The story behind the new FNR Award trophy

For the 2017 FNR Awards Ceremony, the FNR has said goodbye to the ‘ecosphere’ trophies that were given out in the last few years and instead chosen a completely new design that embodies the history of Belval, the FNR, innovation and research in Luxembourg.

One of the premieres of this year’s FNR Awards ceremony was the brand new trophy. For some years now, researchers got a shrimp-filled ecosphere as a trophy for them to display in their lab or office. But as nearly the whole Luxemburgish public research is now gathered on the Belval Research and Innovation Campus, we wanted to create a new award, that ideally would link the past and the present of this site: firstly steel – which for many years in the 20th century contributed to the development and richness of Luxembourg – and secondly, the sole natural resource Luxembourg has in the 21st century – knowledge.

The result is a two-piece, 3D-printed unpolished steel trophy, assembled in a 3D polymer plinth, the latter being poplar and maple plated.

The new trophy was designed by Rodolfo Baïz, and the 3D impression of the steel elements done in Belgium. The bases were printed in Luxembourg and the whole trophy assembled at the Technoport / FabLab Luxembourg.

dimensions: 84,4 x 85,8 x 287,5 mm
weight: 1,85 Kg

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