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Rethink innovation, think Tudor. CRP Henri Tudor presents its activities and research domains as well as its innovation approach and values. Take a look at our presentation leaflet available in English.

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CRP Henri Tudor presentation

  1. 1. As a leader in research and innovation in Luxembourg, the Public Research Centre Henri Tudor mobilises its competences in advanced materials, environmental and healthcare technologies, information and communication technologies, as well as in business organisation and management, to respond to identified needs in the market and society. RETHINK INNOVATION THINK TUDOR Innovating together
  2. 2. Our approach towards innovation The term innovation is difficult to understand, not because innovation covers a broad range of meaning, but because it is a meeting point between different “worlds”. A bridge between science, technology and the market Applied research at Tudor is characterised by the three pillars which make up our brand: science, technology and the market. This means that we draw from science the potential for technological and organisational innovation to Technological capacity provide solutions which address the needs of national and international markets. Thus, we clearly position ourselves as a Research and Technology Organisation (RTO). We have been a member of the European Association of RTOs ( since 2007. Essential multidisciplinarity Our day-to-day experience shows us that in order for a technological innovation to be sustainable, it cannot be limited to technology alone. It also has to take into account human, organisational, legal and economic concerns. As a result, we believe in a largely multidisciplinary approach. Open innovation and networking INNOVATION Organisational capacity Human capacity At Tudor, we see innovation as a collaborative process of co-conception. It goes without saying that one of our main concerns is to ensure that you have access to quality technologies and innovative methods. And rather than limiting ourselves to technology transfer, we also work with you to increase your capacity for innovation. More and more, the success of an innovation depends on the interaction between internal and external corporate stakeholders. As a result, we believe that our success is also tied to our relational skills and openness to networks involving final beneficiaries, service and technology providers, as well as normative or regulatory institutions and research actors. Thus, we favour multidisciplinary interactions to generate innovative knowledge and savoir-faire within networks, while respecting the position and intellectual property of each stakeholder. This suggests an alignment of our interests with those of all of our stakeholders. Of course, this open approach goes hand in hand with our capacity to enter into a bilateral partnership with a partner wishing his own innovations to be subject to a high level of confidentiality.
  3. 3. -03Who we are The Public Research Centre Henri Tudor has been a key player in applied research in Luxembourg since 1987. It is our understanding that applied research is the development of useful and sustainable solutions based on scientifically validated methods and technologies. We position ourselves as as an essential link between research and society, on a national, regional and European scale. We are committed to working with you to achieve common goals. At the heart of our approach is a spirit of openness, interdisciplinarity and partnership. It allows us to extend our expertise and stimulate our creativity in close collaboration with national and international stakeholders of research and innovation. It ensures that we will be able to meet your expectations thanks to the support of many networks of partners from the business world and, more generally, society as a whole. In a nutshell, we INNOVATE for you and with you, in order to: • increase the economic competitiveness of big businesses, firms and SMEs; • strengthen social structure by anticipating and assisting social changes. OUR VALUES Scientificity | Openness Utility | Responsibility Creativity | Expertise As a public research centre, we affirm our responsibility to our stakeholders and we approach innovation with a view towards sustainable development in economic, social and environmental terms.
  4. 4. -04What we do At Tudor, we combine exploratory science with the realities of society and the business and industrial world. Our mission is to conduct scientific research, to innovate and to provide scientific support to national policies. Research projects Our scientific research activity is funded by competitive European programmes, the National Research Fund (FNR), certain public administrations as well as industrial and academic partners, particularly within the framework of contractual research. Types of activity We offer integrated services relating to innovation through the following research activities in science and technology: • applied and experimental research, including within the framework of European programmes; • PhD research, post-PhD and academic collaborations; Innovation services • development of tools, methods, labels, certification and standards; Faced with the multiplicity of economic needs, industrial challenges and societal concerns, useful innovation can take many forms. While it appears to be essential to structure our service offer and limit our scope, we believe in remaining open and flexible. For us, this is the best way of delivering solutions that you would rightfully expect from a research and innovation centre like Tudor. • assistance and transfer of knowledge and technology; Scientific support of national policies Finally, our mission is also to act as a support for innovation and research with respect to defining, implementing and assessing national policies. • advice and monitoring services via the Technology Watch Centre (CVT); • pre-incubation of businesses thanks to our high-tech TECHNOPORT® incubator. We also find it particularly important to transfer knowledge via lifelong learning. Thus, all year long, our Knowledge Transfer & Training Centre (SITec®) offers dozens of skills training opportunities tailored to your needs. We also offer several Master’s Degrees through our national and international academic partnerships.
  5. 5. -05Research domains Our research departments have developed competencies in: • advanced materials technologies • environmental technologies • healthcare technologies • information and communication technologies • business organisation and management Scientific Domains Advanced Materials & Structures (AMS) ProduCts & Services • Innovative Polymer-based Materials • Design of Functional & Intelligent Materials • Composite Materials • Material Characterisation • Modelling & Numerical Simulation • Smart Coatings • Mechanical & Thermal Testing Resource Centre for Environmental Technologies (CRTE) • Environmental Evaluation & Management • Environmental Policy Support • Environmental Systems Engineering • Life Cycle Assessment • Environmental Modelling • Environmental Indicators • Clean Technologies • Ecodesign Resource Centre for Healthcare Technologies (SANTEC) • Biomedical Engineering & Imaging • Integrated Health Solutions • Telematics & Home Care • e-Health • Bio-mechatronics & Rehabilitation • Health Technology Assessment • Advanced Health Informatics • Knowledge Engineering • Interoperability • Data Protection & Security • Public Health Service Science & Innovation (SSI) • Innovation Economics & Service Valuation • Open Innovation Management • Innovation Management: Organisation & People • Procurement & Sourcing • Business Process & Service Engineering • Service Governance • Knowledge-Intensive Systems & Services • Business Service Design & Alignement • Software-Intensive Services Engineering • User-centric Design • Project, Programme & Portfolio Management • Service Management & Continuous Improvement • Talent Management • Security & Continuity
  6. 6. -06We innovate for you We don’t just do research for the sake of research. Our ambition is to contribute to the increased competitiveness of businesses, industries and public organisations in a practical and measurable way. In order to truly meet your expectations, we anticipate, identify and clarify the needs of the market, by MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY CONSTRUCTION ECOTECHNOLOGY MOBILITY TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS HEALTH PUBLIC SERVICES INNOFINANCE HUMAN CAPITAL entering into dialogue with professional associations. We took a step further in this direction by setting up participative governance surrounding priority innovation markets for Luxembourg in 2011. New functional and intelligent materials Eco-design, products life cycle management Energy optimisation and renewable energies Process optimisation New communication tools for construction projects Process improvement within construction projects Sustainable construction New materials for construction Innovative technologies for wastewater treatment Renewable energies and technologies with optimised energy performance Innovative materials for environmental technologies ICT for sustainable mobility Clean technologies for mobility Sectoral strategy for transport and European integration Innovative and sustainable supply chains Co-modal transport Advanced ICT applied to the health care sector, e-Health Process, semantic and technical interoperability in health care Biomedical engineering and regulatory affairs Feasibility studies, development, validation and analysis in public health New services, e-services and e-infrastructures for the public sector Innovation in public management and policy support Organisation and change management in the public sector Interoperability and European integration of public services Innovation in the financial services Impact analysis of public policies and regulations applicable to the financial sector Operational risk management and performance measurement ICT applied to learning and evaluation Anticipatory skills management Innovation in the strategic management of human capital Individual and collective excellence of human capital
  7. 7. -07Collaborate with us Are you interested in collaborating with us? You can count on our commitment to a co-constructive and interdisciplinary approach. Your satisfaction is a fundamental aspect of our success. We aim to foster lasting partnerships based on trust, honesty and communication, thanks to structured project management and continual improvements. To ensure efficient collaboration, we aim to be attentive and provide a tailored approach. We offer you five types of collaboration. 1. Collaborative research • Identification of common interests, joint design and implementation • Joint financial participation and risk-taking • Possible national or European cofinancing • Sharing of results and profits 2. Research services • A customised offer and Tudor’s innovation capacity dedicated to meeting your R&D needs • Company investments • Possible national or European co-financing 5. Researchers available or welcomed • Highly-qualified staff (PhDs, postdocs, research engineers) at your disposal or your personnel interested in training welcomed at Tudor • You hold the material rights to the results and profits of the collaboration • Calculation of your investment on a commercial ratebase • Identification of common interests, joint design and implementation • Joint financial participation and risk-taking • Possible national or European co-financing • Sharing of results and profits 3. Innovative services delivery • Services with an innovative impact for your activity and defined in a commercial offer established at the beginning of the collaboration • Possible national co-financing 4. Networking • Joint participation in innovation networks • Possible national or European co-financing • Sharing of results • You hold the material rights to the results and profits of the collaboration • Calculation of your investment on a commercial ratebase • Possibility to work at cost or at a fixed price
  8. 8. -08- Our motivation Applied research is a doubly demanding discipline. On the one hand, there is the scientific requirement of the tools and the method, and on the other hand, the requirement to produce results that can be exploited by the market and society. Our commitment lies precisely in our capacity to meet this double requirement for your satisfaction. Over our 25 years of activity, our interdisciplinary approach and the quality of our research have contributed to Tudor’s international influence and more generally that of the Luxembourg scientific community. Over the same period, we have developed a wide variety of innovative solutions for a large number of sectors of society and the economy. The commitment and skills of our collaborators have allowed us to establish ourselves as a leading player in innovation in Luxembourg and the Greater Region. Some projects in particular have had a decisive impact for businesses and public organisations. Our capacity for innovation and the recognized utility of the solutions we develop represent the driving force behind our work. We are all the more proud that the relevance of our work has been regularly acclaimed by our clients and partners. 1 2
  9. 9. -09A few flagship projects 1 4 Tudor has developed a patented telemedicine system for cardiac deficiency which has the distinctive feature of measuring Pulse Transit Time (PTT). Set up at home, the MONICARD device sends data to the doctor who, noticing an anomaly, can contact the patient to adapt their medication. This technology, which has been transferred to the spin-off Monitor-it, may result in fewer hospital stays and reduced medical costs. Upon request of the Superior Council for Sustainable Development (, Tudor calculated the ecological footprint of Luxembourg and its inhabitants. An ecological footprint is a consumption indicator calculated for a given country or nation and expressed in terms of the virtual surface (global hectares) needed to cover these consumption needs, including CO 2 emissions. Tudor’s calculation of this footprint was based on the Global Footprint Network methodology, while adapting it to the specificities of a small country (e.g. workers from neighbouring countries, fuel exports). The results show that Luxembourg’s inhabitants consume 12 global hectares on average while only 2 are available on a world scale. If every inhabitant consumed the way Luxembourg’s inhabitants do, we would need 6 planet Earths to meet all of their needs. 2 The TAO ® computer-assisted testing platform, developed with the University of Luxembourg, is used by more than 130,000 users in over 36 countries for various OECD surveys such as the PIACC (Programme of International Assessment of Adult Competencies) and the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). 5 3 The DeStenEE project, undertaken in collaboration with the National Institute of Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology of Luxembourg, focuses on biocompatible metal implants knowns as stents. They are used, for example, to keep arteries open in the event of angioplasty and to reduce the frequency of artery constrictions (stenosis). This project aims to improve the design of such implants in order to optimise these procedures and reduce complications caused by unexpected ruptures. Computer-assisted prototyping and virtual testing of stents will make it possible to considerably reduce their production cost and shorten their time to market. (Image: modelled stent) Created by Tudor, CRTI-B and professional representatives of the construction sector (project owners, project managers, construction companies), CRTI-weB ® optimises cooperation with respect to construction projects. It includes a module for the management of construction site reports as well as a module for the exchange of documents which are useful to the construction project. Discover all of our projects at w w w . t u d o r. l u ! 1,5 2 2,5 4 4,5 4,5 5 5 9 12 3 4 Africa China Latin America & Pacific Islands Germany European Union Portugal France Belgium North America Luxembourg Ecological footprint in global hectares Ecological footprint in global hectares per inhabitant per inhabitant 5
  10. 10. -10How we go forward Quality applied research presupposes access to adequate tools and technology. Far more fundamentally, our performance and reputation rely on the skills, experience and motivation of our collaborators. They are the central pillar of all our activity. values which constitute our identity and which positions our institution as a SOURCE OF INNOVATION for you, for the market and for society as a whole. A healthy work environment We attach great importance to our collaborators’ well-being within their work environment. While we hold them to a high standard in view of meeting your expectations, we also seek to find a balance between the organisation’s needs and every individual’s own career goals and personal growth. We encourage them to get involved, be professionally rigorous and use their critical faculties via an efficient ISO 9001 certified organisation. Moreover, we value their interdisciplinary spirit, but also the fact that they are autonomous and take responsibility. Shared business values A partnership’s quality is not only measured by the efficient delivery of solutions, but also by the quality of the relationship throughout the entire period of collaboration. At Tudor, we are not only committed to delivering quality work, we are also devoted to a set of This balance is maintained by a human resources management that has due regard for equal opportunities and is based on mutual respect. It adopts a collective approach, values individual commitment and places its hopes on the diversity of talents to support the organisation’s performance and creativity. Employees representing 34 nationalities Portugal France Tunisia Luxembourg Bulgaria Moldavia Lebanon Belgium Burkina Faso Netherlands Poland Brazil Germany Estonia Romania Italy Togo Algeria Greece Serbia We encourage our collaborators’ intellectual growth and ongoing development by investing in knowledge sharing via training, mobility and interdisciplinarity on an ongoing basis. Our collaborators benefit from support and have the opportunity to be regularly assessed, which enable them to develop their skills and apply them when new career opportunities arise. The mission of Tudor is to be a “talent incubator”. It offers a dynamic and innovative environment which contributes to the permanent broadening of its collaborators’ knowledge base. The professional challenges they handle on a daily basis give them opportunities to evolve and improve their employability. Main nationalities United States Finland Personal growth, Tudor’s efficiency guarantee Austria Morocco Mexico Russia Benin Spain India Vietnam China Iran Venezuela Czech Republic
  11. 11. -11Domains of expertise of Tudor’s researchers and innovation specialists IT - Electronics 31% Telecommunications 22% Materials engineering - Mechanics Industrial systems 22% Economics Management - Organisation Environmental sciences 12% and engineering 9% 4% Physics - Chemistry Mathematics Nearly 450 collaborators, of whom 85% are researchers or innovation specialists Health engineering Medical imaging - Biotechnologies Qualification levels PhD Master’s degree Graduates Experience of Tudor’s staff 0-4 years 5-9 years 10-14 years Average age 35 15-19 years 20-24 years Tudor’s staff not including PhD students and Postdocs 25-29 years PhD students and Postdocs ≥ 30 years Men/Women rate Men Women Figures valid on 31.12.2010
  12. 12. © CRP Henri Tudor - December 2011 | printed on 100% recycled paper Centre de Recherche Public Henri tudor 29, avenue John F. Kennedy | L-1855 Luxembourg-Kirchberg Phone: +352 42 59 91 - 1 | Fax: +352 42 59 91 - 777 |