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27.05.2014 - Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie is patroness of the LCSB student laboratory

Luxembourg, May 27, 2014 – Her Royal Highness Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie has assumed patronage of the student laboratory of the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg. Upon the Grand Ducal Pair’s personal visit to the “Scienteens Lab” on the Belval campus at the beginning of February 2014 (photo: in the centre), Princess Stéphanie was greatly impressed by the LCSB scientists’ dedication to making the scientific work of researchers more accessible to school students.

“We are very delighted,” says Prof. Dr. Rudi Balling, director of LCSB and initiator of the student lab. “It is a wonderful signal to all school students that such a prominent figure and great role model has become involved in our project. And it is a special honour to every employee at LCSB to know we have Princess Stéphanie on our side.” Dr. Elisabeth John, head of the Scienteens Lab, adds: “Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume have already done some experiments of their own at our lab, wearing lab coats and working together with a group of school students.”

The Scienteens Lab is an initiative of LCSB aimed at giving school students from Luxembourg a direct insight into the working world of biomedical research. Here, students can conduct experiments using laboratory equipment that is not found in any schools. Furthermore, the youngsters are given an insight into bioinformatics, a discipline geared towards analyzing vast amounts of data.

Experiencing research ‘up close and personal’ is an important source of information for teenagers who are faced with the decision of their future career. The stated aim of the Scienteens Lab is to convey enthusiasm for the natural sciences and, in this way, get more young people interested in a career in science. With the generous funding from the Fondation Veuve Emile Metz-Tesch (FVEMT), the Scienteens Lab can currently host two to three student groups a month. Contact: Dr. Elisabeth John; elisabeth.john@uni.lu; T. +352 46 66 44 6943