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International Research

INRS is a rich research and training environment, conducive to the development of knowledge and innovation. Open to the world, it distinguishes itself from other Quebec institutions of higher learning by its multicultural richness.

Research without frontiers

State-of-the-art research infrastructure, highly qualified personnel, renowned professors, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds: INRS fosters research and training partnerships that transcend organizational and geographic boundaries.

Over the years, INRS has developed a number of international partnerships focusing on research, education, and knowledge transfer. INRS enjoys an enviable worldwide reputation and regularly joins forces with others to bring innovative projects to fruition.

  • INRS has established more than 100 international collaboration agreements with partners in some 30 countries.
  • More than half of our faculty publications are produced in collaboration with international researchers.
  • INRS researchers are active in a number of international scientific networks.

Many research projects are conducted in partnership with teams from various countries.


Alliances around the world

International alliances are based on complementary expertise and provide access to state-of-the-art equipment that allows researchers to explore new directions, accelerates R&D in highly competitive international niches, and contributes to top-quality training.

With the internationalization of knowledge, the exchange of expertise between Canada and other countries helps foster a globally minded approach and the development of lasting partnerships—a mutually beneficial process that allows everyone to better respond to current and future needs.


One-of-a-kind research facilities

INRS boasts a wide array of state-of-the-art equipment that supports scientific and technological innovation and facilitates fundamental and applied research in highly specialized strategic sectors.


Advanced Laser Light Source Laboratory

INRS houses the Advanced Laser Light Source Laboratory (ALSS), a world-class research centre focused on developing a new type of laser. ALLS develops radiation sources ranging from infrared to very-high-energy and ultrashort-pulse X-rays. It brings together several Canadian institutions and most major laser research laboratories in the United States, France, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Greece, and Japan. ALLS draws on the expertise of over 70 first-class researchers specializing in physics, laser and optics, chemistry, computer science, biology, medicine, and biochemistry.


Doping Control Laboratory

INRS owns the only laboratory in Canada accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and several international sports federations—the Doping Control Laboratory. As part of its efforts to fight doping in sports, the laboratory performs analyses to the highest scientific standards and develops methods to detect and identify increasingly sophisticated doping agents. INRS was among the first laboratories accredited by the sports community in 1976 and has maintained WADA and IOC (International Olympic Committee) accreditation since 2004.


Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory

Unique in North America, INRS’s Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory is one of five large-scale, multi-purpose canals used to simulate the type of waves, tides, and high-flow currents that affect many coarse-bedded waterways, including the St. Lawrence and other rivers. Opened in 2011, the laboratory contributes to the development of sustainable shoreline management approaches to counter erosion caused by climate change.

Studying abroad

You wish to continue your studies in Quebec? You are studying at INRS and wish to add an international component to your training? We offer several short and long term trainings for an enriching multicultural and academic experience.

A multicultural community

INRS is home to students from some 40 countries including France, Tunisia, China, Iran, Morocco, Algeria, and Vietnam. In fact, international students account for more than 60% of the student community.

INRS offers several dual-degree programs in partnership with French, Moroccan, and Icelandic institutions and also encourages students to acquire experience abroad through thesis cotutelle arrangements and research internships.

Studying at INRS means learning to do research at a leading international graduate research and training institution in a stimulating, friendly, and cosmopolitan environment where you can contribute to scientific advances in fields that are beneficial to everyone.


Distinguished faculty from around the world

Hailing from India, Portugal, Italy, France, China, and Quebec, our faculty members transcend the frontiers of knowledge to meet the scientific and societal challenges of tomorrow.

Whether it’s to fight doping in sports, provide renewable energy for all, analyze social issues on different continents, or find innovative solutions to climate change, cancer, or social inequalities, INRS faculty are widely sought after for their expertise in many fields—water sciences, health sciences, urban studies, nanofabrication, ultra-fast photonics, telecommunications—and are recognized both nationally and internationally.