LIST's Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN) research department comprises more than 180 life, environmental and IT scientists and engineers across four research units. These units bring together the necessary interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to tackle the major environmental challenges our society is facing today, including climate change mitigation, ecosystem resilience, sustainable energy systems, efficient use of renewable resources, and environmental pollution prevention and control.

research units

Environmental sensing and modelling / Environmental and industrial biotechnologies / Environmental sustainability assessment and circularity / Environmental informatics 

Priority areas

  • Environmental and Industrial Biotechnologies
  • Space-enabled solutions for the environment and agriculture
  • Renewable energies and energy systems
  • Water resource management
  • Quantification of the impacts of human production and consumption activities on the environment and natural resources
  • Support of environmental, agriculture and health policies

Equipment and facilities

Across the Environmental Research and Technology platform, LIST offers a wide range of standardized and made-to-measure services in the fields of testing, measurement, analysis, innovation management and methods. The platform hosts laboratory facilities for chemical and biological analyses (Greentech), as well as important field facilities (LIST’s Observatory for Climate and Environment).

Central to LIST’s “smart green” vision is increasing its collaboration with industry. The establishment of a Green Tech Innovation Centre (GTIC-L) linking the public and private sectors targets the goal of contributing to the realization of the national circular economy strategy. Sectors identified include construction and industry, renewable energy, organic waste, agriculture and food, soil remediation and use, and water.

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Current projects


Help consumers and businesses apply the “right to know” about extremely concerning substances present in consumer articles via innovative IT tools.


Acquiring data needed for minimizing winter losses in managed honey bee colonies across Luxembourg


Reduction of pesticide use in viticulture


Analyse the fabrication process of nettle fibres to reveal its biotechnological potential


Create a new tool based on satellite Earth observations and hydrodynamic models, in order to better evaluate large-scale flood hazard.


Validation of the SAR-based CCI water bodies product


A Smart Energy Management System Integrating Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles


International knowledge transfer for an integrated approach on European viticulture


Towards a smart distribution grid operation through a combined photovoltaic forecasting approach.


ECOTREE aims at developing a general understanding of REE ecotoxicity to predict the possible risks associated with the current anthropogenically-driven increase in their [...]


Near real-time monitoring of flood risk in South East Asia using satellite remote sensing and hydraulic modelling


Integrating the spatiotemporal effects of vegetation water uptake on catchment travel-times and runoff generation processes.


Setting-up a crop rotation system for oilseed rape to reduce the risk of potential groundwater contamination by herbicides and to increase biodiversity in agriculture.


Quantifying and assessing the value of urban ecosystem services associated with scenarios of nature-based solutions’ implementation


Contributing to the exploration of new and interdisciplinary research avenues to overcome limitations in our current understanding of catchment functioning.


Improving flood management in urban areas thanks to the latest satellite remote sensing technologies


A tool for assessing the environmental and economic performance of multifunctional silviculture and ecosystem services oriented forest management


Understanding the mechanisms of nanomaterial toxicity on freshwater invertebrates.


Nature Based Solutions for re-naturing cities: knowledge diffusion and decision support platform through new collaborative models


Towards a better risk governance of engineered nanomaterials


Exploring opportunities for renewable energy production and energy savings potential supported by an integrated decision support platform


Enabling optical synergies to better characterize and predict the dynamic response of vegetation in changing conditions.


Towards a better and sustainable dairy cattle management through a national decision support tool


Optimizing the use of water within the dairy, pulp and paper and steel processing sectors, through innovative, sustainable and efficient processes.


Monitoring the maritime traffic of the Mexican coastline


Preparing the launch of an innovative in vitro model allowing for the prediction of the respiratory sensitization.


Towards a better understanding and prediction of environmental change consequences on the vegetation and water balance in ecosystems.


Identification of mechanisms induced by heavy metals in resistance of plants to frost.


Prof. Dr Lucien HOFFMANN
Prof. Dr Lucien HOFFMANN

Director of Environmental Research and Innovation department

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