture, Université Laval
  • Mireille Lambert-Harvey, PhD candidate in anthropology, Université Laval
  • John-Samuel Mackay, PhD candidate in Anthropology, Université Laval
  • Fahed Martini, PhD candidate in engineering, UQAR
  • Marta Moreno Ibanez, PhD candidate in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, UQÀM
  • Linda Nowack, PhD candidate in biology, Université Laval
  • Thomas Pacoureau, PhD candidate in Earth Sciences, INRS
  • Anaïs Remili, PhD candidate in Natural Resources Sciences, McGill University
  • Vincent Taillard, PhD candidate in Earth Sciences, INRS
  • Marika Vachon, PhD candidate in architecture, Université Laval

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 cultural safety approach to support the retention and educational success of Indigenous students

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.

Événement INQThe four Indigenous nations of northern Quebec meet in Oujé-Bougoumou for a workshop on Indigenous knowledge

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.

Click here to go to the Traditional Knowledge Workshop

For information :
Aude Therrien, research professional
(418) 656-2131, ext. 404527

Opening of the Sentinel North excellence scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships

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.

  • Deadline to apply: March 10, 2019

Learn more about all Sentinel North training programs :

Contact :
Marie-France Gévry, Training Programs Coordinator

Événement INQMore than 1,000 people registered for the MOOC

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.

Link to register

Bootcamp : Designing Cool Devices, From Development to Deployment of an Optical Tool in a Northern Environment

Sentinelle Nord BootcampUniversité 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.

  • When : 26-28 February, 2019
  • Where : Forêt Montmorency, Réserve faunique des Laurentides

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:

Événement INQSummary of INQ's 3rd Science Day

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:

The scientific poster competition was won by:
  • 1st Prize : Arianne B. St-Amour, MSc student in Geography, Université Laval
    Caractérisation du pergélisol à l’aide d’un outil d’investigation géophysique à des fins d’aménagement, Inukjuak, Nunavik (Free translation : Permafrost characterization using a geophysical investigation tool for development purposes, Inukjuak, Nunavik)
  • 2nd Prize : Gwyneth A. MacMillan, PhD student in biological sciences at the Université de Montréal, and Marianne Falardeau, PhD student in natural resources, McGill University
    Highlighting the potential of peer-led workshops in training early career researchers for conducting research with Indigenous communities
  • 3rd Prize : Catherine Van Doorn, MSc student in biology, associated with BriGHT - a Sentinel North project, Université Laval
    Est-ce que le changement dans la dynamique des glaces en Arctique influence la valeur nutritive du réseau trophique benthique du Nunavik au Canada ? (Free translation: Does a change in ice dynamics in the Arctic influence the nutritional value of Nunavik's benthic food web in Canada?)
The photo contest was won by:

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

Warning to researchers

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:

  • It sends fraudulent solicitation emails for the submission of articles;
  • It does not mention the members of its editorial committee, introduces false members or members who do not have relevant expertise;
  • It does not have a real peer review process;
  • It promises a very fast peer review process;
  • It claims to be indexed in known databases, but in reality is not, and has no archiving policy;
  • It uses titles or websites very similar to those of reputable journals to confuse researchers.

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.

Événement INQA guided tour of the Geothermal Open Laboratory (LOG) during the INQ’s 3rd Science Day

Laboratoire ouvert de géothermie

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.

Are you familiar with this laboratory and its special terms of use? The LOG is accessible free of charge to the entire scientific community. Only one condition applies: within 3 years of their visit to LOG, researchers must share the results of their analyses with the LOG management team. All results will be recorded in a web-based database to create a public directory of the thermal and hydraulic properties of geological materials.

Visit the INQ’s 3rd Science Day website

Sentinel North - Free training workshops

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).

Funding opportunity - The Northern Scientific Training Program

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.

Événement INQTwo new editions of the MOOC | Northern Quebec are scheduled

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 at the Arctic Circle Assembly 2018 (October 19 to 21, 2018)

The INQ will organize two sessions during the next edition of the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Session 1

Lightning talks from the winners of the Mon projet nordique/My Northern Project competition: PhD students from Québec and the Nordics

This session, organized by INQ, FRQNT, and UArctic, will host the international final of the "Mon projet nordique" contest. 12 students will present their Northern research project in 5 minutes.

Session 2

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.

INQ at the "Arctic Sustainability" Summit

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.”

Panel du Sommet sur la pérennité de l’Arctique

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:

  1. Research with indigenous people should be undertaken with the collaboration and input from community in determining how the research will be conducted and in consideration of the community’s priorities /needs
  2. Inclusion of indigenous people knowledge in research, particularly as it relates to analysis/discussion
  3. Engaging indigenous youth in research by creating mentorship opportunities within Indigenous communities that will develop and shape the future of Indigenous research
  4. Improved training for early-career researchers (ECRs) on collaborative research with northern Indigenous communities *
  5. Changes to the research funding structure to allow for ECRs to collaborate and share their research with communities *
  6. More academic recognition and rewards for the community-collaborative work *
  7. Plan aboriginal consultations to ask for permission to build whatever building/plant/system
  8. Develop knowledge transfer activities on renewable energy to disseminate the technology and facilitate the development of indigenous renewable energy firms

* 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.

Événement INQ12 PhD Students Will have 5 Minutes to Present their Northern Project

Institut nordique du QuébecFonds de recherche Nature et technologiesUniversity of the Arctic

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.

The Mon projet nordique competition, funded by the INQ, FRQNT and UArctic, involved a total of sixty participants on two continents over the past six months.

Come listen to the students’ five-minute presentations and vote for a “Public’s Choice” winner from each continent!

Winners of the competition, Québec

  • Marianne Falardeau, PhD student in natural resource sciences, McGill University, Scenarios for a rapidly changing Arctic region: Looking ahead for planning today
  • Samuel Gagnon, PhD student in geography, Université Laval, Understanding climate change with ice wedges
  • Myriam Labbé, PhD student in microbiology, Université Laval, Itsy-bitsy secrets of an aquatic Winogradsky column: Viral diversity and genetic potential
  • Pierrick Lamontagne-Hallé, PhD student in earth sciences, McGill University, Cold regions groundwater modelling: Impacts of permafrost thaw on hydrology
  • Mafalda Miranda, PhD student in earth sciences, INRS-ETE, Assessment of the deep geothermal energy resource potential in Nunavik, Northern Québec, Canada
  • Charles-Olivier Simard, PhD student in demography, Université de Montréal, Housing and Household in Inuit Nunangat, 1991-2016: a Demographic Perspective

Winners of the Competition, International Students

  • Kirill Gurvich, PhD student in social science, University in Bodø, Norway, Sociocultural adaptation of refugees in the Circumpolar region: a comparative study of social work practices in Norway and Canada
  • Anders Haglund, PhD student in history, philosophy and religious studies, Umeå University, Sweden, ”A new sense of community and belonging”: Citizenship, Welfare and Sami Policy n Swedish Arctic Regional Politics 1862-1960
  • Berta Morata, PhD student in environmental and natural resources engineering, Luleå University Technology, Sweden, Spaces of Water, Energy and Resources. Territories of Urbanism in the Arctic
  • Mirva Salminen, PhD student in political science, University of Lapland, Finland, Refocusing and Redefining Cybersecurity: Human Security in the Digitalising European High North
  • Sheridan Thompson, Interdisciplinary PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, Geomorphological Evolution on the Southeast Coast of Iceland: Worldviews of Nature and Adaptation to Rapid Environmental and Climate Change
  • Lauri Turpeinen, PhD student in european ethnology, University of Helsinki, Finland, Understanding the effects of cultures of migration in Northern peripheries

Organizing Committee:

  • Institut nordique du Québec : Brigitte Bigué, Project Director
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec : Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director of the Québec Nature and Technology Research Fund
  • UArctic : Outi Snellman, Vice-President Organization

Call for Nominations

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.

Événement INQThe Winners of the 2018 Edition of « Mon projet nordique »

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 ».

  • Marianne Falardeau, doctoral candidate in Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, Une approche novatrice d’élaboration de scénarios socio-écologiques: Étude de cas dans la région du Kitikmeot au Nunavut
  • Samuel Gagnon, doctoral candidate in Geography, Université Laval, Comprendre les changements climatiques avec les coins de glace
  • Myriam Labbé, doctoral candidate in Microbiology, Université Laval, Les tout petits secrets d’une colonne de Winogradsky aquatique: Biodiversité et potentiel génétique des virus des lacs stratifiés du Haut Arctique canadien
  • Pierrick Lamontagne-Hallé, doctoral candidate in Earth Sciences, McGill University, Modélisation numérique de l’écoulement des eaux souterraines en milieux pergélisolés
  • Mafalda Miranda, doctoral candidate in Earth Sciences, INRS-ETE, Évaluation du potentiel des ressources géothermiques profondes au Nunavik, Nord-du-Québec, Canada
  • Charles-Olivier Simard, doctoral candidate in Demography, Université de Montréal, Pénurie de logements dans l’Arctique canadien - Une analyse démographique de l’évolution de la composition des ménages inuits, 1991-2016

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!

Gagnants - Mon projet nordique

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.

Événement INQMon projet nordique: Announcement of the Selected Candidates

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:

  • Aurélie Gicquel, doctoral candidate in Earth Sciences, INRS-ETE
  • Bettina Koschade, doctoral candidate in Humanities, Concordia University
  • Charles-Olivier Simard, doctoral candidate in Demography, Université de Montréal
  • Matthew Henry, doctoral candidate in Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, McGill University
  • Julie Fortin, doctoral candidate in Communications, Université Laval
  • Kawina Robichaud, doctoral candidate in Biology, Université de Montréal
  • Linda Nowack, doctoral candidate in Biology, Université Laval
  • Mafalda Miranda, doctoral candidate in Earth Sciences, INRS-ETE
  • Marianne Falardeau, doctoral candidate in Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University
  • Mathieu LeBlanc, doctoral candidate in Oceanography, Université Laval
  • Mohammed Henneb, doctoral candidate in Environmental Sciences, UQAT
  • Myriam Labbé, doctoral candidate in Microbiology, Université Laval
  • Paul Wattez, doctoral candidate in Anthropology, Université de Montréal
  • Peter Tikasz, doctoral candidate Bioresource Engineering, McGill University
  • Pierrick Lamontagne-Hallé, doctoral candidate in Earth Sciences, McGill University
  • Samuel Gagnon, doctoral candidate in Geography, Université Laval
  • Sophie Costis, doctoral candidate in Earth Sciences, INRS-ETE
  • Vincent Sasseville, doctoral candidate in Applied Geomatics, Université de Sherbrooke

Événement INQReport: Forum on the Research Needs of First Peoples

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.

Événement INQCall For Applications: "Comités Sectoriels D’éthique De La Recherche"

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 – Scholarships and Research Grants

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.

Événement INQCall for proposals for the contest Mon projet nordique

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.

AMAP Happy Hour

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