GRIL : mission statement and objectives

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GRIL was created in 1989, bringing together a dynamic group of research scientists in theoretical and applied limnology. GRIL is one of the Strategic Centers Programs funded by FRQNT (Fonds de recherche du Québec -  Nature et technologies). Nine Québec universities and institutions have research teams and laboratories active in GRIL: Université de Montréal,Université du Québec à MontréalUniversité du Québec à Trois-Rivières, McGill UniversityConcordia UniversityInstitut national de recherche scientifique-Centre Eau Terre Environnement, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Université Laval.  The group includes about 150 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, supervised by 50 research scientists aided by research assistants, and technicians. The GRIL also has 10 collaborative research members from Québec and 11 from outside Québec.


La professeure Bernadette Pinel-Alloul lors de la rencontre grand public du 12 août 2007, source : Dominic VachonGRIL has two main goals: research and the training of highly qualified professionals. Ongoing research projects focus on freshwater ecosystems. In order to improve their understanding of how these ecosystems work, researchers are developing tools to predict how ecosystems will react to current pressures. Such an approach allows the results of fundamental research to be used to mitigate current issues. Concerning the training of highly qualified professionals, the numbers speak for themselves: since 1989, more than 2000 people have been trained through GRIL research activities. These include 1075 field assistants, 566 master's students, 258 doctoral students, and 144 postdoctoral fellows.

Jean-François Lapière étudiant à la maîtrise au laboratoire de Jean-Jacques Frenette, source : Carl Martin Communicating the group's expertise (mostly concerning environmental limnology) to all interested parties;

Promoting and developing fundamental and applied research in limnology in Quebec;

Contributing to the training of highly qualified professionals (research assistants and future researcher scientists) in all aspects of freshwater science;

Creating a dynamic work environment that encourages collaboration among Quebec universities and governmental agencies and departments as well as private enterprises working on freshwater issues.