The 2012 edition of "Mardis de la propriété intellectuelle" ("Intellectual Property Tuesdays") is organised around thematic fields in which intellectual property plays a key role. This 4-module course will answer your questions about patents, trademarks, domain names, as well as the article 50 bis. The 4 modules, which are free of charge, are presented in French and registration is mandatory.
Last November, a cooperation agreement signed between the National Research Fund (FNR) and the National Centre for Research and Development of Poland (NCBR) was signed. This agreement gives Luxembourg researchers in the "Innovation in Services" field easier access to collaborations with their Polish counterparts and strengthens the positioning of Luxembourg research at a competitive international level. The FNR therefore calls for project proposals in "Innovation in Services", one of the six research priorities defined by the Government. The call comes as part of the launching of the PolLux Programme and the deadline for submitting proposals is 1 June 2012.
The Luxembourg Movement for Quality Asbl (Mouvement Luxembourgeois de la Qualité, MLQ) is currently preparing the 2012 edition of the Luxembourg Guide for Quality. Like every year, the most complete list possible of certified or accredited businesses in Luxembourg will be published. The Guide will be released in April 2012 and companies can register on the list until 14 March 2012 at the latest.
The Public Research Centre Henri Tudor and the partners of the RIFE2 project (Cross-border network for company information, training and support in environmental management) are organising a day of exchange and contacts around the theme of good practices in environmental management and rational use of energy and water. The aim of the event, which will take place on Tuesday 20 March 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, is to present the RIFE2 project results.
High Performance Computing (HPC) is critical for industries that rely on precision and speed, such as automotive and aviation, and the health sector. Access to rapid simulations carried out by ever-improving super computers can be the difference between life and death; between new jobs and profits or bankruptcy. That is why the European Commission sets out a plan for the EU to reverse its relative decline in HPC use and capabilities.
"Business meets Research" is the place to be for networking, building public-private partnerships and exchanging ideas for collaborative R&D and innovation projects. Luxinnovation and its partners are happy to announce that the 2012 edition of "Business meets Research" will take place on 22-23 May.
Scientists from the Greater Region recently met at a day of reflection about the production of renewable energy from crops on industrial wastelands. This meeting, which was organised by a team from CRP - Gabriel Lippmann, allowed for using the results of the two research projects ECOLIRIMED and ENERREM to identify the most suitable energy plants for cultivation on the industrial wastelands of Luxembourg, and the potential of the country in this area.
As part of the promotion of scientific culture in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, the Science Section of the Institut Grand-Ducal, in cooperation with a range of partners, organises since a series of conferences which are intended to help the general public to understand the results of applying science in everyday life. This year will provide the opportunity to understand better the phenomenon of ageing, learn how to age better and be aware of the socio-economic impact of an aging population on Luxembourg's way of functioning. The conferences will be held on 5, 12, 19 and 26 March 2012 and on 16 April 2012.
In cooperation with the National Research Fund (FNR" and several private sponsors, the “Section des Sciences Naturelles, physiques et mathématiques de l’Institut Grand-ducal” awards each year since 2010 a researcher (m/f) for his or her complete work or an exceptional discovery. The prize is currently endowed with €5,000 and is awarded during an academic session at the end of the year. Applications must be submitted by 31 March 2012 at the latest.
The National Research Fund (FNR) has just published a new call for applications for its FNR Awards, which since three years ago are being handed out in the categories “Outstanding scientific publication” and “Outstanding promotion of scientific culture”. From this year, the FNR also assigns an annual Award for an “Outstanding PhD thesis”. Up to 3 Awards of €5,000 each in the 3 categories go to public institutions or public bodies with research mission as well as to individuals, non-profit organizations or to individuals who have concluded their PhD thesis. The deadline for submissions of applications to the FNR Awards 2012 is 1 April 2012.
The European Commission has recently released its 2011 Research and Innovation Union Scoreboard, providing a comparative assessment of the research and innovation performance of the EU27 Member States and the relative strengths and weaknesses of their research and innovation systems. The scoreboard also includes comparisons with 10 global competitors, based on a more reduced set of indicators.
Following the success of the first two editions of the Researchers' Night in Luxembourg, the National Research Fund (FNR) is pleased to launch the Call for Proposals for the Researchers' Nights 2012 which will take place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November 2012 at the Carré Rotondes in Luxembourg-Hollerich. If you are a researcher, an engineer, a teacher or anybody else motivated by science and technology, the FNR invite you to submit a proposal for a scientific workshop or a science café.
The 2nd module of the training cycle on "Innovation Management Techniques" will focus on "Generating new ideas". For this 6th edition of the training cycle, Luxinnovation, the Luxembourg School for Commerce and the Chamber of Trades invite you to learn about the latest methods and tools to facilitate innovation processes.
The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is offering for the second time an award to support the optimization and regulatory acceptance of 3Rs alternative methods. The institution of the successful candidate will receive financial support of up to €100,000 to allow the extension of an existing research contract for a period of up to one year in order to promote the transition from existing innovative alternative approach/method from the experimental stage towards regulatory acceptance and industrial application. Proposals should be submitted by 30 June 2012.
On 2 February 2012, the mobile payment solution Digicash, created in Luxembourg, received the "Jury's Award" at the first "Accenture Innovation Awards Belgium and Luxembourg for Financial Services", which recognize the most innovative projects and products on the financial services market in Belgium and Luxembourg. The jury was composed of 17 experts from the worlds of banking, insurance and investment funds.
On Tuesday 31 January 2012, a "Lead Agency" cooperation agreement was signed between the National Research Fund (FNR) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). This cooperation agreement will intensify collaborations between researchers from Luxembourg and Austria and simplify the implementation of future transnational research projects.
The European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) is an organisation of leading life scientist members that fosters new generations of researchers to produce world-class scientific results. Its Courses and Workshops Programme funds scientific events that promote collaborations and exchange in the latest life science advances. EMBO is now launching a call for event funding proposals which is open until 1 March.
Making Europe more attractive for top scientists and globally-mobile private R&D investment; increasing transnationally-coordinated research; achieving higher scientific excellence; moving, working and co-operating freely across borders or tackling global challenges. These are some of the key themes resulting from a public consultation on the European Research Area (ERA), which ended on 30 November 2011. The Commission will now decide which issues should be addressed as priorities when finalising the ERA Framework.