WELCOME TO THE CENTRE FOR NORTHERN STUDIES (CEN)
The Centre d'études nordiques (CEN) is a research centre
involving three academic institutions, the Université Laval, theUniversité 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 and Cégep F-X Garneau. CEN brings together over 200 researchers, students, postdoctoral fellows and professionals from diverse disciplines (biology and microbiology, geography, geology, engineering, archeology, landscape management).
CEN's mission is to contribute to the sustainable development of northern regions by way of an improved understanding of environmental change. CEN researchers analyze the evolution of northern environments in the context of climate warming and accelerated socio-economic change and train highly qualified personnel in the analysis and management of cold region ecosystems and geosystems. In partnership with government, industry and northern communities, CEN plays a pivotal role in environmental stewardship and development of the circumpolar North.
The director is Najat Bhiry and the scientific director is Warwick F. Vincent. Associate directors are Monique Bernier at INRS-ETE and Joël Bêty at UQAR.