Science POP Competition


Attend the 15 internal competitions of the 15 participating institutions!

A Quebec-wide Scientific Communication Initiative 

A Quebec-wide scientific communication competition brought forward by the IRCM and supported by the FRQS with the mission of promoting dialogue between science and society, Science POP has the avowed goal of working to awaken scientific curiosity within Quebec society and to stimulate skills in knowledge transfer.

The Science POP Challenges
and their Training Workshop

Learn more : Download Information about the challenges

Download Slide templates : Science POP Slides

Science POP offers three distinct challenges. Click on "Learn more" to discover the different coaches who will accompany you for each challenge.



Internal competitions

Following the official launch in September 2022, Science POP will develop across the province of Quebec in the form of internal competitions, held between April 1 and 30, 2023 by institutions devoted to Health Sciences research and to training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Finalists will then proceed to the next step: a Grand Final, provincial-level contest organized by the IRCM. For its 2022-2023 edition, Science POP welcomes fifteen (15) participating institutions, from all regions of Quebec!

The Grand Final

The Science POP Grand final will take place on May 27 and 28, 2023 at the IRCM, in Montréal.

Finalists will have to attend the competition in person before a diverse audience. The presentations will, however, be broadcast live and online to facilitate remote access to the event. Award winners of the Science POP competition will be honoured during the closing ceremony of the provincial final. A public announcement of the overall winners will be published during the following week by the Governance Committee.



Event's Preliminary Program


How to

Popularization Challenge

Patrick Kenny, Retired professor

Laurent Nicolas, Linguist
Collège André-Grasset

Olivier Séguin, Head of VSOP's data entry and archives teams
Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal, CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal

Emmanuelle Berthou, Project manager | Communications

Pascal Henrard, Writer, screenwriter, author

Valorization Challenge

Gad Sabbatier, Project manager | Science and technology

Laila Benameur, Director Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences en science de la vie
Montréal In Vivo

Nicolas Pierre, Senior Advisor, Wireless 9-1-1

Gwendal Henry, Communication advisor

Mobilization Challenge

Adèle Salin-Cantegrel, Co-Founder/ CEO

David Mendes, Producer and host 
Podcast "Papa PhD"

Léa Berlinguet, Project Manager, Business development | Strategy and Development
Hydro Québec


The Science POP Governance Committee is proud to announce the dates of the internal competitions of the particpating institutions. To participate, click on the date of your institution or contact the person in charge of the competition:

Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR)
April 18, 2023
Chantal Bibeau, Information Agent

Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS)
April 13, 2023
Martine Légaré, Communications Technician

CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Centre (CHUQ-RC)
April 19, 2023
Aline Dumas, Event Coordinator

CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre (CHUSJ-RC)
April 12, 2023
Marianne Arteau, Principal Advisor – Academic Affairs

Douglas Research Centre
May 2, 2023
Nicolas Cermakian, Deputy Director – Academic Affairs

Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC)
April 12, 2023
Julie Mantovani, Manager – Academic Affairs

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
April 25 2023
Joanie Lavoie, Agente de recherche – Coordonnatrice du recrutement étudiant et des stages postdoctoraux

Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM)
April 19, 2023
Christine Matte, Academic Affairs Coordinator

Montreal East Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Center/ Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont/ Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal (CIUSSS-EMTL/HMR/IUSMM)
April 19, 2023
Caroline Lamarche, Assistant Professor

Montreal Heart Institute Research Centre (MHI-RC)
April 19, 2023
Frederic Lesage, Deputy Director – Research Centre

RISUQ au nom des Universités du Québec (RISUQ-UQ)
April 25, 2023
Marie-Hélène Vaillancourt, Agente de recherche – Regroupement intersectoriel de recherche en santé de l’Université du Québec (RISUQ)

Structural Biology Research Centre / McGill University (SBRC/McGill)
April 14, 2023
Jean-François Trempe, Professor and Member of the executive committee

Sustainable Health Research Centre (VITAM)
April 27, 2023
Marie-Anik Robitaille, Research Development Advisor

Université de Montréal (UdeM)
April 19, 2023
Catherine Fouron, Advisor – Professional development

Université de Montréal Hospital Research Centre (CHUM)
April 15, 2023
Nathalie Grandvaux, Deputy Scientific Director – Student and Postdoctoral Affairs

As a reminder, all Quebec universities offering graduate programs and postdoctoral fellowships in health sciences research and all research centers or institutes associated with a Quebec-based university and whose main mission is to train the next generation of students in health sciences are eligible to hold a Science POP competition. It is not possible to hold more than one competition in the same institution (departments, programs, campuses, etc.). 

Organize an internal Science POP competition
Participating institutions will be offered support from the Science POP coordinator, Sara Marullo, in the organization of their venue and will have access to a variety of resources via the Toolbox, whether to promote the event, to encourage student participation, to secure sponsorships or to recruit volunteers.

Sign up for a challenge - Go to "Participating institutions" to register
Individuals eligible to take up a Science POP challenge are: 

  • Students registered full-time in a master's or a doctoral program at a university based in the Quebec Province, and carrying out research activities related to health sciences; 
  • Researchers conducting a postdoctoral fellowship in health sciences at a university, a research center or an institute based in the Quebec Province;
  • Graduate students from another Canadian province or from abroad, doing a research internship at a university, center, or research institute based in the Quebec Province. 

How to prepare
Virtual training workshops, given by specialists in communication, science outreach or journalism, will be provided free of charge to candidates who wish to be advised for their Science POP presentation. These workshops, offered in French and English, will be held in March 2023. The dates and registration procedures will be announced shortly. Download the information about the challenges

Download information about the challenges Candidate Commitment Form

At the end of the Science POP competition, the judges will submit their evaluation grids to the Governance Committee, which will determine the 1st and 2nd place finalists for each challenge. In addition, audience members will have the opportunity to vote for a candidate at the end of each challenge. The person with the most votes will receive the People's Choice Award.

The three finalists in each challenge will receive an trophy and a cash prize valued at: 

•    1st place: $1000 - Chief Scientist Award 
•    2nd place: $500 - Jacques-Genest Award 
•    People's Choice Award:  $250 

One of the objectives of the Science POP contest is to contribute to the training of the next generation of scientists. The 1st finalists of each challenge will be given the opportunity to live an immersive experience in the field of scientific communication. To this end, in addition to the Chief Scientist Award, the winners will be offered the chance to complete a one-week internship in a relevant professional environment of their choice, from a predetermined list of options. 

As part of the Science POP program, the FRQ is offering an internship opportunity to carry out work related to the dissemination and promotion of research results funded by the FRQ and the FRQ-Santé. This is a unique opportunity to work in close collaboration with the different actors and partners (FRQ, FRQ-Health and the journalistic community) and to participate in the promotion of Quebec scientific research. The missions and objectives of the internship are

  • Participate in the development of FRQS impact stories
  • Participate in the production of the FRQ web capsules

One of the winners of the contest will have the opportunity to benefit from an internship of at least one week on the Radio-Canada program Moteur de recherche . He or she will have the opportunity to participate in the program's production meetings, to follow the process of editing and broadcasting the program, and to participate in all aspects of the production of a program devoted to consumerism, new technologies, and science.


bMod  is a full-service medical communications agency with offices in Montreal and Toronto, serving the Canadian pharmaceutical industry and providing a full range of communications solutions including branded promotional marketing campaigns, product-focused information for healthcare professionals (HCPs) and patients, and a wide range of continuing health education (CHE) programs and materials for practicing HCPs. An internship in medical writing at bMod will provide you with hands-on experience across our two major divisions, giving you the inside perspective on what it takes to translate science into promotional or marketing messages for HCPs and patients, or to produce engaging and informative learning programs aimed at educating HCPs to enhance their knowledge and improve patient care


 As a key link between the research community and the general public, Québec Science  addresses all issues related to science and technology and takes a scientific look at the major issues of the day. During his or her visit to Québec Science, the intern will discover the daily life of science journalists and will be able to test his or her abilities and interests:

  • Participation in editorial meetings

  • Production of an article (research, interviews, writing)

  • Proofreading


Project BETTER is a large research project for type 1 diabetes (T1D) in Canada. It is led by researchers, health professionals, and patient-partners. The project has 2 main axes: a registry (a kind of census) of people living with T1DM in Canada (people can register by completing a questionnaire(s)), and online training platforms. In order to spread the word about the project, multiple communication approaches are used. The website has high visibility (approximately 30,000 visits per month) and credibility within the T1D community.


Génome Québec is a private, non-profit organization whose central mission is to catalyze the development and excellence of genomics research, its integration and its democratization. We help accelerate the discovery of new applications in strategic sectors such as health, agri-food and the environment. 
The educational component of Génome Québec aims to raise awareness of science among young people and inform them about the potential, advances and challenges of genomic technology. To this end, we have developed an educational platform that presents the basic concepts of genomics, as well as classroom activities to help high school students discover this science.


The Cancer Research Society is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to exclusively fund research into all types of cancer in order to prevent, detect and treat this disease.The proposed internship is for the Fall 2023 Donor Survey Project. During this internship, the finalist will be able to:

  • Analyze data and findings from the 2018 survey

  • Develop a survey proposal to identify donor interests

  • Present and seek approval of the survey proposal from stakeholders 

  • Finalize the survey and work on the deployment timeline.


Héma-Québec Héma-Québec is pleased to partner with Science Pop and to offer a flexible internship within its research department. This internship will include an incursion into our writing, communication and scientific popularization activities. It is also an opportunity to become familiar with research and development (R&D) in all our product lines! Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently meet the needs of the Québec population for quality blood and other human biological products. Héma-Québec's R&D activities are dedicated to supporting the development and innovation of all of the organization's product lines, namely blood, stable products, stem cells, human tissues and breast milk. In addition, Héma-Québec offers scholarships and a unique and stimulating training environment for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral and clinical researchers. In keeping with Héma-Québec's vision of being a strategic partner in the healthcare system, the R&D team promotes the development of an environment conducive to innovation through networking and collaboration with several partners. 


Important dates
to remember

Whether as an institution or as a participant in the challenges, stay tuned for the main steps of the competition until the Grand Final in 2023.

April 1 to 30, 2023
Holding of internal competitions of participating institutions.
May 5, 2023
Deadline for institutions to register the winners of their internal competition for the grand finale.
May 27 and 28, 2023
Holding of the Grand Final organized by the IRCM and announcement of the finalists for the 2023 Science POP edition.

Joining the
Science POP Initiative, means...

For students
in biomedical sciences:

… to develop scientific communication skills

… to engage with your community

For the general public:

… to acquire on biomedical research

… to learn more about the benefits and impact of scientific research

For the Quebec Society:

… to counter misinformation

… to contribute to developing a strong scientific literacy


« Thanks to one of the presentations,
I was able to recognize the characteristics of the syndrome mirror movements in my son. I quickly communicated with the researcher supervising this
research project and my boy will
soon join a clinical study. »

Valérie Lavastre
Audience Member, 2021 Edition

The IRCM's

With Science POP, the IRCM is offering a scientific popularization event aimed at bringing together around science Quebec's main biomedical research players in, their next generation of scientists and the general public, in a spirit of healthy competition, exchanges and of learning. In keeping with the long tradition of collaboration between the IRCM and other research institutions in Quebec, this competition’s impact is intended to be provincial and collective. Above all, Science POP is thus a unique opportunity to create a healthy bridge between the scientific community and the population, by promoting the excellent work carried out in all the research institutions of the province and making it accessible to all.
The IRCM understands that this exercise only makes sense if it respects the fundamental principles that govern scientific thinking and give it its strength: observation, rigour and collegiality. Consequently, the IRCM is committed to take all necessary and commonly accepted measures to conduct Science POP with respect, transparency, fairness and impartiality.
Good luck to all!    



Sara Marullo, 
Project Coordinator – Scientific popularization, IRCM
Christine Matte, 
Coordinator – Academic Affairs, IRCM
Sébastien Sabbagh, 
Director – Academic Affairs, IRCM
Jennifer Estall, 
Associate Vice President – Scientific Life, IRCM
Michel Cayouette, 
Vice president – Research and Academic Affairs, IRCM
Valérie Morquette, 
Senior Advisor – Communications and Public Affairs, IRCM
Florence Meney, 
Director – Communications and Public Affairs, IRCM
Maria Galipeau, 
Representant – Students' Association, IRCM
Michaël Bernier, 
Program Manager, FRQS
Manon Pelletier, 
Director, Development of projects and partnerships, FRQ


Contact us

Sara Marullo
(514) 987-5783

Media Contact: Florence Meney
(514) 755-2516

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