Marc-André Légaré, Rising Star of Chemistry


Calcul Québec helps students become stars! 

MALegareWebMarc-André Légaré, who is finishing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Université Laval, was one of the recipients of the Fonds de recherche du Québec’s Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles awards in October 2015. He received the award for an article published in the prestigious American publication Science regarding his research on metal-less catalysts. Complex molecular modelling computations are at the basis of his work and these need to be carried out on a supercomputer. Our compute server Colosse, located at Université Laval, provided the computing power Marc-André needed to get these results.



Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the seventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 26 to July 1, 2016, in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Ljubljana panorama Applications are due February 15, 2016. The summer school is sponsored by Compute/Calcul Canada, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) with funds from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS).

CC SYMBOL WORD ENG RGB copieCompute Canada, Canada’s advanced research computing platform, unveiled the list of 343 recipients of its 2016 computing and storage allocation competitions, known as the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) and the Research Platforms and Programs (RPP) competition. Compute Canada received a total of 366 applications from research projects across the country. Compared to 2015, this year’s applications on average requested 16% more computing resources, 34% more storage, and 123% more GPU computing resources.

This program follows the signature, in 2014, of a MoU between the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Science and the Arts, the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS). The objectives of this program for short-term missions are to promote international mobility between Quebec and Bavaria and to foster sustained cooperation between researchers from Bavaria and Quebec in specific research areas.

The following research areas are prioritized:

  • Aging
  • Climate change
  • Northern development
  • Digital technology
  • Renewable energies

SSHRC WordmarkCanada’s Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is teaming up with Compute Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence and ThinkData Works to present the first Human Dimensions Open Data Challenge.

Multidisciplinary teams lead by Social Science and Humanities researchers from Canadian post-secondary institutions are asked to answer the following question: What data, technology or process initiatives will mitigate or address critical business, policy, and social challenges in Canada’s natural resources and energy sectors through 2035?

Through this challenge, the teams will find solutions to the SSHRC Future Challenge Area that focuses on energy and natural resources


CC SYMBOL WORD ENG RGB copieThe Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors for Compute Canada today launched an open call for nominations to be considered for open volunteer positions on Compute Canada’s Board of Directors. Compute Canada(CC) is the only national organization providing advanced research computing services and expertise to Canadian researchers. Serving on the Compute Canada Board is an opportunity to participate in the development of this essential infrastructure for the knowledge economy. The successful Board candidate will be expected to provide guidance and insight on how Compute Canada can best serve the evolving needs of this community.

mitacs logoThrough the Mitacs Accelerate internship program, graduate students, post-docs and University professors can extend the scope of their research by teaming with private companies and put their skills and resources to work taking up new challenges.

Applications are accepted throughout the year for internships lasting a minimum four months. Each 4-month internship project receives $15,000 in direct funding. To apply, students must already have an industrial partner, but several companies have expressed interest in the program and do have research projects that they would like to find interns for. Some of these projects are related to advanced research computing. The list of these projects is available on the Mitacs website.

Good luck!