The Geotop Research Centre on the Dynamics of the Earth System was founded in 1974 by researchers from the Earth Sciences department at UQAM as a mass spectrometry facility, originally called the Centre de recherche en Géochimie isotopique et en Géochronologie. It obtained its first infrastructure support grant from the Fonds pour la Formation des Chercheurs et l’Aide à la Recherche (FCAR) shortly after its creation.
Since then, with funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the UQAM Foundation and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Geotop now operates a large array of mass spectrometers dedicated to radiogenic and stable isotope analysis, and other state-of-the-art laboratory instruments.
Today, Geotop is a research and graduate training centre which is officially designated as a strategic cluster by the Fonds de la recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies (FRQNT). Geotop includes more than 50 professors-researchers with research interests in the Earth System Sciences, who have training in Geology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geophysics. These researchers come from UQAM, McGill University, Concordia University, INRS-Eau,Terre et Environnement, ISMER at UQAR, Université de Montréal, UQAT, Polytechnique Montréal and Ministère de l'énergie et des ressources naturelles du Québec.
At a time when issues concerning the Earth are becoming increasingly complex, requiring multidisciplinary approaches, Geotop is actively contributing to the training of future scientists through the collective sharing of expertise and resources, allowing for leading edge research in the field and in the laboratory. Dr. Daniele Pinti is currently the director of Geotop.