In conversation with our young researchers: Erica Grant

How does dietary fibre intake affect the human gut microbiome? How can diet modulation be used as a translational approach to manage disease? Erica Grant, a third-year PhD candidate at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), is examining the effect of fibre deprivation on the composition and activity of the gut microbiome. One apple a […]

CON-VINCE: Luxembourg population willing to help science

What is the nature, prevalence and mode of transmission of COVID-19 in Luxembourg? CON-VINCE was launched in April 2020 as one of multiple initiatives under the Research Luxembourg COVID-19 task force to help control the pandemic. By screening a statistically representative panel of volunteers for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the study aims to […]

In conversation with our young researchers: Rafieh Mosaheb

The Covid-19 pandemic has made electronic voting options a reality. It seems like a logical step considering the many other daily activities, like banking and shopping, that we conduct online. Yet, e-voting presents unique challenges, including security. How to provide protection when e-voting? Rafieh Mosaheb is a PhD student at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability […]

Covid-19 tracing Apps: Big brother is not watching you

Tracing applications were initially considered as a key instrument for “a quick exit out of the crisis” and quite rapidly sparked a lively debate as to their intrusive nature and their possible use by States to track down citizens. Could digital tracing systems be considered as a threat to citizens’ fundamental rights? What lessons could […]

Luxembourg digital competitiveness on the rise

What’s the digital status of global economies in post-pandemic times? According to the 2021 World Digital Competitiveness Ranking, Luxembourg moved up six places to 22nd overall. The country stands out in particular for its regulatory framework, including scientific research legislation, and capital. Strong scientific research legislation Luxembourg’s good performance in the technology category is notably […]

In conversation with our young researchers: Shuai Chen

How to maintain high social cohesion and trust in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society? Shuai Chen, a Researcher in Economics at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), pays special attention to minorities and diversities in his research. Economics and well being Shuai Chen uses perspectives and methodologies from the fields of applied/labor economics and […]

New supercomputer to support researchers

High performance computing, high performance data analysis and artificial intelligence are cornerstones of European, national and university strategies. The new generations of supercomputers coupled with the existing high-level expertise in the field will boost research. The University of Luxembourg has inaugurated its High Performance Computer (HPC), which provides state-of-the-art support to the University’s researchers and […]

Luxembourg among the top ten countries globally for publications on cross-cutting tech

Digital technologies are critical in sustaining economic competitiveness in the future. According to UNESCO Science Report 2021, Luxembourg is one of the five EU members featured among the top ten countries globally for publications on cross-cutting tech per million inhabitants. With 245 publications in the field of cross-cutting strategic technologies, Luxembourg’s scientific output is among […]

What does Covid-19 sound like?

COVID-19 strongly affects breathing and voice. Indeed, it causes symptoms that make patients’ voices distinctive, creating recognisable audio signatures. Initial studies have already suggested the potential of using voice as a screening solution. Unlike other related research that mainly tries to show that a particular machine learning model is suitable for a COVID-19 detection task, […]

In conversation with our young researchers: Youri Nouchokgwe

The search for an appropriate option to the almost exclusively used vapour compression system is a crucial technological challenge in a context where energy efficiency becomes critical. Youri Nouchokgwe is a final-year PhD candidate at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). As a physician, he is looking for materials that can exhibit as […]

Research is about People

Despite the prominence of mentoring in research culture, it rarely receives the attention, evaluation and recognition of other aspects of the professional development process. The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has recently brought mentoring centre stage introducing a dedicated recognition at the FNR Award 2021. Empowering the next generation of scientists Good mentorship goes beyond […]

Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater

Monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater has shown to be an effective tool for epidemiological surveillance. Yet, monitoring individual lineages circulating in the population based on genomic sequencing of wastewater samples is challenging. In a new paper, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology and the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine of the University of Luxembourg, along with […]