The 2nd edition of the Luxembourg Innovation Masterclass, which took place on 26, 27 and 28 October 2011, welcomed a renowned keynote speaker, Prof. John Bessant (Exeter University, visiting Professor at Imperial College). He presented his vision of innovation management at an open lecture, a one-day seminar and in-house seminars in partners companies. A excellent mix of conferences, practical cases studies and workshops.
On 26 October 2011, the National Research Fund (FNR) handed out the third edition of the FNR Awards, with the aim of promoting communication activities in the field of science and research, whether with other researchers or with the general public, and young people in particular.
European research organisations announced on 21 October 2011 the establishment of the Science Europe foundation, whose objective is to strengthen collaboration between national research organisations throughout Europe. The National Research Fund (FNR) is one of the founding members of Science Europe. The FNR was represented at the founding assembly, which took place in Berlin, by its Secretary General Marc Schiltz.
The first pair of satellites for Europe's Galileo global navigation satellite system has been lofted into orbit by the first Russian Soyuz vehicle ever launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana in a milestone mission. It is worthwhile mentioning that the Luxembourg actors ASTRA TechCom Services and HITEC Luxembourg have brilliantly contributed to this program.
The exhibition “A World of Colours: from Gabriel Lippmann to Nanophotonics” offers you a trip in time through colours. It puts in perspective the discoveries of Gabriel Lippmann which, more than 100 years after he received his Nobel Prize in Physics, are strongly reflected in contemporary nanotechnologies. The exhibition offers a fascinating trip to rediscover colours, understand their components, experiment with physical phenomena created by light, and share the wonder of those who were the first to discover colour photography.
Within the framework of the presidency of Lorraine of the 13 Greater Region Summit, the Lorraine Region and Luxembourg’s National Research Fund (FNR) have announced the official launching of the Interregional Research Fund at a press conference held on Thursday 20 October 2011 in Metz.
From 1 until 6 July 2012, about 25 Nobel Laureates and ca. 500 selected young researchers from all over the world will meet in Lindau, Germany for the 62nd Meeting of Nobel Laureates. The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) announces the call for nomination of 2 talented young researchers to participate as Luxembourg delegates at this exceptional event.
The European Commission's 2011 "EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard" shows that R&D investment by top EU companies recovered strongly in 2010, with a 6.1% rise following a 2.6% decrease in 2009. However, data for the world's top 1400 companies show EU companies as a whole lagging behind major competitors from the US and some Asian economies on R&D growth. There was a general positive trend in 2010, as global R&D investment increased by 4%, a robust up-turn after the 1.9% drop observed in 2009.
Scientific and economic relationships with Russia have considerably developed over the past few years. In order to stimulate bilateral cooperation in research and technological development, renowned Russian scientists had the opportunity to present their skills to a Luxembourg audience at the "Russian HighTech Conference and Exhibition", held on 19 October in the Chamber of Commerce.
Innovation capacity is a crucial competitiveness factor and an essential growth driver. Our economy requires a more and more efficient innovation management and challenges any innovation strategy. To address these issues, Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research is organising a new edition of its Luxembourg Innovation Masterclass on 27 and 28 October 2011, with an Open Lecture followed by a Seminar held by Prof. John Bessant of Exeter University.
A UNESCO Chair in Human Rights has been attributed to the University of Luxembourg. The first holder of the Chair is Professor Jean-Paul Lehners, a historian and expert on human rights who works at the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education of the University of Luxembourg. The contract has been signed recently and covers a period of 4 years.
The European Industrial Doctorates (EID) is a scheme expected to promote cooperation between universities and businesses. It will facilitate the exploitation of the research results from universities and research institutes and will also make research affordable to companies, including SMEs. Early-stage researchers will be able to gain company experience while still completing their studies. The initiative is part of the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) call for proposals published on 20 July 2011.
The 12 October 2011 at 7:30 CET, the first Luxembourg built satellite "VesselSat1" was launched from the Indian launch site Sriharikota on board a PSLV rocket into a near equatorial orbit. About 2 hours later, at 9:24 CET, a first contact was established between the satellite and the Malaysian ground station.
VesselSat1 was designed and built by LuxSpace in only one year.
Delphi celebrated the 40th anniversary of its site in Bascharage on 10 October. The celebrations included a tour of the laboratories and testing facilities at the site. H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Luxembourg inaugurated a new laboratory area, where fuel pumps undergo severe durability testing.
Boson Energy SA, an innovative SME that produces small-scale plants that convert wood and other cellulose-based biomass into gas and ultimately into green electricity and heat, and the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL), a key component of Luxembourg’s push to develop personalised medicine, are highlighted in two new success stories which have recently been published on this portal.
Scientific and economic relationships with Russia have significatively developed during the past few years.
In order to stimulate bilateral cooperation in research and technological development, the Cultural and Scientific Center, the Russian Ambassy in Luxembourg, the National Research Fund and Luxinnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, have the pleasure to invite you to the "Russian HighTech Conference and Exhibition", to be held on 19 October, from 9:00 to 17:30, at the Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg.
A public–private partnership contract signed with Astrium means that ESA is moving ahead with an independent, European satellite system that will speed up the transmission of large quantities of data beginning in 2014. Luxembourg has contributed more than 15 millions EUR to the EDRS programme in order to support national actors who have submitted proposals.
The powerful influence of the Sun and the nature of the mysterious "dark energy" motivate ESA’s next two science missions. Solar Orbiter and Euclid were selected on 4 October 2011 by ESA's Science Programme Committee for implementation, with launches planned for 2017 and 2019.
The Working Group "ICT for a healthy and ageing population", recently launched by the Luxembourg ICT Cluster, has published a new online catalogue to present Luxembourg capabilities in the field of ICT for an ageing population.
ICT security is the central theme of the fifth issue of the FOCUS on Research and Innovation in Luxembourg magazine, which was published at the end of September 2011 and disseminated to companies, universities, investors and decision-makers in over 100 countries. With numerous companies active in this area and specialised research competences being developed by several public research organisations, Luxembourg’s ICT security sector has much to offer and holds great promise for the future.
The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet decided on 3rd October that the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2011 shall be divided, with one half jointly to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity and the other half to Ralph M. Steinman for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity. Jules Hoffmann is of Luxembourgish origin, born in Echternach, Luxembourg in 1941.
The first Innovation for Financial Services Summit organised in Luxembourg on 21 - 23 September by the Public Research Center Henri Tudor and ISPIM (International Society for Professional Innovation Management) was considered such as success that a second edition is already foreseen for 2012.