The FNR would like to thank everyone who participated in and visited the 2018 Researchers’ Days – the largest edition so far: Over two days, around 6,500 visitors of all ages streamed to the Rockhal to discover science workshops and science cafés. Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, also visited.
During two days, the Rockhal was transformed into a giant research lab with 31 exciting interactive workshops, and 5 Science Cafés, all revolving around the topic of research and science. The diverse range of workshops on offer gave visitors the chance to discover anything from an autonomous car, how plants work, drones, to topics related to health and more.
It was the second time the Researchers’ Days took place in the Rockhal, and it was the biggest edition yet: 31 workshops (2016: 20), 5 science cafés (2016: 4), 2000 school kids visiting on the Friday (201&: 1400) and a whopping 4500 visitors on the Saturday (2016: 2000).
“Bringing science and society together – encouraging exchange between scientists and the general public – is part of the FNR’s mission, and events such as Researchers’ Days are becoming an increasingly important and effective platform to do so. The 2018 edition had around 1/3 more workshops than the 2016 edition, and almost double the amount of visitors. We are incredibly pleased the event was such a huge success and want to thank everyone involved.” – Jean-Paul Bertemes, Head of Science in Society at FNR
Friday, 30 November was exclusively reserved for school kids. The Friday culminated with a visit by a delegation led by Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister, and Marc Schiltz, FNR Secretary General. The Prime Minister spoke of how important it is to have events such as Researchers’ Days, where families can share in science activities, and reiterated the Governments support for research over the coming 5 years. Saturday, 1 December, the event was open to the general public.
Impressions on Twitter – discover more #RDLux18
"Thank you to all of you for being part of this research" #Luxembourg Prime Minister @Xavier_Bettel visited Researchers' Days today, also speaking of how important it is to have events like #RDLux18 where families can enjoy science activities together. @science_lu @gouv_lu pic.twitter.com/JWjBvA8uIY— FNR Luxembourg (@FnrLux) November 30, 2018
From a presenter's perspective, #RDLux18 was a great success. Never interacted with so many genuinely science-fascinated and smart kids and adults before! I'm exhausted and happy. A huge thank you to all visitors, organisers and advertisers! https://t.co/K2YCTDz3BM— Stan Schymanski (@schymans) December 1, 2018
It was a pleasure to see so many young scientists-to-be at our workshop during the Researchers' Days this weekend! Making dry ice bubbles and freezing flowers and gummy bears with liquid nitrogen was a fun and original way to depict our activities! @FnrLux #RDLUX18 #biobanking pic.twitter.com/psYUD9PxYD— IBBL (@IBBLuxembourg) December 3, 2018
Eise Stand op de Researchers' Days #rdlux18 steet! Haut de Mëtten huet ons Equipe zwee komplett Laboen an der Rockhal opgeriicht. Am Workshop “Biodiversity in a changing world” stellen d’Fuerscher vu #MNHNLresearch aktuell Projeten aus der Botanik, Zoologie a Paläontologie vir. pic.twitter.com/BDxjZPGSW1— MNHNL - natur musée (@naturmusee) November 29, 2018