Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Luc-Alain Giraldeau, was appointed rector of the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS). by the government of Quebec's Council of Ministers. He will take office on 25 September 2017.
A member of the Université du Québec network, the INRS is a graduate university composed of four research and teaching centres: the Water Earth Environment Research Centre, the Energy Materials Telecommunications Research Centre, the INRS-Institut Armand Frappier Research Centre and the Urbanisation Culture Society Research Centre.
Luc-Alain Giraldeau arrived at the UQAM in 2000 and has held several posts there, including Director of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2007 to 2010, the Vice Dean of Research from 2010 to 2014 and has been dean since 2014.
He awarded the French Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour (SFECA) Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire Prize in 2014 and the Université du Québec's Career Research Prize in 2012.
Luc-Alain Giraldeau is an internationally renowned specialist in animal behaviour and he has been involved in the publication of several major works on the subject, including Behavioural Ecology, which he co-managed, published in French by Dunod and in English by Oxford University Press. The researcher was awarded the Grand Prix Moron by the Académie française for his latest book Dans l'œil du pigeon published by Boréal, as well as the 2017 Hubert-Reeves Prize. Awarded by the Association des Communicateurs Scientifiques du Québec (ACS), this prize recompenses the two best popularisation of science works (for children and adults) published in France and Canada.
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