Science Comic: Through the Looking Glass - Reflections of Science in Luxembourg

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These comics have been produced within the framework of a project for Doctoral Education in Science Communication (DESCOM) at the University of Luxembourg. 22 doctoral candidates from the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering (DSSE) have developed the seven comics that focus on different research topics in Luxembourg. They show the science of every-day-to-day tasks and tell stories about important research findings as well as current scientific projects.
DESCOM aims to support interactions between academia and the public by providing training in science communication. The project was launched in 2018 with the support of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and the DSSE.
To learn more or to download the comic please visit: http://descom.uni.lu

THROUGH

THE LOOKING GLASS

Reflections of science in Luxembourg


LUXEMBOURG

IS A LAND OF SCIENCE

Artificial intelligence, biomedical and materials sciences, mathematics...

The science community in Luxembourg is constantly bubbling up

with new ideas! But who really knows what scientists are searching

for, what their daily lives look like and where to find them?

Twenty-two PhD candidates of the University of Luxembourg have

joined forces to help future generations picture the opportunities

brought by science.

These students from the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering

(DSSE) are going beyond their daily research tasks by learning to

communicate on difficult topics. They’re sharing their enthusiasm

by helping script the following seven illustrated tales. We hope these

seven ”reflections of science” will help ensure a bright future for

science in Luxembourg!

Bruno Teheux

Mathematics Research Unit (RMATH)

University of Luxembourg


TABLE OF CONTENTS

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When will robots replace taxi drivers?

From the Big Bang to the lab

Using "mini-brains" to investigate

Parkinson’s disease

When biomedical and computer

sciences meet

Fighting cancer in the Luxembourg

Institute of Health

Number theory in the past, present

and future

The maths behind postal deliveries

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The storytellers 18


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1. When will robots replace taxi drivers?


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2. From the Big Bang to the lab


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3. Using "mini-brains" to investigate Parkinson’s disease

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Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine

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4. When biomedical and computer sciences meet


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5. Fighting cancer in the Luxembourg Institute of Health


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6. Number theory in the past, present and future


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7. The maths behind postal deliveries


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THE STORYTELLERS

1. When will robots replace taxi drivers?

Jérémie Dauphin

Ali Farjami

Arianna Rossi

We are Arianna, Ali and Jérémie, PhD students at the University

of Luxembourg. Through our work in Computer Science, we

hope to help increase the quality of life of human users via

automated processes in machines. We believe that using comics

to address scientific issues is an attractive way to reach a larger

audience and hope our story will inspire many students.

Illustrator: Joséphine Herbelin

www.cargocollective.com/josephineherbelin

2. From the Big Bang to the lab

Kishor Acharya

Benjamin Dey

Vasu Prasad

Prasadam

Hi! We are Kishor, Benjamin and Vasu, PhD students working

at the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

We would like to call ourselves as material scientists/science

enthusiasts, our aim is to design new materials and study

their properties – our findings will help to advance the latest

technology. In this comic, we tried to show our day-to-day life

with the fictional story. Enjoy!

Illustrator: Héloïse Chochois —

www.heloisechochois.tumblr.com

3. Using "mini-brains" to investigate Parkinson’s disease

Isabel Rosety

Sònia Sabaté Soler

Lisa Smits

We are Sònia, Isabel and Lisa and currently PhD students at the

Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB). The three

of us are studying and working together in a laboratory and

we are researching in the field of brain biology. We believe that

this topic is very fascinating and we are proud to be part of the

scientific community in Luxembourg. With this comic, we hope

that we are able to convince some curious minds to join us in the

world of science!

Illustrator: Julien Flamand —

www.julienflamand.com

4. When biomedical and computer sciences meet

Yahaya Abubakar

Yabo

Romain Tching

Yue Zhang

We are Yahaya, Yue and Romain. We came from different

parts of the world to work in Luxembourg on Bioinformatics,

the science at the border between Biology, Computer Science

and Mathematics. It’s a little bit complicated, so we think using

comics like this is a great idea to simplify scientific concepts

and get people interested in this incredible topic!

Illustrator: Vincent Sorel —

www.cargocollective.com/vincent-sorel

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5. Fighting cancer in the Luxembourg Institute of Health

Andrés Cano Galiano

Lia Pinto

Mohamad Sarmini

We are Lia, Mohamad and Andrés, three PhD students from

Italy, Syria and Spain, respectively. We are all working at the

Luxembourg Institute of Health, Department of Oncology.

We are in a research group called NorLux and we are studying

brain tumor, each of us focusing on different aspects of the

disease: DNA repair, resistance to chemotherapy and metabolism.

Illustrator: Simon Géliot —

www.simongeliot.overblog.com

6. Number theory in the past, present and future

Daniel Mamo

Filippo Mazzoli

Emiliano Torti

Sebastiano Tronto

We are Daniel, Emiliano, Filippo, and Sebastiano. We are PhD

students in Mathematics at the University of Luxembourg.

Three of us work in number theory, and for our comic we

have chosen to describe our “everyday life” as mathematics

students by talking about a famous result in this area: Fermat’s

last theorem. Our main intention is to transmit our fascination

for challenging mathematical questions like this, which is

one of the main reasons that led us to continue our academic

career. The characters are fictional, but the senior member is

inspired by one of our Professors, Antonella Perucca from the

Mathematics Research Unit.

Illustrator: Mathieu Ughetti —

www.mathieuughetti.com

7. The maths behind postal deliveries

Jim Barthel

Luca Notarnicola

Pietro Sgobba

We are Jim, Luca and Pietro. We graduated in Mathematics

and are now doing our PhD in the fields of computer science,

cryptography and number theory, respectively. Aside doing

research, we take part in outreach activities. Showing to the

general public the problem-solving nature of Mathematics is

an important goal for us. We believe that this comic is an innovative

way to reach future mathematicians.

Illustrator: Manuel Lieffroy —

www.manuellieffroy.blogspot.com

WITH THE HELP OF...

Serge Haan, Dov Gabbay, Leon van der Torre,

Antonella Perucca, Nicole Paschek and Hugo Parlier

(University of Luxembourg)

Nathalie Valle & Patrick Choquet

(Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology)

Francisco Azuaje (Luxembourg Institute of Health)

SCENARISTS

All the members of the groups listed above

Bruno Teheux and Oliver Glassl

(University of Luxembourg)

Charles Leveugle (Agence 9 - Une bulle en plus)

DRAWINGS & DESIGN

Agence 9 - Une bulle en plus - agence9.com

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You can also download these comics on:

descom.uni.lu

Special thanks:

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST),

Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB), Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH),

the Mathematics Research Unit (RMATH) and the Computer Science

and Communications Research Unit (CSC) of the University of Luxembourg.

DSSE

DOCTORAL SCHOOL

IN SCIENCE AND

ENGINEERING

DESCOM

DOCTORAL EDUCATION

IN SCIENCE

COMMUNICATION

Supported by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)

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