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Two INRS teams receive funding from CFI and the Government of Canada

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August 14, 2019 // by Julie Robert
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The Government of Canada will invest in cutting-edge facilities for the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced the recipients this Monday at the University of Alberta. INRS Professors Marie-Soleil Cloutier and Jerôme Comte (principal investigators) were awarded a total of $216,886 for their respective research projects.
 
The Fund helps exceptional university scientists conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to become leaders in their field.
 
 
Marie-Soleil Cloutier (PI) and Sandra Breux (co-PI) will use the funds to launch their Laboratoire Ville Intelligente et Piétonne (V.I.P) with the aim of making utilitarian walking a possible alternative to urban travel while giving city dwellers the opportunity to become relevant players within intelligent cities. Based on a series of immersive experiments with volunteer pedestrians and officials responsible for creating pedestrian spaces, researchers will document the pedestrian experience according to the socio-demographic characteristics of the individual. They will also brainstorm on how technology can optimize the pedestrian experience and develop pilot projects that promote utilitarian walking. Their goal is to adapt the technology so that it works for everyone and allows pedestrians to act on their experience without having to use an individual technological interface.
 
 
Jérôme Comte (PI) and Isabelle Lavoie (co-PI) will set up a unique infrastructure for research training in aquatic microbial ecology (A-FRAME). The goal? Advance the knowledge of how aquatic microorganism communities function and how they respond to environmental disturbances. Freshwater ecosystems in Canada are undergoing rapid and major alterations in their structure and integrity as a result of human activities and climate change. Understanding how microbes will respond to new or changing environmental forces is therefore critical in predicting the implications on ecosystem functioning. In addition to contributing to the training of the next generation of aquatic ecological leaders, this research program will contribute to science-based decision-making and improved management and conservation of aquatic resources.
 
The total investment, more than $61 million for state-of-the-art research labs and equipment, will support 261 projects at 40 universities across Canada including the INRS. ♦

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