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2023 FNR Awards Ceremony


Welcome to the information page for the 2023 FNR Awards Ceremony. Join us on Thursday 19 October 2023 (18:30) at the Maison des Arts et des Étudiants in Esch/Belval for 15th edition of the annual celebration of science and research in Luxembourg!

This year, the FNR for the 15th year will present awards in the categories ‘Outstanding PhD thesis’, Outstanding Scientific Achievement’, ‘Outstanding Mentor’ and ‘Outstanding Promotion of Science to the Public’. The 2023 FNR Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Lisa Burke and FNR’s Michèle Weber, in the presence of Minister for Higher Education and Research, Claude Meisch. With this event, the FNR aims to encourage communication between researchers, and to promote science-related activities aimed at the general public and the young. The FNR Awards highlight such work and reward both the awardees and their institutions.

The ceremony will be followed by a cocktail reception.

Discover more about the FNR Awards

Practical information

Venue location

Maison des Arts et des Étudiants (MAE) | 4, Place de l’Université | L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette (Belval)

The MAE is accessible to people with reduced mobility. The event room is on the ground floor.

Green business events

As part of a general move towards eco-responsibility, the FNR is keen to apply and implement a number of more sustainable and eco-friendly solutions at its events. For this event in particular, we will be offering more local and organic catering, as far as possible the decoration and branding at the event will be reusable and/or made from more eco-responsible materials, we have also decided to stop distributing gadgets and/or printed promotional items, to reduce the number of printouts of our paper invitations and to make even greater use of emailing and digital media in general, to give preference to LEDs and more energy-efficient lighting for the technical side, etc.

The FNR Awards Ceremony has obtained the Green Business Events logo for its environmentally-friendly organisation. The logo is awarded by the Ministry of the Economy’s Directorate-General for Tourism to events that meet eco-responsible criteria. For more information, visit

Launched at the beginning of this year by the Tourism Department of the Ministry of the Economy, this label aims to promote events in Luxembourg and develop sustainable event solutions in collaboration with industry players. In this context, we encourage you to join our event via public transport, if you have the possibility.

How to get there

Public transport:

  • Bus

4 TICE bus lines (3, 4, 7 and 15) run daily to and from Esch/Belval.

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

  • Train

The “Belval – Université” stop is ideally located as it is just behind the Rockhal. The Maison des Arts et des Étudiants is a 5-minute walk from there. For information about the schedules, please visit the Mobilitéit website.

Remark: public transport is free – no need to buy a ticket.

By bike: please visit the Vël’Ok website for the different bike stations in Belval.

By car:

You can also come to Belval by car and use one of the parkings nearby.

Remark: The A4 highway being very busy during rush hours, it is highly recommended to allow extra time!

Registration [closed]

Registration is now closed, the FNR Awards is fully booked

Please note, there will be no online live-stream of the 2023 FNR Awards Ceremony.


We have been visiting each FNR Awardee video shooting to create a short teaser, watch them below as they are published.

The new FNR Awards trophy

With the evolution of the FNR’s corporate identity comes a new look and feel for the FNR Awards, including a new FNR Awards trophy. Crafted with precision and a deep sense of heritage, this trophy is a testament to the region’s transformative journey and the visionary pursuits of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).  

Cubic Design & Logo Representation

Drawing inspiration from FNR’s distinctive logo, the trophy takes a cubic form, embodying the three foundational pillars represented by the letters “F”, “N”, and “R”. Each side of the cube intricately extrudes these letters inward, symbolising depth, layers of knowledge, and the multifaceted nature of research. The top proudly displays the complete logo, signifying unity and the holistic approach of FNR in fostering research. 

Made in Luxembourg

Every aspect of the trophy, from imagination to realisation, is a celebration of Luxembourg’s ingenuity. 3D printed by a local technology company specialising in this avant-garde art, the trophy stands as a beacon of support for homegrown innovation and a reflection of FNR’s commitment to nurturing local talents and enterprises. 

Copper-Like Coating & Steel Heritage

Adorned with a copper-like coating, the trophy pays homage to Luxembourg’s illustrious steel history. It stands on the grounds of the Belval Campus, a former steel production site, symbolizing the transition from industrial prowess to a hub of knowledge and research. The metallic sheen is a nod to the past, while the advanced 3D printing technique represents the future, embodying the evolution of Luxembourg. 

Award Category Plate

A singular side of the cube is graced with a small plate, denoting the specific award category. This detail highlights the diversity of research fields and the tailored recognition FNR extends to each unique contribution to science and innovation. 


The Trophy is not just an award but a story of Luxembourg’s past, present, and future. It encapsulates the region’s spirit, the values of FNR, and the relentless pursuit of knowledge, making it a cherished symbol of achievement and national pride. 

Related contacts

Linda Wampach PhD

Programme Manager & Scientific Mediator

Sonia Ramos

Event & Communication Manager

Didier Goossens

Head of Corporate Communication