Tires, spin-off, metaverse and price: The list is torn with

The central stage has everything of a boxing ring. Except the strings. The CEO of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Thomas Kallstenius, had pushed the sixth edition of Tech Day to this detail, just to ensure that everyone would think “out of the box”, today’s leitmotif.

But apart from a – friendly – uppercut for Maison Moderne, which is hosting its Sextech event this Thursday night, there are no boxers, no blood, no knockouts or even scantily clad young women to announce the rounds. . No, Tech Day does not even need camphor to heal narrow minds.

The rule is to listen to others, and that applies to me too.

Thomas Kallstenius, CEO, List

Here, science is queen and under the eyes of the newly elected new chairman of the board, Eva Kremer – the first woman to hold this position in a Luxembourg research institute – it is co-founder and CEO of Tiime, Hedda Pahlson -Møller, who attacks with lightsaber in hand and calls on us to rise above our daily defense of the environment and our fight against the climate crisis.

“Jedi” Strategies

What she calls the “Jedi” strategy, for justice, equality, diversity and inclusion. “We can not change what we do not recognize,” she said, spinning like a famous butterfly, Muhammad Ali, stinging her like a bee. Or even “The earth is not flat, we have to think ‘circular'” with a representation of a donut that is usually completely forbidden in this kind of enclosure.

Sir. Kallstenius also leaves the world of sports for his metaphor about the orchestra, him who was once an emeritus flutist. “2021 has been a good year. We are all musicians in a symphony orchestra. The rule is to listen to others, and that applies to me too. Because we play not alone, but with our partners. It is with them that we create music. , thanks to our beautiful infrastructure and our first-class instruments. ”

After remembering some key figures such as. the number of musicians (662 including 34% women and of 52 nationalities, 95 new in 2021 and 108 PhDs) gathered around 106 “scores”, resulting in 205 patents (the second best European score), Kallstenius presented the new and tenth spin-off of the research center, Invitrolize, which is able to do without animals and newer human cells to better test products, whether for cosmetics, medicine or tobacco.

Goodyear shows off its hollow tire

Like Mrs Pahlson-Møller, he also called for a move from the fight against climate drift to the creation of technologies that, in terms of design, integrate the costs that their use will entail. If Bertrand Piccard and his Solar Impulse Fund have more than 1,000 virtuous technologies in their catalog, List’s CEO urges from the outset to be aware of the issue of the cost of adoption, otherwise it would be the ultimate obstacle to a real transition.

For the first time, a car shoe with Goodyear hollow tires and their X-structure (compared to the V for Michelin) had been allowed to drive from Colmarberg to Belval.  (Photo: Modern House)

For the first time, a car shoe with Goodyear hollow tires and their X-structure (compared to the V for Michelin) had been allowed to drive from Colmarberg to Belval.

(Photo: Modern House)

In the seven stands to showcase the technology developed at List, the one at 6G, which will completely disrupt what we know about connectivity, those on green hydrogen and its decentralized distribution or even hollow tires, presented there per month by a heavyweight partner from List, Goodyear, who had moved a BMW 430 equipped with its tires, who had obtained an exceptional permit to come by road from Colmarberg (it went on a plateau).

And the head of the research institute, as we have often heard about digital twins, took things a step further by announcing Luxembourg’s first metaverse, Luxemverse, which should make it possible to make all the right decisions on many of the issues. An intelligent answer to all those who wondered what was the point of wasting time and money in these 150 virtual universes …

Before entering the hard part of this day and its cycle of high-level conferences, the List had presented by its former director, Fernand Reinig, its first “Life Cycle Award” to Georges Thielen, with the intention of honoring this entire young pre – pensioner who ran the Goodyear Innovation Center in Colmarberg, and who was one of the first members of the board at the merger of the two public research centers (CRP Henri Tudor and CRP Gabriel Lippmann) to List, chairman of the materials cluster in Luxinnovation (until 2019) or member of the National Research Fund’s Scientific Council (since 2020).

Sexy, the list? Yes, for all those who look beyond their nose.

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