Research and creation


Research and creation

Through scientific research we can change the world. Creation, innovation, and knowledge sharing deliver concrete solutions to challenges facing society. Université Laval intends to further its leadership in social and technological innovation related to sustainable development.

IndicatorPercentage of research chairs, institutes, centres, and groups recognized in connection with sustainability policy
TargetMaintain and, where possible, improve on 2014–2015 results
Result as of April 30, 201758% of recognized research chairs, institutes, centres, and groups
Key actionsInstitut nordique du Québec et Alliance santé Québec
How to get involvedHighlight sustainability challenges in research and development efforts

Many of the university’s research groups, centers, and chairs work in areas related to sustainable development issues. In 2015-2016:

  • 96 of UL’s 171 research chairs (56%) - list (PDF, in French only)
  • 31 of UL's 48 research centers and institutes (65%) - list (PDF, in French only)

In addition, the Université Laval administration has made sustainable development one of the major themes of its Research Development Plan 2015-2020 (PDF, in French only).


EDS Institute

Created in 2005, the Hydro-Quebec Institute for the Environment, Development, and Society (EDS Institute) is an initiator, catalyst, and focal point for sustainable development stakeholders. Its primary mission is to help coordinate and organize training, research, and knowledge-dissemination activities in the area of sustainable development.

A key sustainable development partner for the University, the Institute brings together more than 94 researchers and over 400 students from 12 faculties.


SD research at Université Laval

Did you know?

  • The university’s northern studies centre, Centre d'études nordiques, brings together more than 300 researchers, students, postdoctoral fellows, and professionals from many different disciplines (biology, microbiology, geography, geology, engineering, archeology, and land use planning). Their research themes include the biodiversity and dynamics of northern aquatic ecosystems, the consequences of permafrost melt due to climate change, and the restoration of vegetation on degraded sites.

  • The logistics and supply chain innovation centre, Centre d’innovation en logistique et chaîne d’approvisionnement durable, was created to find innovative ways to optimize road freight transport and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

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