In 2020, PSL established a privileged partnership with Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. PSL will particularly collaborate with the "Sentinelle Nord" program of Université Laval, an initiative of excellence in research in environment, health and optics-photonics.
Université Laval, a leading French-speaking university in Canada, has been receiving support since 2015 from the Canadian government's Research Excellence Fund to develop the transdisciplinary North Sentinel research program.
PSL research teams (at the ENS - PSL in particular) are already collaborating with Sentinelle Nord and the PSL-Université de Laval agreement stregthens and expands of the scope of collaborations. Thus, on the basis of the co-publications and collaborations initiated, the priority fields identified are the research in northern and Arctic sciences, particularly in connection with the Takuwik International Joint Unit established between the CNRS and Université Laval in neurosciences, optics and photonics and metabolic health.
More broadly, the partnership between PSL and Université Laval aims to :
- Promote the mobility of professors, researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows between the two universities ;
- Support new research collaborations, with the development of specific projects likely to receive external funding and/or leading to joint publications ;
- Carrying out scientific events, notably in the form of thematic colloquia or seminars, in person or online.
About Université Laval
The first French-speaking university established in North America in 1852, Université Laval is a multidisciplinary public institution with more than 43,000 students and 4,000 tenured faculty members. It is organized into 17 faculties, with more than 60 departments, schools and institutes and offers 500 training programs. Université Laval is particularly recognized for its research programs in environmental sciences and its commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
Université Laval is also an active university in the field of international cooperation and hosts 4 joint international research units, including one co-directed with France (CNRS).