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Researchers go back to school

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Publié le mardi, 11 avril 2017

Teresa Quintel, a PhD candidate in law, joined other researchers from the University of Luxembourg to visit schools around the country to talk to pupils about their work.

The “Chercheurs à l’école” initiative is organised by the National Research Fund (FNR) and also involved researchers from Luxembourg’s research institutes LIH, LISER and LIST. In total, more than 90 researchers from different disciplines took part.

Teresa spoke to students at Lycée Michel Lucius in Limpertsberg about her research on data protection law. “For teenagers it’s rather theoretical and might seem very abstract,” Teresa explained. “But you can use examples such as data retention in relation to crime, or explain it by referring to everyday situations such as chatting on Facebook. That makes a bit more tangible and interesting,” she joked.

“I am funded by the FNR, so I wanted to take part and give something back,” explained Teresa. Together with Paula Hild, a PhD candidate in geography and spacial planning at the University of Luxembourg, they spoke about their career paths so far and what a day in the life of researcher looks like.

“When I was at school I didn’t really know what a researcher is or what they do. I thought that they sit in laboratories and examine cells. When we asked them, none of the kids in the school could imagine what a researcher is, or becoming one,” she added. “It’s good for them to know that these opportunities exist.”