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  • Latest news

    Corinne Cahen visits the LSC
    Corinne Cahen visits the LSC

     

    Save the date: Official opening on october 5, 2017!
    Reservation of visits with shows/workshops here:
    reservations@science-center.lu
    Tél. (+352) 24 55 84 79

     

    PAST EVENTS:

     

    September 12, 2017
    New article in the Wort.

     

    July 27, 2017
    Family Minister Corinne Cahen visits the Science Center.

     

    July 6, 2017
    New article in the Wort.

     

    June 30, 2017

    Livebroadcast at the LSC for the Asteroid Day and the Science Week along with Etienne Schneider, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Claude Meisch, Minister of Education, Nathalie Reuter, journalist, Jean-François Clervoy, astronaut, and Susan McKenna-Lawlor, astrophysicist.

     

    April 30, 2017
    New PISA show on RTL filmed at the LSC.

     

    April 12, 2017
    Publication of the spaceressources.lu promotional movie filmed mainly at the LSC.

     

    March 28, 2017
    Launch of the pre-opening phase of the LSC with 250 students from European Schools and the International School, along with Education Minister Claude Meisch. Associated links on the web: RTL, Wort, Essentiel, ARD. (See also papers in the press folder and pitsch.lu for a photo report).

     

    March 22, 2017
    New article in the Wort.

     

    March 14, 2017
    Labor Minister Nicolas Schmit visits the Science Center.

     

    March 1st, 2017
    New article in the Quotidien.

     

    February 28, 2017
    New article in the Essentiel.

     

    January 26, 2017
    New article in the Wort (De, En).

    December 19–20, 2016
    The Luxembourg Science Center participates to the Makerfest organized by Bee Creative at the Forum
    Geesseknäppchen of Luxemburg. Articles here and here.

     

    December 23, 2016
    The Luxembourg Science Center participates to the Researchers' Days organized by the FNR at the Rockhal in Belval. RTL's coverage here.

     

    September 17 – November 11, 2016
    The Luxembourg Science Center hosts the Exhibition "Beyond the Lab: The DIY Science Revolution". Meet the hackers, patients and ordinary citizens revolutionizing health science as we know it. See the program of the events here !

     

    July 25, 2016
    Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister and Minister of Cultural Affairs, visits the Luxembourg Science Center. Associated links on the web: Gouvernement, Wort, L'essentiel, Le Quotidien, Lëtzebuerger Journal, RTL.

     

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  • Information

     

    Languages:
    English, French, German, Luxemburgish

     

    Age ranges:
    > 5

     

    Fare:
    Coming soon...

     

    Opening hours (starting October 5th):
    From Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
    Satuday & Sunday: 10am to 6pm

    (Booking is mandatory for school groups.)

     

    Accessibility:
    Coming soon...

     

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  • Group visits

     

    Goup visits with shows/workshops are available only under reservation here:
    reservations@science-center.lu
    Tél. (+352) 24 55 84 79

     

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  • Directions

     

    The Luxembourg Science Center is located at:
    50 rue Emile Mark
    L – 4620 Differdange
    Luxembourg

     

    Arrival by public transport:
    - By bus: “Arbed” stop within 20m (Line 203 between Differdange and Luxembourg City)
    - By train: Differdange's main station within 200m

     

    Parking spaces are available just in front of the entrance gates and here.

     

    Our manufacturing shops (GGM11 Sarl) and offices are located just accross the street, within the ArcelorMittal steel plant of Differdange.

     

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THE LSC

  • Timeline

     

    A unique Project

    The LSC's mission is to arouse interest in science and technology among the general public and youngsters in particular. Orienting the latter towards the highly scientific professional workplace of the 21st Century is indeed a challenge faced by most OECD countries, including Luxembourg. This goal will be achieved through the excitement generated by a multitude of spectacular, interactive, recreational, and educational workstations, workshops and labs. In October of 2015, the Luxembourg Government has officially recognized this private initiative as an “Institution of National Interest”.

    Today there are more than 3,000 Science Centers in operation around the world, generally catering to youth and their family. In total, they boast 300 million visitors per year, the largest of them reaching an average of 300,000 per year. The LSC is the first institution of its kind in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region.

     

    From Past to Future
    The LSC will also be the anchor institution for tourism in the South of Luxembourg. The Red Rock Region in Luxembourg and its neighboring areas of France, Belgium and Germany have witnessed a unique prosperity thanks to the presence, extraction and processing of raw materials like iron ore and coal. Today, economic change in the information age has brought about a shift to human intelligence and technological skills as being the only richness allowing the region to continue to prosper and thrive. The success of converting former steel producing land into a University site at Belval is an example of this evolution. The Luxembourg Science Center will be the link between this glorious past, the present and a promising future.

     

    The “Luxembourg Science Center (Groussgasmaschinn)” is a not for profit private institution (Asbl) whose mission it is to develop and manage a Science Center for Luxembourg and its greater Region: France (Lorraine), Germany (the Saarland and large parts of Rhineland-Palatinate) and Belgium (the Provinces of Luxembourg and Liège).

    The institution took its roots in an earlier not for profit, the “Groussgasmaschinn” (Asbl), whose more limited objective was to preserve and restore the world’s largest combustion engine, the Groussgasmaschinn, implanted in the Gas Engine Power Plant of ArcelorMittal Differdange. This earlier project of “Industrial Energy Museum” has evolved over time into the current, dramatically more ambitious, Luxembourg Science Center project. 

     

    Brief Historic Overview
    2007  -  Groussgasmaschinn is put on the Registry of Historic Monuments
    2007  -  Incorporation of the not for profit “Groussgasmaschinn”, Asbl
    2011  -  “Energy (R)Evolution” – Exhibition
    2012  -  Start of disassembly and restoration of the Groussgasmaschinn
    2013  -  First experimental station test
    2013  -  Visit by the Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker
    2015  -  Statutory change from “Groussgasmaschinn” into “Luxembourg Science Center (Groussgasmaschinn)
    2015  -  Start of the Enterprise Program, a partnership of the LSC with private enterprise
    2015  -  “Of National Interest Status” is granted by the Luxembourg Government
    2015  -  Preview of the Luxembourg Science Center at the Science Festival, Luxembourg
    2016  -  Renovation and improvement work starts at the “Leirbud” building, to become LSC’s first home (Phase I)
    2016  -  Visits by the Prime Minister and Minister of Cultural Affairs Xavier Bettel, the Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna, the Secretary of State of Economy Francine Closener, the Secretary of State of Cultural Affairs Guy Arendt
    2016 - Inauguration of the exhibition Sparks with the Minister of Education Claude Meisch
    2016  -  Preview of the Luxembourg Science Center at the "Researchers' Days" and "Makerfest"
    2017 - End of the renovation work od the Phase I building and pre-opening for Luxembourg's school classes
    2017 - Visit of the Labor Minister Nicolas Schmit, the Vice-Prime Minister and Economy Minister Etienne Schneider, the Minister of Family Affairs Corinne Cahen
    2017 - Participation of the Luxembourg Science Center to the "Asteroid Day" and the "Science Week"

     

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  • Past exhibitions

     

    The Luxembourg Science Center organized the exhibition:

     

    BEYOND THE LAB: THE DIY SCIENCE REVOLUTION
    From september 17 to november 11, 2016
    at the Forum Geesseknäppchen in Luxembourg

     

    DETAILED FLYER (pdf)

     

    Science is done by scientists. Or is it? This exhibition explores eight remarkable stories of people who are opening up scientific research to everyone in the field of health, taking it out of professional labs and into homes, workshops and back yards.

    From measuring air pollution in London to a force measuring helmet in Luxembourg or the search for new antibiotics in Amsterdam, a growing number of ‘do-it-yourself scientists’ around the world are busy hacking, experimenting and inventing. These DIY science pioneers are challenging our ideas of who a scientist is and what science will look like in the future. Will you join the DIY science revolution?

    The LSC has adapted this traveling exhibition as part of the european project SPARKS which aims at promoting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) across 29 european countries and will lead 7 events based on meetings between experts and citizens (detailed program).

     

    PRACTICAL INFORMATION

    Languages:
    English, French, German

    Age ranges:
    > 12

    Fare:
    Free entry

    Opening hours:
    From september 17 to november 11, 2016
    From monday to friday 7.00 - 23.00 (closing at 19.00 during the holidays, from october 29 to november 5)
    Saturday 7.00 - 13.00
    Closed on sunday and november 1st

    Address:
    Forum du campus scolaire Geesseknäppchen
    40 Boulevard Pierre Dupong, 1430 Luxembourg

    Parking:
    – Forum's underground parking (after 13.30)
    – P+R Bouillon (free)
    – Public parking rue Pierre Dupong in front of Athénée high school (charged)

     

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  • EXTENSION PROJECT

     

    Phase II, to be implemented starting at the end of the decade, was already the subject of numerous architectural design efforts.

    In May of 2014, an International Architectural Workshop brought about 30 last-year architectural students and 8 professors to the site at Differdange. They represented 6 architecture faculties (Brno, Czech Republic: VUT Brno - Florence, Italy: UdS Firenze - Nancy, France: ENSA Nancy - New York, USA: NYU New York University - Saarbrücken, Germany: Htw Saar and Seville, Spain: ETSA Sevilla). The purpose of the Workshop was to develop ideas and drawings how the two industrial buildings (the neo-classical Gas Engine Power plant and the Thermo Plant) could be used for the Science Center in a new urban development.

    These initial ideas, drawings and plans have been perfected in 2015 and 2016 by more detailed work performed at ENSA Nancy and UdS Firenze in a master thesis program of about 20 students.

     

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  • Press

    telecran39_loisirsfreiezeit.pdf
    Télécran 09/2017 Loisirs Freiezeit

    Click on a picture to read the article

     

    _ TV _

    30 june 2017
    Asteroid Day (Livebroadcast)
    1/ Introduction -> Tesla -> 4:39
    2/ History of asteroid day -> Infrared -> 15:49
    3/ Research collaborations -> Chaotic pendulums -> 26:40
    4/ Asteroids: an ancient Beauty -> Spandex -> 13:30
    5/ What happens when asteroids hit -> Interview astronauts -> 24:25
    6/ How humanity fell in love with space rocks -> Interview E.Schneider -> 21:28
    7/ Asteroids don’t know borders -> Interview C.Meisch -> 18:55
    8/ Role of resources in human exploration of space -> Chocolate asteroids -> 23:23

     

    12 june 2017
    Pre-opening (Uelzeschtkanal)

     

    30 april 2017
    PISA (RTL)

     

    12 april 2017
    Film "All of us" (spaceressources.lu)

     

    3 april 2017
    Pre-opening (ARD after 15:55)

     

    28 march 2017
    Pre-opening (RTL)

     

    27 march 2017
    Preparing pre-opening (Wort)

     

    3 December 2016
    Researchers' Days (RTL)

     

    25 July 2016
    Visit Premier Ministre Xavier Bettel (RTL)

     

    25 May 2015
    Visit Lycée de Garçons Esch/Alzette (RTL)

     

    15 February 2015
    Mr. Science (RTL)

     

    _ RADIO _

    9 november 2016
    Essentiel Radio

     

    13 june 2016
    Essentiel Radio

     

    19 may 2016
    Radio 100,7

     

    _ ONLINE _

    Science.lu
    7 november 2016
    Exposition “Sparks”: “Pirate de santé” Andrew présente son pancréas artificiel!
    Ausstellung ‚Sparks‘: „Gesundheitshacker“ Andrew stellt seine künstliche Bauchspeicheldrüse vor!

     

    23 september 2016
    Un casque intelligent conçu au Luxembourg : une expo dédiée à la science « faite maison »
    Intelligenter Skihelm aus Luxemburg: Ausstellung zeigt „hausgemachte“ Forschung

     

     

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OUR OFFER

  • Experimental stations

     

    The permanent exhibition of the LSC consists of about 50 hands-on fascinating experimental stations. Visitors thus plunge into the discovery of a broad range of scientific and technological phenomena. And non scientists are fascinated by their own comfort-level and ease of understanding. To further enhance comprehension, the LSC team has opted for a three level approach of communication, easily interchangeable through touch screens:
    - Purely Illustrative for kids up to 10 years of age
    - Medium level for visitors with no or minimum scientific background
    - Expert level

    Five languages are on hand: Lëtzebuergesch, French, German, English and Portuguese. And most stations are height-adjustable to allow for a comfortable body position for the user (especially young children) and unobstructed access for visitors with limited mobility.

    Our first stations (out of a program of 100) refer to popular experimentations in fundamental and applied sciences: electricity (including one of the largest Tesla coils in the world, electro-magnetism, electronics), mechanics (statics, gravity, fluids, building and construction, resistance of materials, simple machines), combustion engines, robotics, and maths. Biology chemistry, astronomy, acoustics, and other engineering topics will follow.

    All these realizations are produced and tested within our own workshops on the industrial site of ArcelorMittal in Differdange.

     

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  • Workshops/Shows

     

    For each visit, professional science mediators offer two kinds of 1-2h long activities in designated lab areas (within or outside the permanent exhibition) to enhance specific interest in selected subject matters:

    - on the one hand, spectacular and interactive demonstrations to inspire and stir curiosity;

    - on the other hand, DYI activities through guided workshops to generate self-confidence and engagement.

    The different mediation spaces give a panoramic view of sciences and technologies. They include a kitchen lab, a shop to shape materials, electricity and magnetism stages, a mechanics zone and experimentation rooms with the following themes : computer science & robotics, space sciences, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, chemistry, biotechnology, optics, acoustics, and mathematics.

     

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  • Groussgasmaschinn

     

    The preservation and restoration of the “Groussgasmschinn”, the largest combustion engine ever built in the world was the starting point of our journey. This engine was the final most successful evolution of 13 gas engines driving generators producing electrical power by using blast furnace gas (a waste product) covering the needs of the steel mill and a large portion of the country. At the end of the 19th century, the innovative idea of management at the Differdange mill, to replace steam engines through gas combustion engines should revolutionize world steel production for half a century.

     

    Groussgasmaschinn: Some Facts & Figures
    Date of Commissioning: End of 1937
    Entry into Service: May 1942
    Out of Service: October 2nd, 1979
    National Monument Classification: 2007
    Engine Manufacturer: Ehrhardt & Sehmer, Saarbrucken, Germany
    Generator Manufacturer: Siemens, Siemensstadt, Berlin
    Weight: 1,150 metric tons (approximately half in moving order)
    Support foundations: 6,000 metric tons of concrete
    Number of cylinders: 4
    Size of Combustion Chamber: 3,000 liter
    Speed of Fly-Wheel Generator: 94 Rpms
    Length: 24 m
    Width: 18 m
    Diameter of Fly Wheel: 12 m
    Power: 11,000 HP (8MW)
    Cost of Investment: 20 Million Luxembourg Francs (including building extension and maintenance crane)

     

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  • Heritage Collection

    Deutz diesel engine (1907)
    Deutz diesel engine (1907)

     

    In Phase II of the project which will include the industrial heritage and technological evolution of the past, the LSC will be a benchmark of industrial heritage preservation in the purposeful way of its original use. A collection of historic large power producing engines, in operating mode will permit the visitor to experience the symbiosis between past, present and future technologies.

     

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ABOUT US

  • The Team

     

    The current team consists of about forty full-time employees. But, all in all, a hundred people have already been involved in the development of the Science Center.

    The social dimension is an important element especially concerning our human resources, because the reinstatement of the former steel workers of Schifflange, Bettembourg and Rodange, the members of the Cell of Redeployment (CDR) of ArcelorMittal, was at the root of the project. The exceptional know-how of this team and its incomparable motivation are essential both for the works of conception and construction of the experimental stations of the Science Center as well as for the works of dismantling, restoration and refurnishing of the historic equipment.

     

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  • Our Know how

     

    Our know-how and experience spans all the way from the restoration, maintenance and operation of historic combustion engines to sophisticated science and technological mediation.

     

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  • Our Partners

     

    The Science Center is recognized as a major institution, critical for future economic development, by Luxembourg's Government, the European Union, leading foundations acting in education, as well as by academia and industry.

    Our main partners are:
    The Ministry of Education
    The Ministry of Cultural Affairs
    The Ministry of Economy
    The Fonds National de la Recherche
    The Oeuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
    The André & Henriette Losch Foundation
    The Lanners Foundation
    The Leir Charitable Foundation
    The European Commission (Horizon 2020)
    ArcelorMittal
    Artec
    Audi-VW
    Cargolux
    Cebi
    Ceratizit
    CFL
    Creos
    Delphi Automotive Systems
    Euro-Composites
    Fanuc
    IEE
    Post
    SES-Global
    Telindus
    Wiges
    The Ecole Nationale des Ingénieurs de Metz
    Telecom Nancy

     

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  • Join Us

    We want you!
    We want you!

     

    Our job opportunities are listed below. We are currently seeking:
    - scientific mediators/communicators
    - a head of communication/marketing
    - reception officers
    - delagated teachers
    - engineer interns

    Please send us your application  (CV + cover letter) at jobs@science-center.lu

     

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