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Sentinel North Annual Meeting

Quebec city | 27-30 August, 2018

Sentinel North invites you to its second annual scientific meeting to be held August 27-30, 2018 at Château Laurier and the new Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury.

In a context of accelerating climate change and socio-economic development in Arctic and subarctic regions, we particularly encourage researchers, students, collaborators and national and international partners to join the 350+ Sentinel North participants from Université Laval to enrich the discussions and establish new collaborations to improve our understanding of the northern environment and its impact on human beings and their health.

The call for abstracts is open until June 15, 2018.

Registration is now open.



Sentinel North welcomes any presentation that can contribute to a better understanding of the changes in the northern environment and their impacts on northern circumpolar residents and their health. The themes of the annual scientific meeting are closely related to the Sentinel North transdisciplinary research program, as outlined by its conceptual framework. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The complex systems and networks of the North;
  • The impact of climate change on ecosystems, ecosystem services and northern infrastructure;
  • Innovation in optics-photonics for monitoring extreme environments;
  • The impact of light on northern ecosystems and societies;
  • Microbiomes as sentinels for the environment and health in the North;
  • Research in data management and predictive modeling; and
  • Optimizing knowledge transfer in a context of sustainable development and health in the North.

In a transdisciplinarity effort, contributions involving researchers from the fields of natural sciences and engineering, health science, and humanities and social sciences are encouraged.



Keynote speakers

Albert-László Barabási

A major contributor to the development of network science and the statistical physics of complex systems, Albert-László Barabási directs the Center for Complex Network Research of Northeastern University, and holds appointments in the Departments of Physics and College of Computer and Information Science, as well as in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital in the Channing Division of Network Science, and is a member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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Nicole Biebow

Dr. Nicole Biebow is a marine geologist and currently the Head of the International Cooperation Unit at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) where she is responsible for managing several European Union (EU) and international joint scientific efforts. She has extensive experience in coordinating and leading international multidisciplinary research programs in the Arctic.

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Alan Evans

Alan Evans is a James McGill Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatry and Biomedical Engineering at McGill University since 2009, and a researcher in the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) of the Montreal Neurological Institute. Among many other accomplishments and honours, Dr. Evans is co-director of the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health and is Principal Investigator of CBRAIN, a pan-Canadian project to integrate Canadian brain research with the Compute Canada high-performance computing grid.

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Lise Madsen

Lise Madsen is Head of Research, section of Seafood in model systems at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway, and affiliated Professor at the University of Copenhagen. She has a broad experience with research questions related to lifestyle diseases, nutrition and gut microbiota. Her research group presently focuses on the association between the gut microbiome and metabolic health.

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Dariusz Stramski

Dariusz Stramski is a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, where he founded the Ocean Optics Research Lab in 1997. His research has provided significant findings in the areas of ocean optics, optical remote sensing of the oceans, and optical applications to oceanography. In 2014, he co-founded MANTA Instruments Inc., successfully commercializing novel patented technology to characterize nanoparticles. His presentation will provide an overview of some key questions with regard to ubiquitous presence of nanoparticles in marine environments and advancements in techniques for nanoparticle measurements and characterization, including MANTA's technology of nanoparticle tracking analysis which has broad applications extending beyond oceanography and environmental sciences.

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Paul Wassmann

Paul Wassmann is an arctic marine ecology professor at the UiT Arctic University of Norway. He has led and been involved in numerous Norwegian, Nordic and EU research projects and is currently head of the Seasonal Ice Zone Ecology (ArcticSIZE) research group. Having participated in more than 30 Arctic research expeditions, Dr. Wassmann is a champion of international collaboration in the Arctic and a leading advocate for researchers to adopt a Pan-Arctic view of Arctic Ocean processes and feedbacks.

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General program


7:30-8:30 Registration Registration Registration Registration
8:30-10:00 Plenary

Changing Arctic Environment and Impacts on Communities

Research and Industries

Measurements and Characterization of Nanoparticles: There Must be a Better Way (keynote: Dariusz Stramski)

Entrepreneurship in Science
Transdisciplinary Language
Science Diplomacy
System Engineering
10:00-10:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
10:30-12:00 Topical sessions Topical sessions Topical sessions Workshops

12:00-13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
13:30-15:00 Plenary

Complex Networks (keynote: Albert-László Barabási)

Open Science (keynote: Alan C. Evans)

International Collaboration (keynotes: Paul Wassmann, Nicole Biebow, Marc Landry)

Network Science
Northern Research
Open Science
Science Communication
15:00-15:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Topical sessions Topical sessions Topical sessions Workshops

17:00-19:00 Poster sessions and welcome cocktail Poster sessions and cocktail Sentinel North Training Programs  
19:00...   Students association night Reception, cocktail and awards in presence of rector Ms. Sophie D'Amours


Please note that the program above is for guidance only and may be modified without notice.