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International Ph.D. Schools

A hands-on, cutting edge learning environment


Sentinel North International Ph.D. Schools combine a practical approach in northern and/or highly technological environments with the opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists and experts.

Under the leadership of the Sentinel North strategy of Université Laval (Quebec City, Canada), the Ph.D. Schools provide international students with a chance to learn with world-class research infrastructure such as the CCGS Amundsen research icebreaker or the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Laser (COPL), as well as specialists from various fields and domains.



Permafrost Engineering Applied to Transportation Infrastructure

June 2-8, 2019, Aurora College, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada

sentinel north international phd school on permafrost engineering applied to transportation infrastructure


This International PhD School (IPS) is an advanced, graduate level course on permafrost engineering applied to transportation infrastructure. The target academic audience are graduate students and professionals, but, in some cases, postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate students in late stage of their program may be selected.

The program includes lectures, practical exercises, two field visits on sites where interesting permafrost and engineering features can be observed (Dempster Highway and Tuktoyaktuk Highway), and a seminar on advanced instrumentation and communication for infrastructure monitoring.

Registration is open until April 15, 2019.

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Bootcamp : From Development to Deployment of an Optical Tool in a Northern Environment

February 26-28 2019, Forêt Montmorency, Réserve faunique des Laurentides, Canada

sentinel north bootcamp - the development of an optical tool in northern environment


This bootcamp offers graduate students in the fields of engineering and optics-photonics a practical and integrative experience to develop an optical sensor adapted to the constraints of northern regions.

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


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Arctic Microbiomes: From Molecules and Microbes to Ecosystems and Health

July 2-12, 2019, Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik (Nunavik, Canada)

sentinel north international phd school on arctic microbiomes



The International PhD School on Arctic Microbiomes will take place at the CEN research center at Whapmagoostui-Kuujjuarapik from July 2 to 12, 2019. This high-level training opportunity is aiming to understand the key role of microbiomes in shaping the structure and functioning of the Arctic, including their impacts on food webs, ecosystem services, and human health.

The school will provide participants with an integrative, hands-on experience spanning a wide range of disciplines such as Arctic microbiology and molecular ecology, biogeochemistry, complex system networks, environmental optics/photonics, remote sensing and human health.


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2018 Complex Networks Winter Workshop

December 15-21, 2018, Quebec city, Canada

Complex Networks Winter Workshop



The Complex Networks Winter Workshop (CNWW) is a week-long international school that offers an extraordinary opportunity for participants to engage in rigorous transdisciplinary complexity science research alongside some of the top thought leaders in the field of networks. The CNWW is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals. The lectures will present open problems and recent advances in the field of complex networks.

The CNWW is a collaboration between the Complex Systems Center of the University of Vermont, the Networks Science Institute of Northeastern University and the Sentinel North Program of the Université Laval.


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Shedding Light on Arctic Marine Ecosystem Services

July 12-24, 2018, Baffin Bay, Nunavut

Sentinelle Nord École Doctorale Amundsen Baffin 2018


Taking place on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen deployed in Baffin Bay and the Fjords of Baffin Island, Nunavut (Canada), this school provides international students with a unique opportunity to interact with high-profile scientists as part of a transdisciplinary and highly technological training program aiming to demystify the role of light in driving arctic marine food webs, ecosystems services, and human health in the North.

The school will provide participants with a hands-on and integrative experience with a wide range of disciplines such as optics / photonics, Arctic marine biology and ecology, marine physics, biochemistry, remote sensing and human health.


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The Changing Cryosphere: From Sensors to Decision-making

March 2-9, 2018, Iqaluit, Nunavut

Sentinel North international phd school Iqaluit


Taking place in Iqaluit, capital of Nunavut, Canada, the school will focus on an integrative, transdisciplinary and innovative training program supported by internationally renowned professors and local experts. Under the overarching theme of a changing arctic cryosphere, participants will get hands-on experience with a wide range of disciplines such as optics/photonics, arctic ecology, chemistry, geology and human health.

Participants will also be provided tools allowing them to think outside the box and harness new aspects of the changing arctic cryosphere, both scientifically and culturally.


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For more information, please contact:

Marie-France Gévry

Training programs coordinator
418-656-2131 ext. 8910