The six Quebec finalists for My Northern Project 2022

Six young researchers will participate in the international final of the My Northern Project competition

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Institut nordique du Québec (INQ) held the 6th édition  of the My Northern Project science popularization contest. This competition highlights the next generation of researchers from INQ-affiliated institutions who are working on projects in northern Quebec and the Arctic.

Congratulations to the six winners! This group will take part in the international final of the competition at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland in October.


aude flamand

1)    Aude Flammand, MSc candidate in Oceanography, UQAR
The tale of sleeping DOM: this newly mobilized old matter released by thawing permafrost

sophia ferchiou

2)    Sophia Ferchiou, PhD candidate in Biology, INRS
Environmental DNA: Exploiting the filtration capacity of mussels to study the biodiversity of marine ecosystems.

Anne-Renée Delli-Colli

3)    Anne-Renée Delli Colli, Masters student in Nursing, nursing education component, Université de Montréal
Seeing through 3D equity glasses: perspectives of nurses working in Nunavik.

Members of the public were invited to vote for their favorite presentation and Anne-Renée won. The People's Choice Award consists of a $250 award.

daniel fillion

4)    Daniel Fillion, MSc candidate in Chemistry , Université Laval
Shedding light on a dark lake: How the sun transforms the chemistry of northern lakes.

rachel guindon

5)    Rachel Guindon, MSc candidate in Biology, Université Laval
50 years of muskox presence in Northern Québec: Investigating potential effects on plant communities.

Sarah Lemieux-Montminy

6)    Sarah Lemieux-Montminy, MSc candidate in architecture, Université Laval
Towards a bioclimatic architecture to reduce greenhouse gases in Nunavik.

International final and participation at Arctic Circle Assembly
The international final of the My Northern Project science popularization contest has been held since 2017 as part of the Arctic Circle Assembly, one of the most important international meetings for dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. During the final round of the competition, Quebec students must take the stage and captivate the audience by describing their northern research project in plain English. To do so, the finalists have a maximum of five minutes and 10 slides, without animations, to present their project. Six students, selected internationally by our partner, UArctic (University of the Arctic), will join the competition. Members of the public on site are called upon to vote for their favourite presentation and thus determine the winner of the My Northern Project.

The Quebec delegation at Arctic Circle
To consolidate the province's international network of northern and Arctic partners and maintain Quebec's position as a key player in the field, Quebec deploys a delegation to the Arctic Circle Assembly every year. The Quebec finalists selected for the international finals of the My Northern Project competition are integrated into this delegation and take part in its activities. For these students, this is an exceptional opportunity to understand the role of such a delegation while discovering the behind-the-scenes of a large-scale international gathering that leads to a multitude of scientific collaborations.

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