Sustainable development

Future Earth

The chief scientist officer played a key role in the city’s bid to become a global hub of the secretariat of Future Earth, an international research platform that aims to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and solutions on sustainable development and climate change.

The choice of Montréal (along with Paris, Stockholm, Boulder and Tokyo) as an international hub and of Paul Shrivastava of Concordia University as the executive director attests to Québec’s drive, expertise and leadership in sustainable development.

Paul Shrivastava’s appointment was announced at a press conference attended by all of the major media outlets and led by Premier Couillard, Mayor Coderre and several ministers.

Discussion forum

A discussion forum on sustainable development research was held on June 3, 2013, in Québec City. Organized by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, in collaboration with Université Laval (EDS Institute) and the École Polytechnique de Montréal (Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services-CIRAIG), this event was a response to an invitation launched by Quebec’s chief scientist in the fall of 2011, calling on the scientific community to submit proposals for topics for future large-scale intersectoral projects.


Portrait of research

Consult a portrait (in French) of research on sustainable development in Québec between 2000 and 2010, drafted by the Fonds de recherche du Québec in December 2013.