Donation of $26 million to fund research in astrophysics

Donation of $26M to fund research in astrophysics

McGill University receives a donation of $16M

Montreal philanthropist Lorne Trottier donated $26 million to fund research in Montreal university astrophysics. The envelope was split in two: one part for the Trottier Space Institute of McGill, which receives $16 million, and the other for the Trottier Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx) of the University of Montreal, which was awarded $10 million.

These historic donations from the Trottier Family Foundation reinforce Montreal's status as the main center of astrophysical research in Canada and on the international scene. This is the largest donation in history in this field to the universities of Montreal (UdeM) and McGill.

The’Institut McGill Trottier Spatial

Half of the $16 million paid to the McGill Space Institute will be invested in the development of an annex to its current building on University Street. The other tranche will be used to finance graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships in addition to expanding existing programs and research support.

In recognition of this exceptional gift, the McGill Space Institute will be renamed the McGill Trottier Space Institute.

“We are extremely grateful to the Trottier Family Foundation for their generous support of the University and its faculties of science and engineering, which over the years has contributed to enriching our knowledge of the world,” said Christopher Manfredi, Principal and Acting Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.

The Trottier Institute at the University of Montreal

< p>The Institute for Research on Exoplanets at the Université de Montréal will receive a $10 million donation that will allow the scientific team to continue their research to discover signs of life outside the solar system.< /p>

In recognition of this exceptional gift and the support of Lorne Trottier and the Trottier Family Foundation since its inception, the iREx will be renamed the Trottier Institute for Research on Exoplanets.

“ The Passionate researchers who peer into the sky have already considerably broadened our horizons, indicated the rector of the Université de Montréal, Daniel Jutras. By probing the mysteries of the Universe, we come to recognize all the beauty and fragility of our planet. The unprecedented support offered to Montreal scientists by Mr. Trottier and the Trottier Family Foundation is also support for the preservation of our ecosystems. It’s a gift whose effect will be felt by future generations. »

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