We are Here


Our Place

For many Canadians, our northern and ocean frontiers spark the imagination. For researchers and students at Memorial University, the reality of being there is even more exciting.

No other university is closer to four distinct cold ocean zones, including the high arctic.Memorial University’s deep understanding of Canada’s harshest environments is based on world-class research and facilities, and supported by strong public partnerships with the people, industries and organizations who live and work there.

Our People

Memorial is a leader in publicly engaged research, with a demonstrated commitment to collaboration with industry, community, and governments.

Dr. Lesley James combines cutting edge research with the art of collaboration, as leader of Memorial’s state-of-the-art Enhanced Oil Recovery Lab that works with industry to maximize the productivity
of offshore reservoirs.

There are benefits to being surrounded by water. Dr. Paul Snelgrove, one of Memorial’s internationally recognized ocean scientists leads the Canadian Healthy Ocean Network, a network of marine researchers from across Canada. 

Our Projects

Over 40% of Memorial research is ocean-related (68% in the Faculty of Science.) If it’s happening in the North Atlantic, we’re likely involved.

The Marine Institute is one of the most internationally active institutes in Canada, completing more than 200 projects in over 50 countries over the past 30 years with governments, NGOs, and the private sector.

Thin ice is a very real threat in the North. A partnership between Memorial geographer Dr. Trevor Bell and Nunatsiavut is augmenting traditional Inuit knowledge with modern technology to help make transportation and shipping in the North safer and easier.

Our Programs

Cold ocean and arctic challenges are unique. We meet them with one-of-a-kind programming and facilities like those of the Marine Institute—a world-leading ocean training and research institute—and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science—home of the world’s only co-op program in ocean and naval architectural engineering.

Created with the Nunatsiavut Government, Memorial has developed unique Social Work and Education degree programs delivered in Labrador that reflect Inuit culture and values, helping graduates deliver services that are relevant to Northern communities.

Sometimes the best in the world isn’t good enough. C-CORE, Memorial’s cold ocean and arctic R&D corporation, has adapted technology developed for space exploration to help understand and mitigate the harsh conditions of the global North. 

Our Plans: COASTS

We are keenly aware of the opportunities and challenges in our ever-changing North. Our Cold Ocean and Arctic Science, Technology and Society, or COASTS, initiative aims to emphasize and enhance our world-leading capability. Our ongoing plans include:

  • Investing in a new $325 million Core Science Building—which includes 125,000 square feet reserved for industry R&D collaboration.
  • Doubling our Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the Labrador Institute, and increasing the size of the Marine Institute by a third.
  • We’re increasing our number of research-ready graduate students with the goal of reaching the highest proportion of graduate to undergraduate students in Canada by 2020.
  • Over the past five years we’ve invested over $155 million in COASTS projects—one-third coming from industry partners.*
  • Over the next five years another $130 million of COASTS-related investment is expected from industry partners.
  • C-CORE is working with industry and government partners to build the world’s first, and only ice capable Oil Spill Response Centre of Excellence.
  • Making the Marine Institute’s Holyrood Marine Base into “Woods Hole of the North,” specializing in ocean technology and training.
  • Transforming the former Battery Hotel on historic Signal Hill into a hub for public engagement and innovation.
  • Joining forces with Dalhousie University and the University of Prince Edward Island to create the Ocean Frontier Institute for Safe and Sustainable Ocean Development. *Not including funding from Granting Councils
  • Continuing to support our "bridging institutions" in providing support to the innovatione ecosystem in NL. For more on Memorial's work in this area, see case studies from the Munk School of International Affairs, on C-CORE and MI.


We are Here

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000