In the next two years, three major real estate projects will appear at UdeS. A high-performance greenhouse complex will see the light of day with a $ 12M grant.
In addition to the complex to be built near the Faculty of Science, the sums will allow the acquisition of specialized equipment that will be used in plant biology, including a mobile laboratory.
“These are high-performance greenhouses where you can adjust the CO2 level. One can imagine doing an experiment to see what the effect of climate change is. We can adjust CO2, work with pathogenic organisms … “, illustrates Carole Beaulieu, Associate Dean of Education at the Faculty of Science.
“Greenhouses were important because there was not enough space to grow the plants. We work in growth chambers (…) With greenhouses, we will be able to multiply the growth surface for plants. This is a grant that we got with McGilll … The two universities work together, but each received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The Ministry of Higher Education is also involved.
The acquisition of a phenotyper will also facilitate the work of the ten or so researchers attached to the project.
The device allows to collect different data autonomously on the color of the plants, their height, their state of health, etc. “It’s like a conveyor; there are different cameras with different wavelengths, “she says adding that it avoids manipulating the plants and damaging them.
The new facilities will provide more convincing research results, since they will be able to rely on data from around 100 plants rather than just a few. “When you make an assumption, it is much stronger,” says one who is also scientific coordinator of the SEVE center, an interinstitutional research center.
The “Integrative Research Complex for Plant and Environmental Sciences (CORSEVE)” is expected to be ready by 2020 and construction is scheduled to begin next year.
This project is in addition to the construction of the building of the Quantum Institute and the Creation Studio of the Faculty of Engineering.
“We hope to start work soon,” notes the rector of UdeS, Pierre Cossette, about the Creative Studio. The results of the call for tenders were studied these days.
The UdeS was considering the construction and development of the studio for the summer and fall of 2018. The inauguration was still recently expected in the winter of 2019. The building must be built between the Faculty of Engineering and the School. “to stimulate creation and entrepreneurial projects”.
In March, the UdeS announced to the university community that a factory-school project for brewing processes was officially integrated into the Creation Studio, thus allowing students to be trained in microbrewing.
The creative studio, whose costs must be close to $ 8 million, is intended to serve, among other things, for the ideation of student projects and their exhibition.
For its part, the construction of a building for the Quantum Institute was announced last winter. It had been a question of a first shovel between this spring and the fall, but the deadlines have changed.
“It’ll be a little longer than that. You have to make the final plans and complete the financial package. It’s a bit complicated building. If we look on the main campus, there will be three significant projects: the quantum institute, a whole greenhouse complex, and the creative studio … “commented Mr. Cossette.
Remember that a solar park and a hydrological complex will appear on the side of Innovation Park-ACELP UdeS.
A support of 20 million
The Université de Sherbrooke will receive $ 20.5 million in funding for organizations working for “digital prosperity”. The investment will be used to acquire new prototyping equipment and specialized tools.
This is a boost to the Integrated Innovation Chain for Digital Prosperity, which brings together the Quantum Institute, the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) and the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI). .
This financial support appears in the provincial government’s 2018-2019 budget, but has not yet been announced. According to our information, this is new money for the UdeS. Since its creation in 2010, the Integrated Innovation Chain has led to the completion of 800 research and development projects. According to Quebec’s budget document, 350 professionals were trained and 400 new products were created.
“This initiative is part of the government’s top priorities, including the expansion of innovative manufacturing, the development of artificial intelligence and the training of a specialized workforce,” reads the document. budget.
It was impossible to get more details from the institution.