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Designing cool devices : from development to deployment of an optical tool in a northern environment

26 - 28 February 2019
Forêt Montmorency (Québec), Canada


Under the initiative of the CREATE-SMAART and Sentinel North programs at Université Laval, this bootcamp offers students a unique opportunity to interact with top level scientists as part of a transdisciplinary and highly technological training program aimed to develop and deploy an optical device in northern conditions.

Taking place at the Forêt Montmorency (the largest teaching and research forest in the world), the bootcamp will provide participants with an integrative and practical experience in the fields of engineering and optics.

The agenda consists of fruitful discussions, theoretical training and practical workshops, including the development of a light detection tool, the “Flat Light” detector.

Top level scientists, collaborators and speakers will join the participants, allowing them to explore new avenues in their research projects. The bootcamp will also allow the development of cross-curricular skills such as networking and scientific collaboration, communication and planning in a transdisciplinary research context.

In addition, on the day before the bootcamp, on February 25th, 2019, the CREATE-SMAART program will hold its First Annual Retreat to which all participants are welcome to join. More information about this activity is provided below.

Up to 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of optics and engineering will be recruited.

Applications are accepted until February 15th, 2019


Program overview

On the theme "Designing cool devices", the bootcamp will promote a lively, versatile and dynamic approach that includes theoretical training followed by practical workshops supervised by experts from various specialties.

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Light scattering (theoretical training and practical workshop)
  • Image sensor (theoretical training and practical workshop)
  • Conference: Course of the development of an instrument

Day 2

  • Image analysis (theoretical training and practical workshop)
  • Power analysis (theoretical training and practical workshop)
  • Teamwork

Day 3

  • Deployment of the Flat Light detector in the field


At the end of the training activity, participants will be asked to write a report on the activities performed throughout the bootcamp.


Please note that English will be the working language of the Bootcamp.


    CREATE-SMAART program will hold its First annual retreat on February 25th, 2019 in the Forêt Montmorency located in the Réserve Faunique des Laurentides. This retreat will allow students from CREATE-SMAART program to present their projects and share their research findings. As a unique opportunity for CREATE-SMAART students to meet all together, this activity is ideal for networking and collaboration.

    Sentinel North students are also encouraged to present their projects and research findings.

    All students interested in learning more about the CREATE-SMAART program are also welcomed to attend this one-day-event.

    Abstracts of the presentations and online registration will be accepted until February 15th, 2019.

  • List of experts

    • Daniel C. Côté, Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics, Université Laval and Director, CREATE-SMAART Program and Member of the Executive Committee, Sentinel Nord Instrument Development Technology Platform and Co-Founder, Bliq Photonique /li>

    • Florent Dominé, Research director, snow physics, permafrost thermal regime, Arctic climate, snow-vegetation-permafrost interactions, CNRS-Takuvik joint laboratories, Université Laval

    • Suzie Dufour, Researcher, National Optics Institute (INO)

    • Benoit Gosselin, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Université Laval and Director, Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory, Université Laval

    • Christian Katlein, Physics of sea ice, Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

    • Simon Labrecque, Coordinator, Neurophotonics Platform, Brain Canada

    • Simon Thibault, Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics, Université Laval and Chairholder, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Optical Design

    Comité organisateur

    • Daniel C. Côté, Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics, Université Laval and Director, CREATE-SMAART Program and Member of the Executive Committee, Sentinel Nord Instrument Development Technology Platform and Co-Founder, Bliq Photonique

    • Marie-France Gévry, Training programs coordinator, Sentinel North, Université Laval

    • Julie Lamarche, Coordinator, CREATE-SMAART, Université Laval
  • Selection process

    Applications will be assessed by the Bootcamp Organizing Committee according to the evaluation criteria below :

    • Relevance of the candidate’s research interests with the themes of the bootcamp
    • Aptitude for research and leadership


    Participants will be notified of the final selection on February 19, 2019 at the latest.

  • Registration fees

    • CREATE SMAART : no charge
    • Université Laval students : $ 50 *
    • Université Laval research professionnals : $ 100 *
    • Students and research professionnals from other universities : $ 150 *


    This amount includes:

    • Registration to the bootcamp
    • Teaching and scientific materials
    • Accommodation at Forêt Montmorency (double occupancy) on February 25, 26 and 27, 2019
    • Meals at Forêt Montmorency on February 26, 27 and 28 février 2019 (meals are also included on February 25 for those who choose to participate to the annual retreat)
    • Access to winter activities at Forêt Montmorency (snowshoeing, skiing)


    Registration fees do not cover :

    • Your travel to and from the Forêt Montmorency
    • Food and lodging in Québec city
    • Nighttime snacks and drinks at Forêt Montmorency


    Payment must be received in full at least one month prior to the start of the session. Payment details will be provided to the selected candidates.

    *Amount is in Canadian dollars



You want to register for the Bootcamp? Awesome! Submit your application using the form below. Good luck!


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The Forêt Montmorency in winter (photo : Julie Moffet)




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For more details, please contact:

Julie Lamarche

418-663-5000 ext. 4704



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