To celebrate Quebec's excellence in northern research and to highlight the various challenges and issues related to these territories, Institut nordique du Québec offers you a series of articles dedicated to the research conducted in its community.
Over the months, you will discover a multidisciplinary research community whose strength lies in the complementary expertise of its members. You will meet individuals who share a strong attachment to the North and who are dedicated to producing, in collaboration with the inhabitants of the region, the knowledge necessary for its sustainable and harmonious development.
The first text in this series presents a portrait of the research led by Catherine Girard, a professor in the Department of Fundamental Sciences at UQAC and a researcher affiliated with INQ.
You are invited to relay this and subsequent articles to your network, thus enabling the greatest number of people to discover the different facets of northern research and the many faces that animate it. Together for the North
Decoding the genomics of ice
Like the tree that hides the forest, the polar bear is the animal that hides Arctic biodiversity in Nunavut. The white plantigrade is not the only one to suffer the effects of climate change, microorganisms are also affected and they are the basis of ecosystems, the resources of northern communities and potentially a reservoir of useful genes for medicine.
Catherine Girard, professor in the Fundamental Sciences Department at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, has set a research objective to establish a portrait of the microbiodiversity of the Arctic cryosphere, to follow its evolution with climate change and what the consequences would be for northern communities.
Conceptualize, produce and promote your scientific content in the form of video. This training, organized by the INQ Research Chair on the Geothermal Potential of the North, is offered free of charge to the INQ community (students, professionals, researchers)
The trainer, Viviane Lalande, is a biomechanical engineer, scientific communicator, trainer, columnist and creator of scientific content for the Internet. She is behind the YouTube channels Scilabus and Scilabus Plus for which she has designed hundreds of videos. With these two channels, Viviane has nearly 170,000 subscribers on YouTube.
The co-direction of each of the Institut nordique du Québec’s research priorities is now ensured by two scientists from different academic institutions. The mandate of these tandems will be to lead and coordinate the scientific activities of the research priorities to which they are affiliated. The mandate of these co-directors is for a period of 3 years.
Selected following a call for proposals launched through the 16 INQ member institutions, these researchers will also be members of the INQ's scientific and development committee. This committee is notably responsible for developing scientific programming in line with the needs and priorities of the partners, encouraging the launch of multidisciplinary and intersectoral activities and stimulating scientific partnerships.
The co-directors of the Infrastructures and Technologies research priority will be appointed shortly.
This Wednesday at 10:00 a.m., Dominique Berteaux, Canada Research Chair in Northern Biodiversity, will give a presentation on northern biodiversity. The presentation will be in French.
“Northern biodiversity is a rich web of interconnected life forms. It benefits humans in many ways and is transformed by many influences. By focusing on the Arctic, I summarize what characterizes northern biodiversity, how it is changing, why it is changing, the consequences of these changes, and the extent of knowledge gaps. I then explore recent progress in several research directions, illustrating them through the work of Canada Research Chair on Northern Biodiversity.”