Project Details


The Department of Infection and Immunity at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) applies for the FNR-RESCOM to continue the well established lecture series program in ’Infection & Immunity’. The fourth edition of this successful program will be basis to attract world leading scientists to Luxembourg to present their research and to expand the international recognition of Luxembourg in the scientific community.
The Lecture series 2016 is still ongoing with 6 international renowned scientist having presented and visited Luxembourg’s research environment. The reception of this program by the invited speakers has so far been excellent and they have actively participated in student workshops and network dinner events in addition to their actual lecture. This tight interaction between the invited speaker, students and scientists has proven to be very productive and has led to multiple invitations of LIH-DII’s scientists themselves and to the formation of several collaboration (e.g. with Prof. Michael Meyer-Hermann, Prof. Christian Kurts, Prof. Cezmi Akdis, Prof. Erika Jensen-Jarolim, Prof. Seppo Meri).
A special highlight were the lectures given in 2016 by Prof. C. Akdis (Director of the Swiss Institute of Allergy and Asthma Research (SIAF), Davos), one of the most renowned scientist in the field of allergy research and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI; latest Impact Factor of 12.485) and byProf. C. Kurts (Director of the Experimental Immunology Institute, Bonn), who is a Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-awardee (Germany’s top scientific award). Based on the outstanding feedback of our invited speakers, our students and scientists we decided to apply for a renewal of our popular lecture series in ‘Infection & Immunity’.On the organisational level, we will schedule 12 lectures from January 2017 to December 2017. The lectures will be given by outstanding scientists in the field and strategically tailored to fit focus topics of the Department of Infection and Immunity. The lectures are open for all scientist and will be publically announced by LIH, the University of Luxembourg and the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL).
In general, we will schedule lectures on Thursday at 1pm, however, we might reschedule it depending on the constrains of the individual speakers. As in previous lecture series the scientific program will be subdivided into three main parts: 1) The main lecture (app. 45min) and a discussion afterwards (20min). Lectures will be held in the lecture hall of the Lycée Technique d’Esch/Alzette. 2) Afterwards there will be a students’ workshop. This interactive event will be open to all PhD students from the different research institutes and the University of Luxembourg. In the past this has led to stimulating scientific discussions with the invited speakers, but has also fostered the interaction between the individual PhD students from the different research sites in Luxembourg. In an approximately 2-hour lasting event the students will have the opportunity to openly ask questions and discuss with our international guests. Such an interaction is very important for developing scientists as it fosters the development of their interpersonal and communication skills.In our opinion strong scientific interactions and learning how to setup and to maintain them are key factors that determine the success of a scientific career.
In summary our suggested program is a continuum that has proven to increase scientific interaction on the educational level for students as well on research collaboration, which have a direct influence on our scientific output and strategy. The lecture series of ‘Infection & Immunity’ is further a strong instrument to increase the international recognition of Luxembourg’s research environment.
AcronymLS-DII 2017
Effective start/end date1/01/1731/01/18


  • FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche: €24,000.00


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