FNR Awards Ceremony 2021

The 2021 FNR Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, 21 October 2021 from 18:30 CET. Deadline to register is 4 October 2021.

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.

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.

A stream of the 2021 FNR Awards Ceremony will also be available for those unable to join.

REGISTRATION FORM 2021 FNR AWARDS
PRACTICAL INFORMATION 2021 FNR AWARDS

When is the 2021 FNR Awards Ceremony?

Thursday, 21 October 2021.

The ceremony starts at 18:30.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, CovidCheck system will be applied and seating will be allocated on a first come, first served basis! Your access to the ceremony can only be granted with a valid covidCheck (you are either vaccinated, tested or have recovered from Covid-19). Please bring your valid certificate in digital or printed form in order to present it to our staff at the main entrance. It will also be possible to do a rapid test on site.

All health measures and instructions in effect at the date of the event will be applied to our FNR Awards Ceremony and the FNR will work with service providers meeting the “safe to meet” label, created by the Luxembourg Event Association, in close collaboration with the Government.

Which location?

Maison des Arts et des Étudiants – Esch/Belval
4, Place de l’Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

How to get there

Public transport: Bus

Three TICE lines run daily to and from the Rockhal (line 4 and line 15).

For more information on schedules and prices, please visit the TICE website.

Public transport: Train

The “Belval/University” stop is ideally located as it is just behind the Rockhal: The Halle des poches à fonte is in a short walking distance from there.

Please visit www.cfl.lu or www.mobiliteit.lu

By car

You can also come to Belval by car and use one of the parking facilities nearby (please note the A4 motorway direction Esch is very busy during rush hour so it is highly recommended to allow extra time):

1/ Car park Université du Luxembourg

Place de l’Université

L- 4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

Open – 24h – paid parking

2/ Underground car park Université du Luxembourg – Maison du Savoir

Place de l’Université

L- 4365 Esch-sur-Alzette

Open – 24h – covered car park – paid parking

3/ Parking Bâtiment administratif – Fonds Belval

Capacity: 60 parking spaces

1, avenue du Rock’n’Roll

L- 4361 Esch-sur-Alzette

Paid parking

http://www.fonds-belval.lu

4/ Belval Plaza shopping centre 1 car park

Capacity: 850 parking spaces

Covered car park

7+14 avenue du Rock & Roll

L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette

Belval Plaza offers 1 hour of free parking and 2 hours offered by the merchants (validation of your ticket in the gallery’s shops) during the mall’s opening hours from 7:00 to 21:00.

No purchase: 1 hour of free parking, then second hour is 1€, third hour is 3€.

The FNR takes photographic and/or video material at this event. By participating in it, you agree that we will include possible images of yourself for material used for in various promotional activities and related endeavours in relation to your participation. This material may also appear on FNR’s digital communication media (e.g. FNR website, FNR social media) and/or print media (e.g. annual report).

Teasers

We have been visiting the 2021 awardees ahead of the ceremony..

more to come!

2021 changes to award 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.

Why change the categories?

Around 80 FNR Awards [view all] 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.

FNR Awards Ceremony 2021: Registration open

FNR Awards 2020: A digital celebration of science & research in Luxembourg

FNR Awards 2020: The shortlists

The story behind the FNR Award trophy

FNR Awards 2019: Rewarding excellence in research and science communication

FNR Awards 2018: FNR rewards excellence in research, innovation and science communication

FNR Awards 2017: The FNR awards excellence in research, innovation and science communication

FNR Awards 2016: The FNR awards excellence in research and science communication

FNR Awards 2015: 6 Researchers Awarded for Excellence in Science and Research

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