Gabriel Crean (centre) speaking with Marc Hansen on Wednesday
Photo: Christophe Olinger
Innovation: The incoming head of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology talked up the organisation’s and the country’s potential during a European research conference held this week in the Grand Duchy.
“I am very impressed by the potential of LIST, which, with its team of 700 staff, displays incredible strength,” according to Gabriel Crean, the new CEO of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, one of the Grand Duchy’s major publically funded research institutions.
“It is essential to create links between fundamental science and the market,” Carlos Moedas, the European research commissioner, said in a video address. “I am counting on your two organisations, and all the actors concerned, to develop them.”
In the Grand Duchy, the government’s priority “is to foster synergies between research stakeholders and the corporate world, for this strategy to foster innovation to have significant impact on the socio-economic level, to create wealth and employment,” stated Marc Hansen, Luxembourg’s secretary of state for research.
Lauding LIST & Luxembourg
Crean--a native of Ireland who earned a PhD in physics in France--was giving his first public address since being named to the LIST post, which he officially takes up Friday. But he wasted no time touting his new home.
“Beyond research players, the size of the country, the means deployed, its ambitions, but also the proximity with policymakers and government are undeniable assets to make Luxembourg a vast laboratory of experimentation and testing,” Crean said during an interview on the sidelines of the conference. “Here, contrary to what happens elsewhere, we can go fast and act pragmatically.”