About

The McGill Space Institute is a new initiative at McGill University with the goal of bringing together different areas of space related research across the University. The main goals of the Institute are to:

  • Provide an intellectual home for faculty, research staff, and students engaged in astrophysics, planetary science, and other space-related research at McGill.
  • Support the development of technology and instrumentation for space-related research.
  • Foster cross-fertilization and interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations among Institute members in Institute-relevant research areas.
  • Share with students, educators, and the public an understanding of and an appreciation for the goals, techniques and results of the Institute's research. 

Current Research Themes

  • Early Universe
  • Cosmology
  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Astrophysics
  • Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Compact Objects
  • Exoplanets
  • Planetary Science
  • Planetary Analogues
  • Astrobiology
  • Microbial Diversity in Extreme Environments
  • The Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures.

The intellectual hub of the Institute is at 3550 University, where many of the Institute members work, collaborate with visitors, and Institute events are held.