Academic life

Student and scientific community

By choosing the IRCM for your graduate studies, an internship or for a postdoctoral training, you will join one of the best research centres in Canada. To contribute to a stimulating academic and scientific life for students and postdoctoral fellows, numerous activities are organized, including:

  • Weekly conferences where internationally-renowned scientists are invited to speak about their most recent breakthroughs
  • Summer seminars, intended for summer students;
  • The Interlab Club, where students present the fruits of their labour to their peers in a relaxed atmosphere favouring discussion
  • The IRCM Research Week, where numerous awards are granted for the best student presentations
  • The Scientific Forum, which brings together students, researchers and staff of the IRCM
  • Thesis committees where you can benefit from the expertise and scientific advice of experienced researchers
  • Social events organized by the IRCM Student Association

IRCM Student Association

The mandate of the IRCM Student Association is to bring students together and foster relationships with other community members at the IRCM. To this end, we organize scientific and social activities in order to promote a great working environment. The association also represents students within official committees of the Institute and provides a link to other student groups at Université de Montréal and McGill University.

See the members of the Student Association's Executive Committee


Student lounge

Whether you need a break while running an agarose gel, feel like watching a hockey game when working late, or simply want to relax with coworkers, the IRCM student lounge is there to provide that comfort. Equipped with couches, foosball table, dart board, "Leave a book, Take a book" library, cable TV and a refrigerator, the student lounge allows you to wind-down before returning to your next ground-breaking experiment.

Interlab Club

The Interlab Club provides students with an opportunity to present their research projects to the IRCM community. Each seminar session is held in room 1430 on Tuesdays at noon with a special lunch provided; this gives students an occasion to discuss their scientific research in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Presentations are based on multiple disciplines including neurology, immunology, developmental biology and biochemistry. The Interlab Club is the perfect opportunity to share and learn new things. We look forward to seeing you there.

Health and Wellness Committee

The well-being of students is a priority at the IRCM. The Student Association set up a peer support program.

This initiative is open to the entire student community at the Institute and aims to promote mental and emotional well-being. In a respectful and discrete environment, IRCM peers are here to listen and orient students to available resources upon request.

For more information, visit the committee's website.


IRCM Student guide

Training the next generation of scientists is at the heart of the Institute’s mission. You will therefore have the opportunity to work in highly-specialized laboratories with access to state-of-the-art research services. This guide contains details and useful links about your academic training, as well as activities and resources offered at the Institute.

Student guide