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 (http://esof2012.org/).
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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

On the 14th of June 2012 was the International World Blood Donor Day. The Luxembourgish Association of Blood Donors (Entente des Donneurs de Sang Bénévoles) together with LuxDoc organized an event in Luxembourg City. During this event, people were informed about the importance of donating blood and had their questions answered.

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Luckily on this day, the weather was great and the city was crowded. Many persons were receptive. Some of the LuxDox members together with members from the Luxembourgish Association of Blood Donors were running around in the city centre in fancy blood drop costumes. Many tourists took pictures of us and wanted to have a photo together. In addition, we distributed balloons to the kids.
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Altogether the event was a great success. Around 30 people registered as new blood donors. Some of them have already been blood donors in the country where they lived before. But there were also many young people that were excited about the possibility to save lives.

If you haven’t had the chance to come to the event and you would like to rescue lives, just go to the web page of the Luxembourgish Red Cross and register as new blood donor.
LuxDoc is proud to have been a part of this event and certainly giving back to the community felt great, especially since some of our members are using blood from the Red Cross routinely to perform their research activities.
Our first LuxDoc BBQ came to an end in rain. But we had sunshine and a great turnout!
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Head on over to Facebook (no account required) to have a look at some great shots our photographer Annick took for us! Thanks to her for that!
See you soon at one of our next events.
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The European Commission recently launched a large international study on the mobility patterns, career paths and working conditions of researchers (http://www.more-2.eu/).
A first survey focusing on the opinions of researchers currently associated to a European university was launched in June 2012.
This second survey looks beyond Europe and focuses on the international mobility of researchers to and from Europe and other places in the world. It targets both EU and non-EU researchers.
We would like to know about your views, needs and experiences with international mobility. Which countries have you worked in as a researcher? What factors have played a role in your decisions to move country? Have you previously worked in Europe and if so, how does this compare to other parts of the world? Have you considered carrying out future research in Europe?
Your responses will help the European Commission to develop better policies that should improve the mobility opportunities, career prospects and working conditions of researchers.
The questionnaire should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. It will remain open till September 15th.
Thank you in advance for your survey participation and feedback. All answers will be treated as strictly confidential and processed anonymously.