On Thursday, 21 October 2021, the FNR will host the 13th annual FNR Awards Ceremony. 2021 sees the introduction of two new categories, including Outstanding Mentor. Join us in the annual FNR Awards and celebrate science and research in Luxembourg. The 2021 event will take place at the Maison des Arts et des Étudiants in Belval, and will also be shown via live stream.
FNR Awards 2021 | 21 October 2021, 18:30 CET | Maison des Arts et des Étudiants in Esch/Belval. Please note this is a CovidCheck event, please bring your certificate. Rapid tests will also be available on site.
About the FNR Awards
Since 2009, the FNR has held the annual FNR Awards, where researchers and science communicators are recognised for outstanding efforts. Awards are presented in different categories, with each award doted with a 5000 EUR prize. Since 2009, nearly 80 FNR Awards have been awarded to researchers and science communicators in Luxembourg to recognise their contributions.
2021 changes to categories
As of the 2021 FNR Awards, the categories are as follows:
- Outstanding PhD Thesis
- Outstanding Scientific Achievement – new!
- Outstanding Promotion of Science to the Public
- Outstanding Mentor – new!
The FNR Awards are presented at an official celebration – the FNR Awards Ceremony – which also serves as a celebration of science and research in Luxembourg. In 2020, the celebration took place in a 100% digital format for the first time, hosted by Lisa Burke.
The 2021 FNR Awards Ceremony hosts are Lisa Burke, and Michèle Weber (FNR).
Why change the categories?
Over 70 FNR Awards have been presented since 2009. Starting with the FNR Awards 2021, the FNR aims to give further credit to the people behind research: the drivers of innovation and societal impact. Therefore, the FNR introduces two new categories, the FNR Award for Outstanding Mentor and the FNR Award for Scientific Achievement.
New: Outstanding Mentor
Mentorship is essential for driving research and helping the next generation of scientists to become independent researchers. Good mentorship goes beyond professional development, shaping individual scientists, impacting scientific careers, as well as passing along positive research values such as research integrity, scientific credibility and fostering a diverse and inclusive research environment. Through the FNR Award for Outstanding Mentor, the FNR wants to recognize outstanding mentorship and reward this important but sometimes unappreciated element of research.
New: Outstanding Scientific Achievement
At the same time, the FNR wants to attribute more value to research projects that shape their scientific field instead of zooming in on a single output such as a scientific publication or a marketable product. The FNR again aims to put the team of researchers at the centre, passionate people that want to make a change through their science and work to generate impact for both science and society.
Therefore, the FNR replaces the two categories Outstanding Scientific Publication and Outstanding Research-Driven Innovation with the new category Outstanding Scientific Achievement. This new award will furthermore help the public to change their perception of a successful researcher from someone who must publish in prestigious scientific journals towards a team that aims to change science and society for the better.