Nicolas Cowan, Finalist for the 2021 Relève scientifique Prize

Nicolas Cowan, Professor at McGill University and a member of both iREx and the McGill Space Institute, is one of the finalists for the Relève Scientifique du Québec 2021 Prize, an award which aims to highlight…

My Thesis in 400 Words: Myriam Prasow-Émond

Myriam Prasow-Émond, an iREx student at the Université de Montréal, submitted her Master’s thesis in the Spring of 2022. She summarises the research projects she conducted as part of her Master’s degree here. When the very…

My Thesis in 400 Words: Anne Boucher

Anne Boucher, an iREx student at the Université de Montréal, submitted her doctoral thesis at the end of 2021. She summarises the research project she carried out as part of her Ph.D here. During my Ph.D,…

Countdown to Webb’s First Images

The commissioning of the James Webb Space Telescope is nearly over. The sunshield, mirrors, instruments and all of Webb’s other components are nearly ready to begin the observatory’s long-awaited science operations! This historic moment will finally…

Two iREx members winners of Excelle Science awards

The Chapeau, les filles! competition and its Excellence Science award ceremony was held on June 20 by the Ministère de l’éducation du Québec. Among the 67 winners were two iREx members: Érika Le Bourdais and Leslie Moranta….

iREx members stand out for the quality of their teaching!

As part of the 2021–2022 edition of the Petit Nobel Competition organised within the Université de Montréal’s Physics Department, the teaching qualities of four Institute for Research on Exoplanets members were highlighted. David Lafrenière won 3rd…

Welcome to our 2022 summer interns

Once again, iREx members are pleased to welcome this year’s cohort of summer students who will be working with us. These students enrolled in physics and astrophysics programs come from various universities across Canada. Most of…

A new planet hunter awakens: NIRPS instrument sees first light

The Near InfraRed Planet Searcher (NIRPS) instrument, developed in part at the Université de Montréal and the Université Laval, has successfully performed its first observations. Mounted on ESO’s 3.6-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory in…

À la découverte des mondes extraterrestres – 24h de science

This activity is over, but you can still watch to it on our YouTube channel! As part of the “24 hours of science” event organised by Science pour tous, the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx)…

NIRPS gets prepped in Chile

The NIRPS team has been hard at work for the past few months. This instrument set to detect and study exoplanets using the radial velocity method has finally arrived at its new home, the European Southern…