Outreach Scienteens Lab

Scienteens Academy

Every summer break, the Scienteens Lab organises one-week long interdisciplinary workshops dedicated to students aged 15 and over. These are unique opportunities to discover different fields, perform lab experiments, work with other budding scientists and catch a glimpse of the life of a researcher. You are interested in science and curious about research? You like experimenting and discovering new scientific concepts? Join one of our Scienteens Academies:

  • A summer workshop in systems biology
  • A summer workshop on sustainability

Participants analyse the growth behaviour and the enzyme activity of the bacterium Escherichia coli. They get to work in a lab with other students, to learn more about biological processes, develop mathematical models and run computer simulations. First, they collect data through practical work in the laboratory, using techniques such as cell culture, spectrophotometry and quantitative analysis of enzymatic reactions. Then, they learn to analyse the data they generated, to develop mathematical models and to run computer-based simulations. To conclude the week, the budding researchers learn to present the project and their results with scientific posters.

The participants conduct various experiments related to the role of carbon dioxide and renewable energy technologies such as solar cells, discuss whether Luxembourg could generate enough energy to cover its need in a renewable way, and learn more about carbon footprint, mobility and ecosystem management. The programme includes scientific talks, experiments, lab visits and discussion with researchers and experts from the University of Luxembourg and Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

Practical information

Scienteens Academy on sustainability, climate change and renewable energies
From Monday 10 July to Tuesday 18 July
At the Scienteens Lab on Campus Limpertsberg (Batiments des Sciences) and on Campus Belval (LIST building)

Scienteens Academy in systems biology
From Thursday 7 September to Friday 15 September
At the Scienteens Lab on Campus Belva (BT1).

Addresses of the buildings in Belval and Limpertsberg:

  • BT1 – 7 avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux L-4362 Esch-sur-Alzette
  • Bâtiment des Sciences – 162a avenue de la Faïencerie L-1511 Luxembourg
  • LIST building- 41 rue du Brill L-4422 Belvaux

Regular price: 100 EUR

Each Scienteens Academy is conducted in one language.
In 2023, the summer workshop on sustainability will be in English.
The summer workshop in systems biology will be in German.

The number of participants is limited. The Scienteens Lab team will select up to 10 students for each summer workshop. In order to apply for a Scienteens Academy, candidates have to fill in a registration form and answer a few questions about their motivation and previous experience. The selection is based on these.

What are we looking for? Highly motivated students who are keen to discover scientific research. Young people who enjoy interdisciplinarity, teamwork and scientific discussions. No previous experience/knowledge is necessary. Rather than very experienced participants, we are looking forward to training enthusiastic learners who are ready to acquire new skills with us. Last but not least, students who contemplate a future in science and want to experience first-hand what a job in that field could look like.