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Program and keynote speakers

The full program of the second Sentinel North annual scientific meeting will be published shortly. In the meantime, we invite you to check out the preliminary program and to discover the keynote speakers below.


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.


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

The schedule below is a preliminary version of the conference program. More details, activities and speakers will be announced at the publication of the full program, around the end of July.


7:30-8:30 Registration Registration Registration Registration
8:30-10:00 Plenary - Changing Arctic Environment

Speaker: Michel Allard, CEN
Plenary - Collaboration Between Research and Industries

Host: Alison Ewart, v-p, MITACS
Plenary - Light and Environment

Host: Marcel Babin

Speaker: Dariusz Stramski, Scripps Institute

Science Communication
Entrepreneurship in Science
Open Science
Northern Research Best Practices
10:00-10:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
10:30-12:00 Topical sessions

Plenary - Northern societies and populations

Host: Caroline Hervé

Speaker: Pitseolaq Pfeifer, U. of Carleton
Topical sessions

Light and environment
Contaminants and climate active gases

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

Host: Louis J. Dubé

Speaker: Albert-Laszlo Barabási
Plenary - Open Science

Host: Yves De Koninck

Speakers: Alan. C. Evans, CBrain, 
Lise Madsen, U. of Copenhagen
Plenary - International Collaboration

Host: Martin Fortier

Speakers: Paul Wassmann (Norway), Nicole Biebow (Germany), Marc Landry (France), Brant Gibson (Australia)

Network Science
Visualization Satellite Data
System Engineering
Northern Research Best Practices
Science Communication
15:00-15:30 Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Topical sessions

Complex networks
Nutrition and microbiota
Topical sessions

Solar light

Speaker: Louis Fortier, INQ

17:00-19:00 Poster sessions and welcome cocktail Poster sessions and cocktail Speed-dating: networking session for early career scientists  
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.


Sentinel North Annual Meeting 2018


For any question, please contact the Sentinel North Annual Meeting 2018 Secretariat