Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:39

Open Source and Security Hackathon at SnT


The team is organising an Open Source Security Software Hackathon at the University of Luxembourg (SnT) in the JFK Building in Kirchberg on 2 and 3 May.

Dedicated to free/open source software, the two-day Hackathon aims to gather various developer groups to collaborate on challenging programming problems in the field of cybersecurity, from information sharing, network/system forensic, data mining challenges or even crypto-currencies.

“For 12 years, our team has organised the security conference, which brings many security professionals together. We have observed that many people and organizations create open source software to support their security activities, ranging from reverse engineering, digital forensic, incident response (DFIR), threat analysis to network security. Many of the security tools are developed on a long-term commitment and they provide viable solutions to improve security globally. In order to support the continuity of innovation, development and integration of such open source security tools, we have decided to organize this Hackathon and bring people together”, said Alexandre Dulaunoy from

Teams and individuals will be able to propose their own open source projects they wish to work on. The doors will open from 09:00 to 18:00 for the free of charge event open to all projects, developers and contributors who are part of open source projects in the security field. Among the projects already listed are MISP, CVE search, AIL and Viper, are just examples.

For more information, see the website:

To register a team, click here

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 08:14

LuxCon 2017 Ready for Lift Off


Lightsabre crafting, cosplay, Pokemon battling, medieval fighting, Klingon classes: it must be LuxCon 2017, the science fiction and fantasy festival which will be at Forum Geeseknäppchen on 22 and 23 May, organised by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Society Luxembourg.

Aimed at giving fans, geeks and nerds the opportunity to celebrate their favourite books, shows, games, movies, and more in the realms of science fiction, fantasy and horror, the fourth edition of this event has lined up dozens of known authors, events, workshops and exhibition for the 3,500 plus people expected to join in, inclduing authors Christopher Priest and Ian R. MacLeod.

For a full schedule of the festival's events, see the website:


Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:21

Deftones Hitting Rockhal for Gore Tour


Following the success of their critically acclaimed album Gore, released in April 2016, Deftones will be playing in Luxembourg, at Rockhal, on 25 April, part of The Gore Tour taking in dates across Europe between 18 April and 7 May.

Since Deftones’ inception, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning alternative rock band from Sacramento, California have quietly been pursuing two paths: delivering songs defined by churning, double-fisted aggression while also testing the boundaries of music by incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze.

Described as one of the quintessential alternative bands of the modern era, Deftones is made up of vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno, guitarist Stephen Carpenter, keyboardist/samplist Frank Delgado, drummer Abe Cunningham and bassist Sergio Vega. 

Tickets for the show are €39, and can be bought online at:


Tuesday, 11 April 2017 18:15

Slight Rises in Luxembourg Petrol Prices

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Luxembourg petrol prices saw slight rises with effect from Wednesday 12 April 2017.

The cost of Unleaded 95 octane petrol rose .020 cents per litre to €1.203 per litre, including VAT, whilst the cost of Unleaded 98 octane petrol also went up by 0.022 cents per litre to €1.269.


Valentiny foundation

The Valentiny Foundation in Remerschen is hosting a conference titled "Resource Efficiency and Aesthetics" presented by Dr. Frank Heinlein of Werner Sobek Group on 27 April. 

Founded in 1992, Werner Sobek is represented and recognised worldwide for engineering, design and sustainable management distinguished by their engineering and conceptual achievements and minimal energy and material consumption. According to the Valentiny Foundation, their strengths lie in facade planning, architecture and sustainable management advice. 

The conference starts at 19:00 on 27 April, at the Valentiny Foundation on 34 Route du Vin, Remerschen.

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Luxembourg union, LCGB, has confirmed the signature of an agreement with the Boards of Directors for renewal of the collective labour agreements regulating working conditions, career development and remuneration for employees at Fieldgen in Luxembourg City, Sainte-Anne in Ettelbrück and Marie-Consolatrice in Esch-sur-Alzette schools. 

Among the terms negotiated by the union are a linear increase in the wage grid, and upgrading of teachers’ technical education.

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The Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) is a public research institute where researchers study complex issues related to human health, including infectious diseases, immune system disorders, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, population health. They've also hit on a new way of communicating their findings to the public. 

While the findings of LIH researchers are receive international recogntion in specialist journals, their highly technical nature makes the understanding of what goes on behind the walls of the institute difficult for an untrained audience, an issue the Institute says it wishes to address. 

"We are committed to making LIH research projects accessible to professionals, but also to the general public,” said Dr. Catherine Larue, CEO. 

It is with this in mind that the institute chose to explain the result of one of the research projects of the Department of Infection and Immunity in a playful way - by putting our microbiota, the bacteria that inhabit us, under the spotlight with modelling clay.

A little creativity, direction and lighting allow researchers to explain, simply and in a playful way, the research project of Dr. Mahesh Desai, in just three minutes. 

The subject of the video? Explain the consequences of a low-fibre diet on the activity of our intestinal microbiota. 

“This discovery is absolutely fantastic and opens up prospects for the treatment and prevention of diseases of the intestinal system," said professor Markus Ollert, director of the Department of Infection and Immunity at the LIH. 

The video of the presentation is available in French, German and English on the LIH YouTube channel, an addition to the library of materials there, and the Institute hopes to repeat the experience. 

”It is very satisfying to be able to diffuse more widely what we consider to be a major step forward in understanding the functioning of the human microbiota!" said Dr Mahesh Desai.

The study was conducted in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg (Center for Systems Biomedicine), the Washington University School of Medicine, and the University of Aix-Marseille, France, with finance from the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR), INTER mobility and CORE funding, intramural funding, from the Department of Infection and Immunity, LIH, from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and By the National Institute of Health (NIH).

The results of this study were published in the scientific journal Cell.


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Frankfurt-Hahn Airport is back on the right track, after the annual loss reported for 2015 was significantly reduced last year, and the management's restructuring programme will continue to improve the results of the Hunsrück airport.

This month, the supervisory board of Frankfurt-Hahn Airport concluded its annual financial statements with a deficit of €14.1 million, an improvement of 19% on the previous year’s performance. 

"We have been working on this improvement for a long time," said Markus Bunk, Managing Director of Flughafen. "The reorganisation of the company, which was implemented three years ago, as well as through our long-standing restructuring programme, allowed us to take the airport on the right path, raise potential savings and improve the result."

In addition to the cost-cutting measures, an increase in sales also contributed to the improvement in earnings. Sales in 2016 rose by 11.7% to €32.2 million. 

The company attributed this, on the one hand, to one-off occurrences - for example, in the year 2016 the area of ​​the so-called housing was sold to ADC, which generated proceeds of around €1.2 million. In addition, a stable passenger business with 2.5 million passengers was added to by the cargo sector, which picked up noticeably towards the end of the year in particular. Although the number of tonnes carried could not be quite close to the value of the previous year, it was possible to achieve growth, particularly in the number of "fuel stops" and in the area of ​​military passengers.

Lux tourism app

Luxembourg for Tourism has launched a digital app that allows visitors to access the “Luxembourg Card” tourist pass together with free or discounted entry to more than 60 museums and attractions in the Grand Duchy, as well as free public transport throughout the country, another phase in the development of digital tools for visitors. 

The app is available for one, two or three days, for one person, for €13, €20, or €28, or for families or small groups up to five people, for €28, €48, €68.

Irrespective of the purchase of the pass, the "Luxembourg Card App" is a real interactive tourist information tool. Museums, theatres, castles, vineyards, guided tours and other leisure activities adhere to the past are presented under different headings or are recommended according to the preferences and the geographical location of the user.

The application also transmits real-time information on the openings of attractions as well as public transport and routes to the sites of its choice. All of these features can be freely used by downloading the app for free from the Apple Store or Google Play.

More Information is available on the Luxembourg Tourism website:

Direct links to download the application on Google Play:

Or the App Store:



The Automobile Club of Luxembourg has commended the government's decision to upgrade the A3 to three lanes, saying that the decision was long overdue.

Yves Wagner, president of the ACL, explained in an editorial published in the Autotouring issue for January 2017, "MODU's modal split objectives are supported by the ACL, but do not allow, without investments in infrastructure, the system to cope with the constant development of national, transborder and international road traffic."

The ACL said that it therefore commends the government for its decision and hopes that the work will begin quickly.

The motoring organisation also said that it notes, however, that it is only the A3 under consideration, whereas the entire axis from the Belgian border to the French border (A6-A3) should be adapted and adapted to the traffic Important and growing he knows.

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