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Lights on permafrost research in the North-West Territories!

September 8, 2021

The research work of Oliver Sonnentag and his colleagues at Scotty Creek in the NWT was featured in a series of articles in the French-language newspaper l'Aquilon. To learn more about Oliver's research project on the interaction between the melting permafrost and global warming, see the two article written ...

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The opening of the Station d'études montagnardes des Chics-Chocs

September 8, 2021

The Station d'études montagnardes des Chic-Chocs was officially inaugurated on August 25th, in the Parc national de la Gaspésie. A member of the CEN, Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, has been actively involved in the project since its onset. For more details, read the article by Michel Thisdel in UQAR-INFO ...

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The ethics of digital data collection in the indigenous research context

July 27, 2021

September 20, 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has made it very difficult to conduct fieldwork in the North, which has led researchers to focus on digital data as an alternative. The increasing digitization of society and the growth of social networks provide a rich source of data for researchers. Nevertheless, ...

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Caribous under the spotlight!

July 20, 2021

Why is there only 40 caribous left in Gaspésie? Martin-Hugues Saint-Laurent was interviewed by Moteur de recherche to answer this question (in French).   Quebec launches a project where caribous from two national parks will be brought into captivity Martin-Hugues St-Laurent and Marco Festa-Bia...

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Once there was a little ship… the Louis-Edmond-Hamelin

July 20, 2021

The ship Louis-Edmond Hamelin is more accessible than ever! Thanks to a partnership between the CEN and Reformar, the L-E-H can be reserved by researchers from all across Quebec. This boat is in fact a mobile research station, ideal to study coastal environments. For more details, read the INQ article....

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CEN's research stations are available under certain conditions

June 10, 2021

In order to reserve and get CEN’s approval to stay at the station, you must contact Kelly Breton-Jacques (kelly.breton-jacques@cen.ulaval.ca). The online reservation system will remain closed for the season.

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A world atlas to protect the migration corridors of the wild ungulates

May 25, 2021

Data on the migratory caribou gathered since 2009 by Steeve Côté and his teams as part of the Caribou Ungava project will be part of this atlas. To read the complete article by Jean Hamman on ULaval nouvelles (in French).

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Study on coastal risks affecting the community of Grise Fiord, Nunavut

May 12, 2021

To read the article (in French) on UQAR-Info

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Historic specimens highlight the key role viruses play in arctic ecosystems

April 23, 2021

Two CEN members, Warwick Vincent and Alexander Culley, in parnership with their colleagues of the National History Museaum of London recently published a paper highlighting the key role of viruses in arctic ecosystems.

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April 20, 2021

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CEN's researches involved in archeological discoveries on Qikirtajuaq island

April 15, 2021

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Local communities will be measuring climate change in North-West Canada

April 13, 2021

Olivier Sonnentag, a CEN member, paticipates in a project aiming to form six indigenous residents of the North-West Territories to maintain the equipments measuring greenhouse gases emissions. For more details (in French) : UDEMNOUVELLES  

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March 17, 2021

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A new article by CEN members!

March 16, 2021

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It's now time to register for the course Taxonomy and methodology: Peatlands

March 12, 2021

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Two new research stations in the Qaujisarvik network

January 20, 2021

Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) and Qikiqtarjuaq communities of Nunavut will soon welcome two new reseach stations that will be managed by the CEN and Québec Océan. Those two new projects will be funded by Canada Fund for Innovation (CFI), Quebec government, Université du Québec à Rimouski, and Université du ...

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New ways forward in Canadian Arctic research

January 12, 2021

To read this contribution to the Globe and Mail by Catherine Girard, Mark Mallory and Warwick F. Vincent

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January 2021 CEN Bulletin

January 8, 2021

As we are entering our second COVID confinement, you will find news from CEN members in the latest edition of the Bulletin! To receive this biannual newsletter directly in your inbox, clic here.

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Congratulations to Serge Payette who will soon enter the cenacle of the Order of Canada!

December 4, 2020

The Order of Canada celebrates those who have made extraordinary contributions to the nation. Professor Payette, a professor in the Department of Biology at Université Laval and former director of the CEN, receives this honorary distinction for his research on climate change and the northern flora of Quebec ...

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Last PERG newsletter (november 2020)

November 25, 2020

Here are the headlines of this issue of November 2020: • 2020 Field Season (2nd part): - Enzymatic latch: An approach for enhancing Sphagnum productivity and limiting decomposition and carbon emission. - Monitoring the restoration of a disturbed peatland by an access road in Alberta (Part 1). ...

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Promotion of Mr. Michel Allard to the rank of Professor Emeritus

November 17, 2020

Congratulations to Michel Allard, CEN member and professor in the Faculty of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics, promoted to the rank of professor emeritus by Université Laval! This promotion to the rank of Emeritus is the highest recognition granted by Université Laval to a faculty member. It underscor...

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Latest issue of L'Écho tourbières (vol. 24 no. 4)

October 22, 2020

Hi, By clicking here, you will find the fourth issue of the year 2020 of the Écho tourbières newsletter, intended for anyone with an interest in the world of peatlands.   Here are the headlines of this issue of October 2020: • 2020 Field Season (1st part): - Restoration of the Moss Spur ...

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Tribute to a great researcher

October 1, 2020

The scientific community has lost a pillar of Arctic research, Dr. Louis Fortier. The CEN would like to acknowledge Louis' important contribution to the advancement and influence of Arctic science. A visionary and driven individual, Louis generated many synergies during his career that have served and will co...

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Summer warming explains widespread but not uniform greening in the Arctic tundra biome

September 24, 2020

As the Arctic summers warm, the Earth's northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to track the world's tundra ecosystems over decades, a new study co-authored by CEN Scientific Director, researcher Gilles Gauthier, has revealed that the region has become greener as higher air and soil temperatu...

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To make sad sites look better

September 8, 2020

A project led by Line Rochefort and Juan Carlos Villareal aims to restore functional ecosystems at mine tailings sites. See Jean Hamann's article on Le Fil.

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Last PERG newsletter (july 2020)

July 30, 2020

Here are the headlines of this issue of July 2020: • Recent publications: - Alshehri, A., C. Dunn, C. Freeman, S. Hugron, T.G. Jones & L. Rochefort. 2020. A potential approach for enhancing carbon sequestration during peatland restoration using low-cost, phenolic-rich biomass supplements. Frontie...

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CEN Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan

June 26, 2020

The Centre d'études nordiques (CEN) is pleased to release its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan (in French). The CEN, which holds EDI values dear, has formalized its commitments by developing a concrete action plan with measurable objectives that reflect its values. This action plan is inten...

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Podcast 20% of Québec science with Esther Lévesque, Arctic plant specialist

June 22, 2020

Journalist Carine Monat speaks with Esther Lévesque, professor and researcher in plant ecology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. This Arctic plant specialist is an inspiring member of the Centre d'études nordiques. This podcast is a co-production of Québec Science magazine and Acfas, in...

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Special number of the journal Écoscience to mark the 60th anniversary of CEN in 2021

June 11, 2020

As part of the activities planned to mark the 60th anniversary of CEN in 2021, a special issue of the journal Écoscience will be published to highlight research work for the benefit of sustainable development in the North and to demonstrate the interdisciplinarity and scope research work in northern regions ...

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Gradual opening of the CEN's research stations

April 28, 2020

CEN's research stations are available under certain conditions. In order to reserve and get CEN’s approval to stay at the station, you must contact Kelly Breton-Jacques (kelly.breton-jacques@cen.ulaval.ca). The online reservation system will remain closed for the season.  

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Special Issue on the Hydrogeology of the Umiujaq Region

April 24, 2020

CEN researchers have just published in the Hydrogeology Journal a special mini issue (Topical Collection) on the hydrogeology of the Tasiapik Valley, near the village of Umiujaq in Nunavik. Hydrogeology of a cold-region watershed near Umiujaq (Nunavik, Canada) - Hydrogeology Journal, 28(3) The articl...

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Last edition of the Écho Tourbières newsletter

April 22, 2020

Click here to find the second issue of the year 2020 of the Écho tourbières newsletter, for all those interested in the world of peatlands. Here are the headlines of this issue of April 2020: • Activities to slow down over the next months • Recent publications: - Elliott, J. & J. Price...

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Imalirijiit : Community environmental monitoring program

April 16, 2020

Imalirijiit (“Those who study water”) is a community-based environmental monitoring program started in 2016, from a collaboration between the community of Kangiqsualujjuaq and a team of academic researchers. The goal is to follow the water quality in the George River and train the youth in environmental s...

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Latest edition of the CEN Bulletin

March 18, 2020

As we are entering our second COVID confinement, you will find news from CEN members in the latest edition of the Bulletin! To receive this biannual newsletter directly in your inbox, clic here.

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CEN loses its founding father

February 17, 2020

On February 11th 2020, the Centre for Northern Studies (Centre d'études nordiques - CEN) lost its founding father. As an illustrious geographer, economist, defender of Aboriginal rights, pioneer and visionary of the North, Louis-Edmond Hamelin inspired generations of researchers to discover the many facets o...

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Hotspots of biotic compositional change in lakes along vast latitudinal transects in northern Canada

February 10, 2020

Ecotones mark zones of rapid change in ecological structure at various spatial scales. They are believed to be particularly susceptible to shifts caused by environmental transformation, making them key regions for studying the effects of global change. Here, we explored the variation in assemblage structure o...

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Last PERG Bulletin

August 8, 2019

The second issue of the 2019 edition of the newsletter Écho tourbières was published. This newsletter is intended for anyone interested in the world of peatlands.

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From guts and soils: the Arctic Microbiome International PhD School in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik

July 24, 2019

This July, 18 PhD students from 10 nations and all continents and 12 mentors took on a plane early morning from Quèbec to fly their way to Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik. The mission was attending the International PhD School “Arctic Microbiomes” organized by Sentinelle Nord by the Université Laval. What...

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CEN members honoured for their invaluable contribution to research

June 21, 2019

CEN researcher Monique Bernier becomes the first woman to receive the prestigious Larry Morley Gold Medal from the Canadian Society for Remote Sensing. Professor Bernier has maintained close ties with the Society throughout her career, including chairing it from 2009 to 2014. The Society acknowledges Ms. Bern...

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Five new data publications on Nordicana D!

June 19, 2019

In order to cope with the increase in the amount of data generated by CEN's work and to meet a growing demand for access to it, CEN has set up the Nordicana D collection. This collection, produced solely in electronic form, is freely accessible, via the Internet, to CEN researchers and to all other users inte...

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Second edition of the CÉGEP A-Laurendeau's Northern Project

June 17, 2019

For the second edition of the Northern Project, six students enrolled at Cégep André-Laurendeau in Chemistry and Biology Completion Project stayed in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, Nunavik. An internship from June 4 to June 17, 2019 was conducted in partnership with the CEN to apply the knowledge acquired duri...

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Lakes for the general public

June 7, 2019

CEN researcher and former scientific director Warwick Vincent recently did the exercise of popularizing lake ecosystems in his new book called Lakes: A Brief Introduction. The book covers the main aspects of limnology, from its history, to the value of lake environments to societies, including the biological ...

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CEN Shares its Northern Expertise with Future Researchers

May 30, 2019

The CEN greatly contributed to mentoring a course entitled Introduction to Northern Research Issues organized by the INQ from May 6 to 10, 2019 in Quebec City. The course objectives were to fully prepare researchers to work in a northern context, in difficult field conditions, and to help them learn how to es...

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May 30, 2019

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Latest edition of the CEN bulletin

April 23, 2019

You will find lots of fresh news from CEN members in the latest edition of the Bulletin! To receive this biannual newsletter directly in your inbox, clic here.

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The North as a barometer of future changes

April 15, 2019

The research undertaken by our members, often in collaboration with northern communities, is highlighted in a recent article in the newspaper Le Devoir. The article specifically addresses issues related to thawing permafrost, collaborative research, climate change and research funding. It mentions the potenti...

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6th Youth Fusion's 2018 Pigunnaniq Festival

April 9, 2019

The 6th edition of Youth Fusion’s Pigunnaniq (talent in Inuktituk) Festival, which took place on December 6, 7 and 8 2018 in Kuujjuarapik, Nunavik was a great success! Young Inuit talents from 6 Northern Villages of Nunavik gathered together to share the stage with accomplished Indigenous artists, Kelly Fra...

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Arctic Inspiration prize 2018

February 15, 2019

The CEN would like to congratulate the Youth Committee of the Kangiqsualujjuaq community and the IMALIRIJIIT team for the $466K Arctic Inspiration Award 2018 they won and which will enable youth from all Nunavik Inuit communities to participate in land-based resource and science camps in rapidly changing nort...

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Two major contracts for permafrost research

February 15, 2019

In Whitehorse, the Minister of Transport of Canada announced two permafrost research contracts led by, or involving, CEN researchers. Researcher Michel Allard (CEN-ULaval) will receive more than $339,000 in funding to evaluate the effectiveness of climate change adaptation techniques applied at the Iqaluit Ai...

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Changes to the student committee

February 13, 2019

Following the elections held on Friday, February 8, 2019, during the annual conference of the Centre d'études nordiques, here are the members who will compose the Student Committee as of May 2019: Karine Rioux, student in Geography and representative at Université de Montréal; Vincent Sassevill...

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Congratulations to Héloïse Barbel for her distinction

February 12, 2019

Congratulations to Héloïse Barbel who received the distinction on the Honor Roll of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for the year 2018 as part of the Master's program in Geographical Sciences. She won the unanimity of the jury because of the excellent marks for her master's thesis.

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CEN 2019 annual meeting, mission accomplished!

February 12, 2019

The CEN annual meeting was once again a great success this year with over 170 participants and a rich and diversified program including invited conferences on developing research collaborations and partnerships with Inuit communities and on new research platforms for work in coastal zones. We also had the opp...

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A Global Study on Permafrost Warming

January 28, 2019

A new comparative study, conducted by the international GTN-P permafrost network, including CEN researcher Michel Allard, shows that mean ground temperature has increased in all permafrost regions except sites in the eastern Canadian Arctic. This new study compiles time series of global permafrost temperature...

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Internships abroad for two CEN students

January 22, 2019

CEN congratulates the two recipients of the FRQNT international internship scholarship program for 2019. Doctoral student Bo Qu, from the Geography Department at Université de Montréal under the supervision of Oliver Sonnentag received a $5000 scholarship for a two-month internship in British Columbia. Rac...

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Northern flora of Quebec and Labrador, volume 3

December 13, 2018

  It is with great pleasure that we inform you of the publication of the third volume of the Northern Flore of Quebec and Labrador, under the direction of Professor Serge Payette. The book is the result of a long-term collaboration between several Quebec botanists and is the third of four volumes devoted ...

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Kangiqsualujjuaq's project nominated for this year Arctic Inspiration Prize

November 26, 2018

CEN is extremely proud to work with Kangiqsualujjuaq community member who, once again, prove their leadership by being nominated for this year Arctic Instpiartion prize! They have been mnominated ofr their project unami Sukuijainiq: A Youth Arctic Ecology Land Camp Program. You can read more information on ...

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Hudson Bay Summit 2018 report

October 12, 2018

Following a long history of efforts by communities, organizations and interested parties in the greater James Bay/Hudson Bay regions towards sharing knowledge and coordinated environmental stewardship, the inaugural Hudson Bay Summit brought together these groups to formally create the Hudson Bay Consortium a...

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News from CEN’ directorate

October 12, 2018

CEN would like to thank the outgoing director, Dr Najat Bhiry, for all the hard work she accomplished during her two consecutive mandates as CEN Director from 2012 to 2018. This includes securing a large CFI grant to construct CEN`s ninth research station in Kangiqsualujjuaq, which opened last summer for rese...

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Lemmings in the roller coaster

September 26, 2018

Climate change threatens to accentuate population fluctuations of this small arctic rodent Already known for the large cyclical variations of their populations, lemmings could experience even more demographic upheavals as a result of climate change affecting the Arctic. This is the conclusion that research...

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Meet our new managers for the CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq Station

September 13, 2018

CEN wishes a warm welcome to Jeannie Annanack (left) and Eleonora Townley (right) as our new managers for the SUKUIJARVIK CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq station which recently opened in 2018. The station Inuktitut name means “place of science”. CEN hired Eleonora as the year-round manager and Jeannie will also be h...

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SUKUIJARVIK – The new CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq station

September 13, 2018

The inauguration of the recently built (2018) CEN research station in Kangiqsualujjuaq took place September 5-6th 2018. The event was a great success, with more than 60 participants from the community, 5 members of CEN and 1 member of CIÉRA.  The opening ceremony was officially launched with a prayer by Nor...

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Caribou’s staring at La nature selon Boucar

August 12, 2018

CEN researcher Steeve Côté was invited to Boucar Diouf radio program “La nature selon Boucar” on Radio-Canada. During the 4th of August episode's on caribou and nordicity, the researcher discuss the possible reasons explaining the decline of caribou's populations.

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First Northern contact in Nunavik

July 3, 2018

Last month, 24 membres of the Sentinel North program spent a week at CEN's flagship station in Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik to participate in a workshop aiming at familiarising them with the challenges of northern research and to the realities of northern communities. CEN members Michel Allard and Richard Fort...

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Three CEN Students are Finalists in "Mon projet nordique"

June 12, 2018

Three CEN Students are Finalists in "Mon projet nordique". Congrstulations to Samuel Gagnon, Myriam Labbé and Mafalda Miranda who are amongst the six finalists who will have the opportunity to present their projects in Rekjavik, Iceland, next October during the Arctic Circle Assembly. More infor...

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A student member of CEN photo's selected by ACFAS for their contest

May 28, 2018

To take science by the other end, by the image and not by the words. This is the original idea behind this contest launched by ACFAS in 2010. Dedicated to images from scientific research in all fields of knowledge, the contest has been spreading since 2016 across Canada, thanks to the collaboration with the N...

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A CEN student awardee of the 2018 George Hobson NSTP prize

May 22, 2018

Congratulations to Samuel Gagnon, PhD student in the department of geographie at Université Laval under the supervision of CEN researcher Michel Allard for winning the 2018 George Hobson award of the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP). He was given the 1000$ award for his project intitled "Geom...

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Natural cycles disrupted by climate change

May 7, 2018

The interaction between species has undergone unprecedented changes in recent decades. These upheavals, the consequences of which are not yet known, are evolving in line with climate change.

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Review of the activity: 9th Annual Colloquium of the Department of Biology

May 2, 2018

This year, the symposium was once again a success. The symposium lasted two days, on March 21st and 22nd 2018, and took place at the Optics-Photonics block. A section of the conference was reserved for the presentation of scientific posters presented by the undergraduate students. Finally, our conference cont...

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CEN Annual Conference: Congratulations to the winners!

March 19, 2018

Congratulations to our winners of the CEN 2018 Conference Communication Awards! Samuel Gagnon and Michaël Bonin (ULaval) - Ex-aequo best oral presentation / Louis-Emond Hamelin Award... Mathilde Poirier (ULaval) - best express speech...Karine Rioux (UofMontreal) - Best Express Sentinel North... Mathilde ...

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Three CEN students receive FRQNT funding for an international internship

February 12, 2018

Three CEN students have been awarded a scholarship for an international internship at the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature and Technology (FRQNT). These scholarships, valued at a maximum of $15,000, are intended for an internship abroad. Congratulations to the new scholars! - Myriam Labbé (Laval U...

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Gwyneth MacMillan participates to the competition « Science Action! » of the CRSNG

February 8, 2018

A CEN student member, Gwyneth Anne MacMillan (University of Montreal), participates to the competition "Science Action!" of the CRSNG. Follow the link to watch her one-minute film on her research on contamination in the far north. Feel free to share it, since only the videos with the most vie...

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Report by Florent Dominé - Permafrost: when the planet is degassing

February 8, 2018

What is called permafrost? What gases does it contain? Why is it important to study its evolution? What are the observable consequences of the permafrost thaws associated with climate change? What is the risk in the near future? Can we delay the thaw? See the report by Florent Dominé, researcher at the Fra...

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February 5, 2018

CEN researcher Michel Allard, a permafrost specialist, has received the prestigious Weston Family prize for lifetime achievement in northern science. The 100K$ prize was given to professor Allard during the Arctic Change international conference which took place in Quebec city last December. Congratulations! ...

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Camping with Qallunaat on the George River

September 25, 2017

This summer, a group of 30 adventurers set off on an expedition down the magnificent George River, located on the Ungava peninsula in Nunavik, Northern Quebec. The expedition team consisted of members of the Kangiqsualujjuaq community and a small group of scientists. This was the second edition of the Imaliri...

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Twenty thousand leagues under nordic lakes

July 10, 2017

To the great surprise of researchers, the bottom of the centre of Lake Ward Hunt, the northern most lake of the American continent, is not completely frozen and is the home of over 1500 species of bacteria, archaea and eukaryotic microbes. A recent study published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes by post-docto...

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Serge Payette nominated Knight of the Ordre national du Quebec

June 29, 2017

The Ordre national du Québec confers each year esteemed titles to exceptional citizens who, by their achievements, values and ideals, have marked the evolution and global reach of Québec. CEN researcher and past director Serge Payette received the grade of Knight of the Order, a distinction amon...

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Room with a view

June 20, 2017

The rough-legged hawk, a circumpolar bird of prey nesting in the North, built its nest on rocky cliffs or steep slopes which are threatened by natural hazards linked to climate change. A study published in Arctic Science and signed by Andréanne Beardsell, a CEN student, with her supervisors Gilles...

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CEN Bulletin no. 17 now available!

May 31, 2017

The 17th edition of the CEN Bulletin is now available Read the recent news: New CEN awards; NSERC grant for our infrastructures; International agreements; CEN researcher : Christophe Kinnard; A student's perspective by Isabelle Fournier; and more…

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New CEN award for undergraduates

May 29, 2017

A new scholarship was created to acknowledge the incredible work done by undergraduate students. More specifically, this scholarship aims to support students who participate to conferences or who publish a paper as first author. For more information about the prizes and scholarships, please visit the secti...

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Futur Arctic : International Workshop on Arctic Bryophytes and Lichens

April 5, 2017

The International Futur Arctic workshop is a research initiative on arctic bryophytes and lichens, from species to ecosystem levels, and is co-organised by Juan Carlos Villarreal and Line Rochefort. The workshop, perfectly aligned with CEN’s scientific program, will take place at Université Laval...

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Caribou reality TV

March 6, 2017

Professor Steeve Côté and his research team have installed camera-collars on 14 gestating females of the Rivière aux feuilles herd in 2016. These cameras, programmed to record a 10 seconds video every 20 minutes, are revealing unprecedented images about the behavior, diet and living enviro...

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FRQNT February Étudiant chercheur étoile

March 6, 2017

Manuel Helbig, doctoral student in geography under the supervision of Oliver Sonnentag at Université de Montréal is laureate of the FRQNT Étudiants-chercheurs-étoiles contest for the month of February. Manuel was awarded the prize for his recent publication in Global Change Biology...

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First study of Inuit’s microbiome

February 22, 2017

Catherine Girard, a Université de Montréal doctoral student in Environmental Biology under the supervision of Marc Amyot, is known in Resolute (Nunavut) as the « Poop lady » ever since she collected stool samples for her study of Inuit microbiome. Catherine compared the Inu...

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CEN 2017 annual meeting?: another success!

February 21, 2017

The organising committee of the CEN Annual Meeting wishes to thank all who participated and contributed to the success of the 2017 edition of the meeting at Université Laval. Nearly 150 researchers, students and collaborators came to the meeting from Sherbrooke, Montréal, Trois-Rivières (...

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Two CEN students receive FRQNT International internship awards

February 3, 2017

Students Chloé Martineau and Jean-Benoit Madore, from the Groupe de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les milieux polaires (GRIMP, UdeSherbrooke) and under the supervision of Alexandre Langlois have been awarded FRQNT international mobility scholarships. Chloé Martineau, a Master’s degree s...

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The Martin Bergmann Medal to Professor Vincent

December 21, 2016

Created in 2012 by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Martin Bergmann Medal recognizes achievement for “excellence in Arctic leadership and science”. Professor Warwick Vincent, past director and scientific director of the CEN for many years until just recently, received the prestigious m...

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CEN students shine at the FFGG faculty science meeting

December 20, 2016

Two CEN students were awarded communication prizes during the last edition of the Faculté de foresterie, géographie et géomatique meeting at Université Laval. Samuel Gagnon, doctoral student and active member of CEN’s student committee, won the first prize for the quality of ...

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Launch of the Circumpolar Diatom Database

December 20, 2016

CEN researcher Reinhard Pienitz and CEN research staff Luc Cournoyer recently published a paper describing the newly launched Circumpolar Diatom Database (CDD). This open-access online database (db) is a resource for the analysis of species distribution and abundance of diatoms in high-latittude circumpolar r...

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Warwick Vincent receives the Polar Medal

October 13, 2016

CEN would like to warmly congratulate Warwick Vincent who was recently rewarded for his outstanding scientific research on polar environments. Specialist in Polar Regions’ limnology, Dr. Vincent received the Polar Medal from the Governor General of Canada, the Honorable David Johnston, during a ceremony...

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The researcher Richard Fortier honored

October 13, 2016

CEN researcher Richard Fortier was awarded the 2016 CAN-AM Civil Engineering Amity Award 2016 from the Technical Council on Cold Regions Engineering. Dr Fortier was selected thanks to more than two decades of advancing professional relationships between civil engineers in the USA and Canada, by sharing his ex...

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K-C Irving Research Chair in Northern Studies

October 4, 2016

The new holder of the K-C Irving Research Chair in environmental sciences and sustainable development at Université de Moncton, Marie-Andrée Giroux, was a CEN affiliated postdoctoral fellow at the time of her nomination. The mandate of the research Chair is to contribute to the development and m...

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Professor Dominique Berteaux receives a Université du Québec Excellency prize

September 16, 2016

Professor Dominique Berteaux was given the prize Excellency in research and creation, section realization, by Université du Québec to highlight the quality and originality of his research, his outstanding capacity to valorize it, and its impact on the Québec society. The researcher is a s...

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Canadian Armed Forces Assisting Northern Science

September 8, 2016

Audrey LePogam, PhD student in the avian ecophysiology lab of the researcher François Vézina, has obtained precious data thanks to the support of a team from the Canadian Armed Forces compsed of linemen visiting the Alert station in the far North. The student, known at the station as “Snow...

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The science report of the Polar Continental Shelf Program features Sonnentag's research

August 12, 2016

Oliver Sonnentag’s research was selected as a feature story for the science report 2015 of the Polar continental shelf program (PCSP). The researcher and his team have been studying greenhouse gas and heat fluxes in the Taiga Plains of the Northwest Territories since 2013. Thanks to a net...

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Black bears and urban expansion

August 6, 2016

Black bears are now frequently sighted in residential areas of south-western Ontario. CEN researcher Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, specialist in animal ecology and conservation, says this phenomenon may be explained by the intensification of urban expansion. The increased number of houses built on farm land and i...

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Expert opinion on the discovery of a new Viking site

August 3, 2016

CEN researcher James Woollett was interviewed on the Midi info program of Radio-Canada first channel as an expert regarding the recent discovery of a new Viking site on the Newfoundland coast. The researcher highlight the potential scope of this discovery, which still need to be confirmed, for example by illu...

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Visit of the Governor General of Canada in WK

June 27, 2016

The Governor General of Canada and his wife visited in May CEN research complex at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik during a tour of the Hudson Bay region communities. The scientific director, Warwick Vincent, Christine Barnard, Science Coordinator, and Maxime Saunier, Station Manager, presented a variety of ongoin...

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More scientists in the Arctic

June 3, 2016

A recent article published in La Presse + relates an observation made by the Polar continental shelf’s program (PCSP) Director stating that interest in Arctic research is growing amongst the scientific community. A higher number of applications for logistical support was received by the PCSP this year. ...

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CEN Events Photo Gallery

CEN Symposium 2019

2019 Awardees

Best poster presentation (PhD)– Vincent Sasseville (USherbrooke)
Best poster presentation (MSc)– Élise Imbeau (UQAC)
Best oral presentation / Louis-Edmond Hamelin Prize– Michaël Bonin (ULaval)
Best two-minute elevator speech– Alex Mavrovic (USherbrooke)
Sentinel North Prize for multidisciplinary research – Catherine Chagnon (ULaval)
CREATE-BIOS2 Prize for research on quantitative biodiversity – Myriam Labbé (ULaval)

CEN Symposium 2018

2018 Awardees

Best oral presentation / Louis-Edmond Hamelin Prize (Ex- aequo) /Prix Louis-Edmond Hamelin – Samuel Gagnon et Michaël Bonin (ULaval)
Best two-minute elevator speech - Mathilde Poirier (ULaval)
Sentinel North Prize for best two-minute elevator speech - Karine Rioux (UdeMontréal)
Best poster presentation (PhD)- Mathilde Poirier (ULaval)
Best poster presentation (MSc)- Alex Mavrovic (UdeSherbrooke)

CEN Symposium 2017

2017 Awardees

Best oral presentation / Louis-Edmond Hamelin Prize - Catherine Girard (UdeM)
Best two-minute elevator speech -Mathieu Tétreault (UQAR)
Best poster presentation (PhD) (Ex-aequo) - Yannick Seyer (ULaval) and Antoine Gagnon-Poiré (INRS-ETE)
Best poster presentation (MSc) -Mathilde Poirier (ULaval)

CEN Symposium 2016

2016 Awardees

Best oral presentation -Dominique Fauteux (ULaval)
Special Mention: David Banville and Marc-André Lemay
Best two-minute elevator speech -Clara Morrissette-Boileau (ULaval)
Best poster presentation (PhD) -Audrey LePogam (UQAR)
Best poster presentation (MSc) -Lindsay Gauvin (UMoncton)
Special Mention: Clara Morrissette-Boileau

CEN Symposium 2015

2015 Awardees

Best oral presentation-Martin Leclerc (USherbrooke) EnviroNorth scolarship
Best two-minute elevator speech-Michaël Bonin (ULaval)EnviroNorth scolarship
Best poster presentation (PhD) -Clément Chevalier (UQAR)EnviroNorth scolarship
Best poster presentation (MSc) -Yannick Seyer (ULaval) EnviroNorth scolarship
Louis-Edmond Hamelin Prize - Yann Foury (ULaval)

2014 Annual Spring Meeting

CEN Young Scientists

CEN Members (researchers, professionals and students)

Jeunes chercheurs du CEN - 2014

CEN Symposium 2014

Awards 2014


Best oral presentation -Loreleï Guéry (UQAR) EnviroNorth scolarship
Best oral presentation-Alexandre Normandeau (ULaval) EnviroNorth scolarship
Best 2 minutes elevator speech -Pascale Ropars (ULaval) EnviroNorth scolarship
Best poster presentation -Vincent Lamarre (UQAR) EnviroNorth scolarship
Special mention poster presentation - Katrine Grandmont (CEN staff)

CEN Symposium 2013

Awards 2013


Best oral presentation - Catherine Doucet (UQAR)
Best 2 minutes elevator speech -Marie-Pier Denis (ULaval)
Best poster presentation (Ph.D) -Alex Matveev (ULaval)
Best poster presentation (M.Sc.) -Katryne Larrivée (UdM)
Best poster presentation (M.Sc.) -Simon Massé (UQAR)



CEN Photo Contest

Photo Contest 2015

Contest winners


Special citation from jury


Concours photo 2014

Contest winners


Special citation from jury


Concours 2011 - 50e anniversaire du CEN

Contest winners






CEN celebrates 50 years of excellence in northern research.

In 2011, the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN – Centre d’études nordiques) celebrated 50 years of excellence in northern research. In 1961, Université Laval and the Québec government joined forces to establish the Centre by ministerial decree. Celebrations to underscore this half century of research took place throughout the year and reflected the breadth and vitality of CEN activities. The CEN has grown from a dozen researchers in its beginnings to over 50 in 2011, and from a handful of students to more than 180, emphasizing one of CEN’s foremost missions to train highly qualified personnel in the analysis and management of cold region ecosystems and geosystems. CEN staff comprises over 40 research associates, assistants, and managers.

A series of events also underscored the CEN’s 50th anniversary, such as public lectures held throughout Québec, Canada, and abroad via CEN’s partners such as SCANNET (www.scannet.nu).


The first celebration highlighting CEN’s 50th anniversary took place during the annual Colloque on February 9th and 10th at Université Laval. For the occasion, CEN had the honour of welcoming its founder, Louis Edmond Hamelin, who gave a historic account of the CEN’s establishment at Université Laval by ministerial decree and its first stations in the North. The plenary speaker was the internationally renowned paleoclimatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte followed by Marcel Babin, holder of the prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada's New Arctic Frontier and director of the program Takuvik (a joint Université Laval / CNRS laboratory), Jean Carignan geochemist and codirector of Takuvik, and professor Frédéric Laugrand, anthropologist specializing in northern populations and retiring Director of the Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research (CIÉRA). Another notable event which took place during the Colloque was the throat singing performed by Marie Belleau and Lisa Koperqualuk, two Inuit.

Photo Contest

The Colloque closed with the announcement of CEN photo contest winners. The theme of the photos submitted by all members was « CEN field research, from southern Québec to northern Nunavut ». Ten prizes of $100 from www.amazon.ca were attributed to the finalists of the Photo Contest. The top three received an additional $100 in cash. The jury consisted of Geneviève Allard, Stéphane Boudreau, Luc Cournoyer, France Dufresne, Nathalie Racine, Pascale Ropars, and Émilie Saulnier-Talbot.

 First prize, Reinhard Pienitz – Drained Lake, Baffin Island, Nunavut (August 2010) Second prize, Arnaud Tarroux, Bylot Island (May 2008) Third prize, Martin Sirois - Bylot Island (August 2006) Finalist, Sébastien Bourget - Ward Hunt Island (July 2010) Finalist, Clément Clerc – Amundsen Gulf (March 2008) Finalist, Francis Gauthier – Bride’s Veil, La Martre (July 2010) Finalist, Mélanie Jean – Boniface River (August 2009) Finalist, Emmanuel L'Hérault – Salluit (June 2008) Finalist, Marie Lionard – Ward Hunt Island (July 2010) Finalist, Nicolas Rolland – Great Plain of Koukdjuak, Baffin Island (July 2010)

Mobile Exhibit

The Colloque was also an opportunity to inaugurate its mobile exhibit entitled: Le Centre d’études nordiques : 50 ans de rayonnement. The exhibit highlights CEN’s history, its mission and research themes as well as showcases the CEN Network, our vast network of climate and research stations spanning over 4000 km from southern Québec to the High Arctic desert. The exhibit illustrates the broad scope of CEN’s research activities and the dynamic nature of the Québec researchers.

First hosted at Université Laval’s library, the exhibit then moved on to be presented at the Centre Eau-Terre-Environnement de l’Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS-ETE) over the summer with a stop at Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR). The exhibit will be presented at the International Polar Year Conference - From Knowledge to Action in Montreal in April. Its final destination is the Community Science Centre at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik planned for May 2012. Here, the mobile exhibit will be part of a larger, permanent exhibit at the Centre which will be inaugurated in spring/summer 2012.

The year was also busy finishing the upgrades of CEN research stations across the eastern Canadian Arctic, from Radisson in James Bay to Ward Hunt Island off the northern coast of Ellesmere Island. This work was accomplished thanks to the financial support provided by the Arctic Research Infrastructure Fund (ARIF) from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

The Louis-Edmond-Hamelin

On August 2nd 1961, the ministerial decree was signed to finalize the establishment of CEN and its research activities in the North. On this day in 2011, CEN’s tenth research station was inaugurated. This station is a mobile station – a research vessel named after the founder, the Louis-Edmond-Hamelin. The 26 foot aluminum boat (a Silver Dolphin) is the CEN’s first mobile station and is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments to map river beds, lake bottoms and ocean floors. The small vessel has the advantage of being able to cruise in waters less than 2 metres deep and can be easily transported by land to various inland lakes and reservoirs.


CEN has published a special issue in commemoration of CEN’s first 50 years in Ecoscience. The issue includes an overview of terrestrial work out of our station at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik, a review of work on the Great Whale River and coastal Hudson Bay, articles pertaining to aquatic ecosystems of the Arctic, dendrochronology, and wildlife and tundra ecosystem dynamics. The research topics examined in this issue represent a subset of the wide array of research disciplines studied by the CEN.

Here are some of the major articles you will find in this special issue:

Vincent, W.F., Côté, S.D., Bernier, M., 2011. Special issue - Introductory remarks: From boreal forest to High Arctic Desert: A theme issue commemorating 50 years of research by the Centre for Northern Studies (CEN) in Eastern Canada, 18 (3) : iii-iv.

Payette, S., Saulnier-Talbot, É., 2011. Un demi-siècle de recherche au Centre d’études nordiques : un défi de tous les instants. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 171-181.

Bhiry, N., Delwaide, A., Allard, M., Bégin, Y., Filion, L., Lavoie, M., Nozais, C., Payette, S., Pienitz, R., Saulnier-Talbot, É., Vincent, W.F., 2011. Environmental change in the Great Whale River region, Hudson Bay: Five decades of multidisciplinary research by Centre d’études nordiques (CEN). Écoscience, 18 (3) : 182-203.

Rautio, M., Dufresne, F., Laurion, I., Bonilla, S.E., Vincent, W.F., Christoffersen, K., 2011. Shallow freshwater ecosystems of the circumpolar Arctic. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 204-222

Gauthier, G., Berteaux, D., Bêty, J., Tarroux, A., Therrien, J.-F., McKinnon, L., Legagneux, P., Cadieux, M.-C., 2011. The tundra food web of Bylot Island in a changing climate and the role of exchanges between ecosystems. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 223-235

Vincent, W.F., Fortier, D., Lévesque, E., Boulanger-Lapointe, N., Tremblay, B., Sarrazin, D., Antoniades, D., Mueller, D.R., 2011. Extreme ecosystems and geosystems in the Canadian High Arctic: Ward Hunt Island and vicinity. Écoscience, 18 (3) : 236-261


The 50th anniversary was covered by several press releases which are listed below.

Slideshow of Louis-Edmond Hamelin's conference  (pdf - 1.99 Mo) Colloque annuel du CEN, Université Laval, Février 2011

Le Centre d’études nordiques a 50 ans Au Fil des événements, 17 février 2011

Le Centre d’études nordiques a 50 ans MédiaTerre, 21 février 2011

Recherche nordique : Le Centre d’études nordiques (CEN) célèbre ses 50 ans UQAR-Info, 18 février 2011

Reportage journalistique étudiant « Les 50 ans d’existences du Centre d’études nordiques ». Angle neuf 2011, Émission 3 –Partie 2. 

Exposition : Le Centre d’études nordiques : 50 ans de rayonnement Bibliothèque de l’Université Laval, 5 mai 2011

Centre d'études nordiques: un petit navire de recherche pas banal Le Soleil, 3 août 2011

L'INRS accueille l'exposition du Centre d’études nordiques (CEN). Webzine planète INRS.ca , 5 juillet 2011

50 ans du CEN  (cahier spécial 50e du CEN) Le Devoir, 6 août 2011

50e anniversaire du CEN : Journée de conférences sur la nordicité. Webzine planète INRS,ca, 1er septembre 2011

Regard sur la recherche Nord? Texte de conférence de M. Louis-Edmond Hamelin (pdf - 2.61 Mo) INRS-ETE, 1er septembre 2011

L’UQAR célèbre les 50 ans du Centre d’études nordiques Progrès-écho, 14 septembre 2011

L’UQAR célèbre les 50 ans du Centre d’études nordiques UQAR-Info, 14 septembre 2011

De la forêt boréale au désert du Haut-Arctique (numéro spécial 50e du CEN) Écoscience, volume 18, no3, 2011


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