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ÉTS and the Consul General of Germany discuss technology

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Susanne Aschi-Glesius, Consul General of Germany, and François Gagnon, ETS director general.

On November 29, 2021, ÉTS welcomed Susanne Aschi-Glesius, Consul General of Germany, to Montréal during a formal visit for the purpose of discussing technology transfer, research and solutions developed by ÉTS in response to climate-change related issues.

The first part of the meeting with the German Consul General involved a discussion with François Gagnon, Director General of ÉTS, along with Tanguy Bantas, Director of the International Relations Service, and Christian Casanova, Research and Partnerships Director. After these discussions, Aschi-Glesius took a tour of the ÉTS campus, visiting the H3C – Hydrology, Climate and Climate Change Laboratory and Pavilion D, which houses the scientific clubs, Centech and the library.

ÉTS takes on a leadership role in the Québec-Bavaria Collaboration

Québec has forged a strong partnership with Bavaria, which is one of the most prosperous areas of Germany. ÉTS is among the main players in an applied research collaboration called “Québec and Bavaria International Collaboration on Climate Change” (QBIC3) that was launched in 2006. ÉTS Researchers Annie Poulin, François Brissette and Richard Arsenault of the Construction Engineering Department have been involved in the project from the start. The collaboration was born of the need to better understand the impacts of climate change on extreme hydrological events, and was launched following a series of severe flood and drought events in Québec and Bavaria at the end of the 1990s and beginning of the 2000s. 

Major players on the Bavarian side include Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), the Bavarian Environment Agency (LFU) and the Leibnitz Supercomputing Center. In Québec, ÉTS is joined by the INRS, the Ouranos consortium and the Direction de l’expertise hydrique et atmosphérique, which operates under the aegis of the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques du Québec (MELCC). 

This collaboration recently culminated with the production of a series of climate simulations (ClimEx) that remain the largest series of regional climate simulations ever produced. The production of these simulations required a year of calculations using the SuperMuc supercomputer at the Leibnitz Supercomputing Center. The results include a better understanding of the impact of the intensification of extreme precipitation events in a warmer climate. 

The relationship with Germany has also borne fruit from an academic perspective. Between 2015 and 2021, ÉTS has welcomed close to 70 exchange students from Germany, which represents one of the Top 5 most popular outbound mobility destinations among our students. ÉTS researchers have also developed a number of research partnerships with German researchers, including nine that are currently active.

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