The University of Luxembourg recently hosted a very special “Science en tête” evening attended by members of all the Rotary clubs of Luxembourg. It was a celebration of the success of the Espoir en tête initiative, which was launched a decade ago.
Originally started by Rotarians in France, Espoir en tête is a project that organises film premieres and donates the proceeds from ticket sales to research. Mr Norbert Friob, a prominent figure in Luxembourg and one of the university’s earliest and most dedicated donors, was instrumental in bringing this successful initiative to the country in 2013. To date, the event has raised well over half a million euros for brain research.
On 21 November, an evening of science and sharing at the university’s Belval campus was the perfect occasion to celebrate this fundraising achievement. The event featured an enlightening lecture on the role of the microbiome by Professor Paul Wilmes. It was an opportunity for Rotarians to learn about the latest scientific findings and to present Professor Wilmes with a special award of 50,000 euros, generously donated by Mr Friob.
This exceptional donation highlighted once again Norbert Friob’s commitment to the promotion of research. Reflecting on his long association with the University, Mr Friob expressed his passion for research, recalling in particular his early contribution in the Espoir en tête initiative. As a token of gratitude, he received a Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation from his fellow Rotarians for outstanding service and achievement in generously supporting research on neurodegenerative diseases.