Researcher’s night

Technological advances and the state of the environment are driving researchers to think bigger, faster. Montréal Space for Life is offering the opportunity to spend a crazy Friday night meeting dozens of them.

These explorers pushing back the frontiers of discovery are committed to sharing how they are helping advance scientific knowledge. In a festive and offbeat atmosphere, to the sounds of a DJ, find out what their lives look like in 2019.

This is an unusual one-time opportunity to meet actual researchers and learn about the world they work in every day.

For more information and for the program, see the event’s official page.

Face to face with an expert

The 2019 edition of the Tête-à-tête series of ‘face to face’ discussions with researchers of Space For Life – including many from the IRBV – is on! One Saturday every month, you are invited to an informal meeting with some of our scientists.

These face to face discussions are to take place in French. For more information on individual events, click on the web links below.

14 September 2019
Précieuses semences
with Stéphane Bailleul and Frédéric Coursol

12 October 2019
Plantes et champignons: une histoire d’amour souterraine
with Jacynthe Masse and Pierre-Luc Chagnon

9 November 2019
Métier: éleveur d’insectes
with Mario Bonneau and Dominic Ouellette

7 December 2019
Si les arbres pouvaient parler
with Andrée Hallé and Alain Cogliastro

11 January 2019
Comment créer des univers?
with Simon Bélanger

15 February 2019
Tout sur la Lune
with Olivier Hernandez

7 March 2019
Les ennemis naturels: nos alliés indispensables au jardin
with Marie-Ève Gagnon

4 April 2019
Recréer le Saint-Laurent en circuit fermé
with Nathalie Rose Le François

Pesticides, public health and environment

Jacques Brodeur has submitted a text titled “Pesticide Overdose” to a recent provincial commission on the impact of pesticides on public health and the environment. The document exposes the problem of the overusage of pesticides in agriculture, particularly in the production of apples. It concludes that we have collectively failed in replacing our dependence on pesticides with alternative solutions. Jacques has also testified on the matter in front of members of the Commission on Thursday 26 September,

download the document

Scientific collaboration prize – a finalist among us!

Stéphanie Pellerin and her collegues Monique Poulin and Sophie Lavallée from Université Laval are part of one of the three teams having reached the finals of the Scientific Collaboration Prize which will be awarded on 21 December by the Institut d’administration publique de Québec and the Fonds de recherche du Québec. This new prize will be given to a team having contributed to a project with a significant impact on public programs and policies as well as the population of Quebec, through the production, gathering and use of data and scientific knowlege. Stéphanie’s team’s project is titled “Des approches pour planifier la gestion des milieux humides pour assurer leur pérennité”.

Best of luck to Stéphanie’s team in securing this prize!

The IRBV partners with Classes Affaires 2019

Sonia, Kyra and Nell have just completed a one-week internship on biodiversity at the IRBV, from 29 July to 2 August. With the help of presentations, visits of collections as well as lab and field work, and thanks to the collaborations of students and researchers at the IRBV, the three students in grades Secondary 3 and 4 were given the opportunity to explore the world of plants, mushrooms and insects.

The Classes Affaires de Montréal Relève program ( offers internships to more than 1500 students from 400 organisations in Montreal. The non-profit initiative, which was created in 1995 by the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and the City of Montreal, aims for the socio-economic development of the city through programs for the next generations.

Photo © Jessy Lewandowski, for Montréal Relève, 2019.

Legend: sampling biodiversity in the ponds of the Montreal Botanical Garden.
From left to right: Denis Lauzer, Nell Léger, Kyra Cloutier, Audréanne Loiselle, Sophia Conway-Giannopoulos

Job offer: assistant professor in taxonomy and floristics

The Department of Biological Sciences is soliciting candidates for a full-time, tenure-track assistant-professor position in plant biology, with a specific focus on taxonomy and systematics, floristics and biodiversity of vascular plants. The candidate will join the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale and be the curator of the Marie-Victorin Herbarium.

All the details can be found in this document.