The research landscape in Luxembourg is made up of public research organisations and a high number of innovative companies. Find out about Luxembourg’ different research institutions.
Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)
The Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) is a public research organisation at the forefront of biomedical sciences. With its strong expertise in oncology, infection and immunity as well as population health, its research activities impact on people’s health.
At the LIH, devoted scientists investigate disease mechanisms to develop new diagnostics, innovative therapies and effective tools to implement personalised medicine. The institution is the first supplier of public health information in Luxembourg and also includes the Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg (IBBL), which collects, stores and analyses high quality biological samples to support biomedical research.
Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
LISER is a public research institute located in Luxembourg. It undertakes both fundamental and applied research in social sciences that aim to advance knowledge, support public policy both at the national and European level and inform society.
LISER contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge in social and economic matters across the activities of its three research departments “Living Conditions”, “Labour Market” and “Urban Development and Mobility”.
In parallel, the institute aligns itself with national and European priorities and fosters interdisciplinarity by focusing its research work on three priority research programmes: “Crossing Borders”, “Health and Health Systems” and “Digital Transformation”.
LISER hosts two complementary infrastructures, key drivers of its research development and excellence: The Data Centre and the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Economics.
Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
A key player in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) applies its interdisciplinary impact-driven approach to the fields of materials research and technology, environmental research and innovation, and IT for innovative services. As a Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) with 630 employees, LIST contributes to stimulating and accelerating the industrial development of Luxembourg’s economy and society through efficient technology transfer to its industrial partners.
LIST prioritises the needs of the industry sectors targeted by the Ministry of the Economy, and of the six innovation clusters supported by Luxinnovation, namely Space, Biohealth, Materials, Automotive, EcoInnovation and ICT.
University of Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. Founded in 2003 in a country where research and innovation are key pillars of the nation’s strategy of the future, the University has become the motor of creating new knowledge and technology. It ranks no. 1 for its international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020, and no. 17 worldwide in the Young University Rankings 2019.
The University counts more than 6,700 students as well as 1,700 researchers working in three faculties and three interdisciplinary centres (SnT; LCSB; C2DH – cf. below).
Research focuses on two cross-disciplinary areas – the advantages of the digital world as well as health & biomedicine – and six pillars of excellence: Computer Science & ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and financial innovation, Educational sciences, Contemporary and digital history.
Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT)
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology (ICT) with high relevance creating socio-economic impact. In addition to long-term, high-risk research, SnT engages in demand driven collaborative projects with industry and the public sector. Therefore, the centre has set up a partnership program with now over 45 members, where it develops strategic areas addressing challenges confronting the industry and the public sector in ICT. These resulting concepts present a genuine, long-lasting competitive advantage for companies in Luxembourg and beyond.
SnT has undergone rapid development since its launch in 2009; recruiting top scientists, launching over 70 EU and ESA projects, creating a technology transfer office (TTO), protecting and licencing IP, launching four spin-off companies, and creating a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment with some 320 people.
SnT’s Strategic Research Priorities are Secure and Compliant Data Management; FinTech; Cybersecurity; Space Systems and Resources; Autonomous Vehicles and Internet of Things.
Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB)
The LCSB is accelerating biomedical research by closing the link between systems biology and medical research. Collaboration between biologists, medical doctors, computer scientists, physicists, engineers and mathematicians is offering new insights in complex systems like cells, organs, and organisms. These insights are essential for understanding principal mechanisms of disease pathogenesis and for developing new tools in diagnostics and therapy.
Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease and description of diseases as networks are at the focus of LCSB’s research. The Centre has established strategic partnerships with leading biomedical laboratories worldwide and with all major biological and medical research units in Luxembourg. The LCSB fosters collaboration with industrial partners and promotes the translation of fundamental research results into (clinical) applications.
The Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine develops and applies systems-level approaches to gain insight into the molecular and cellular mechanisms of human diseases. Experimental and computational approaches are combined to analyse the complexity of biological systems underlying disease pathogenesis. The LCSB is pioneering the way for a predictive, preventive and personalised medicine. Neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson’s disease are major targets within LCSB’s research activities.
Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH)
The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is a research centre of the highest academic excellence for the study, analysis and public dissemination of contemporary Luxembourgish and European history. It promotes an interdisciplinary approach with a particular focus on new digital methods and tools for historical research and teaching.
The interdisciplinary centre aims to perform as a key player in three interrelated fields of interest:
- as a national platform for the critical discussion and academic study of questions related to the contemporary history of Luxembourg from transnational perspective;
- as an international hub for reflection on the methodological and epistemological challenges of history in the digital age;
- as a local mediator in the promotion of multimodal and digital literacy in academic research and teaching at the University of Luxembourg.
The Centre therefore has a particular focus on the use of digital methods and tools for historical research and serves as a catalyst for innovative and creative scholarship and new forms of public dissemination and societal engagement with history in Luxembourg.
Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law
The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law is specialised in procedural law matters. It’s the first Max Planck Institute on legal matters outside the German borders.
The institute investigates modern tendencies in dispute resolution mechanisms from different perspectives: from the perspective of public international law, from the one of European and comparative civil procedure law, as well as from a regulatory standpoint (especially with reference to financial markets).
Accordingly, the Institute comprises three departments: International Law and Dispute Resolution; European and Comparative Procedural Law; Regulatory Procedural Law.
National Health Laboratory (LNS)
The LNS is a public institution, operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Health in Luxembourg, organized as a multidisciplinary institute. Its four scientific departments and two diagnostic centers include services and units related to the fields of anatomic and molecular pathology, genetics, medical biology, microbiology, forensic medicine and health protection.
The LNS develops research activities in collaboration with ad hoc partners in Luxembourg and abroad and regularly produces research results in its fields of competence with internationally recognized excellence.
Research at the LNS is based on competent teams working with public authorities, the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), public research centers and the University of Luxembourg as well as with international academic and research institutions.
Other public research organisations
In addition to these organisations, a range of other institutions are involved in research-related activities. For example, the Scientific Research Center of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) which conducts research in all areas of natural heritage and contributes to its conservation.
Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)
The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) is the main funder of research activities in Luxembourg. Our vision is to establish Luxembourg as a leading knowledge-based society through science, research and innovation, thereby contributing to the country’s economic diversification and future prosperity.
We aim to set up a sustainable world-class research system in Luxembourg that will generate societal and economic impact in key strategic areas. To this end, we invest public funds into research projects in various branches of science and humanities, with an emphasis on core strategic areas, and in a dedicated internationalisation strategy.
Furthermore, we support and coordinate activities to strengthen the link between science and society, and to raise public awareness for research. We also advise the Luxembourg Government on research policy and strategy.
Luxinnovation contributes to the economic development of Luxembourg by fostering innovation, fuelling international growth and attracting foreign direct investment. We are a key and trusted partner for those who are interested in – and committed to – launching successful innovative activities in Luxembourg, from entrepreneurs and managers of start-up companies to foreign enterprises and investors.
This we do by proposing an extensive range of high-value, complimentary services to companies of any size and by driving major cooperation projects in partnership with research and technology organisations.
Luxembourg Space Agency
The Luxembourg Space Agency promotes the commercial space sector in Luxembourg by providing support to the space industry, fostering new and existing businesses, developing human resources, offering access to financial solutions and supporting academic learning and research.
The objective of space research in Luxembourg is to increase the R&D capabilities required by the local space industry.
Luxembourg hosts almost 80 research projects, conducted at the University of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). The University of Luxembourg focuses mainly on autonomous vehicles, robotics, space communications and system critical software, whereas LIST focuses on material sciences, biological sciences, and Earth observation.
Luxembourg research bodies have worked with a wide range of national and international companies and organisations, including NASA, ESA, SES, Airbus Defence and Space, OHB, TAS and many others.
Institute of Intellectual Property Luxembourg (IPIL)
The Institute of Intellectual Property Luxembourg (IPIL) is an economic interest group whose mission is to federate in a coherent whole the national and international competences concerning intellectual property (IP) and to make available to institutional economic actors for constituting a growth driver for Luxembourg.
Ministry of Higher Education and Research
The missions of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research are:
- Higher and university education;
- Student life;
- Recognition and accreditation of titles and diplomas of higher education;
- Advisory committees;
- International cooperation;
- National Education Telematic Network (RESTENA);
- Institute of Teaching and Research Doctoral and Postdoctoral – MPI Max-Planck.
Research and innovation:
- National public research policy;
- European and international research policy;
- Interregional, European and international scientific and technological cooperation;
- National Research Fund
- Public research centers;
- Center for Studies of Populations, Poverty and Socio-Economic Policies;
- Virtual Center of Knowledge on Europe;
- Robert Schuman Center for European Studies
- Institute of European and International Studies;
- Scientific human resources policy;
- Policy for promoting the results of public research (shared competence with the Ministry of the Economy).
Ministry of the Economy
The Ministry of the Economy is in charge of implementing the economic competitiveness policy of Luxembourg. The Research and Innovation component provides for:
- National coordination on research and innovation policy (shared competence with the Ministry of Research);
- Policy on private research and innovation;
- Higher Council for Research and Innovation;
- Technology transfer and valorisation of the results of public research;
- Promotion of innovation in all sectors outside agriculture (SMEs and large enterprises);
- Creation of innovative companies (start-up, spin-off, spin-out)
- International RDI Cooperation: EUREKA – Eurostars – AAL;
- Public-private RDI partnerships: clusters – innovation hubs and competence centers;
- Research partnerships: Integrated Biobank of Luxembourg – Luxinnovation GIE.