The best PhD students of Québec and the Nordics: Lightning talks from the The Mon projet nordique / My Northern Project competition

Organized by the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and NordForsk 7. September 2017

Arctic Circle delegates are invited to the final of the Mon projet nordique competition, which brings together twelve PhD students from Québec (Canada) and the Nordic countries. These remarkable research students are ready to present their research projects, each of which targets a critical issue currently facing northern environments, to which their research work should provide innovative potential solutions.

Saturday, October 14, 16:00 - 17:30
Location: Björtuloft, Fifth Level 

The Mon projet nordique competition, funded by the INQ, the FRQNT and Nordforsk, took place on two continents over the past six months and brought together a total of sixty participants.
Come listen to the students’ five-minute presentations and vote for a “Public’s Choice” winner from each continent!


  • Charles Brunette, PhD student in atmospheric and ocean sciences, McGill University: Regional and seasonal forecasts of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean
  • Julie Ducrocq, PhD student in epidemiology, Université Laval: Subsistence activities, infectious diseases and global change in Nunavik: improving prevention and promoting Inuit traditions through documentation
  • François Lapointe, PhD student in Earth sciences, INRS-ETE: Investigating modes of climate variability in the Arctic through annual sediment layers
  • Gwyneth Anne MacMillan, PhD student in biological sciences, Université de Montréal: Not that rare after all! Rare earth elements in Arctic terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems
  • Mélissande Nagati, PhD student in environmental science, UQAT, and in biodiversity, ecology and evolution, Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France): Effect of vegetation cover and microorganisms on the establishment of fir seedlings in boreal forest
  • Barbara Vuillaume, PhD student in biology, Université Laval: Using camera collars to study calf survival among migratory caribou
  • Jaakko Pietarinen, PhD student, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki: What characterises a good reindeer mother
  • Jasmiini Pylkkänen, PhD student, Department for Cultural Anthropology, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Sandra Fischer, PhD student, Department for Physical Geography, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Mariia Nesterenko, PhD student, Department of Sociology, Archangelsk University: Human health in the Arctic as social value
  • Majken Paulsen, PhD student, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nord University: Human-nature interactions in the Arctic; ecological alterations, emerging infectious diseases and impacts on human and non-human well-being
  • Barbara Baczynska, PhD student, in Sociology, Nord University: Cultural foundation of adaptation to climate change impacts, especially climate sensitive infections, among pastoral communities in northern Norway