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Three researchers awarded $10,000 each for organizing international conferences in Montréal

From left to right: Louise Poissant, Thierry Karsenti, Naglaa Shoukry, Louise Potvin, Prof. Hany Moustapha

Yesterday, the Scientific Director of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture, Louise Poissant, and the President of the Palais des congrès de Montréal Ambassadors Club, Prof. Hany Moustapha, announced the winners of the Soutien à l’organisation de congrès internationaux awards, a competition jointly organized by the Ambassadors Club and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) recognizing the work of researchers involved in organizing international scientific conferences. The recipients of the three $10,000 prize are:

  • Thierry Karsenti of Université de Montréal
    7e Colloque international en education: Current and future challenges of teacher training and the teaching profession
  • Louise Potvin of Université de Montréal
    24th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Education: Policies for health, well-being and equity
  • Naglaa Shoukry of Université de Montréal
    27th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses (HCV2020)

The ceremony took place during the annual exchange forum the FRQ jointly organizes with the Palais des congrès de Montréal. This fifth edition of the forum, whose focus was “the conferences of tomorrow,” drew nearly 120 participants, who explored the most promising trends pertaining to the organization, activities, and communication and marketing of scientific conferences.


“Scientific conferences play a determining role in the dissemination and exchange of knowledge, and they evolve in lockstep with technology and societal values. It is important that we address new practices and trends, in order to maximize the experience for those organizing and attending these events.”
-- Louise Poissant, Scientific Director of the FRQSC

“It matters that we recognize the colossal effort of researchers who choose to get involved in the process of bringing scientific conferences to their city, and also acknowledge the present-day expectations of those attending them. By making the conferences of tomorrow the theme of this year’s annual forum, the FRQ is showing that it is in sync with the Palais, which is currently focused on creating the convention centre of the future.”
-- Robert Mercure, CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
Recipient of the highest quality standards certification in the industry, the Palais des congrès de Montréal attracts and hosts conventions, exhibitions, conferences, meetings and other events. Buoyed by a team of creative professionals with one of the highest customer satisfaction rates in the world, it generates major tourism revenues and intellectual wealth for Montréal and Québec, while also contributing to the international reputation of Montréal, the top host city in the Americas for international events. To learn more, visit congresmtl.com.

About the Fonds de recherche du Québec 
Reporting to the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation, the Fonds de recherche du Québec are tasked with nurturing the strategic and coherent development of research in Québec, funding Québec research and researcher training, creating partnerships that will enable them to fulfill their mission, and promoting and supporting knowledge mobilization. Visit our websites: FRQSC, FRQS, FRQNT.

For information

Renaud Martel-Théorêt
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Marketing and Communications Department
Palais des congrès de Montréal
(514) 871-5897

Benoit Sévigny
Director of Communications and Knowledge Mobilization
Fonds de recherche du Québec
(514) 864-1619