Chercheurs à l’école 2012_

One of the main objectives of the National Research Fund (FNR) is the promotion of science and research towards the general public, and notably the young. Indeed, our efforts are not only directed towards the active researchers of today, we also wish to inform and motivate the future generation of researchers, i.e. the highschool pupils in Luxembourg.

For this purpose, we organise every year in October get-togethers between local researchers (having obtained or preparing their PhDs) and highschool pupils within the framework of our campaign “Chercheurs à l’école” (Researchers in school). Researchers of all scientific disciplines go back to school to meet highschool pupils to speak to them about their life as a researcher: the life as a student, their motivation for one or the other scientific discipline, first steps in their professional lives, career challenges and opportunities.

The intervention of the researchers must in no case be a classic, scientific talk! We want to provide informal meetings, enabling the pupils to meet researchers “in flesh and bone” and to receive information on the advantages and also the possible disadvantages of being a scientist.

After the success of the first three editions, we are currently organising the 4th edition of “Chercheurs à l’école”, planned from 22 until 26 October 2012, and we would like to invite you to take an active part in our campaign. We foresee at least one intervention per researcher in a local highschool, approximately two hours long, together with two fellow researchers (from other disciplines). Moreover, a general preparation meeting in early October is planned at the FNR (date to be communicated) and we encourage you to meet up at least once with your fellow researchers before getting together with the pupils.

If you would like to take part in the campaign “Chercheurs à l’école”, please return the attached registration form to Mrs Sonia Ramos (E-mail: sonia.ramos@fnr.lu; Fax: 00352 26 19 25 35) until 14 September 2012 at the latest.

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