The SSRT is a high security outdoor facility primarily dedicated to the physical, chemical and biological study of human decomposition. Research conducted at the SSRT is focused on the study of death and the post-mortem processes that occur in a Northern cold climate.
The SSRT is a combined initiative of the département de chimie, biochimie et physique, the Laboratoire de Recherche en Criminalistique (LRC) et le département d'anatomie de l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.
The SSRT will be situated within the Parc industriel et portuaire de Bécancour. Access to the SSRT is restricted to authorised users to maintain the dignity and respect for all of our donors. We do not provide tours to the general public.
The goal of the research is to enhance the methods used to search, locate, recover and identify victim remains. This will allow for the future refinement or development of new forensic techniques.
In addition to research, the site will also serve as a training location for law enforcement, search and rescue teams, forensic scientists, students and consultants to death investigations
The SSRT is unique to this climate and represents the first facility of its kind in Canada. Future sites will be developed in Quebec and other regions of Canada to test other distinct climates and ecosystems.
The SSRT is the first such facility to integrate the arts and humanities into the study of death. The SSRT will foster an environment where sociologists, philosophers, historians and artists can explore social and cultural phenomena surrounding body donation and the perception of death by different communities. The diversity and intersectorial nature of this research was facilitated by funds received from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec's AUDACE program.