The center stage has everything from a boxing ring. Except for the tendons. Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology CEO Thomas Calstinius pushed Tech Day’s sixth edition into these details, just to make sure everyone would think “outside the box,” the leitmotif of today.
But aside from the word “friendly” for Maison Moderne, which organizes the Sextech event Thursday night, there are no boxers, no blood, no knockouts, or even tight-fitting young women to announce the rounds. No, Tech Day doesn’t even need camphor to treat narrow minds.
The rule is to listen to others and that applies to me too.
Here, the flag is queen and under the eyes of the newly elected new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eva Kramer – the first woman to hold this position at a research institute in Luxembourg – is the co-founder and CEO of Tiime, Hedda Pahlson – Muller, who attacks, holds a lightsaber in hand, and invites us To rise above our daily defense of the environment and our fight against the climate crisis.
What she calls a “Jeddi” strategy, for fairness, equity, diversity and inclusion. “We can’t change what we don’t realize,” she said, spinning like a famous butterfly, Muhammad Ali, who stings her like a bee. Or even “the earth is not flat, we should think round” with donut representation usually strictly prohibited in this type of can.
Mr. Calstinius also leaves the world of sports for his loan to the orchestra, who was once the pianist emeritus of the flute. “2021 was a good year. We are all musicians in a symphony orchestra. The rule is to listen to others and this applies to me too. Because we play not alone but with our partners. And with them we co-compose music, thanks to our beautiful infrastructure and first-class instruments.”
After calling some key figures such as the number of musicians (662 of whom are 34% women, 52 nationalities, 95 new in 2021 and 108 Ph.D.) amassing about 106 “scores” resulting in 205 patents (second best European score), Kallstenius presented the new and tenth bid for the Center Research Invitrolize, which is able to do without animals and modern human cells to better test products, whether for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals or tobacco.
Goodyear shows off its hollow tire
Like Ms. Pahlson-Moller, he also advocated a shift from combating climate drift to creating technologies that incorporate the cost of using them. If Bertrand Piccard and his founder Solar Impulse have more than 1,000 virtuous technologies in their catalog, the CEO of List calls for attention from the start to the issue of adoption cost, otherwise it will be the ultimate obstacle to a real transformation.
For the first time, a car covered in Goodyear hollow tires and an X body (compared to a V for Michelin) was allowed to go from Colmarberg to Belval.
(Photo: Modern House)
In the seven stands to showcase the technology developed in List, one on 6G, that will completely upset what we know about connectivity, those on green hydrogen and its decentralized distribution or even hollow tires, which are offered there a month by List’s heavyweight partner, Goodyear, who transported a BMW 430 fitted with tyres, which had been given an exceptional permit to come by road from Colmarberg (it left on a hill).
The head of the research institute, which we’ve heard a lot about digital twins, has taken things a step further by announcing Luxembourg’s first metaverse, the Luxemverse, which should make it possible to make all the right decisions on many issues. A smart answer to anyone who has ever wondered what the point of wasting time and money in these 150 virtual universes is…
Before entering the difficult part of this day and its cycle of high-profile conferences, the list presented by its former director, Fernand Reinig, was George Thielen’s first “Life Cycle Award”, intended to honor the entire career of this retired young man who ran the Goodyear Center for Innovation in Kolmarberg who was one of the first board members to integrate the two public research centers (CRP Henri Tudor and CRP Gabriel Lippmann) into List, chair of the Luxinnovation Materials Group (until 2019) or member of the Scientific Board of the National Research Fund (since 2020).
sexy, list? Yes, to everyone who sees beyond the end of his nose.