10 Reasons to consider Luxembourg
Although small in size (2,586 km2), Luxembourg has a thriving economy and is renowned for its standard of living. Below you will find key figures that give a snapshot of why Luxembourg’s research landscape is so attractive.
1. AN INNOVATION LEADER
Luxembourg is among the top 15 most innovative countries in the world and is an innovation leader in Europe due to its #1 rankings in ‘attractive research systems’ and ‘intellectual assets’.
(IMD Global Innovation Index 2020, European Innovation Scoreboard 2020)
2. EXCELLENCE IN KEY DOMAINS
Luxembourg has set up a comprehensive research system in under two decades, focusing on a handful of key areas such as materials, health, ICT and data science. 11 ERC grants were awarded between 2014 and 2019.
3. RESEARCH IS A NATIONAL PRIORITY
Luxembourg has one of the fastest-growing public research budgets in Europe.
(research budget increased fourteen-fold since year 2000)
4. INTERNATIONAL MINDSET
With 80% of scientists being foreign nationals, excellent funding opportunities for joint research projects have caused a majority of publications to be coauthored with scientists abroad.
5. STATE OF THE ART RESEARCH FACILITIES
Luxembourg is ranked No. 5 in the Worldwide Broadband Speed League 2020 and its research institutions are equipped with cutting-edge technology.
(Worldwide Broadband Speed League 2020)
6. ATTRACTIVE FOR TALENTS
Luxembourg is No. 2 worldwide when it comes to talent attraction and No. 4 worldwide when it comes to talent retention.
(INSEAD Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2020)
7. A COMPETITIVE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT
Luxembourg is the fifth most competitive economy in the EU.
(IMD World Competitiveness Ranking 2020)
8. AN ORIENTATION TOWARDS THE FUTURE
Luxembourg’s government is ranked No. 1 for its commitment to sustainability, an indication of its future orientation.
(WEF The Global Competitiveness Report 2019)
9. BELVAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CAMPUS
Belval is the centerpiece of one of the largest urban repurposing projects in Europe, representing a one billion Euro investment. It comprises the University, the research centres, business incubators and innovation agencies on one shared site to showcase Luxembourg’s public research.
10. HIGHLY QUALIFIED WORKFORCE
Luxembourg is No. 1 in Europe for knowledge-intensive jobs.
(European Innovation Scoreboard 2020)
Key R&D Figures
R&D staff in the public sector
Public Research Actors
- University of Luxembourg
- Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
- Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) & Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL)
- Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
- Luxembourg National Research Fund as the main funder of research activities
R&D staff in the private sector
Leading Private Research Actors
- Dupont de Nemours
- Husky Injection Molding Systems