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Welcome to the centre for northern studies (CEN)

A multi-university centre

The Centre d'études nordiques (CEN) is a research centre involving three academic institutions, the Université Laval, the Université du Québec à Rimouski and the Centre Eau, Terre et Environnement of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique. CEN researchers also include professors from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University, Concordia University and Cégep F-X Garneau. CEN brings together over 300 researchers, students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals from diverse disciplines (biology and microbiology, geography, geology, engineering, archaeology, landscape management).

CEN's mission

CEN's mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of northern regions by way of an improved understanding and prediction of environmental change. Our research focuses on northern ecosystems and geosystems, and is used to formulate adaptation strategies relevant to the North. In partnership with national and international collaborators as well as with government, industry and northern communities, CEN plays a pivotal role in environmental stewardship and development of the circumpolar North through its research on cold environments. CEN trains highly qualified specialists adept at dealing with the challenges brought about by rapid change in the dual context of climate warming and socio-economic change. CEN is devoted to knowledge exchange with communities, thereby contributing to education, training and the well-being of northerners.


The director is Richard Fortier and the scientific director is Gilles Gauthier. Associate directors are Milla Rautio at UQAC and Joël Bêty at UQAR.

Book a stay in the North

If you plan to stay in the North, you can book accommodation in one of our stations. Just use the online form.

Nordicana D

This collection, published only in electronic form, is freely and openly accessible to CEN researchers and to other users. Nordicana D has been conceived to aid the management of data sets, to ensure and maximize the exchange and accessibility of relevant data for the different stakeholders, and to provide a lasting legacy of CEN monitoring and research activities.

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