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Two Québec students to be ambassadors of maritime research at UNESCO

The Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie (MRIF) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) are proud to announce the names of the two students selected for the International Government Organization Internship Program. For the second consecutive year these internships will be offered at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) in Paris.

Marie-Pierre Rondeau, a Master's student in International Management, a joint program offered by ESCEM School of Business and Management in Poitiers, France and Université de Sherbrooke, has been selected for an internship at the IOC Marine Policy Section. Thiago Hutter, who has just completed a Master's degree in Environment and Sustainable Development at Université de Montréal, will do his internship at the Ocean Observation and Services Section.

Carried out under the supervision of professional researchers from the IOC, the two internships aim to develop expertise among the new generation of Québec researchers on issues relating to sustainable development and the management of oceans and coastal areas.

The internships are six months in length and will begin in January and March 2017 respectively. "Providing young researchers like Marie-Pierre and Thiago with the opportunity to expand their network on an international level, right at the start of their career, is a priority for the Fonds de recherche du Québec. It is in line with our goal of internationalizing our programs on global issues such as sustainable maritime development," commented Québec's Chief Scientist, Rémi Quirion.

The two interns from the previous edition greatly benefitted from their experience at UNESCO. Anne-Marie Asselin was directly involved in the launch of the Ocean & Climate Platform  advocacy and in preparing the IOC's activities at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), while Line Bourdages contributed to the promotion of an Arctic Regional Ocean Observing System and a Global Ocean Observing System.

It should be recalled that, under the Government of Québec's Maritime Strategy, the Fonds de recherche du Québec acts as a unifying agent for Québec research and expertise in the maritime sector through its IOC internship program and by collaborating on the implementation of Université du Québec à Rimouski's Réseau Québec maritime.