May 25 - June 5, 2020





COVID-19 has led to many institutes stopping visitors, public schools shutting down, universities cancelling classes and events with large groups, and banning all international travel for their staff and guests. The Canadian government has now closed international travel, and some provinces have enacted a state of emergency.


Given this, it is with great sadness that we will be cancelling GRIDS later this Spring. While it is too early to know what our plans are for GRIDS2021, we will reach out to the community as soon as we know. This site will also be updated at that time. 

In the meantime, the McDonald Institute will soon begin exploring ways to bring our content and programs to an online platform. Please join our newsletter to get updates about our programming:


Thank you again for your interest in GRIDS, and we hope we can engage you in our other programs in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, please take care of yourself!




Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  • Details will be updated as soon as they are confirmed



Application submission for GRIDS2020 is CLOSED - please watch for more information to come soon!







GRIDS2020 will take place at the Université de Montréal, in Montréal Quebec, Canada


Lectures will occur at the Pavillon des Sciences, 1375 Avenue Thérèse-Lavoie-Roux, Montréal. This is easily reached from either the l'Acadie or Outremont métro stations.

Laboratory sessions will take place at the Pavillon Réné-J.A.-Lévesque, 2905 chemin des Services, Montréal on the main Université de Montréal campus. This can be reached from the Université de Montréal métro station.


Université de Montréal


Université de Montréal
Pavillion 3200 Jean-Brillant
3200 av. Jean-Brillant
Montréal, QC H3T 1N8







A limited number of twin ($42/night) have been set aside for attendees at ZUM Hotel.


ZUM Hotel





Accomodation at ZUM is to be prepaid with your collaboration meeting registration. Please indicate on your application your intended dates of stay at ZUM.







If you are traveling from outside Canada, you may need a visa to enter Canada. Please refer to the Government of Canada site ( for instructions on how and who needs to apply for a Visitor’s Visa to come to Canada.


US citizens carrying a valid US Passport do not require a Visa to come to Canada.   Residents of the US who carry a passport from a country listed on the Government of Canada site will need an Invitation Letter from the Conference Chair to attach to their Visitor’s Visa Application.   Please give sufficient time for processing.  See:  for an  estimate of processing times.


As of March 15, 2016  any participants from visa-exempt countries will need to apply for an eTA. The eTA costs $7.00 and allows for pre-screening of visa exempt nationals. Please see the link for details related to the eTA.


To request an invitation letter to attach to your Visitor's Visa application please send your request by email to after you submit your application.

Public Transit

Getting around by transit is easily. Campus is directly served by the Montreal Métro. Connect between the airport and the Métro by the 747 bus.

Road directions

Campus is approximately 25 minutes by a $30 taxi ride from the airport, depending on traffic. While Uber is available in Montreal, we recommend taking taxis which are prevalent, inexpensive, and generally well run. Both Champlain Taxi at 514-271-1111 and Atlas taxi 514-485-8585 run extensive networks with local taxi stands.



Week 1

Week 2

Group Rotation Schedule

Group Rotation Schedule



Temperatures in Montréal for May 25-June 5

May-June average temperature 15°C 60°F
May-June high 21°C 71°F
May-June low 10°C 50°F






Electric voltage is 120 Volt

electric plug
Wall socket and plug: Image shows a classic plug with two flat parallel prongs and one with a grounding pin.

Tipping and Currency Conversion

Tipping culture:

Currency converter:




Committee Chairs

  • Tony Noble, McDonald Institute/Queen’s (co-chair)
  • Marcello Pavan, TRIUMF (co-chair)
  • Mark Richardson, Queen's U (co-chair)

Organizing Committee

  • Doug Bryman [UBC / TRIUMF]
  • Ken Clark [McDonald Institute/Queen's U/TRIUMF]
  • Philippe Di Stefano [Queen's U]
  • Pietro Giampa [TRIUMF] (co-chair)
  • Dana Giasson [TRIUMF]
  • Tony Noble [McDonald Institute/Queen's U] (co-chair)
  • Marcello Pavan [TRIUMF] (co-chair)
  • Marie-Cecile Piro [University of Alberta]
  • Wolfgang Rau [TRIUMF]
  • Fabrice Retiere [TRIUMF]
  • Mark Richardson [McDonald Institute] (co-chair)
  • Alan Robinson [University of Montreal]
  • Aleksey Sher [TRIUMF]
  • Isabel Trigger [TRIUMF]



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