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Published on Thursday, 10 June 2021

Research is everywhere and it is for everyone! All scientists and researchers in Luxembourg are asked to prove this by participating in this popular science writing competition. Articles about science and research in Luxembourg can be submitted in English, French, German or Luxembourgish until 31 July 2021.

The competition is organised by the Doctoral Education in Science Communication (DESCOM) project of the University of Luxembourg in collaboration with science.lu. It is an opportunity for all scientists and researchers to try out their science communication skills by writing an article about research that is understandable to anyone. The best two articles will even be published on science.lu.

To participate just follow this link and submit your contact details as well as your text. The text should follow a certain style and form (see guidelines in the Terms & Conditions).

Who can participate?

The competition is open to anyone working in research and/or innovation in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, no matter the position or field of research.

I am working in research, but I am not a scientist. Can I participate anyway?

Yes! Many of the staff working in the support departments of the University for instance actually worked as researchers before. They are warmly invited to send in a text and so are all doctoral candidates, post-docs, senior scientists and many more. If you are still unsure, just contact descom@uni.lu.

Can I submit any text?

You are free to choose the content of your text, as long as science and research are at the forefront of the article. It can be about an experiment, about a discovery, a scientific theory or anything else. If there is a link to Luxembourg – even better!

Is there a specific format?

Your main text should not exceed 5000 characters including spaces. Your article also needs a kicker, headline and teaser. Not sure, what this is? Check the guidelines (first page) of the Terms & Conditions.

How do I submit my article?

Only online submissions will be taken into consideration. To participate just follow this link and submit your contact details as well as your text until 31 July the very latest.

Can I win something?

Yes! You can win a cash prize of up to 500€, a place in a media training and your article can even be published on science.lu.

Who are the jurors?

A mixed team of jurors is reading and evaluating the submitted articles:

  • Michèle Weber from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and editor of science.lu
  • Malou Fraiture, PhD Training Coordinator and former scientific writer at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)
  • Constance Lausecker from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
  • Till Dembeck, Associate Professor in Literature at the Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE)
  • Pierre Picard, Professor in Microeconomics at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance (FDEF)
  • Nicole Paschek, Project Manager of DESCOM and former science journalist


This competition and the DESCOM project are supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). DESCOM offers training in science communication for doctoral candidates in Luxembourg.