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Strengthening research in Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) announce the signing of mutual bilateral agreements providing a framework for the ambition of a strategic cooperation. The University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) […]

Highly Cited Researchers: Luxembourg in the spotlight

Three Luxembourg researchers – Dr Bohn, Professors Stéphane Bordas and Alexandre Tkatchenko – are featured in the 2020 edition of the prestigious international ranking, the “Highly Cited Researchers” report. On November 18th, Clarivate™ released its annual “Highly Cited Researchers” report, recognising the world’s most influential academics. Three Luxembourg researchers – Dr Bohn, Professors Stéphane Bordas […]

Predi-COVID preliminary results

The Luxembourgish cohort study shows encouraging participation rates and sees its protocol published in international peer-reviewed journal Launched under the aegis of the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Task Force on April 24th, “Predi-COVID” is a cohort study promoted by the Luxembourg Institute of Health that aims to identify the key risk factors and biomarkers associated with COVID-19 severity […]

Luxembourg 3rd in World Talent Ranking

Luxembourg comes out 3rd in the 2020 World Talent Ranking, which is an improvement with two places compared to the previous year. The country notably stands out for its ability to attract and retain talent and the availability of foreign highly-skilled personnel. Published by the Swiss institute IMD, the World Talent Ranking illustrates the capacity of an […]

Information is not power, but above all, energy

A physicist has developed a new theory of thermodynamics to describe the microscopic world. It explains the astonishing efficiency of biological motors in our cells, improves the efficiency of chemical reactions and reveals the concrete role played by this abstract concept: information. This article was originally published by the Luxembourg National Research Fund At the […]

Kaleidoscopic microbeads to fight counterfeiting

A physicist invented a new method to authenticate objects by using the strange properties of liquid crystals. He also spun them into smart elastic bands for applications in soft robotics and wearable technologies. This article was originally published by the Luxembourg National Research Fund Fingerprints and other QR codes are well established but have a […]

A microscope faster than light

Physicist Daniele Brida develops ultrafast lasers to follow in slow-motion chemical reactions and the inner working of electronic devices. This new kind of microscope allows the observation of phenomena at the nanoscale that were until now just too fast to be seen – improving photovoltaics and electronics devices. This article was originally published by the […]

When the drugs don’t work

Chemical compounds can have several stable forms – with dramatic consequences. A physicist at the University of Luxembourg can predict when this can occur: he has develop methods to precisely calculate the stability of molecules. These tools are now used by hundreds of scientists worldwide. They could also help understand why the new coronavirus is […]

What microbes really do in our guts

Countless microorganisms live peacefully in our body, but they also can be involved in many diseases. To find out exactly what role they play, a biologist has given himself a Herculean task: survey all the biomolecules produced by the microbes residing in our guts. This article was originally published by the Luxembourg National Research Fund […]

Luxembourg teams up with ESA to create a unique “European Space Resources Innovation Centre”

Luxembourg just entered a strategic partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create a “European Space Resources Innovation Centre”, or ESRIC. Unique of its kind, ESRIC aims to become an internationally recognised centre of expertise for scientific, technical, business and economic aspects related to the use of space resources for human and robotic exploration, […]

Artificial intelligence can be smarter

Machine learning algorithms seem all-powerful, but still function passively: they merely analyse the data they are fed with. Björn Ottersten makes them smarter by letting them actively probe their environment. His work aims to improve sensors of self-driving cars, sharing of mobile bandwidth and Internet traffic. This article was originally published by the Luxembourg National […]

Large-scale testing operations: Conclusion of phase 1 and launch of phase 2

Ministry of Health to lead the second phase as of mid-September. On Monday, September 14th, the Minister of Higher Education and Research, Claude Meisch, the Minister of Health, Paulette Lenert, and the Research Luxembourg (RL) COVID-19 Task Force held a press conference in Dudelange to officially conclude the first phase of the large-scale testing, led […]

Use of new FFP2 masks – ensuring safety & security in large scale testing stations

In the testing stations, the safety and security of the staff collecting samples has been and is being ensured by redundant protection measures with masks and face shields. These measures are strictly respected at all times.  The compliance of these measures and quality of the material being used in that framework is being closely monitored […]

Efficient security concept

All Large Scale Testing (LST) related employees are tested at two-week intervals to ensure maximum safety. As with all working groups, there is a possibility that asymptomatic positives may carry the virus and could be potentially contagious. Some days ago, one laboratory employee was thus actually identified positively. This person was asymptomatic with a low viral […]

CON-VINCE Study – Behind the scenes (PART I)

CON-VINCE as a role model for translational research collaboration in Luxembourg (PART I) IBBL a as key integrator On 8th April, the CON-VINCE study was officially launched, with the aim to assess the spread dynamics of the COVID-19 disease among the Luxembourgish population. Only 2 days later, all necessary material for starting up was already available (many […]

The experts behind Luxembourg’s Covid-19 fight: Interview with Prof Rejko Krüger

Prof Rejko Krüger (RK) is the Director of Transversal Translational Medicine (TTM) at LIH. As a medical doctor and researcher, he is an internationally recognised “clinician scientist”, expert in both the clinical and research sides of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as in the development of translational cohort studies. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prof Krüger […]

CON-VINCE study results – second testing phase

CON-VINCE, a national research project aiming to evaluate the prevalence and dynamics of the spread of COVID-19 within the Luxembourgish population, was launched at the beginning of April under the umbrella of the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Task Force. The second round of testing of the participants in the study (first follow-up after baseline testing) showed […]

Large scale COVID-19 testing: a public health measure

As part of the deconfinement, Luxembourg is calling on its residents and cross-border workers to get tested for COVID-19. It aims to limit the spread of the novel corona virus by voluntary extensive testing until the end of July. This will allow to break infection chains and thus protect family, friends and colleagues. The more […]

First results of the CON-VINCE study

CON-VINCE, a national research project aiming to evaluate the prevalence and dynamics of the spread of the COVID-19 disease within the Luxembourgish population, was launched at the beginning of April under the umbrella of the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Task Force. Following the successful recruitment and first testing effort of more than 1800 participants over the […]

The concept behind Luxembourg’s testing strategy: Why large scale testing helps with the exit

Research Luxembourg has developed a large-scale testing strategy, which should make the current lockdown-easing measures safer and faster. The project is unique in the world: the goal is to test the entire Luxembourg population. The main aim is to prevent new chains of infection so that the most important elements of everyday life can be […]

A deconfinement strategy framed by health and research measures

As part of its exit strategy, the Luxembourg government can count on the support of Luxembourg research, namely the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 Task Force. In close cooperation with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Health, the COVID-19 Task Force has developed a “Large Scale Testing Strategy” based on a voluntary […]

Predicting the severity of COVID-19 infection

The “Predi-COVID” study has been launched The Research Luxembourg COVID-19 task force announces the start of “Predi-COVID[1]”, a study that aims to identify important risk factors and biomarkers associated with COVID-19 severity and long-term health consequences of the disease in Luxembourg. Predi-COVID will contribute to better understanding why some patients infected by SARS-CoV-2 develop severe […]

André Losch Foundation supports research on COVID-19 with generous donation

André Losch Fondation announced its participation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting Research Luxembourg with one of its most significant donations yet. The foundation’s commitment of 1,4 million euros will help financing three COVID-19 studies currently underway in Luxembourg: the CON-VINCE study, aiming to evaluate the dynamics of the spread of the […]

Economic effects of Covid-19 in Luxembourg

First RECOVid working note with preliminary estimates A note produced jointly by researchers from the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), the University of Luxembourg and the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (STATEC) within the framework of the Task Force set up by Research Luxembourg The socioeconomic […]

Testing asymptomatic individuals to assess COVID-19 spread in Luxembourg

The Research Luxembourg COVID-19 task force announces the launch of “CON-VINCE ”, a study that aims to evaluate the dynamics of the spread of the COVID-19 disease within the Luxembourgish population. The project is one of the several initiatives put in place under the aegis of the task force to help contain the current pandemic. […]

COVID-19: Launch of FNR fast-track Call

In the framework of the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 task force activities, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has launched a special fast-track Call to provide initial funding for research projects on COVID-19, with a first deadline of Tuesday, 14 April 2020. The aim is to (co-)support short-term projects, or the starting phase of long-term projects. […]

COVID-19: Launch of national platform, FNR Call in the making

As researchers work on numerous new projects to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, Research Luxembourg has launched a national COVID-19 platform to coordinate research projects and collaborations. The FNR will soon open a special fast-track Call for proposals to support research efforts. The Luxembourg research community has reacted rapidly to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating […]

COVID-19: Research Luxembourg is mobilising

Research Luxembourg, a joint initiative of the main players in Luxembourg’s public research sector, is mobilising its knowledge and its human and material resources to help address the challenge of COVID-19. A task force has been set up in order to offer the health system the combined expertise available within the Luxembourg public research sector […]