Sustainable development strategy

CERMA’s sustainable development strategy dates back to spring 2019 during a meeting with members which showed the need to direct the Center towards research avenues that better integrate sustainability. A strategy was therefore developed and was presented to members at the General Assembly in January 2021. The approach is represented below:

Approche DD 2021

This new strategy is seen as a way of opening a common/unifying/transversal axis of research at CERMA on which everyone could contribute to:

Encourage intra-center collaborations
Help members in their research: better meet the requirements of granting organizations and society, open up new research themes
Give more space to SD in research work or in member presentations
Expose students to complementary skills
Develop transdisciplinary research on materials
Collaborate, influence and/or learn from the advanced materials ecosystem to accelerate the socio-ecological transition

Activities undertaken

To begin its action, CERMA has developed a few activities:

CERMA also collaborated with the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en opérationnalisation du développement durable (CIRODD) on the development of the concept of sustainable innovation and its implementation in Quebec. CERMA was notably involved in the drafting of:

Action plan on environmental responsibility in research

On January 26, 2021, the Quebec Research Funds (FRQ) launched the Action Plan on Environmental Responsibility in Research.

Contributing to the protection of the environment is a duty that transcends all sectors of society, including the scientific community. To support members of the scientific community through this responsibility, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) are deploying their Action Plan on Environmental Responsibility in Research.

Discover the Action plan.

See the aide-memoire written by CERMA.

See the presentation of the action plan.