The main mission of the Centre SÈVE is to acquire, disseminate and transfer new knowledge, useful tools and innovative technologies to improve plant productivity and the economic value of agricultural production within a social context that values the sustainability of ecosystems and food security.
The second most important mission of Centre SÈVE is to contribute to the training of highly qualified personnel necessary for the development of Quebec agriculture. The ultimate goals of the Centre SÈVE are to exploit, develop and rationally diversify non-forestry plant resources.
In order to achieve this mission, the Centre SÈVE supports fundamental and applied research at different levels: from molecules to ecosystems; from fundamental knowledge to technology transfer and the production of tools that support decision making. The Centre SÈVE also stands out for the extent of its expertise and network as well as its interdisciplinary initiatives.
More specifically, the Centre SÈVE's objectives are:
- providing a platform to highlight the expertise of Québec researchers both nationally and internationally.
- the undertaking of scientific research that aims to develop knowledge and tools to increase plant productivity while taking into account various environmental and social concerns;
- integrating the expertise and infrastructure of 60 researchers from six universities and three government institutions;
- knowledge transfer from Centre SÈVE scientists to stakeholders, including students at all levels, and more widely to the general public, during training workshops, seminars, conferences, science and technology meetings and public forums;
- training of qualified personnel to meet future needs in the areas of plant science and agriculture, offered in a multidisciplinary and innovative setting that promotes high quality training and research;
- communication between researchers in plant sciences and researchers in social and environmental sciences;
- establishing national and international collaborations to provide new research and training opportunities for our researchers and students;