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March 2020

New research projects

The recipients of the 2020 Innovation Fund have been announced. See the full list here.

January 2020

Sustainability Mentorship Program

The Research and Sustainability Network (RSN), a student-led initiative to help undergraduate students interested in sustainability research, launched their flagship "Sustainability Mentorship Program" this past fall. This program pairs undergraduate students with graduates students involved in sustainability research. They are always welcoming new mentors and mentees, you can find more information on their Facebook page.

January 2020

FRQ-IIASA postdoctoral program

The program will enable Quebec postdoctoral fellows to participate in postdoctoral programs at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Two postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded by the program for one year with the possibility of a one-year extension.

The research interests of the fellows should be aligned with sustainable development goals as stand-alone topics or combined with any of the IIASA program areas: 

  • Advanced Systems Analysis
  • Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases
  • Ecosystems Services and Management
  • Energy
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Risk and Resilience
  • Transitions to New Technologies
  • Water
  • World Population

The call will be launched on January 13th, 2020 with an application deadline of March 18th, 2020. More information here.

December 2019

New report: The Rights of Disabled Persons in the Context of Climate Change

Professor Sébastien Jodoin (Faculty of Law) has released a new report with the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). This report reminds Parties to UN Climate Agreements of their commitments to taking a rights-based, disability-inclusive approach to climate action. This work is connected to research that was partially funded through the MSSI's Adapting Urban Environments theme.

November 2019

New publication: Potential increase in oil and gas well leakage due to earthquakes

This (open-access) publication, from researchers in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill, identified North American "hot spots" for potential leakage from oil and gas wells due to earthquake activity. Wells can contribute to groundwater contamination through fluid leakage and air pollution through greenhouse gas emissions, but little is known on role that increased seismic activity is having on well leakage. These hot spots are areas that have a high density of oil and gas wells and a high density of earthquake activity.

The research behind this publication was funded through the 2018 MSSI Ideas Fund awarded to Prof. Mary Kang.

November 2019

Save the date - Genome Quebec networking event

Networking Event • LSARP 2020
Genomic Solutions for Natural Resources
and the Environment

This full day event will be taking place on January 27th, 2020. More information to come.

November 2019

Knowledge Synthesis Grant (2020) – Living within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity (SSHRC, NSERC & CIHR)

Application Deadline: January 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants are not intended to support original research. Rather, they are intended to support the synthesis of existing research knowledge and the identification of knowledge gaps. This call is particularly focused on the state of research knowledge emerging over the past 10 years. The horizon for impacts may be as much as 20 years. The upcoming call will have a focus on “Living Within the Earth’s Carrying Capacity”, one of SSHRC’s new global future challenges.

McGill applications must go through the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR). Contact Joanna Mastalerek, Grants and Agreements Officer, 514-398-7300.

October 2019

New publication: Abrupt changes across the Arctic permafrost region endanger northern development

Bernardo Teufel and Professor Laxmi Sushama of the MSSI Sustainable Landscapes theme have a new publication in Nature Climate Change. Their study uses regional climate models to project the impacts of a warming Arctic region on permafrost melting and soil moisture content.

These changes have important implications for northern landscapes in terms of infrastructure and wildfire frequency, and highlights the importance of considering abrupt climate shifts when incorporating climate change information into decision-making for northern communities.

Read the details of their study here and the McGill news article here.

October 2019

EUL Seminar Series: The Imperative for a Global Systems Approach to Address Energy and Climate Challenges


Dr. Shaffiq Jaffer
VP Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America (NA) at TOTAL
Date: Friday, Nov. 1st, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM
Place: Trottier Building, ENGTR 2120


Pizza will be served.



September 2019

Book Launch

Hamish van der Ven, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and School of Environment, is celebrating the publication of his book: Beyond Greenwash: Explaining Credibility in Transnational Eco-Labeling (Oxford University Press, 2019).

3:00-4:30 pm, Thursday, October 17th
Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Avenue

Guest Speakers: Juliet Johnson, Sébastien Jodoin, Yann le Polain de Waroux, and Hamish van der Ven

Wine and cheese/fruit reception to follow.

More details here.

July 2019

Sustainable Development Goals Funding Program

*Applications should go through the Office of Sponsored Research. Interested applicants: please contact Agnes Wong, OSR Grants & Agreements Officer - agnes.wong2 [at]*

There is an open funding call available through Employment and Social Development Canada. Up to $100K for a maximum 12-month project that advances a minimum of two U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Application period is ongoing.

In 2015, Canada and all other United Nations Member States, committed to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to eliminate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity by the year 2030.

In November 2018, we launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Funding Program to support projects aimed at:

  • building awareness of the 2030 Agenda
  • increase partnerships and networks
  • advance research
  • further Canada’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda

See the full posting:

June 20th, 2019 

Ideas and Innovation Fund recipients announced

This year's recipients of the MSSI Ideas and Innovation funds can be seen here, and you can read the McGill Reporter coverage here.





April 1st, 2019

MSSI wins the 2019 Catalyst Award for Sustainability in Research and Education!

The MSSI, along with 6 other individual and team recipients, were awarded for their contributions to the culture of sustainability at McGill University. You can read more about the Catalyst Awards and see the other recipients here, and watch our nomination video below! 

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