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Scientific conferences

The Sentinel North Scientific Conferences are an opportunity for the entire program community and its partners to come together to discover emerging results from different teams in an interdisciplinary setting.

Stay tuned for our upcoming conferences!


Watch past conferences below:


March 18, 2021 - Monitoring environmental change in northern ecosystems


Professor Martin Bernier (Physics, physical engineering and optics), Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers, Université Laval
Professor Gilles Gauthier (Biology), Centre for Northern Studies, Université Laval

Innovative Approaches to Study the Impact of Snow on Northern Ecosystems

Finalists of the Video Competition:

Flore Sergeant (géologie et génie géologique), River discharge as new indicator for permafrost thawing rate (watch the video)
Mathilde Poirier (biologie), Comment la dureté de la neige influence la locomotion des lemmings (watch the video)
Nathan Young (géologie et génie géologique), The impact of changing landcover on groundwater recharge in degrading permafrost environments (watch the video)


April 1st, 2021 - Environment-Health Interactions in the North


Professor Caroline Ménard (Psychiatry and neuroscience), CERVO Brain Research Centre, Université Laval
Professor Richard Bélanger (Pediatrics), CHU de Québec, Université Laval

When clinical priority in the North and cutting-edge research converge: mental health

Finalists of the video competition:

Phanie Charest (sciences animales), Fetal and placental consequences following ancestral paternal exposure to arctic pollutants and folic acid supplementation (watch the video)
Philippe De Tillieux (physique, génie physique et optique), Biopsie optique pour la détection précoce de cancers de la peau (watch the video)
Frédéric LeTourneux (biologie), La grande oie des neiges : Impacts de la chasse sur une espèce qui connecte le Nord au Sud (watch the video)


Scientific videos competition

The competition, organized in collaboration with the Sentinel North Students Association (AÉSN), was an opportunity for the program's student and postdoctoral communities to communicate their emerging results with their peers in a multidisciplinary context. Finalist videos were presented during the Scientific Conferences on March 18 and April 1st, 2021. 


Six videos have been selected. Congratulations to the winners!

  • 1st prize: Mathilde Poirier, Biology
  • 2nd prize: Phanie L. Charest, Animal sciences
  • 3rd prize: Frédéric LeTourneux, Biology
  • Honorable mentions: Flore Sergeant, Geology and geological engineering; Philippe De Tilleux, Physics, physical engineering and optics; Nathan Young, Geology and geological engineering



Students or postdoctoral fellows participating in a research initiative funded by Sentinel North (projects, chairs, scholarships, Joint International Research Units, etc.) are invited to participate.



Finalists will be presented at the Sentinel North Scientific Conferences on March 18 and April 1st, 2021.

The winners will receive the following prizes:

  • 1st prize: $1000
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $250
  • Honorable mentions: $125


Criteria and selection process

The research results presented must clearly fit in the Sentinel North research program, as illustrated by its conceptual framework. Emphasis should be put on the communication of results; this is not a project presentation. The videos will be evaluated by a selection committee according to the following criteria:

  • Contextualization of the project and results within the scope of Sentinel North

  • Structure and content: context, hypothesis and objectives, methodology, presentation of results obtained, conclusions and recommendations, clarity and fluidity of content

  • Quality of the visual support: attractiveness of the presentation, quality of the figures or animations used, quality of the written language

  • Speaker quality: dynamic presentation, quality of popularization for a multidisciplinary audience, mastery of the topic


Guidelines for the video

Language: French or English. Submitted videos may be posted on the Sentinel North website. An English version (or subtitled in English) will allow for better visibility.

Duration: 7 to 10 minutes

Audience: Multidisciplinary research community

File format:

  • Recommended resolution: 1920x1080 pixels, 16:9 ratio
  • File format: MP4 (preferred) or MOV
  • Maximum file size: 2 GB

Sound and picture:

  • Keep ambient noise to a minimum and use a microphone if possible (airpods or other).
  • If you are filming yourself, make sure you have a neutral background and good lighting without backlighting; remember that the video could later be broadcast on the Web.
  • The video must not contain music, photos or videos that are not free of rights or for which credits are not indicated.
  • Make sure your visual support (text, font size, graphics) is suitable for display on a computer screen or tablet.


Technical resources

You are free to choose the video presentation style of your choice. Several tools are available to record a more conventional scientific presentation (speaker and slides):

You may also use video editing software to enrich your presentation with effects or animations.


Tips for a successful scientific presentation


Editing Software


Royalty-free images and videos

Send us your video

Please provide the following information in the application form:

  • Full name
  • Email
  • Université Laval department
  • Name of the project funded by Sentinel North
  • Research Director or Supervisor
  • Title of the video
  • Abstract of the project and results (400 words)
  • Video uploaded to Dropbox

For any questions related to the Sentinel North Scientific Conferences or Videos Competition, please contact:

Daphné Trottier

Communications officer