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The CEN celebrates its 60th anniversary!

The Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) was founded in 1961. Activities are planned all over 2021 to mark this event

60th Anniversary Celebrations

60th anniversary CEN PHOTO CONTEST

Centre d’études nordiques (CEN: Centre for Northern Studies) invites all CEN members and collaborators to submit their best photos in the three following categories. 2021’s edition aims to celebrate the ideology of its founder, Louis-Edmond Hamelin.

  •  Tribute to its founder. This category aims to illustrate the ideology of the CEN’s founder, Louis-Edmond Hamelin for whom CEN’s mission was to « savoir le Nord » (know the north), « faire le Nord » (do the north), « dire le Nord » (say the north), « par et pour le Nord » (for and by the north). The evaluation for this category will be made upon the aesthetical qualities of the photo, but also on the ability of the caption (150 characters) to reflect Hamelin’s ideology.
  • CEN in pandemic. This is a special category for 2021 that aims to image the reality of CEN’s research team during the exceptional context of the pandemic. The photos can be set on the field, at the university or at the laboratory, etc.
  • Peoples' choice award. CEN members will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite photo out of 20 photos pre-selected by the judges.

The three first place prizes are worth 75$ each. Winning photographs will be unveiled at the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the CEN.

May the best photos win!!

Contest rules

  • All CEN members and anyone working on CEN-related activities can participate and are eligible to win;

  • A maximum de 10 photos per person can be submitted;

  • All photos must be in high definition;

  • Photos must have been taken by yourself, within the past 5 years (except for the CEN in pandemic category, for which photos must have been taken after March 2020), and have never been submitted to a CEN photo contest;

  • All photos must include a 150 character max. caption. The caption should elaborate on CEN research and field activities.

  • Authors must agree to share their photos with other CEN members for promotional and outreach purposes;

  • Entries must be submitted online, using CEN Intranet. Non-members only can submit their photos by e-mail.;

  • Entries must be submitted before September 30, 2021.

To submit your photos and to vote:

Click on the following link: Concours photo du 60e du CEN : édition hommage à Louis-Edmond Hamelin


A special issue of Ecoscience on northern research!

To celebrate its 60th birthday, the CEN invited all its members to publish in a special issues of its journal, Ecoscience. As a result,13 teams that responded positively and submitted an original research article for the special issues, covering all the research axes of the CEN.

Articles publised in the special issue:

  • N. Roy, J. Woollett, N. Bhiry, I. Lemus-Lauzon, A. Delwaide & D. Marguerie (2021) Anthropogenic and climate impacts on subarctic forests in the Nain region, Nunatsiavut: Dendroecological and historical approaches, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1932294 (Open Access)
  • C. Frederick, C. Girard, G. Wong, M. Lemire, A. Langwieder, M. Martin & P. Legagneux (2021) Communicating with Northerners on the absence of SARS-CoV-2 in migratory snow geese, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1885803
  • S. Pellerin, M. Lavoie & J. Talbot (2021) Rapid broadleave encroachment in a temperate bog induces species richness increase and compositional turnover, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1907976
  • A. Royer, F. Domine, A. Roy, A. Langlois, N. Marchand & G.Davesne (2021) New northern snowpack classification linked to vegetation cover on a latitudinal mega-transect across northeastern Canada, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1898775 (Open Access)
  • K. Langlais, N. Bhiry & M. Lavoie (2021) Holocene dynamics of an inland palsa peatland at Wiyâshâkimî Lake (Nunavik, Canada), DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1907975 (Open Access)
  • E. Lemay, S. D. Côté & J.-P. Tremblay (2021) How will snow retention and shading from Arctic shrub expansion affect caribou food resources?, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1917859 (Open Access)
  • E. Desjardins, S. Lai, S. Payette, F. Vézina, A. Tam & D. Berteaux (2021) Vascular plant communities in the polar desert of Alert (Ellesmere Island, Canada): Establishment of a baseline reference for the 21st century, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1907974 (Open Access)
  • Moran EJ, Lecomte N, Leighton P, Hurford, A. (2021) Understanding rabies persistence in low-density fox populations. Écoscience, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1916215 (Open Access)
  • Narancic B, Saulnier-Talbot É, St-Onge G & R. Pienitz (2021) Diatom sedimentary assemblages and Holocene pH reconstruction from the Canadian Arctic Archipelago’s largest lake, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1926642
  • Perreault, J., Fortier, R. & J.W. Molson (2021) Numerical modelling of permafrost dynamics under climate change and evolving ground surface conditions: application to an instrumented permafrost mound at Umiujaq, Nunavik (Québec), Canada. DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1949819 (Open Access)
  • Delwaide, A., Asselin, H., Arseneault, D., Lavoie, C. & S. Payette (2021) A 2233-year tree-ring chronology of subarctic black spruce (Picea mariana): growth forms response to long-term climate change, DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1952014 (Open Access).
  • Nozais N, Vincent WF, Belzile C, Gosselin M, Blais MA, Canário J & P. Archambault P (2021) The Great Whale River ecosystem: ecology of a subarctic river and its receiving waters in coastal Hudson Bay, Canada,DOI: 10.1080/11956860.2021.1926137 (Open Access).

Launch of the Founder's Award

This brand new scholarship was launched in 2021 to recognize the importance of Professor Louis-Edmond Hamelin, founder of the CEN, for its interest to study the North. Reflecting Hamelin's ideologies, this award is intends to recognize initiatives that contribute to "Knowing the North" (generating knowledge to better understand the North), "Doing the North" (contributing to the development of the North for the North) and "Telling the North" (sharing knowledge of the North and contributing to its visibility). The Founder's Award will be presented annually at the CEN Annual Conference to a CEN student or student-represented team for outstanding contributions to northern research.

The first recipients of the Founder's Award are Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour and Valérie Plante Lévesque who completed their PhD project at INRS. The two researchers carried out a project entitled "Communication and community relations in the context of the Nunavik ice monitoring project". Sophie and Valérie carried out this community communication project in parallel with their fieldwork on the ice pack in Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq between 2016 and 2018. The communication activities carried out by the two PhD students included:

  • the animation of a Facebook page;
  • the organization of activities with the communities' elementary school;
  • the animation of information booths at the Kangiqsujuaq Co-op and at an environmental forum.

On their own initiative, they also:

  • recorded a minibalado with high school students on their relationship to the territory and climate change;
  • wrote an essay on the deconstruction of colonial research practices that was published in the multidisciplinary journal FACETS


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