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Luxembourg Healthcare awards: Call for applications

The 2nd edition of the Luxembourg Healthcare awards 2015 will take place during the Luxembourg Healthcare summit on 6 October 2015 where Healthcare innovations will be presented. These awards are a unique opportunity to showcase innovations in the Healthcare sector. The nine award categories cover all aspects of healthcare innovation from technology, to facility management and patient care. Deadline for applications is 27 July 2015.

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Creative Business Cup: Call for creative industries projects

The national edition of the Luxembourg Creative Business Cup 2015 (LCBC) invites players of the creative industries to submit projects/ideas for innovative products and services. The LCBC initiative aims to support actors in the creative industries to access an international stage for promoting their work.

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eHandwierk Days "Cloud computing in craft SMEs"

Discover the various "Cloud" opportunities that can benefit to your craft business. Meet experts and specialists and ask about the services that particularly target SMEs at the eHandwierk Days "Cloud Computing in craft SMEs" (Les journées eHandwierk "Le Cloud Computing dans les PME Artisanales"), which will take place on 8 and 9 July 2015 at the Luxembourg Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts.

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LCSB Researchers Grow Neurons in 3D

Drug discovery for Parkinson’s disease

The progressive loss of neurons in the brain of Parkinson’s patients is slow yet inexorable. So far, there are no drugs that can halt this insidious process. Researchers at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have now managed to grow the types of neurons affected starting from neuronal stem cells in a three-dimensional cell culture system. The results were recently published in the journal "Lab on a Chip".

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Over 30 million euros raised in third party funding for the first time

Annual Balance Sheet 2014 for the University of Luxembourg

In the last year the University of Luxembourg has further consolidated its position as an internationally recognised research institution. In 2014 the University of Luxembourg raised around 32 million euros in third party funding for research, thereby exceeding the 30 million mark for the first time. A further milestone was the establishment of the "Luxembourg Centre for Educational Assessment" (LUCET) in the summer of 2014, which will make a valuable contribution to the educational quality of the country.

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Falling Walls Lab Luxembourg

The idea behind the worldwide "Falling Walls Labs" competition is to offer a platform to students, early-stage researchers and young professionals with all kinds of ground-breaking new research projects, initiatives or business ideas. And now for the very first time this competition of ideas is to be held in Luxembourg too.

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EcoTransFaire: eco-renovation and eco-construction to boost the Greater Region

EcoTransFaire, a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Interreg IV-A Greater Region programme, presented its conclusions on Friday 19 June 2015 to the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) in front of an audience of 150 people, including local officials, partners, companies, clients and researchers.

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Best Paper Award for mixed team from SnT and IEE

On 12 June, SnT-researchers Kassem Al Ismaeil and Dr. Djamila Aouada together with SnT-director Prof. Björn Ottersten as well as Thomas Solignac and Dr. Bruno Mirbach – both from IEE, a global leader in automotive safety sensing systems – have received the Best Paper Award of MSF 2015.

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"Prix santé en entreprise 2015" for the University of Luxembourg

On 12 June 2015, the Minister of Health, Lydia Mutsch and the Work Health Division awarded the "Prix santé en entreprise 2015" (2015 Corporate Health Award). This price includes two categories, one focused on health and safety and one on work in healthy buildings. The "Prix santé en entreprise" rewarded 8 deserving companies for the first time in 2007. Since then, over 40 businesses have been rewarded. The award aims to promote and recognise companies at the forefront of social progress and to raise awareness among other firms. This year, the University of Luxembourg is among the laureats.

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IBBL teaches the ins and outs of biobanking

This June, IBBL (Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg) and the University of Luxembourg run the third edition of the Principles of Biobanking certificate, a lifelong learning course that uniquely combines environmental and clinical aspects of biobanking.

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Innovation from SME to SME

"Innovation is accessible to all." Using this statement as their starting point, speakers at the conference "Innovation from SME to SME" discussed with a hundred representatives of small and medium-sized enterprises who had come to learn about how their activities could benefit from innovation. Organised by Luxinnovation on 15 June, the conference is part of the National Agency's efforts to establish close relationships with companies whose innovative potential deserves to be developed.

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Little heads and big ideas - Awards of 2015 GENIAL Competition

26 creative young people were rewarded for their great ideas during the awards ceremony held on Thursday in the presence of Michel LANNERS, Senior Government Adviser, Ministry of Education, Children and Youth, at the shopping centre La Belle Etoile. Under the motto "Lief deng Iddi – Verbesser deng Welt!", the 2015 GENIAL competition mobilised nearly 400 young people who submitted over 250 new and innovative ideas. All projects are exhibited at the shopping centre La Belle Etoile until 20 June.

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Why boys are performing less well at school and how to fix it

University of Luxembourg finds alienation and gender roles influence boys' lower grades

"15-year-old boys are more likely than girls of the same age to be low achievers" said a recent OECD report. This is yet more evidence of a long term, worldwide trend of some boys falling behind at school. University of Luxembourg researchers have identified two possible major causes and a potential solution in a new study published recently in the journal "Masculinities and Social Change". This work was conducted by gleaning evidence directly from children rather than the traditional source of seeking the opinions of teachers or parents.

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Commutastic - a mobile application that rewards you for avoiding traffic

Commutastic is a research application that gives users the opportunity to get rewarded for avoiding traffic. This game-like application is part of the I-GEAR project of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) which explores ways to use gamification to reduce traffic congestion in Luxembourg. The app is designed to offer participants alternative after-work activities in the Kirchberg area in Luxembourg city. They are free of charge for the duration of the study that takes place in June 2015.

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Creation of an EarthLab centre based in Luxembourg

On 9 June 2015, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Étienne Schneider presented the EarthLab centre to be established in Luxembourg at a press conference on geo-information. This service delivery centre related to Earth observation is the result of a strategic partnership between foreign Telespazio France and e-GEOS - which are the largest shareholders of the new structure - HITEC Luxembourg and POST.

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Seed4Start: Launch of the fourth edition

The fourth edition of the cross-border venture capital forum Seed4Start was launched on 5 June at the premises of Nyuko, the organisation that is in charge of the programme in Luxembourg. The 2015 edition includes several new features. The start-ups

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Fedil's Environment Award - 2015 Promotion

Fedil - Business Federation Luxembourg hands out an Environment Award every two years. The objective of the award is to reward companies whose technical and financial efforts aim to reconcile productivity and preservation of natural resources. Companies that wish to present themselves as candidates for the award can submit applications until Friday 31 July.

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Art2Cure – artists support research

In order to raise funds for their Parkinson's research, the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine is organizing an art fundraiser called "Art2Cure". This art exhibition, which takes place in the cultural centre Kulturfabrik in Esch-sur-Alzette, showcases 18 artists from Luxembourg.

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Gut Bacteria cooperate when life gets tough

Researchers of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have discovered with the help of computer models how gut bacteria respond to changes in their environment – such as a decrease in oxygen levels or nutrient availability. Microorganisms that normally compete or overthrow one another can switch to a cooperative lifestyle when their living conditions change: They even start producing substances to make life easier for the other species, helping them to survive. The entire microbial community then stabilises – and together adapts successfully to the new situation. The researchers working with Prof. Dr. Ines Thiele, head of the LCSB Group "Molecular Systems Physiology" published their results in the journal "Applied and Environmental Microbiology".

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New "Eskills for Women" programme launched by nyuko

With the support of the J.P. MORGAN foundation and ADEM, nyuko launches in June a new programme entitled Eskills for Women. The programme is dedicated to women who want to develop their ICT skills to find a job or start a business in the digital sector.

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  • Updated 30-06-2015