LIST Participated in 284 RDI Projects in 2018

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) has published its annual report for 2018, a year that was marked by new partnerships as well as the continuation of strategic collaborations with partners from the private and public sectors.

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Publication date : 07/04/2019


In the course of 2018, LIST’s mission was strengthened by the signing, with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, of its performance contract covering the period 2018- 2021. This multi-year agreement has confirmed LIST’s growing leadership in three thematic areas: environmental research and innovation; development of innovative IT solutions; cutting-edge research on advanced materials. In this respect, LIST continued its collaboration with Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company on sustainable mobility and the materials of the future. This partnership has already given birth to some first promising innovations.

2018 was also marked by the deepening of a strategic partnership signed in 2017 with the lunar exploration company ispace Europe, aiming specifically at the detection and analysis of lunar resources through LIST-developed technology.

Furthermore, LIST entered into new international industrial partnerships throughout the year, for instance with STMicroelectronics on thin-film technologies for intelligent systems, Intel on low-power magneto-electric materials and XNERGI on 3D micro-batteries.  At the national level, collaborations began with Arcelor and Ceratizit in the Data Analytics field, as well as with Paul Wurth and Luxair in the field of digital transformation of organisations and with Polygone to solve waste transformation issues.

At a more institutional level, LIST developed new know-how. With its high-resolution flood maps, generated through patented algorithms, LIST has helped disaster authorities and international organisations around the world respond effectively in times of crisis. Similarly, LIST also processed satellite-based imagery to better monitor and understand what is happening on the earth’s surface. These competencies led to the signing of a cooperation agreement with the Defence Directorate in the field of data processing. Finally, the "GDPR Compliance Support Tool" created by LIST for the National Commission for Data Protection received the special "GDPR Initiative of the Year" award at the Information Security Awards 2018. 

Lastly, and in accordance with its mission of transferring innovation for the benefit of the local industry, LIST worked until February 2018 on the development of its latest spin-off Luxembourg Ion Optical Nano-Systems sarl, which commercialises the VECTOR500 SIMS, a unique tool for high-resolution, high sensitivity correlative microscopy developed at LIST’s laboratories. The research team that developed this technology received an “Outstanding Research-Driven Innovation Award” at the 2018 FNR Awards.

In summary, 2018 saw LIST take part in a total of 284 RDI projects and contracts, including 110 national competitive projects, 23 European competitive projects and one international competitive project (non-EU), in addition to  101 collaborative projects. Thirteen LIST projects received support from various European funds. Moreover, LIST researchers published 223 scientific papers in the international top 25% of their respective category last year.


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