“MATES” Summer school – Materials for Energy and Sustainability2023-12-21T16:19:46+00:00

MATerials for Energy and Sustainability

From science to science policy

A QCAM – Université de Bordeaux summer school

Monday 10 July – Friday 14 July, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

This year, the University of Bordeaux’s MATES  summer school will be organised by the Quebec Centre for Advanced Materials, a strategic cluster funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec  – Nature et Technologies.

MATES is officially endorsed by the Steering Committee of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development

MATES a reçu la labélisation comme événement de l’Année de l’innovation franco-québécoise (AIFQ). Consultez tous les événements sur la plateforme OpenAgenda

L’AIFQ est une initiative qui “vise à renforcer l’écosystème d’innovation franco-québécois”. Consultez le dossier de l’AIFQ sur le site du Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Étrangères français: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/dossiers-pays/canada/la-france-et-le-quebec/2023-l-annee-de-l-innovation-franco-quebecoise-aifq/


Materials are the fabric of our society and the framework of our daily life. Straddling traditional disciplines, materials science is one of the main drivers of the transition towards a more sustainable world. Public policies will have an increasingly significant role in defining key priorities to try and solve the multiple pressing issues.

It is against this backdrop that the 2023 edition of the MATES school with a focus on two research topics central to QCAM’s scientific programme, materials for energy and sustainability, which will help to achieve two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Responsible consumption and production

More specifically, a series of seminars will address the following topics:

  • Batteries
  • Hydrogen storage and production
  • Complex energy materials
  • Energy strategy and the impact on greenhouse gas emissions
  • Cellulose-based materials
  • Multifunctional construction materials
  • Plant proteins and materials derived from them
  • Organic electronic materials derived from sustainable sources
  • Materials flow analysis

Apart from scientific lectures, this one-week school will also offer participants an opportunity to try their hand at writing a policy brief during the afternoon group sessions. This activity aims to address the need for a more widespread “literacy” in science policy among researchers (for a 101 on how scientist can engage in science policy, take a look at Communicating science to policymakers: six strategies for success, a 2019 article from the Nature career column).

To set the tone for the whole school, the opening lecture will be given by Dr Marco Blouin, General director, Science and innovation direction, Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Energy.

Before the school, we will provide participants with a list of selected publications which will be used as sources for the drafting of the policy brief. Participants will also receive introductory material on policy briefs.

You will also find this information in the school one-pager (scan or click on the QR code)

A certificate of participation will be issued


Venue : PK 1140 room, President Kennedy building, UQAM






AM 8:45 Welcome

9:00 Opening lecture by Marco Blouin

10-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-12 Introductory lectures by:

10:15-11 Loïc Boulon:

Electrification of transportation and the reduction of GHG

11-11:45 Eloïse Edom:

Energy hubs supporting the energy transition: the methodology of a tool for accelerating the development of a carbon neutral economy

Seminars by:

Mark Andrews:

Cellulose-based materials

Normand Mousseau:

Rethinking materials for a sustainable world

Seminars by:

Guido Sonnemann:

Materials flow analysis

Claudiane Ouellet-Plamondon:

Construction materials and sustainability at an urban scale

Benoit Fleutot:

Battery technology: present challenges and future developments

Seminars by:

Lingyun Chen:

Alternative proteins, food sustainability and challenges

David Gendron:

Biosourced materials for organic electronics

10:30-11:45 Jean-Louis Bobet:

Hydrogen technology

9:00- 10:00

Seminar by CLAD: Research and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

10:15-12 Presentation and discussion of policy briefs

12:00 Closing remarks

PM 13:30 Seminar by Isabelle Lacroix :

Do you think that researchers have an important social responsibility? Do you believe that research should influence policy decisions? Let’s talk about it!

14:30 – 15 Coffee break

15- 15:10 Seminar by the research group Construire l’avenir durablement (CLAD, UdeM):

UN Sustainable Development Goals: the basics

15:10 Drafting a policy brief: overview and beginning of the group activity

17:00-19:00 Social mixer sponsored by

13:00 Presentation by Claudie Roy:

Clean Fuels Production Opportunities in Canada


Group activity


Group activity


Group activity


Marco Blouin

General director of the Science and Innovation sector of the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Energy of Quebec

Loïc Boulon

Professor, co-director of IRH (Institute for Hydrogen Research) at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Isabelle Lacroix

Associate professor and Vice-Dean for Development and International Affairs, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, affiliated member of the Quantum Institute, Université de Sherbrooke


Mark Andrews

Materials chemistry professor at McGill University and QCAM member


Normand Mousseau

Physics professor at Université de Montréal, academic director of the Trottier Energy Institute and Founding Director of the Transition Accelerator.


Claudie Roy

Science & Technology Advisor, Clean Fuels Portfolio, Office of Energy R&D | Energy Efficiency and Technology Sector, Natural Resources Canada | Government of Canada



Guido Sonnemann

Professor for Sustainable Chemistry, leader of the Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Chemistry (CyVi) group, Université de Bordeaux



Lingyun Chen

Professor at University of Alberta and Canada Research Chair in Plant Protein Structure Function and Nutraceutical Delivery



David Gendron

Senior researcher at the college technology transfer centre “Kemitek



Jean-Louis Bobet

Professor at the Bordeaux Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry (ICMCB), Université de Bordeaux



Manon Boiteux

Coordinator of the research project “Construire l’avenir durablement”, Université de Montréal



Laura Cacot

Coordinator, ecoresponsibility in research, project “Construire l’avenir durablement”, Université de Montréal



The registration deadline has passed – for enquiries please send an e-mail to Matteo Duca

The school is open to MSc/PhD students and postdocs

Maximum number of participants: 30

Please send your motivation letter (1 page max) and your CV in English or French to Dr Matteo Duca (Development and scientific affairs director of QCAM). Feel free to contact Matteo if you have any queries.

Send an email

Registration fees

QCAM member






The registration fees include accommodation costs (double room in a university residence, for participants from outside Montreal) lunch and coffee breaks; social events

Many thanks to our sponsor Éditions MultiMondes
Nos remerciements vont à notre commanditaire Éditions MultiMondes

Consultez leur site internet pour visionner leur catalogue et visitez leur page Facebook.

Practical information

  • When: From Monday, 10 July to Friday, 14 July
  • Where: PK 1140 room, President Kennedy building, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), 201 Av. du Président-Kennedy, Montréal, QC H2X 3Y7

More information on Montreal coming soon

Organizing committee

  • Matteo Duca (Development and scientific affairs director of QCAM)
  • Nadi Braidy (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Mihaela Cibian (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
  • Lionel Roué (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)
  • Yixiang Wang (McGill)

Local committee at UQAM

  • Mohamed Siaj (Director of QCAM)
  • Guillaume Goubert (QCAM member)


  • Social mixer on Monday evening – sponsored by

Main partner

Other partners

Many thanks to the RENARD research group for creating a MOOC on policy briefs