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EBL and Bee Together have joined with InnoPlantes in Kapenaker to offer a tour of pesticide-free plants that attract and benefit bees and butterflies in the garden. 

Owner Sylvie Schmit will take guests on a short tour of her garden business, giving participants the opportunity to see and learn about locally-grown flowering plants.

The free, 45-minute tours will be available on 10 June, at 11:00 and then at 11:45. 

Afterwards, participants are welcome to join in at a picnic lunch in the gardens at InnoPlantes, and are invited to bring a dish to share.

Innoplantes can be found on 1 Rue de la Forêt, Kapenaker,

Places are limited on the tour, you must register on or before 8 June. For more information and to register, see:

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As part of the 3x3 lecture series, a joint project of the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT) and the University of Luxembourg, Professor Mark Cole will deliver a presentation on aspects of data protection law and big data that are relevant for the emergence of FinTech.  

The lecture is at the Weicker building (4, rue Alphonse Weicker, 2721 Luxembourg) on Wednesday 31 May, starting at 18.00. 

Registration is required:


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The Valentiny Foundation is hosting a public lecture on “Architecture that Talks” presented by Professor Andrea Wandel of Wandel Lorch Architekten at the Foundation in Remerschen on 15 June. 

The conference starts at 19:00.


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For more than 40 years, the City of Luxembourg has offered recreational activities known as "Aktioun Bambësch” during the school holidays for five-to-twelve year old children living in the city. 

Organised by the "Centre of educational and leisure animation" (CAPEL), the activities are intended to awaken the creativity of children, enabling them to broaden their knowledge and evolve among peers. 

Most activities take place outdoors and the children are guided and animated by young people who have undergone specific training and work under the supervision of CAPEL educators.

Participation in the Aktioun Bambësch, as well as the use of special shuttles for bus transportation to the places where the activities take place, are free of charge. Children are free to come on the days of their choice. In order to be able to organise the activities as much as possible, it is necessary to register the children beforehand by 1 June 2017 at the latest.

More detailed information on the Aktioun Bambësch and the registration form are available on the website:

road safety consultations

The Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, François Bausch, will be at the Hotel de Ville (Salle des Fetes Nic) on 29 May tomorrow for a public discussion on road safety, part of a series of such public consultations.

The session starting at 19:00 is open to anyone from the public who wishes to give or hear any ideas, suggestions, or complaints about road safety in Luxembourg, following a short presentation. The session will be simultaneously translated into French. Entrance is free. 




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Lynn Cosyn has been selected as the winner of contest for the creation of an advertising poster for the 677th Schueberfouer, which will run from 23 August to 11 September. 

Fifty-two anonymously presented projects were submitted following the launch of the competition in March. Lynn Cosyn took first, with a prize of €1,000, Carole Stoltz in second place for a prize of €500 and Nadia Recken in third, with a prize of €250. 

Lynn Cosyn’s visual will now be used as main visual for the communication campaign around the Schueberfouer 2017 across different media.

All of the projects submitted to the competition will be exhibited at the Lëtzebuerg City Museum until 11 June, open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00,  Thursdays until 20:00. Admission is free. 

The jury was made up of: 

- Lydie Polfer, Mayor of the City of Luxembourg

- Patrick Goldschmidt, Alderman of the City of Luxembourg

- Astrid Agustsson, Head of Communications and Public Relations

- Claudine Bechet-Metz, Cultural Coordination

- Danièle Wagener, Director, The 2 Museums of the City of Luxembourg

- Dave Schroeder, Service of Parties and Markets

- Laurent Schwaller, Public Space Coordinator


The Luxembourg Society for Microbiology (LSfM) held its first national conference at the Laboratoire national de santé in Dudelange on 11 May.  

The day was hailed a great success by the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg (IBBL) and the occasion for its members to meet, present their activities, discuss the impact on science, health and the economy, as well as to establish new synergies.

“Microbiology is a flourishing sector in Luxembourg and abroad. It was stimulating to see the 70 participants, coming from fields as different as healthcare, ecology, academia and industry, exchange ideas and knowledge. The high rate of participation at the first Luxembourg Microbiology Day reflects the need for local actors to interact and ideally coordinate their actions”, said Conny Mathay, LSfM’s Board Member and IBBL’s Biospecimen processing team leader.

Three speakers opened the scientific programme on the agenda. Professor Paul Wilmes from the University of Luxembourg focused on the latest results in microbiome research. Dr Guy Colling from the National Museum of Natural History highlighted the importance of microorganisms in museum collections. Finally, Dr Philippe Delfosse from the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology closed the first discussion session by exploring the use of microorganisms in agriculture to ensure circular economy. 

The second part of the agenda was dedicated to the LSfM members’ activities. Eight young researchers competed in pitching their research projects in just five minutes. Linda Wampach and Dr Anna Heintz-Buschart, both from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, were selected by the audience and rewarded for their oral presentations. 

The Luxembourg Society for Microbiology was founded in 2016 in an effort to to consolidate the activities in the field of microbiology on the national level. The founding institutes are the Luxembourg Institute of Health, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, the Laboratoire National de Santé, the University of Luxembourg and the Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg.


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Representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Luxembourg for Tourism (LFT) are in the United States promoting the Grand Duchy as a tourist destination. 

Hosting workshops in New York and Chicago, the delegation aims to present the richness and diversity of the Grand Duchy to a market that presents significant development prospect for Luxembourg and has grown by an average of 7.1% each year since 2012. 

In 2016, visitors from the US accounted for 76,000 overnight stays in Luxembourg.

A visit to the Luxembourg American Cultural Centre in Belgium, Wisconsin, is also planned, as well as a meeting with specialised media in Chicago. The delegation is accompanied by representatives of Voyages Emile Weber and the Château d'Urspelt.

This promotional mission aims to inscribe the Grand Duchy in the programmes of American tour operators and to strengthen the reputation of the country as a tourist destination with a rich and varied range of options. 

One of the themes highlighted is "memory tourism” emphasising the common history that Luxembourg and the United States share. Memorial sites dedicated to the tragic events of the Second World War, monuments and museums linked to the General Patton and the liberation of the German occupation are a real focus of interest for American tourists.


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In anticipation of World Milk Day on 1 June, the association for Luxembourg’s dairy professionals, the Lëtzebuerger Verband fir Molkereifachleit a Mëllechwirtschaftler (LVM), presented agriculture minister, Fernand Etgen, with a basket of dairy products, maintaining a 30-year tradition of gift-giving for this occasion. 

The presentation coincides with an outreach programme the association makes each year highlighting the quality of regional dairy products in Luxembourg. This year, the focus is on milk processing in relation to which the association has produced a brochure listing all the Luxembourg specialists. 

Receiving the presentation, Minister Etgen stressed the importance of Milk Day, which aims to create a collective awareness of the value of our food, while conveying a positive image of agriculture in general and in particular the dairy sector which is one of the sector’s main arms.

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Low-cost airline, Ryanair, has joined up with the EU Erasmus Student Network to offer Erasmus students fare discounts, free bags and tailored travel offers.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Erasmus programme provides a chance to study in a different European city for a year to students from across Europe, facilitating cultural and academic exchanges and enhancing language skills in 37 countries. Over three million students have already benefitted under the Erasmus programme since its launch.

Delivered as part of Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” programme, now in its fourth year, this Erasmus partnership will offer student members:

15% off flights on the Ryanair website

A free checked-in bag with every flight booked

A dedicated Erasmus Students booking portal (from this summer)

Community forum to share travel hints and tips

Weekly travel offers to enable Erasmus students more easily move across Europe

Tailored Ryanair in-journey offers on the mobile app

"These discounts will help students broaden their horizons, and learn first-hand about the richness, diversity and beauty of our wonderful continent. This partnership between one of the largest European airlines and one of the largest exchange student organisations is something I hope other transport providers will be inspired to follow. I would like to thank Ryanair for launching such an initiative”, said Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for Transport.

“Ryanair has been a driving force of European integration over the past 30 years, providing young people, and especially students, with the freedom to fly across Europe on the lowest airfares. We are pleased to partner with the Erasmus Student Network, the latest initiative delivered under Year 4 of our “Always Getting Better” programme, which will offer university students across Europe a range of exclusive flight offers, free bags and tailored discounts to suit their budget, and allow them to save even more while they travel on Europe’s biggest airline with the widest route network and the lowest fares”, said Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary, speaking from Brussels this week. 

The president of the Erasmus Student Network, Safi Sabuni, said “The Erasmus Generation is a generation of Europeans that are perennially curious, open-minded and full of wanderlust. This is made possible not only through the success of the European project and initiatives such as Schengen and Erasmus+, but also thanks to companies like Ryanair – without which it would be much harder to travel around Europe. We are very excited about this partnership and look forward to a fruitful collaboration.” 

Image: President of Erasmus Student Network, Safi Sabuni with Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary in Brussels this week. Photo supplied

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