85th Acfas Annual Congress: May 8 to 12, 2017 at McGill University

Published: 12 April 2017

For the third time in its history, the Acfas Annual Congress, the largest multidisciplinary research event in the Francophonie, will be hosted by McGill University.

Under the patronage of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the 85th Annual congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas will welcome over 1,000 researchers and graduate students from some 40 countries. The program includes no fewer than 3,400 scientific papers brought together in 213 seminars and 30 fields of research. All research sectors are represented: health sciences, natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, arts and humanities, social sciences and education.

“The Acfas Conference fosters interdisciplinary innovation and offers both professors and graduate students an ideal platform to present their latest discoveries. McGill University is proud to welcome attendees, and it is a great honour for us to help them discover our city, recently named the best student city in the world, and the long tradition of innovation which is so cherished by McGill,”  --Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.

Vers de nouveaux sommets will be the 2017 theme for this important French-language gathering of scientists and researchers. In this year of celebrations around Montreal’s 375th and Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Congress will highlight the dissemination of knowledge, acknowledging the scientific advances of the past while focusing on today’s research and discoveries and the challenges of tomorrow.

“Acfas has evolved alongside the research community and the society that makes its activities possible. Now more than ever, the dialogue between science and society is timely in meeting the challenges that our society faces and that cannot be resolved without the ideas and commitment of our researchers. This year, as always, many of the subjects addressed will help us to understand our reality, whether it be opening data, radicalization, feminist and Indigenous issues or pandemics,” --Frédéric Bouchard, President of Acfas.

For the general public, this week is a unique opportunity to meet and discuss with researchers during open general sessions, where they will present their research findings.

Acfas will also offer numerous free and entertaining activities for the general public, under the title Science-moi! These include the exhibit La preuve par l’image, a visit to the last dairy farm on the Island of Montreal, musical performances or the chance to attend the recording of the radio programs L’œuf ou la poule and Les années lumière en direct.

Participants will include the municipal sector. For the first time, the municipalities that were finalists in the Mérite Ovation municipal contest of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) will present their innovative projects during the congress.

The complete program for the 2017 Congress is available online on the Acfas website.

Partners and sponsors

The 85th Acfas Annual Congress is supported by the following partners: Canal Savoir, Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Consulat général de France à Québec, Canada Foundation for InnovationGouvernement du Québec (Fonds de recherche du Québec, Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation, Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur), Hydro-Québec, Canada Institutes of Health Research, Le Devoir, Québec Science, Radio-Canada, Tourisme Montréal, McGill University.  

About McGill University














Established in 1821, McGill University is a world renowned, research-intensive and student-centred university and a Canadian leader in higher education. Located on two campuses in Montreal, a city known for its culture, diversity and quality of life, McGill has 11 faculties, 11 professional schools, 300 programs of study and some 40,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students. McGill’s student body is one of the most diverse of all major Canadian universities, attracting students from over 150 countries,

About Acfas

Created in 1923, the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) is dedicated to promoting scientific activity, stimulating research and fostering the dissemination of knowledge. Based in Quebec City, the association brings together some 5,000 scientists from all knowledge sectors.


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