The summary video of the Science Slam is finally online!!

Do you remember the Slam?

  • 5 Slammers
  • Awesome Konrad food

Location: Casino, forum d'art contemporain 

Date: Octobre 3rd, 2012

Dear LuxDoc Members,


Save the date : 23rd and 24th of November

Workshop on developing Mentoring Skills for Doctoral Candidates


What is a mentoring program?

Starting a PhD thesis is a moment loaded with difficulties. How do I manage my time wisely, how do I get funding for attending conferences, what should I do when I have motivational problems? These are some of the challenges that a new PhD candidate may face when starting off in an academic career. All over Europe, so-called mentoring programs have been set up to help starting PhD candidates to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with a PhD journey. The aim of such mentoring programs is to encourage and support new PhD students through group meetings with a more experienced/advanced young researcher. Through mentoring programs, PhD students can acquire the necessary skills and tools in order to establish themselves in the academic world.

Unfortunately, such a mentoring and support structure has not yet been set up in the relatively recent academic world of Luxembourg. LuxDoc wants to fill in this gap by setting up a mentoring structure for PhD candidates in Luxembourg. For doing so, LuxDoc can rely on successful training structures which have emerged elsewhere. The general idea is that a tutor accompanies a small group (maximum six people) of young researchers, making them profit from his/her experience in the academic world. Each group is free to organise the meetings as well as the content of these meetings according to the needs expressed by the participants.

A first step in setting up a mentoring program for the Luxembourgish context is to train a first generation of future tutors. In such a training program, more experienced PhD students will acquire a set of skills to accompany starting PhD students and will learn how to successfully lead a group.


On November 23rd and 24th, Centre Gabriel Lippman will host the first Mentoring workshop. You want to join and become a tutor ?

Sign up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Participation for LuxDoc members is free.

Participation for non-members is 75€.

Dear all,

we are very proud to announce the first LuxDoc Science Slam, taking place October 3rd 2012 (Wednesday)!

Doors at 7 PM at the Casino – Forum d’Art Moderne in Luxembourg-City.

If you feel like presenting your research in a nontraditional, creative way or watching your fellow research colleagues in doing so - this is your chance!!

Don’t miss this big event!

Register now at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – spots are limited, both for spectators and for slammers!

Deadline for reservation is September 12th!

For more informations have a look at the flyer and poster and your favourite website

Hope to see you on October the 3rd,

Best Regards,


Your Science Slam Organizing Committee

Laura, Fränz and Christian
P.S.: Feel free to forward the flyer and the poster to anyone interested!
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We had a great time at the Schueberfouer. Will you join us next time?
Here is a small souvenir picture.
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Two of our LuxDoc members participated in the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) which is Europe’s largest, general science meeting and is held in a leading Europe city every two years. In 2012 the ESOF was hosted in Dublin from July 11th-15th (
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One of the highlights of the conference was the first Keynote talk, given by Jules Hoffmann, who won the Nobel price in 2011. He gave an inspiring talk about his main topic (innate immunity) and the progress of the research in life sciences over the last 50 years. At the end of the talk he drew an optimistic picture for life sciences and really succeeded to get the new generation of researchers excited about the future of life sciences. Jules Hoffmann also mentioned that he was born in Echternach and raised in Luxembourg, thereby putting Luxembourg on the world map of life sciences.
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Another highlight of the conference was the so-called “James Watson Master Class”. This was a round table talk, for which people needed to apply separately. I was lucky to be among the 17 chosen scientists to participate in a round table discussion with James Watson, who, as one of the discoverers of the structure of the double helix, is truly a living legend. James Watson gave some advice for young researchers, talked about his life and emphasized the importance to pursue a cure for cancer.
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Altogether I can say that this was one of the most interesting conferences that I have attended as a graduate student. I would strongly recommend this type of meeting to all young researchers, regardless of their chosen career path, as it encourages graduate students to think beyond the boundaries of the lab and to put research into the bigger picture including education, communication and the society as a whole.

Elisabeth John and Jianguo Ding for LuxDoc