Dear friends,

I have heard from so many of you over the past few weeks. Please accept my thanks on behalf of the entire Macdonald community for your continued support!

As we plan for ongoing changes here at the University and the Faculty, I am constantly reminded how our community has come together over the past months to work through complicated problems always with a forward-thinking agenda. I am pleased to say that an announcement from the provincial government to allow for the resumption of research activities in the natural sciences, agricultural and forestry disciplines is good news for our researchers and graduate students. The Faculty has created a work group to determine the framework for gradually ramping up research activities. Of course, we will follow strict guidelines to mitigate any risks to our community and society in general.

On May 11, McGill’s Provost and Vice-Principal Christopher Manfredi announced that the University will be delivering its academic programs and courses throughout the Fall term and will start as scheduled in September. Our courses will be offered primarily through remote delivery platforms and the University is continuing to explore the possibility of on-campus student life and learning opportunities. For more information, please consult the COVID19 resource page.

With much of the world transformed by COVID-19, McGill aims to provide alumni and friends with timely insights from McGill experts. Join our weekly webcast series featuring McGill specialists who will address your concerns, answer your burning questions, and discuss how the virus is affecting our global community.

In keeping with our renewed commitment to inform and update our community, an E-Newsletter from the Faculty will be sent to you regularly over the summer months. We welcome your comments.

I hope that you and your families are and remain safe and healthy.

Yours truly,

Anja Geitmann, PhD

Professor and Dean

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences