The high-calibre scientists at Université Laval in Québec City are true heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to help and share knowledge with their peers, Québec City scientists are working relentlessly in their research to help the world fight COVID-19 and prevent other pandemics from arising. In fact, thanks to their broad expertise, they are working on a multitude of projects, including for vaccines, medication, detecting and understanding viruses, respiratory equipment, and decision-making tools.

In addition to using their know-how for the betterment of human health, scientists are helping to put Québec City and the Province of Québec on the world’s centre stage by organizing major conferences that showcase the quality of local research and the city’s leading-edge scientific infrastructure.

Here are some examples of our scientific ambassadors:  


Simon Duchesne, Researcher at the CERVO Brain Research Centre, and his team have developed a tool that helps to prioritize patients who need to be hooked up to ventilators. The decision-making algorithm will help healthcare professionals more quickly determine the course of action to take for critically ill patients.

Université Laval news (French only)

Conference: The 20th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) (2017)


Grant Vandenberg, Professor at the Université Laval’s Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, has worked with two distilleries in the Québec City region to transform their gin manufacturing process into the production of much needed disinfectant gels.

Université Laval news (French only)

Conference: Insects to Feed the World


As a seasoned virologist and researcher at the Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec – Université Laval (CRCHU), Louis Flamand is currently studying the human immune system’s response to the coronavirus, which causes the lungs to become inflamed in people afflicted with the illness.

Université Laval news (French only)

Conference: 11th International Conference on HHV-6 and HHV-7


Professor and Director of the Infectious Disease Research Centre at the Université Laval, Gary Kobinger, and his team of 17 experts are working around the clock to find treatments and vaccines to fight COVID-19.

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Conference: Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research


Normand Voyer, Chemist, Full Professor and Researcher at Université Laval’s Department of Chemistry, is renowned for helping the general public understand complex scientific concepts. He is often called upon by the media to explain aspects of the global pandemic, including how to use the right disinfectants, how people should wash their hands and groceries, advances in serological tests, etc. His vast knowledge makes him a compelling expert on a wide variety of topics.

Conference: International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry


The Québec City’s Ambassadors’ Club is proud to count on these exceptional ambassadors that are truly committed to helping humans and the planet.