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University researchers help raise public awareness for science

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Published on Tuesday, 18 August 2020

The Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) has recently launched the interactive campaign letzSCIENCE to raise awareness about research in Luxembourg. From 30 July – 10 August 2020, science images were displayed across Luxembourg City and Kirchberg. Two researchers of the University of Luxembourg contributed their pictures to the campaign.

The campaign combines augmented reality with the beauty of science to reach the Luxembourg public in a new and innovative way. Striking images by scientists funded by the FNR transform into an augmented reality experience when scanning a QR code with the smartphone. They take the user on a tour to discover the story and science behind the images.

Two contributions by researchers of the University of Luxembourg

Assoc. Prof. Dr Anne Grünewald and Anjali Sharma from the University of Luxembourg have contributed their images and research projects to the campaign.

Assoc. Prof. Dr Anne Grünewald is a neuroscientist at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB). She holds an FNR ATTRACT fellowship. Together with her team at the LCSB, she aims to decode the genetic and non-genetic origins of Parkinson’s disease. As part of its research, the group looks for clues inside the neurons.

A network of neurons – the main ingredient of our nervous system. Images like this are made with a technique called immunofluorescent labelling: scientists add a dye to make certain areas become visible, in this case the neurons in the midbrain. © Grünewald Lab

Find out more about the science behind this image on letzSCIENCE.

 

Anjali Sharma is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine. Her doctoral thesis is funded by the FNR PRIDE programme. She is part of the Experimental Soft Matter Physics (ESMP) group, led by Prof. Jan Lagerwall, and studies liquid crystals in unusual shapes that are no larger than the width of a human hair. Using a polarising microscope, Anjali is able to capture beautiful images of liquid crystals.

©Anjali Sharma

Find out more about the science behind this image on letzSCIENCE.

 

The letzSCIENCE campaign originated from a survey conducted by the FNR to assess the perception and level of interest in Luxembourg’s research and research actors, for example. It revealed that 70% of respondents want to learn more about the science and research conducted in Luxembourg.

To find out more about the campaign please visit letzSCIENCE.