• 2021 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), is calling for applications from undergraduate students to the 2020 Trottier Excellence Grants for Summer Interns. Apply here:…

  • 2020 Grande conférence de l’iREx – Finding an Alien Biosphere… on Venus?

    Extraterrestrial life… on Venus?? Join us for the 2020 Grande conference de l’iREx to learn all about the recent discovery of phosphine, a potential biosignature, in the atmosphere of Venus. The talk will take place online…

  • JWST Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021)

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the Department of Physics at the Université de Montréal, is seeking applications for a postdoctoral position to join the NIRISS instrument team for the James Webb Space…

  • Trottier Postdoctoral Fellowship (2021)

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), affiliated with the physics department of the University of Montreal (UdeM), invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in experimental, observational or theoretical astrophysics applied to the study of exoplanets….

  • First images for the NIRPS spectrograph

    The NIRPS spectrograph, whose design is led by a team from the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic (OMM), the Centre d’optique photonique et laser (COPL) and the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx), in association with engineers from the NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, obtained its very first images in August…

  • TESS completes its first mission

    NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) completed its first mission last July after two years of continuous sky observations. This telescope, which began its observations in July 2018, is, like its predecessor Kepler, quite the hunter…

  • René Doyon, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

    The iREx is very pleased to announce that our Director, René Doyon, is now a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in the Academy of Sciences. The 2020 cohort of new members includes 87 individuals…

  • Lookback at our 2020 summer internships

    As we get ready for the start of a new academic year, we would like to take a moment to look back at the fantastic work done by our 8 exceptional summer interns! Learn more about the…

  • astroMIL 2020: “Together under the same sky”

    The fourth edition of our astronomy-themed event at the Université de Montréal’s MIL campus MIL was enjoyed from the comfort of our homes this year. The event took place on the evening of August 12th which…

  • Event : “La petite école de l’espace”

    The Institute for Research on Exoplanets and Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic invites kids from 3 to 6 years old to “La petite école de l’espace” (in French). During these online events, astrophysicists Frédérique Baron and Marie-Eve Naud tell…

  • New MSc/PhD positions for 2021

    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…

  • New launch date for Webb

    NASA and its international partners, the Canadian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, are now targeting October 31 2021 for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. This seven-month delay, added to the previous…

  • Citizen scientists help discover two bizarre brown dwarfs in the Milky Way

    Thanks to the help of citizen scientists, astronomers have confirmed the existence of two of the most unusual brown dwarfs in the Milky Way. Brown dwarfs form like stars, but are not massive enough to ignite…

  • Our statement on racial injustice

    The mission of our Institute is not only of a scientific nature, but also of a human nature. Current events related to police brutality and systemic racism taking place in the United States, Canada and elsewhere…

  • iREx and COVID-19

    The iREx is following the recommendations of the government and the Université de Montréal to limit the spread of COVID-19. As such, all in-person activities conducted by the iREx are cancelled until further notice. The Astronomer…