• Webb ready for a Christmas launch

    After more than two decades of twists and turns, challenges and successes, the James Webb Space Telescope has finally completed its battery of tests to ensure that it will survive its journey into space. The telescope…

  • Lookback at our 2021 summer internships

    Autumn is approaching, and it is the end of the summer internships at the Institute. For our 21 interns, it is time to go back to their undergraduate studies, or to embark on the adventure of…

  • 2022 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics of the Université de Montréal (UdeM), will soon be calling for applications from undergraduate students to the 2022 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer…

  • A new Canadian telescope to study exoplanets

    In May 2021, the Canadian Space Agency announced a $1.1 million contract for the development of prototype optics for a small space telescope dedicated to the study of exoplanets. Jason Rowe, Canada Research Chair, Professor at…

  • New MSc/PhD positions for 2022

    The iREx invites students who would like to pursue a Master’s (M.Sc.) or a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in the field of exoplanets at the Université de Montréal or at one of the other home universities of iREx…

  • My master thesis in 400 words: Timothy Hallatt

    Timothy Hallatt, an iREx student at McGill University, submitted his MSc thesis in the Summer of 2021. He summarizes here the research projects he conducted as part of his MSc degree. The past decade has seen…

  • Science Literacy Week 2021

    As part of Science Literacy Week, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets proposes a virtual activity called Venus, Earth and Mars: only one perfect planet for us? for students in the third cycle of primary school…

  • Hot and dry: SPIRou reveals the atmosphere of hot Jupiter Tau Boötis b

    Measuring the composition of the atmosphere of the hot Jupiter Tau Boötis b more precisely than ever, an iREx-led team of astronomers provides a better understanding of giant exoplanets. Using the SPIRou spectropolarimeter on the Canada-France-Hawaii…

  • Caroline Piaulet recipient of a Vanier Scholarship

    Caroline Piaulet, a PhD student at the Université de Montréal and a member of the Institute for Research on Exoplanet, is the recipient of one of the prestigious Vanier Scholarships, funded in part by the Natural…

  • iREx astronomers some of the first to use JWST in Year 1

    Thousands of astronomers submitted telescope time proposals in November 2020 in the hopes of obtaining access to James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) data during its first year of operations. A committee made up of astronomy experts…

  • Flash Interviews 2020-2021: Learn more about our students!

    The dynamism of iREx is largely due to its graduate students. In order to introduce you to these promising scientists, we led a series of short interviews. Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, we posted these portraits on…

  • My PhD thesis in 400 words: Taylor Bell

    Taylor Bell, an iREx student at McGill University, submitted his PhD thesis in the Spring of 2021. He summarizes here the research projects he conducted as part of his PhD degree. Thirty-three years ago, a team…

  • My master thesis in 400 words: Déreck-Alexandre Lizotte

    Déreck-Alexandre Lizotte, an iREx student at Bishop’s University, submitted his master’s thesis in early 2021. He summarizes here the research project he conducted as part of his master’s degree. As Kepler scanned for possible exoplanets, a significant…

  • Caroline Piaulet receives an Engagement Scholarship from the Université de Montréal

    Caroline Piaulet, a PhD student at the Université de Montréal, has been awarded an engagement scholarship (Bourses d’engagement de la Faculté des arts et des sciences) for the year 2020-2021. This scholarship recognises her exceptional involvement…

  • La petite école de l’espace is back on May 22, 2021!

    Marie-Eve and Frédérique will be happy to see your children again at the Petite école de l’espace on Saturday, May 22 from 10:00 am to 10:30 am! During this online event, astrophysicists Frédérique Baron and Marie-Eve Naud tell space-themed stories and…