Sentinel North

Harnessing the power of light for the benefit of human health, the environment, and sustainable development in the North


An unprecedented transdisciplinary strategy


With funding of $98 million over seven years by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund, the Sentinel North Strategy allows Université Laval to draw on over a half-century of northern and optics/photonics research to develop innovative new technology and improve our understanding of the northern environment and its impact on human beings and their health.

Sentinel North is built around a major transdisciplinary research program to create new international mixed research units and research chairs, recruit world-class professors, and train the next generation of researchers capable of solving the complex problems of a changing North.


Research program

Sentinel North's ambitious research program is based on three themes aimed at encouraging the development of research teams and joint projects focusing on discovery, transdisciplinarity, innovation, cooperation, partnership, and technology transfer.

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Training programs

Sentinel North deploys an innovative training strategy to foster the development of new scientists through its research program, which boasts a number of scholarship options, international schools, and an extensive program of transdisciplinary training activities.

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Other programs

The Sentinel North strategy offers a number of recruitment, networking, and recognition programs as part of its research program.

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Sentinel North Annual Meeting

This first Sentinel North annual meeting is a networking and collaboration opportunity for the entire program’s community of researchers, students, collaborators and partners. The meeting will take place on August 29-30 in Quebec city. Learn more about the program and how to register here.


New Ph.D opening in wireless networking

A new Ph.D opening in wireless networking has just been added as part of research project 1.5 "Pitutsimaniq, networked sensor sentinels for real-time surveillance of infrastructures and ecosystems". Learn more here.

You can also browse the complete list of all Post-docs, Ph.D and Masters openings within the Sentinel North research projects.

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Canada First Research Excellence Fund


Sentinel North is made possible, in part, thanks to funding from Canada First Research Excellence Fund.