State-of-the art facilities provide research and training opportunities for a new generation of scientists in four areas crucial to Quebec’s development. 


Water, land, and the environment

Scientists from the INRS's Centre Eau Terre Environnement are conducting a field study.

The Centre Eau Terre Environnement research centre focuses on sustainable development in Quebec, especially with regard to water and land resources and environmental protection. It plays a central role in scientific and technological developments aimed at fostering resource protection, development, and enhancement. 


Energy, materials, and telecommunications

Scientists from INRS's Energy, Materials and Telecommunications Center at work to make new scientific discoveries.

The Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications research centre primarily conducts basic and applied research in areas important for Québec’s socioeconomic development, especially telecommunications, sustainable energy, advanced materials, and ultrafast photonics. These areas are critical for developing information technology and new applications in the biomedical, energy, aerospace, and transportation sectors. 


Health and biotechnology

Scientists from the Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie of INRS in a research laboratory.

Researchers at the Centre Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie research centre seek to better understand the life cycles and functioning of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms. They also work to identify and characterize the effects of environmental pollutants on human health.

In addition to drawing on biotechnology and microorganisms with a view to improving environmental quality and managing contamination problems, they study functional foods and food preservation. They also conduct pharmacochemical research to better understand the physiology of the cardiovascular and nervous systems, as well as the mode of action of drugs. 


Urbanization, culture, and society

A professor of the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société of the INRS.

The Centre Urbanisation Culture Société research centre has built a reputation for high-quality applied research on societal issues of importance in Québec. The centre’s teams focus on urban and regional dynamics; culture; and social ties, populations, and different life stages. These broad areas encompass such salient topics as cities for everyone; governance and sustainability; culture and regional innovations or culture and the economy; changes in family situations; population dynamics and the transformation of Quebec society; and the transformation of work.

At a glance

  • Ranked the most research-intensive university in Canada in 2019
  • World-class, cutting-edge facilities available to both the research community and industry
  • 80 international collaboration agreements with some 80 universities in 20 countries 
  • 150 professors who regularly pool their knowledge and expertise
  • Collaborations with more than 20 universities in France, Tunisia, Argentina, Vietnam, Italy, Mexico, the U.S., and elsewhere