From 25 to 29 March 2019, the FNR organised the 9th edition of Chercheurs à l’école, which saw 101 researchers speak to 75 classes in 30 schools across the country.
The aim of Chercheurs à l’école is to introduce young people to a profession that many know little about. Researchers from public institutions and private companies in Luxembourg tell their personal story: from school to university to their current job.
This enables students to gain insights into researchers’ professional lives and to ask questions about research in Luxembourg. The researchers also get a platform to present their work to a young audience and receive direct feedback.
“The feedback I got from both students and teachers was very encouraging and led to an inspiring exchange of viewpoints and ideas.”
The FNR spoke to 5 researchers who took part in the 2019 edition about why activities such as Chercheurs à l’école are important – read the FNR Highlight
Promoting exchange between researchers and society: a priority
Over the past 15 years, the Luxembourg Government has invested heavily in research. However, the research tradition in Luxembourg is still young and not everyone is familiar with this area. The FNR wants to provide transparent information and support measures that bring researchers together with society. ‘Chercheurs à l’école’ helps to draw attention to the profession of the researcher and to present it realistically. Not least because exciting fields of work are developing in this growing research sector, for which up-and-coming talents are needed.