ISSI: Camilla Hurst represents Luxembourg in Israel


For the very first time this year, the Foundation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg (FJSL) – with the precious support of the Foundation Matanel – was able to send a laureate of the national contest “Jonk Fuerscher” to the International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) in Israel. 

During this year’s contest “Jonk Fuerscher” Camilla Hurst, student of the University of Oxford, won this prestigious award. Camilla has had a prolific past with the FJSL:at the age of only 18, she has already won prizes at four national contests in addition to the 4thprize in her category at the 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles.

Her new project in engineering: "The Wheelchair Accessibility Belt (WAB)” is a prototype of a complimentary device, which can manufactured at low cost and easily be attached to the wheel independently by the user to increase the traction between the wheelchair and the ground, thereby facilitating accessibility to the outdoors for wheelchair users. She states in her project, that the inclusion of disabled people in outdoor activities increases both their mental and physical health, which the WAB can facilitate and thus promote. 

A month-long program full of research, field trips and unforgettable experiences

From July 2nd – 25th 2019, Camilla fully immersed into scientific research in the campus labs: during the first three weeks, she was paired up with young scientists from Australia, South Korea, and the United States for an experimental investigation of their common project. In addition to attending lectures by Weizmann Institute scientists, she conducted field research in the Judean Desert and the Negev, acquainting her with the unique ecological, geographical, geological, zoological, and archaeological characteristics of the area. 

The Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) :

Every summer since 1969, the Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI) brings together approximately 80 highly talented pre-university students from all over the world to experience the challenges and rewards of scientific research and to learn more about the Weizmann Institute of Science and life in Israel.


The FJSL is part of the “Encouraging Progress” program of the Matanel Foundation, whose mission it is to further justice and equity in the world by supporting youngsters who display a real potential for success. It grants pupils and students scholarships allowing them to attend schools and universities in which they can thrive, and it promotes organizations and programs that foster progress and success.

Camilla Hurst at ISSI 2019 copyright FJSL.jpg

CASTIC: 3rd prize for Krzesimir Hyzyk

A bronze medal for the Grand Duchy!

Since 2012 the Foundation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg (FJSL), with the precious support of the Foundation Nicolas and Jean-Paul Lanners, has been sending a laureate of the national Contest “Jonk Fuerscher” to CASTIC, Asia’s largest scientific contest. 

This year Krzesimir Hyżyk (13), student of the European School of Luxembourg I, won this prestigious award and was the youngest contestant at the 34thedition of the CASTIC (Macao) with his project combining computer science and mobility: “Safe Trip Home From School”.

Based on traffic simulations conducted on his daily commute, Krzesimir was able to identify, how the installation of additional traffic lights would improve the safety for pedestrians on two specific junctions.

His project – inspired by his everyday life – convinced the jury of CASTIC to honour Krzesimir with a well-earned bronze medal!

A long history of friendship between CAST and the FJSL 

Since the official accord of 2018, the Expo-Sciences Luxembourg has become an official award of the CASTIC. This year, it was awarded to a young Chinese scientist by the FJSL in China.

CASTIC – China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest:
CASTIC is organised with the help of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Ministry of Education and other important governmental organisations. CASTIC is designed for young students aged between 12 and 20 who are interested in science. It brings together about 500 young scientists from China and nearly 100 international contestants from over 20 countries. 

Foundation Nicolas et Jean-Paul Lanners:
The main goal of the Foundation Lanners is to promote the issuing of study and research grants in the field of human and natural sciences, physics and mathematics, as well as granting help and assistance in the field of social relations. Furthermore, it seeks to provide material support for all initiatives aimed to improve social communication with foreigners and their integration in the Luxembourgish society. 


Krzesimir Hyżyk at CASTIC 2019 in Macao 2 copyright FJSL.jpg


Photos Concours national "Jonk Fuerscher" & Expo-Sciences 2019

Dear all,

First of all, a big thank you to all of you who made our event an amazing and unforgettable experience! I really hope that we will see you again next year, be it as a participant, a volunteer, a supporter or a guest :)
Until then, enjoy some of the wonderful moments that were captured by our house-photographer, Jarno Lambotte:


All the best,

FJSL team


Remarkable feat of Luxembourgish Team in Taiwan


Remarkable feat of Luxembourgish Team in Taiwan

The 17thedition of the international contest TISF (Taiwan International Science Fair) took place between January 24thuntil February 2nd2019in Taipei (Taiwan). 
This is the first time that Luxembourg was represented amongst the 23 participating countries, all thanks to Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg and their sponsor, Paul Wurth S.A
Alex Muller, Maverick Schmit and Valentin Ringletparticipated last March in the National Contest “Jonk Fuerscher” that is being organised every year by the Foundation, and qualified with their remarkable project “A Modular Construction 3D Printer” for the TISF Contest. 
The selected projectis a particular3D printer that can be used to print objects out of concrete! This concept was developed to improve the construction industry by being able to print entire buildings out of concrete, thus reducing the overall costs. The team has been working on their printer for over 5 years now, while researching the range of materials for the most optimal results. 
The three young men impressed the Taiwanese judges when defending their project and got thus second place in engineering! 
This was not the first time that the dynamic team tried their skills in a competition. Already in 2017 they participated in the National Competition “Jonk Fuerscher” and qualified for a place at the Brazilian contest MOSTRATEC, where they left a strong impression and got awarded the mention of “Outstanding project”.
The arrival of our young scientists in Taipei didn’t go unnoticed. In fact, they had the great honour to be invited by Mrs Tania Berchem(Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in Taipei) who wished them all the best for the upcoming Contest. Mrs Berchem further showed her support for the Luxembourgish team by visiting them directly at their booth on Friday, 31stJanuary, accompanied by M Rene Stoltz,Managing Director Asia of Paul Wurth International S.A
While the Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques continues to grow their partnerships on an international level, a new agreement has been concluded between the organisers of the TISF and the FJSL, making the Expo-Sciences Luxembourg an official award for a Taiwanese young scientist/team from 2020 onwards. 

TISF – Taiwan International Science Fair:

Taiwan International Science Fair (TISF) is a science research competition for high school students from grades nine through twelve. With the mission of identifying and nurturing talented young scientists, TISF brings together around 250 domestic finalists and 40 overseas students from 20 nations to compete for awards.

For more information:

Articles by RTL:

RTL Today



Understanding neurodegenerative deseases: Prof. Michel Goedert

On Thursday 15 November 2018, prof. Michel Goedert, - program leader at the medical research council, laboratory of molecular biology at Cambridge and a former jonk Fuerscher -, spoke at a conference organised by the University of Luxembourg and the Bridge Forum Dialogue (a.s.b.l.) on the topic of neurodegenerative diseases.

Prof. Goedert, who was earlier this year awarded the prestigious Brain Prize for his outstanding research in neuroscience, is not only a renowned scientist but was also one of the very first participants of the “Jonk Fuerscher” national contest in the early 1970s, entering the competition twice with two vastly different projects: "Plusieurs effets de la pollution atmospherique” and “De la causalité des Tumeurs Crown-Gall”.

It appears his passion for science and research hasn’t left him since and we hope that his life story will be an inspiration for many young scientists today and in the future.

Link to the Conference


Soirée scientifique à Cercle Münster

Sous l’égide de la Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg et avec le soutien de CapitalatWork, une soirée scientifique sera organisée le 05 Novembre à 19h à Cercle Münster. 
Noémie Ney et Jean-Marc Furlano(élèves du Atert-Lycée Redange) – deux jeunes scientifiques et gagnants du prix Intel ISEF (USA) – vont évoquer leur expérience du concours national “Jonk Fuerscher”ainsi qu’à Intel ISEF. Ils se feront également un plaisir de présenter leur projet Der Einfluss von Zitonensäure auf das Wachstum von Bakterienavec lequel ils ont participé.

Cette soirée se déroulera en présence du Prof. Dr. Claude P. Müllerqui nous partagera ses réfléxions autour du rôle important du Luxembourg auprès le WHO (World Health Organisation): From Luxembourg who? To Luxembourg WHO!

Vous pouvez réserver vos places pour la conférence et/ou le diner par e-mail: ou

ING Solidarity Awards

Dear all,

Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg is taking part in the ING Solidarity Awards and it would be absolutely amazing if you could show your support by voting for us!

Just follow the link below where you will find us on page 5!


Thank you all for your help!


Cérémonie de remise du prix « Taïwan International Science Fair » 26.10.2018 (19.00 hrs)

Sous l’égide de la Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg et avec le soutien de Paul Wurth S.A., le prix du « Taïwan International Science Fair » sera décerné ce vendredi, le 26 octobre 2018 au projet « Modular concrete 3D printer » de Alex Muller, Valentin Ringlet et Maverick Schmit du Lycée Aline Mayrisch, récidivistes au concours national Jonk Fuerscher qui ont conçus et réalisés une imprimante 3D particulière, car elle imprimera des édifices entiers en béton ! 

Leur projet multidisciplinaire s’était déjà qualifié pour la MOSTRATEC 2017 et à l’EUCYS 2018.

La cérémonie se déroulera au Cercle Munster à 19.00 hrs, en présence de Monsieur Mantovani Gianaldo, Directeur du Space Programs à Luxspace, qui nous mènera à travers une conférence ouverte au public, avec au cœur de ses réfléxions « What is left for next generations to discover ? ». 

Réservez vos places au plus vite ! Il n’en reste que très peu !

National Taiwan Science Education Center :

Demande de réservation : 621 280 488



La Fondation Jeunes Scientifiques Luxembourg se réjouit que Monsieur Ben THUY, un de ses anciens lauréats jeunes scientifiques, paléontologue au Musée national d'Histoire naturelle à Luxembourg, ait reçu lors d'une belle cérémonie, le 19 octobre 2018, de la part du Fonds national de la Recherche un prix dans la catégorie "Outstanding Scientific Publication". 

L'attribution a été motivée par la considération que ses recherches ont remis en question un paradigme antérieur concernant l'extinction d'un groupe important d'animaux. Ayant examiné le problème globalement et dans un vaste éventail d'environnements, les données que Ben THUY a présentées sont partant beaucoup plus robustes que dans les études publiées par d'autres chercheurs.

Sincères félicitations !

Luxembourg, October 22nd 2018