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Since our last newsletter in March, a lot has been going on in the Foresight exercise!

The Young Researchers Workshops took place on 7th and 8th of March with around 100 young scientists from Luxembourg and abroad discussing future research priorities for Luxembourg. It was quite interesting to see that the response of the young researchers was in fact ambivalent: it was the first time that their opinion on research priorities was asked and although they seemed happy about this they also felt uncomfortable with this task. Additionally, a lot of constraints of the current Luxembourg research environment – going well beyond mere research priorities – were discussed. The general feeling was that a Foresight culture needs to be installed in Luxembourg to keep the dialogue ongoing between all the actors involved in research matters.




The desk research on the Luxembourg R&D landscape and the future orientations of research in foreign countries has well progressed and we are currently reviewing the various reports.

The online questionnaire, one of the pillars of our data collection, was published at the end of March, giving everybody the possibility to detail their views on the Luxembourg research landscape and on future orientations of public sector research. We were thrilled to see so many people fill in the questionnaire and we would like to thank everybody who took the time to do so!
Here are a few statistics concerning the questionnaire:
· 297 people filled in and validated the questionnaire;
· 84.5% came from the public sector and 15.2% from the private sector;
· 77.4% of responders were men and 20.2% were women.

The next step in the Foresight exercise will be the Exploratory Workshop on 19th of May, where approx. 120 invited Luxembourg researchers will discuss various scenarios for the future orientation of Luxembourg research and FNR research programmes. The data gathered through the online questionnaire will be at the root of these discussions, together with the data collected during the interviews, the Young Researchers Workshops and the desk research.

Last but not least, we are proud to announce the names of the three participants in the online questionnaire who won an iPod nano: Xavier Hever from the IMGM Strasbourg, Patrick Meyer from the University of Luxembourg and Mario Plattes from the Public Research Centre Henri Tudor.


 
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