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See detailWhy a culture collection of Cyanobacteria?
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Renard, Marine ULg; Simons, Véronique

Poster (2016, September 08)

The BCCM/ULC public collection is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office since 2011 and an ISO9001 certificate was obtained for the public deposition and distribution of strains, as part of the multi ... [more ▼]

The BCCM/ULC public collection is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office since 2011 and an ISO9001 certificate was obtained for the public deposition and distribution of strains, as part of the multi-site certification for the BCCM consortium. The collection aims to gather a representative portion of the polar cyanobacterial diversity with different ecological origins (limnetic mats, soil crusts, cryoconites, endoliths…) and make it available for researchers to study the taxonomy, evolution, adaptations to harsh environmental conditions, and genomic make-up. It presently includes 226 cyanobacterial strains, with 120 being of (Sub) Antarctic origin (http://bccm.belspo.be/catalogues/ulc-catalogue-search). The morphological identification shows that the strains belong to the orders of Synechococcales, Oscillatoriales, Pleurocapsales, Chroococcidiopsidales and Nostocales. Continuous maintenance of living cultures, some of which are also cryopreserved, ensure the preservation and the possibility to rapidly deliver strains to clients for fundamental and applied research. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of Innovation: Where Do We Stand?
Artige, Lionel ULg

Conference (2016, September 08)

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See detailHow do droplets form?
Van Loo, Stéphanie ULg; Stoukatch, Serguei ULg; Kraft, Michael ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 07)

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross ... [more ▼]

In microfluidics, flow focusing is widely used to produce water-in-oil droplets in microchannels at high frequency. We here report an experimental study of droplet formation in a microfluidic cross-junction with a minimum number of geometrical parameters. We mostly focus on the squeezing regime, which is com- posed of two distinct steps : filling and pinching. The duration of each step (and corresponding volumes of each liquid phase) are analyzed. They vary according to both water and oil flow rates. These variations provide several insights about the fluid flows in both phases. We propose several scaling laws to relate the droplet volume and frequency to the flow rate of both phases. We also discuss the influence of surfactant and channel compliance on droplet formation. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulations of composite laminates inter and intra-laminar failure using on a non-local mean-field damage-enhanced multi-scale method
Wu, Ling ULg; Adam, Laurent; Bidaine, Benoît et al

Conference (2016, September 07)

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced composite laminates is studied using a multiscale method. A non-local mean-field homogenization (MFH) method accounting for the damage evolution of the matrix phase ... [more ▼]

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced composite laminates is studied using a multiscale method. A non-local mean-field homogenization (MFH) method accounting for the damage evolution of the matrix phase of the composite material [1] is considered in each ply in order to capture the intra-laminar failure. In that formulation, an incremental-secant MFH approach is used to account for the elastic unloading of the fibers during the strain softening of the matrix. In order to avoid the strain/damage localization caused by the matrix material softening, the damage enhanced MFH was formulated in an implicit non-local way [2]. Accurate predictions of the composite softening behavior and of the different phases response is then achieved. The delamination process is modeled by recourse to a hybrid discontinuous Galerkin (DG)/ extrinsic cohesive law approach. An open-hole composite laminate with a quasi-isotropic sequence ([90/45/-45/90/0]S) is then studied experimentally and using the multiscale method [3]. The numerical model is found to predict the damage bands along the fiber directions in agreement with the experimental samples inspected by X-ray computed tomography (XCT). Moreover, the predicted delamination pattern is found to match the experimental observations. Finally, with a view to stochastic analysis, the effect of the volume fraction and orientation variations on the failure is studied by defining them as random variables. REFERENCES [1] L. Wu, L. Noels, L. Adam, I. Doghri, An implicit-gradient-enhanced incremental-secant mean- field homogenization scheme for elasto-plastic composites with damage, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 50, 3843-3860, 2013. [2] R. Peerlings, R. de Borst, W. Brekelmans, S. Ayyapureddi, Gradient-enhanced damage for quasi-brittle materials. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 39, 3391-3403, 1996. [3] L. Wu, F. Sket, J.M. Molina-Aldareguia, A. Makradi, L. Adam, I. Doghri, L. Noels, A study of composite laminates failure using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced damage mean-field homogenization model, Composite Structures, 126, 246–264, 2015. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic prediction of the quality factor of micro-resonator using a stochastic thermo-mechanical multi-scale approach
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2016, September 07)

As the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the grains, the structural properties, such as the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q), of micro-electro-mechanical ... [more ▼]

As the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the grains, the structural properties, such as the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q), of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of poly-crystalline materials exhibit a scatter, due to the existing randomness in the grain size, grain orientation, surface roughness... In order to predict the probabilistic behavior of micro-resonators, the authors extend herein a previously developed stochastic 3-scale approach [1] to the case of thermoelastic damping [2]. In this method, stochastic volume elements (SVEs) [3] are defined by considering random grain orientations in a tessellation. For each SVE realization, the mesoscopic apparent elasticity tensor, thermal conductivity tensor, and thermal dilatation tensor can be obtained using thermo-mechanical computational homogenization theory [4]. The extracted mesoscopic apparent properties tensors can then be used to define a spatially correlated meso-scale random field, which is in turn used as input for stochastic finite element simulations. As a result, the probabilistic distribution of the quality factor of micro-resonator can be extracted by considering Monte-Carlo simulations of coarse-meshed micro-resonators, accounting implicitly for the random micro-structure of the poly-silicon material. [1] V. Lucas, J.-C. Golinval, S. Paquay, V.-D. Nguyen, L. Noels, L. Wu, A stochastic computational multiscale approach; Application to MEMS resonators. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 294, 141-167, 2015. [2] L. Wu, V. Lucas, V.-D. Nguyen, J.-C. Golinval, S. Paquay, L. Noels, A Stochastic Multiscale Approach for the Modeling of Thermoelastic Damping in Micro-Resonators. Submitted. [3] M. Ostoja-Starzewski, X.Wang, Stochastic finite elements as a bridge between random material microstructure and global response, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 168, 35--49, 1999. [4] I. Özdemir, W. A. M. Brekelmans, M. G. D. Geers, Computational homogenization for heat conduction in heterogeneous solids, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering 73, 185-204, 2008. [less ▲]

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See detailA coupled electro-thermo-mechanical discontinuous Galerkin method applied on composite materials
Homsi, Lina ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

Conference (2016, September 07)

Carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites have become increasingly important due to their unique properties which are appreciated in many practical applications such as low weight, low cost, low density ... [more ▼]

Carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites have become increasingly important due to their unique properties which are appreciated in many practical applications such as low weight, low cost, low density, high mechanical characteristics. Moreover the range of their electrical conductivity can be controlled by the amount of carbon fibers. Carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites consist of at least two components, a polymer matrix (generally dielectric) and electrically conductive fillers. This combination results in multifunctional composites, both structural and conductive. The existence of the polymer matrix will avoid catastrophic failure due to fiber breaking, and the existence of the carbon fibers will enhance strength and stiffness on one hand, and will allow to a significant temperature gradient when electric current is applied on the other hand. The objective of this paper is to study the response of the carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites when an electric power is applied and to determine the effective properties. To this end governing equations describing electro-thermo-mechanical coupling in composite materials are developed and discretized using the Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) finite element method. DG methods have many advantages such as optimal convergence and local approximation properties in addition to their flexibility for mesh adaption and their straightforward use of high order polynomial approximations. A micromechanical model of unidirectional carbon fibers dispersed in a polymer matrix is formulated considering the interaction of electrical, thermal and mechanical fields It is then solved using the DG method to determine the time dependent response of the electro-thermo-mechanical coupling and quantify the variation of the fields. [less ▲]

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See detailInterfaces in multi-material architectures fabricated by polyjet printing
Zorzetto, Laura ULg; Rink, Marta; Briatico Vangosa, Francesco et al

Conference (2016, September 07)

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See detailBetween bovine milk production and reproduction : the challenge.
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Nguyen Kien, Cuong

in Vo Thi Tra; Ho Thi Kim, Hoa; Le Thanh, Hien (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 19th Federation of Asian Veterinary Association Congress (2016, September 07)

Huge differences in dairy milk production can be observed around the world. They can be explained by differences in genetic, nutritional resources and management including the capacities of the farmers ... [more ▼]

Huge differences in dairy milk production can be observed around the world. They can be explained by differences in genetic, nutritional resources and management including the capacities of the farmers and veterinarian to prevent and treat the different pathologies inducing of the wellbeing of the animals. According to the world market of milk production, the challenge of each farm is not only to produce a milk of quality but also to reduce the costs of milk production by improving reproductive performances. Anywhere in the world we are responsible to encourage and develop a sustainable approach of milk production and agriculture development according to his three pillars: environment, economic and social. Our presentation will present (1) the mains figures about the milk production in the world, (2) the definitions and prevalences of the different periods involved in the reproductive life of a cow, (3) the nutritional, genetic and pathological factors involved in the milk production on general and more specifically in reproduction (dystocia, placental retention, uterine infections, postpartum anoestrus), the relationships between these factors, (‘) the state of art of the definition, methods of diagnostic state of art of the main reproduction pathologies (dystocia,) affecting the dairy cows during the waiting and reproduction periods. [less ▲]

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See detailQuasicontinuum analysis of interaction between screw dislocation and coherent twin boundary
Tran, Hoang Son ULg; Duchene, Laurent ULg; Tummala, Hareesh et al

Conference (2016, September 07)

The interaction between pure screw dislocation with dislocation line directions lying parallel to the twin plane and Coherent Twin Boundary Σ3 of copper has been studied using Quasi-Continuum method. The ... [more ▼]

The interaction between pure screw dislocation with dislocation line directions lying parallel to the twin plane and Coherent Twin Boundary Σ3 of copper has been studied using Quasi-Continuum method. The coherent twin boundary provides high barrier to slip transmission. The dislocation pile-up modifies the stress field at its intersection with the grain boundary. We introduce a methodology to calculate the stress barriers during slip–GB interaction. Screw dislocation approaching the boundary from one side may either propagate into the adjacent twin grain by cutting through the twin boundary. Quantitative estimation of critical stress for transmission phenomena is performed by using virial stress. The mechanism and critical stress obtained were in line with the literature. Such information can be used as input for Discrete Dislocation Dynamics models [less ▲]

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See detailGeneralized Pascal triangle for binomial coefficients of words : an overview
Stipulanti, Manon ULg

Conference (2016, September 07)

We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a finite word appears as a subsequence of another finite word ... [more ▼]

We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on binomial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a finite word appears as a subsequence of another finite word. Similarly to the Sierpiński gasket that can be built as the limit set, for the Hausdorff distance, of a convergent sequence of normalized compact blocks extracted from Pascal triangle modulo 2, we describe and study the first properties of the subset of [0, 1] × [0, 1] associated with this extended Pascal triangle modulo a prime p. Then we create a new sequence from this extended Pascal triangle that counts, on each row of this triangle, the number of positive binomial coefficients. We study some properties of this sequences. To be precise, we investigate some properties regarding the regularity of the sequence. To extend our work, we construct a Pascal triangle using the Fibonacci representations of all the nonnegative integers and we define the corresponding sequence of which we study the regularity. This regularity is an extension of the classical k-regularity of sequences. [less ▲]

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See detailDecidable properties of extension graphs for substitutive languages
Dolce, Francesco; Kyriakoglou, Revekka; Leroy, Julien ULg

Conference (2016, September 07)

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See detailGPS, Galileo and BeiDou inter-system biases estimation in relative positioning with code and phase pseudoranges
Deprez, Cécile ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Conference (2016, September 07)

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the Chinese BeiDou satellite system and the ... [more ▼]

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the Chinese BeiDou satellite system and the European Galileo program have experienced major progress in 2015 and 2016 with the launch of 7 and 8 satellites respectively. Associated with the ongoing GPS modernization, many more frequencies and satellites are now available. Therefore, multi-GNSS relative positioning based on overlapping frequencies should entail better accuracy and reliability in position estimations. However, the differences between satellite systems induce inter-system biases (ISBs) inside the multi-GNSS equations of observation. The combined use of L1 and L5 from GPS with E1 and E5a from Galileo, B2 from BeiDou and E5b from Galileo in zero baseline double differences (ZB DD) based on a unique pivot satellite is employed to resolve ISBs. This model removes all the satellite- and receiver-dependent error sources by differentiating and the zero baseline configuration allows atmospheric and multipath effects elimination. An analysis of the long-term stability of ISBs (GPS- Galileo and Galileo - BeiDou) is conducted onvariouspairsof receiversover large timespans. Thepossibleinfluenceof temperature variations inside the receivers over ISB values is also investigated. Our study is based on the 6 multi-GNSS receivers (2 Septentrio PolaRx4, 1 Septentrio PolaRxS, 1 Septentrio PolaRx5 and 2 Trimble NetR9) installed on the roof of our building in Liege. The estimated ISBs are then used as corrections in the multi-GNSS observation model and the resulting accuracy of multi-GNSS positioning is compared to GPS, Galileo and BeiDou standalone solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic shielding above 1 T at 20 K with bulk, large grain YBCO tubes made by Buffer-aided Top Seeded Melt Growth.
Wera, Laurent ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Kumar, Nambury Devendra et al

Poster (2016, September 07)

A superconducting tube can be used as an efficient magnetic shield. The best shielding performance levels are usually achieved when the tube is closed at one or both extremities. The purpose of the ... [more ▼]

A superconducting tube can be used as an efficient magnetic shield. The best shielding performance levels are usually achieved when the tube is closed at one or both extremities. The purpose of the present work is to study experimentally the shielding performance of YBCO tubes obtained by Buffer-aided Top Seeded Melt Growth fabrication process (BA-TSMG). This fabrication process enables the tube to be closed at one extremity by a cap containing the seed and there is no air gap between the cap and the tube. The shielding effectiveness is characterized by two parameters: (i) the shielding factor, defined as the ratio between the applied magnetic induction and the local magnetic induction measured inside the shield, and (ii) the threshold induction, i.e. the applied magnetic induction above which a given value of the shielding factor cannot be achieved. The magnetic shielding performances of tubes with different geometry are characterized at 77 K in liquid nitrogen. Further magnetic shielding measurements are carried out on one tube at various temperatures ranging from 20 K to 77 K using a Physical Property Measurement System (PPMS). The tubes are subjected to a quasi-static (“DC”) uniform magnetic field. A Hall probe measures the axial component of the local magnetic induction along the axis of the tube as a function of the applied magnetic induction. In order to investigate how the cap prevents the magnetic flux from penetrating inside the tube, we also characterize open tubes where the cap is removed and compare their properties to those of closed tubes. Magnetic shielding measurements show that the threshold induction increases by a factor of 9 as temperature decreases from 77 K to 20 K. Measurements also show that the presence of the cap improves the shielding performance at the closed extremity of the order of 1000 as it reduces the penetration through the open end. Near the closed extremity, a threshold induction of 1.5 T was reached at 20 K. To our knowledge this threshold induction is the best value reported so far at 20 K, and is comparable in magnitude to the record threshold inductions reported for bulk MgB2 and Bi-2212 materials at lower temperatures. These results give evidence that efficient magnetic shields can be obtained with this fabrication technique. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Christmas tree plantations a suitable habitat for farmland birds?
Gailly, Robin ULg; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

Poster (2016, September 06)

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may likely impact farmland birds. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short rotation willow coppice. In Europe, the extend of Christmas tree plantations (CTP) has recently increased dramatically in farmland but their impacts on farmland birds remains largely unknown. We examined the extent to which CTP in southern Belgium alter bird species assemblages compared to traditional farmland. The presence and abundance of birds were recorded twice during a breeding season in randomly selected sites located in farmland areas with and without CTP. Results show that the conversion of traditional farmland into CTP modifies bird species assemblages and locally increases bird diversity and density without inducing biotic homogenization. This observed pattern indicates that CTP might constitute an interesting alternative habitat for farmland birds. However bird presence or abundance may be confounding indicator of habitat quality because individuals may be attracted to low-quality habitats in human modified landscapes. The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was chosen as a model species to investigate the quality of CTP as a breeding habitat in more details. Habitat quality in CTP was assessed with measures of reproductive success and survival. These measures were compared with those collected in traditional farmland. Although vegetation structure, field management and nest placement are highly different between habitat types, our first results suggest that CTP are not of lesser quality than traditional farmland for the European Stonechat. [less ▲]

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See detailYes we can! Implementing digitization requests in Alma
Renaville, François ULg; Brownlie, Helen; Read, Simon et al

Conference (2016, September 06)

Enabling patron digitization requests is one of those (new) exciting services that end users appreciate! Alma allows patrons and staff members to request the creation of a digital file for any physical or ... [more ▼]

Enabling patron digitization requests is one of those (new) exciting services that end users appreciate! Alma allows patrons and staff members to request the creation of a digital file for any physical or electronic item. Alma digitization request workflow is configurable according to the library’s requirements, created via Alma or Primo, partial or full, limited to some user groups, limited in numbers, with or without approval process, digitized materials added to collections and made accessible to registered and/or guest users via Primo, etc. So Alma libraries can deal with a lot of different options to satisfy their patrons' needs. This session will present the development and launch of digital fulfillment from the perspective of 3 institutions (the University of Otago Library, the University of Liege Library, and the University of Sheffield Library) focusing on the strategic choices that were made, the implementation, and the final delivery of the services to their communities. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic Measures of Earthquake Effects on Fire Performance of Tall Buildings
Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Garlock, Maria

in Zingoni (Ed.) Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (2016, September 06)

Cascading multi-hazard events, such as fires following an earthquake, can trigger progressive collapse of structures. Risk or the probability of reaching a limit state after an extreme event is related to ... [more ▼]

Cascading multi-hazard events, such as fires following an earthquake, can trigger progressive collapse of structures. Risk or the probability of reaching a limit state after an extreme event is related to (a) the probability of occurrence of the hazard, and (b) the probability of reaching the limit state given the hazard. In this paper, earthquake effects on fire performance of tall buildings in a community are studied. First, the proba-bility of fire ignition due to an earthquake is modeled based on historical data and properties of the built en-vironment. In the second step, the effect of earthquake on structural fire performance of a steel frame is studied using system level probabilistic approaches. The results show that the earthquake does not increase the probability of reaching different limit states under fire, however, post earthquake fire can increase the drift demand on columns located on the perimeter of the structure, and may cause instability. [less ▲]

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See detailSubsidence in the Sept Iles layered intrusion (Canada) revealed by anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Diot, Hervé; Fransen, William ULg et al

Conference (2016, September 06)

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See detailThree-Parameter Kinematic Approach for Shear Behaviour of Short Coupling Beams with Conventional Reinforcement
Mihaylov, Boyan ULg; Franssen, Renaud

in fib bulletin (in preparation) (2016, September 06)

This paper presents a three-parameter kinematic theory (3PKT) for predicting the shear strength and deformation patterns of short coupling beams. The 3PKT approach is situated between simple and ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a three-parameter kinematic theory (3PKT) for predicting the shear strength and deformation patterns of short coupling beams. The 3PKT approach is situated between simple and conservative strut-and-tie models and complex non-linear finite element (FE) models. It is aimed at improving the shear strength predictions of strut-and-tie models while maintaining relative simplicity and clear physical basis. In addition, it is aimed at providing estimates of the ultimate deformations in coupling beams which are typically calculated with FE models. While FE models use a large number of degrees of freedom (DOFs) to describe the deformation patterns in coupling beams, the 3PKT is based on a kinematic model with only three DOFs. In addition to kinematic conditions, the 3PKT also includes equilibrium equations and constitutive relationships for the mechanisms of shear resistance in short coupling beams. The paper presents the formulation of the 3PKT and compares its shear strength predictions to results from tests, finite element simulations, and strut-and-tie models. It is shown that the 3PKT approximates very well the predictions of the FE models, while the strut-and-tie model produce significantly lower strengths. [less ▲]

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See detailUltra-narrow superconducting junctions: electromigration to shed light on quantum point contacts
Baumans, Xavier ULg; Cerbu, Dorin; Adami, Obaïd-Allah ULg et al

Conference (2016, September 06)

Superconducting nanowires have been, for years now, a topic of great interest due to their potential application in single photon detectors and in quantum computing circuits. In this context, it is of ... [more ▼]

Superconducting nanowires have been, for years now, a topic of great interest due to their potential application in single photon detectors and in quantum computing circuits. In this context, it is of fundamental importance to better understand the undesired and harmful appearance of thermal and quantum fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter [1]-[3] as a function of the wire width. Although superconductors in the mesoscopic regime (i.e. size comparable to ξ and/or λ) have been explored both experimentally and theoretically in depth, the superconducting nanoworld (i.e. at scales of the fermi wavelength) has received much less attention. The lack of experimental results is in part due to the difficulty of sample fabrication, at dimensions beyond the limit reached by conventional lithographic techniques. A promising direction consists of controlling the local displacement of atom by an electron wind, a process known as electromigration (EM) [4] . This effect relies on the combination of local temperature rise and substantial current crowding at nanoconstrictions. While uncontrolled, EM is responsible for the breakdown of small electronic devices, it can be used in a controllable way to further decrease locally the cross section of the nanowire towards single atomic contacts. In this work, we explore in-situ controlled EM to fabricate nano-constrictions immersed in cryogenic environment. We demonstrate that a transition from thermally assisted phase slips (TAPS) to quantum phase slips (QPS) takes place when the effective cross section becomes smaller than ~ 150 nm 2 . In the regime dominated by QPS the nanowire loses completely its capacity to carry current without dissipation, even at the lowest possible temperature [5] . We also demonstrate that the bow-tie shaped constrictions exhibit a negative magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields [5] which can be attributed to the suppression of superconductivity in the contact leads [6] . Strikingly, the detrimental effect caused by the repeated EM can be healed by simply inverting the current direction. These findings reveal the strong potential of the proposed fabrication method to explore various fascinating superconducting phenomena in atomic-size constrictions. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Christmas tree plantations a suitable habitat for farmland birds?
Gailly, Robin ULg; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

Conference (2016, September 06)

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may likely impact farmland birds. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short rotation willow coppice. In Europe, the extend of Christmas tree plantations (CTP) has recently increased dramatically in farmland but their impacts on farmland birds remains largely unknown. We examined the extent to which CTP in southern Belgium alter bird species assemblages compared to traditional farmland. The presence and abundance of birds were recorded twice during a breeding season in randomly selected sites located in farmland areas with and without CTP. Results show that the conversion of traditional farmland into CTP modifies bird species assemblages and locally increases bird diversity and density without inducing biotic homogenization. This observed pattern indicates that CTP might constitute an interesting alternative habitat for farmland birds. However bird presence or abundance may be confounding indicator of habitat quality because individuals may be attracted to low-quality habitats in human modified landscapes. The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was chosen as a model species to investigate the quality of CTP as a breeding habitat in more details. Habitat quality in CTP was assessed with measures of reproductive success and survival. These measures were compared with those collected in traditional farmland. Although vegetation structure, field management and nest placement are highly different between habitat types, our first results suggest that CTP are not of lesser quality than traditional farmland for the European Stonechat. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusually high sea ice cover influences resource use by benthic invertebrates in coastal Antarctica
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice cover decrease, the sea ice cover of East Antarctica unexpectedly tends to increase, possibly in relation with changes in atmospheric circulation. Changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure (i.e. resource availability for benthic consumers). Here, we studied shallow (0-20 m) benthic food web structure on the coasts of Petrels Island (Adélie Land, East Antarctica) during an event of unusually high spatial and temporal (two successive austral summers without seasonal break-up) sea ice cover. Using stable isotope ratios of C and N and the SIAR mixing model, we examined importance of 4 organic matter sources (benthic macroalgae, benthic biofilm, sympagic algae, suspended particulate organic matter) for nutrition of dominant primary consumers and omnivores. 14 invertebrate taxa including sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers were studied. Our results indicate that most benthic invertebrates predominantly relied on sympagic algae. Despite its very high abundance, trophic role of benthic biofilm seemed limited. However, interpretation of data was complicated by the peculiar ecophysiological features of Antarctic invertebrates, whose very low metabolic rates could be associated to low isotopic turnover and long time to reach isotopic equilibrium with their food items. Resource use by consumers from Adélie Land markedly differed from literature data about invertebrate diet in coastal Antarctica, suggesting 1) important influence of increased sea ice cover on benthic food web structure and 2) high spatial and/or temporal variation in the feeding habits of studied organisms, likely linked with a high degree of trophic plasticity. Our results provide insights about how Antarctic benthic consumers, which have evolved in an extremely stable environment, might adapt their feeding habits in response to sudden man-driven changes in environmental conditions and trophic resource availability. [less ▲]

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See detailPhase Slips In Tunable Width Point Contacts Created By Electromigration
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg

Conference (2016, September 05)

Superconducting nanowires have been, for years now, a topic of great interest due to their potential application in single photon detectors and as interconnects in circuits proposed for quantum computing ... [more ▼]

Superconducting nanowires have been, for years now, a topic of great interest due to their potential application in single photon detectors and as interconnects in circuits proposed for quantum computing. In this context, it is of fundamental importance to better understand the undesired and harmful appearance of thermal and quantum fluctuations of the superconducting order parameter as a function of the wire width. In this presentation, we explore in-situ controlled electromigration (EM) to fabricate nano-constrictions immersed in cryogenic environment. We demonstrate that a transition from thermally assisted phase slips (TAPS) to quantum phase slips (QPS) takes place when the effective cross section becomes smaller than ~150 nm^2. In the regime dominated by QPS the nanowire loses completely its capacity to carry current without dissipation, even at the lowest possible temperature. We also demonstrate that the bow-tie shaped constrictions exhibit a negative magnetoresistance at low magnetic fields which can be attributed to the suppression of superconductivity in the contact leads. Strikingly, the detrimental effect caused by the repeated EM can be healed by simply inverting the current direction. These findings reveal perspectives of the proposed fabrication method for exploring various fascinating superconducting phenomena in atomic size constrictions. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated Project with Focus on Energy Transition and Circular Economy for Developing Engineering Students' Soft Skills
Léonard, Grégoire ULg; Pfennig, Andreas ULg; Toye, Dominique ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

The present work reports the experience of an integrated project developed at the University of Liege for master students in chemical engineering. The goals are to promote the acquisition of soft skills ... [more ▼]

The present work reports the experience of an integrated project developed at the University of Liege for master students in chemical engineering. The goals are to promote the acquisition of soft skills and to consolidate technical knowledge by integrating and linking chemical engineering disciplines usually taught separately. A case study was selected to address some of the challenges related to energy transition: students had to design the energy system of a remote island and make it as energy independent and CO2-neutral as possible by 2030. The course of action during the academic year, the assessment of soft skills, and the tools offered to ease the mentoring and encourage the acquisition of soft skills are described. Not all implemented techniques performed equally well, and this project finally appeared to be a challenge for the teaching team as well. 1 Introduction and background Over the last few years, University authorities, industrial partners as well as national and international experts that evaluated the education quality of our Department (AEQES, CTI) strongly suggested that opportunities should be offered to students to increase their soft skills as part of their curriculum. Moreover, many developments in chemical engineering are related to energy transition and circular economy, which are both transdisciplinary to conventional lectures. In this paper, we present methods and mentoring tools developed to teach students technical and soft skills for multi-disciplinary topics. 2 Description of the integrated project Objectives and constraints were defined at the onset of the project for both technical and soft skills. The technical objective was to propose an energy system that would make Reunion Island as energy independent and CO2-neutral as possible by 2030. This idea originated in the challenge set by the Eurecha 2015 student contest[1], for which students had to design facilities for a sheikhdom: electricity, water recycling, production of fertilizers… In our case, Reunion Island (~850 000 inhabitants) was considered as a case study as it is remote, has large biomass resources and high potential for renewable energies. Besides the objectives mentioned above and in order to force students to look at chemical engineering processes, the treatment of wastewater was imposed as well as the use of a synthetic liquid fuel as energy carrier. The targeted soft skills included working in large groups of minimum 4 students, efficient communication of results in English - both written and oral -, ability to integrate knowledge from various disciplines, development of critical mind and demonstration of independent and creative thinking. 3 Course of actions A team of 8 professors and senior scientists mentored the project and contributed to its assessment. The 10-ECTS project was divided in two parts. In the fall semester, students made global energy balances to design the energy system that would fulfill the objectives. As a result, a Sankey diagram of the energy flows on Reunion Island by 2030 was produced to allow for an overview of the available Island’s resources and needs, as well as of processes that can make the link between resources and needs. In the spring semester, two processes identified in the first part, namely the synthesis of bio-ethanol and bio-methanol, were modelled in more details using commercial software. Different tools were used to encourage student initiatives and work: • The use of a shared on-line portfolio for students to gather their documents improved their internal communication, but this remained a marginal channel for communication with teachers • In the fall semester, students orally presented progress reports every two weeks. After a feedback to students, the teaching team met to discuss the achievements and set the objectives for the next two weeks. This was very positive for the communication inside the teaching team. However, presentations every fortnight implied a work overload for students that had to constantly focus on preparing the presentations. • From the beginning, students were strongly encouraged to reach out to field experts whose contacts were provided. However, they preferred to rely mostly on Internet as their main source of information and reached out only rarely for help and usually very late. • In the fall semester, students had to designate new team leaders in turn every fortnight. This was abandoned as it prevented the establishment of clear structures in the group, reducing its efficiency. • In the spring semester, work tables allowed students to work directly with the teacher specialized in their task. This was appreciated by students and teachers, and it needs to be further encouraged. • Help in the group organization and interactions was provided by the PSGO (psychology of groups and organizations). This also included videoscopy, i.e. filming the students during their presentations and analyzing the records with them. This help was appreciated by students. The assessment was based on technical results for 60%, and soft skills for 40%. The evaluation of technical skills was done partly by all teachers equally and partly by teachers whose expertise was the closest to the technical sub-tasks. For soft skills, efficient communication, creativity in the work and results and links with conventional lectures were assessed. Critical thinking was evaluated through the relevance of qualitative and quantitative results and discussions. Group work was assessed by the teachers as well as by students through mutual evaluation. 4 Conclusions and perspectives The integrated project gave students a first opportunity to improve their soft skills along with their technical knowledge. It also improved their communication skills and their fluency in English. The teaching team proposed different mentoring techniques to encourage efficient work, with varying results. Finally, as the assessment ignored soft skills improvements, it may be modified by evaluating soft skills all year long so both the final result and the observed improvements contribute to the grade. Reference Eurecha, The European Committee for the Use of Computers in Chemical Engineering Education, 2015. Announcement for student contest problem competition 2015. http://bari.upc.es/eurecha/. [less ▲]

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See detailImprinting superconducting vortex trajectories in a magnetic layer
Shaw, Gorky ULg

Conference (2016, September 05)

We experimentally show that the principle of local polarization of a magnetic layer can be applied for imprinting, into a soft magnetic layer of permalloy (Py), the trajectory of vortices moving in a ... [more ▼]

We experimentally show that the principle of local polarization of a magnetic layer can be applied for imprinting, into a soft magnetic layer of permalloy (Py), the trajectory of vortices moving in a superconducting film (Nb). In full analogy with a magnetic drawing board, vortices act as tiny magnetic scribers leaving a wake of polarized magnetic media in the Py layer. We have used the magneto-optical imaging technique to investigate the mutual interaction between superconducting vortices and ferromagnetic domains. In general, we observe that the flux propagation is delayed at the border of the magnetic layer. For thick Py layers, the stripe magnetic domain pattern guides the smooth flux penetration as well as the abrupt vortex avalanches in the Nb film. More interestingly, in thin Py layers without stripe domains, vortices leave clear imprints of locally polarized magnetic moments along their trajectories. Furthermore, the printings were found to be stable and could still be observed at room temperature, allowing for ex situ observation of the flux penetration in superconductors. We expect our findings to pave the way for further studies for optimizing magnetic recording of superconducting vortex trajectories. [less ▲]

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See detailInstability and abrupt changes in marine ice sheet behaviour
Bulthuis, Kevin ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg; Pattyn, Frank et al

Conference (2016, September 05)

The West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS), whose bedrock is to a large extent below sea level, has been identified as a tipping element in Earth’s climate system because it could dramatically re- treat and ... [more ▼]

The West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS), whose bedrock is to a large extent below sea level, has been identified as a tipping element in Earth’s climate system because it could dramatically re- treat and cause important sea-level rise. Different mechanisms underlying instabilities of such marine ice sheets have been proposed in the literature, but the risk that these mechanisms could trigger an accelerated retreat of the WAIS is still an open question. In this oral communication, which results from the literature study that I carried out during this ongoing first year of my PhD, I will review two main mechanisms that can cause marine ice sheet instability. The first mechanism is the marine ice sheet instability explained by Weertman who hypothe- sizes that marine ice sheets grounded on bedrocks which deepen inland can be inherently unstable. I will focus my attention on the stability of the steady states of this nonlinear dyna- mical system, as well as on the critical values of the external forcing parameters responsible for abrupt changes in the system behaviour (critical transitions). I will review how geological data suggest that rapid ice sheet retreats explained by Weertman’s hypothesis occurred in Antarctica during the Pleistocene and the early Holocene. The recently observed accelerated ice loss of the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers of the WAIS could also be considered as a consequence of this instability mechanism and could lead to an important contribution to sea-level rise in the future. The second mechanism that I will review is the binge-purge oscillation mechanism which could have caused the disintegration of the Laurentide ice sheet during the last glacial period. These oscillations could also explain future behaviour of the WAIS. Binge-purge oscillations are short periods of enhanced ice flow (purge phase) followed by periods of much slower flow (binge phase). These oscillations are usually explained by a thermal-gravitational instability which takes place when basal conditions change. I will focus my attention on the mathematical and physical conditions which can trigger this instability process, as well as on examples of such oscillations in the WAIS in the past. [less ▲]

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See detailInternet Platforms for Education on Sustainability
Pfennig, Andreas ULg

Conference (2016, September 05)

One challenge in teaching sustainability results from the expertise being distributed in various universities. At the same time society would not require so many experts focused on sustainability that ... [more ▼]

One challenge in teaching sustainability results from the expertise being distributed in various universities. At the same time society would not require so many experts focused on sustainability that corresponding purely sustainability-oriented curricula should be offered in a majority of universities. Thus sustainability aspects have to be integrated into existing curricula e.g. in chemical engineering studies. To offer sufficiently high-level courses or teaching content, one way is to share modules dealing with sustainability aspects. The idea to share teaching capabilities on a national or international level is not new, some examples are sustainicum.at, bioenergytrain.eu. While these approaches address the topic of sustainability with a relatively wide variety of facets, it is difficult to see, how a coherent picture can be obtained and transferred in education to students and the interested public. While this is so, already regarding the most basic element of the versatile toolbox of chemical engineering, namely setting up and solving simple balances, leads to significant insights and especially a fundamental understanding on the basic interplay of at least some of the major drivers. These are – besides increasing world population, which is the main driver – the increasing energy consumption, the limited land area for food and bioenergy production, the finite size even of the atmosphere leading to an increase in CO2 concentration and climate change, to name just a few. All of these aspects refer to limited resources for which balances can be set up and solved. The balances have the advantage that they are so simple that everybody can assess their validity and implications. The experience with working out a corresponding teaching module will be presented exemplarily. To facilitate delivering the aspects to students and the interested public the teaching material including a full manuscript and power-point slides have been worked out and are supplied at sustainicum.at. To allow easy access to the content of this teaching material also corresponding lectures have been recorded and are made publicly available through YouTube. The technical boundary conditions, which were found to be quite optimal as compared to other public lectures available on the internet, will be presented. The teaching material has in the past also been used for a variety of own presentations with the aim to deliver the basic understanding to an interested public, including public conference series or school classes. From these various experiences conclusions are drawn which will be presented. Introduction: One challenge in teaching sustainability results from the expertise being distributed in various universities. At the same time society would not require so many experts focused on sustainability that corresponding purely sustainability-oriented curricula should be offered in a majority of universities. Thus sustainability aspects have to be integrated into existing curricula e.g. in chemical engineering studies. To offer sufficiently high-level courses or teaching content, one way is to share modules dealing with sustainability aspects. The idea to share teaching capabilities on a national or international level is not new, some examples are sustainicum.at, bioenergytrain.eu. While these approaches address the topic of sustainability with a relatively wide variety of facets, it is difficult to see, how a coherent picture can be obtained and transferred in education to students and the interested public. Exemplary Topic: While this is so, already regarding the most basic element of the versatile toolbox of chemical engineering, namely setting up and solving simple balances, leads to significant insights and especially a fundamental understanding on the basic interplay of at least some of the major drivers. These are – besides increasing world population, which is the main driver – the increasing energy consumption, the limited land area for food and bioenergy production, the finite size even of the atmosphere leading to an increase in CO2 concentration and climate change, to name just a few. All of these aspects refer to limited resources for which balances can be set up and solved. The balances have the advantage that they are so simple that everybody can assess their validity and implications. The experience with working out a corresponding teaching module will be presented exemplarily. Results and Conclusions: To facilitate delivering the aspects to students and the interested public the teaching material including a full manuscript and power-point slides have been worked out and are supplied at sustainicum.at. To allow easy access to the content of this teaching material also corresponding lectures have been recorded and are made publicly available through YouTube. The technical boundary conditions, which were found to be quite optimal as compared to other public lectures available on the internet, will be presented. The teaching material has in the past also been used for a variety of own presentations with the aim to deliver the basic understanding to an interested public, including public conference series or school classes. From these various experiences conclusions are drawn which will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailTraining engineers to meet the challenges of a changing world: how a competency framework improves teaching programs and team cohesion
Degré, Aurore ULg; Colaux, Catherine ULg

in Mazijn, Bernard (Ed.) 8th Conference on Education engineering for sustainable development (2016, September 05)

The competency framework is a complex and time-consuming exercise seen by most teachers as an administrative process. When applied, however, it can be a powerful tool for adapting curricula for engineers ... [more ▼]

The competency framework is a complex and time-consuming exercise seen by most teachers as an administrative process. When applied, however, it can be a powerful tool for adapting curricula for engineers to meet the emerging needs of society, including training in sustainable development. This paper looks at how to use the competency framework to generate a tool for bringing teachers together around shared objectives, helping students build their career paths and improving communication with the ‘outside world’. This approach, largely inspired by the Tardif approach, is being used for the Bioengineering Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences and Technology at the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Faculty, University of Liège, Belgium. The approach has allowed the teaching staff to build a common educational project aimed at enabling bioengineers to meet the needs of society [less ▲]

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See detailFeeding ecology of Southern Ocean seastars inferred from stable isotopes ratios
Le Bourg, Baptiste ULg; Blanchard, Alice; Danis, Bruno et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

The Southern Ocean is currently subjected to strong and contrasted impacts of climate change. The Western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions of the world, resulting in sea ice ... [more ▼]

The Southern Ocean is currently subjected to strong and contrasted impacts of climate change. The Western Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions of the world, resulting in sea ice cover decreases. Increasing seawater temperature and sea ice cover reduction in Western Antarctic Peninsula and associated regions will likely impact food web functioning through temperature-related changes in consumer physiology, modifications of benthic community structure (e.g. expansion of exogenous species such as predatory crabs), modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling intensity or disruption of benthic production. Asteroids (Echinoderms) are an important group of southern benthos. This group also has a great trophic variability and is potentially more resistant than other organisms to temperature changes (Peck et al. 2008). Consequently, they will be likely impacted by modifications in food webs functioning rather by direct warming and investigating their trophic ecology is necessary to infer how climate change will impact them. In this context, the aim of this study is to use stable isotopes ratios of C, N and S to infer sea stars trophic ecology. 16 species of sea stars spanning 10 different families sampled in multiple and contrasted habitats across Subantarctic (South Georgia, South Sandwich Islands, Falkland Islands) and Antarctic (South Shetland Islands, South Orkney Islands, Western Antarctic Peninsula) locations. In total, tegument samples from 213 specimens was analysed. Diversity and plasticity of asteroid diet along Southern Ocean coasts were explored through isotopic niche parametrisation (e.g. niche width and overlap between species and/or populations; Jackson et al. 2011). The data will also be used in a larger scale research project on the trophic ecology of Antarctic sea stars. This project will notably compare trophic resources supporting asteroid communities in Western Antarctic Peninsula, where sea ice cover is decreasing, and in Terre Adélie, where sea ice cover is increasing (Parkinson & Cavalieri 2012). Ultimately, this project will help understanding which ecological processes determine how an animal group copes with environmental modifications linked to climate change. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-destructive measurements of the volume magnetic behavior of large bulk GdBCO single domains and ferromagnet/superconductor structures
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Egan, Raphael; Morita, Mitsuru et al

Conference (2016, September 05)

The present work deals with magnetic measurements on bulk large grain GdBa2Cu3O7 (GdBCO) single domains using a recently constructed bespoke magnetometer [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 86 025107 (2015)]. The device ... [more ▼]

The present work deals with magnetic measurements on bulk large grain GdBa2Cu3O7 (GdBCO) single domains using a recently constructed bespoke magnetometer [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 86 025107 (2015)]. The device enables the measurement of magnetic moments as large as 1 Am^2 (1000 emu) on large bulk samples up to 20 mm diameter at 77 K. This extends significantly the accessible measurement range of “off-the shelf” magnetometers (e.g. SQUID, VSM). Unlike Hall probe mapping, the measured signal is representative of the superconducting currents flowing across the entire height of the sample. Since the device is based on a flux extraction technique and does not include any Hall probe, another advantage is that no gap between a Hall probe and the sample needs to be taken into account to interpret the results. In the present work we first show how the dimensions of the sensing coils and integration bounds are chosen in such a way the magnetometer is sensitive to dipolar magnetic moment of the sample, while being insensitive to moments of higher order. Next we study the relaxation of the trapped magnetic moment under various magnetization processes. The sensitivity of the device allows small variations of m (e.g. ~ 2% for 1 hour) to be recorded. We show experimentally that the relaxation of the magnetic moment of the whole sample is reduced strongly if the superconductor is not fully magnetized, either in field cooled (FC) or zero-field cooled (ZFC) conditions. The practical consequence is that an abnormally slow magnetic relaxation (large E-J power law exponent n) under a conventional magnetization procedure indicates that the bulk superconductor could be magnetized further. In a second set of experiments, we study the increase of magnetic moment of a bulk superconductor when it is attached to a soft ferromagnetic disk. We also examine the irreversible demagnetization of these structures when subjected to crossed magnetic fields and compare to the magnetic moment of a classical (Nd-Fe-B) permanent magnets in the same conditions. Acknowledgements: This work is part of an "Action de Recherches Concertees" grant (ARC 11/16 -03) from the "Communaute Francaise de Belgique". [less ▲]

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See detailFlipped classes and enriched skeleton maps to foster deep and interactive learning in engineering education
Attia, Shady ULg; Detroz, Pascal ULg

in Mazijn (Ed.) BUILDING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY TOGETHER (2016, September 05)

This paper reports the initial experience of applying the enriched skeleton mapping technique as innovative and meaningful learning methods within a flipped class teaching setting. Driven by the low ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the initial experience of applying the enriched skeleton mapping technique as innovative and meaningful learning methods within a flipped class teaching setting. Driven by the low confidence and autonomy of many undergraduates; this study focus on stimulating collaboration and interactive learning. The study was performed in a course labeled ‘sustainable building construction technology’ of the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering program at Liege University (Ulg). First year and second year students, were assigned to an experimental group of 27 students and a control group of 8. In the experimental group, students worked together in pairs on mini-concepts and created enriched skeleton maps for the course content. The control group received a regular ex-cathedra course. The results show that students who used the enriched skeleton mapping technique were more engaged and outperformed the control group. Enriched skeleton concept mapping fostered deep learning and resulted in a better understanding of the course mini concepts in addition to the course structure and domain. Students of the enriched skeleton mapping found learning to be more ‘useful, stimulating and more engaging’, whereas students of the congenital ex-cathedra curriculum found learning to be ‘passive and boring’. A combination of both techniques may provide the most effective training for undergraduate engineering students. [less ▲]

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See detailBalanced words and related concepts: applications and complexity issues
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2016, September 05)

In this talk, I present a few results and several questions about "regular" sequences of integers and related concepts, such as balanced words, partitions and covers of the integers by arithmetic ... [more ▼]

In this talk, I present a few results and several questions about "regular" sequences of integers and related concepts, such as balanced words, partitions and covers of the integers by arithmetic sequences. Such concepts have been investigated in pure mathematics, but also naturally arise in a variety of application fields such as production planning, political science, or queueing theory. I briefly present some of these applications and explain how they motivate seemingly new questions relating, for instance, to the algorithmic complexity of regular partitions, or to the structure of balanced words. The presentation is based on joint work with Nadia Brauner and Vincent Jost (Grenoble). [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of Cross-linking and Ion-mobility for the study of protein and complex structures
Baumans, France ULg; Grifnée, Elodie ULg; Hage, Christoph et al

Poster (2016, September 05)

The tridimensional structures of proteins and the mapping of protein-protein interactions are precious sources of information for the understanding of their function. Different techniques such as X-ray ... [more ▼]

The tridimensional structures of proteins and the mapping of protein-protein interactions are precious sources of information for the understanding of their function. Different techniques such as X-ray cristallography or nuclear magnetic resonance are usually used to achieve this goal. In the field of mass spectrometry, several tools were also developped. The one presented here is the chemical cross-linking in which two reactive residue side chains, spatially close, are linked thanks to a bifunctional chemical, called crosslinker. Ion-mobility coupled to mass spectrometry has also been investigated for the study of cross-linked products. The first results tend to show that cross-linkers allow to fix the shape of the protein in solution, leaving it intact when analysed in the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroducing regenerative design and circularity into architectural and engineering curriculum
Attia, Shady ULg

in Mazijn (Ed.) BUILDING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY TOGETHER (2016, September 05)

Looking today to the challenges for planning and design of sustainable built environment including, carbon emissions, climate change, human health, water problems, biodiversity, scarcity of resources ... [more ▼]

Looking today to the challenges for planning and design of sustainable built environment including, carbon emissions, climate change, human health, water problems, biodiversity, scarcity of resources, depletion of fossil fuel, population growth and urbanization; sustainable architecture will play a key role for the sustainable development of society as a whole. In the context of an architectural design studio, this paper presents the experience of introducing the concept of regenerative design within a Belgian engineering faculty. The regenerative design objective and principles are used as a method to develop engineers’ capabilities to design within a circular economy paradigm. The aim of the study is to evaluate the adoption of circular economy principles and their influence on the decision making and final outcomes on third-year architectural engineering students at the University of Liege (Ulg), Faculty of Applied Sciences in 2014 and 2015. The paper utilizes two design studios outcomes in the form of projects evaluation and students feedback, in the form of interviews and surveys, in order to assess the students’ knowledge uptake, learned skills and design capabilities. Students completed a knowledge, skills, and attitudes questionnaire before the curriculum, after the final learning experience, and one year later. The paper provides results that shed light on the opportunities, challenges and architectural engineer’s needs to engage in a circular built environment. [less ▲]

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See detailBack on Track... in 3D
Marchal, Antoine ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; De Bruyn, Nico

Poster (2016, September 04)

Ecological monitoring provides basic information on population status and distribution that is crucial for conservation, research and management strategies. Studies using tracks are controversial due to ... [more ▼]

Ecological monitoring provides basic information on population status and distribution that is crucial for conservation, research and management strategies. Studies using tracks are controversial due to past misuses tainted with subjectivity. Advances in photogrammetry literally add another dimension to the recording techniques, and geometric morphometrics provides an appropriate approach for the study of track shape variation. Tracks are back on track in conservation! [less ▲]

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See detailLife-Dairyclim, European project aiming to mitigate methane emissions and carbon footprint of dairy cows
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Bernard, Maxime; Reding, Romain et al

in Höglind, Mats; Bakken, Anne Kjersti; Hovstad, Knut Anders (Eds.) et al The multiple roles of grassland in the European bioeconomy (2016, September 04)

How can dairy farming contribute to reduce the climate change without compromising food security and farm economy? This is the question the project Life-Dairyclim wants to answer. The project gathers ... [more ▼]

How can dairy farming contribute to reduce the climate change without compromising food security and farm economy? This is the question the project Life-Dairyclim wants to answer. The project gathers partners from research groups, association of advisory services to farmers and feed industry in collaboration with private farmers in three countries (Belgium, Luxembourg and Denmark). It focuses on production of feed, including utilisation of grassland and feeding of dairy cows in order to implement strategies that can contribute to a sustainable development of the dairy sector. Feeding experiments to decrease methane from dairy cows will be assessed at the University of Liège (Belgium) with cows milked by an automatic milking system. Methane production will be analysed individually by a device (Guardian®) inserted in the feeding bin as well as by mid infrared spectrum analysis of milk. The effect of concentrate composition on methane production during grazing in combination with optimization of grazing practices will be studied in collaboration with the industrial partner, Dumoulin (Belgium). The carbon footprint of produced milk will be determined using lifecycle assessment methods based on input from the experiments in combination with effect of feed production on especially carbon sequestration from different type of crop and utilization by Aarhus University (Denmark) and Convis, association of advisory services to farmers (Luxembourg). An important part of the project is dissemination based on pilot farms in all three countries documenting the impact of mitigation strategies adopted during the project [less ▲]

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See detailGrazing practices, perception and expectations of Walloon dairy farmers
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Bernard, Maxime; Lioy, Rocco et al

in Högling, Mats; Bakken, Anne Kjersti; Hovstad, Knut Anders (Eds.) et al The multiple roles of grassland in the European bioeconomy (2016, September 04)

The role of grasslands as a C sink is generally accepted. It is considered that permanent grasslands allow annual C storage rates between 22 and 44 g C/m2/y (Soussana et al., 2010) thereby contributing to ... [more ▼]

The role of grasslands as a C sink is generally accepted. It is considered that permanent grasslands allow annual C storage rates between 22 and 44 g C/m2/y (Soussana et al., 2010) thereby contributing to the mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Grassland preservation has several other advantages including a decrease in feeding costs (Dillon et al., 2005), a positive effect on cows’ health (e.g.a decrease in lameness) (Burow et al., 2011) and the provision of a positive image to consumers. Despite these arguments, grazing is decreasing in Europe and grasslands are disappearing. A better understanding of grazing practices and of farmers’ expectations could suggest ways of improving these practices and limiting grassland disappearance. As a result, Walloon dairy farmers were surveyed in December 2015 and the preliminary results are presented below. [less ▲]

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See detailNew crystallographic data on several uranyl minerals
Dal Bo, Fabrice ULg; Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Philippo, Simon

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See detailUrban soils with a sideway glance
Meulemans, Germain ULg

Conference (2016, September 03)

The soils of cities are becoming an important subject for the soil sciences, triggering revisions in their usual modes of research and concepts. One implication of this is the resort to the 'ecological ... [more ▼]

The soils of cities are becoming an important subject for the soil sciences, triggering revisions in their usual modes of research and concepts. One implication of this is the resort to the 'ecological engineering' of soils, framed as a research in soil processes through the active making of soils from scratch. In this, several voices from inside the Soil sciences call for a move from descriptive research to open-ended experimentation. A similar move has also been called for in anthropology. Ingold, notably, suggests to revive the 'craft of anthropology' (2008), encouraging anthropologists to participate in the carrying on of life through craft and experimentation, rather than restraining to retrospective accounts of its unfolding dynamics. How, then, can turns towards making resonate between the practices of soil scientists and those of the anthropologists that attempt to study them? In this paper, I present a collaborative experiment between artists, anthropologists and soil scientists that was carried out in a series of residences near Paris between 2015 and 2016. The residential sessions consisted in a continuation and speculative exploration of the questions raised in both the soil sciences and anthropology in an experimental, creative way - addressing the intertwinement of human and soil becomings from direct engagement with them. The paper addresses how such experiments can be a research process, aimed at exploring the world 'with a sideway glance' (Ingold, 2008). The paper concludes with open questions on where anthropological investigation through art making might play a role in the future of disciplinarities. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing Basic Motor Competencies in Primary School – an International Comparative Study in Europe
Scheuer, Claude; Cloes, Marc ULg; Colella, Dario et al

Conference (2016, September 03)

A central aim of primary physical education (PE) is the promotion of physical competencies as a necessary condition of developing a physically active lifestyle and to be able to participate in the Olympic ... [more ▼]

A central aim of primary physical education (PE) is the promotion of physical competencies as a necessary condition of developing a physically active lifestyle and to be able to participate in the Olympic community. We defined basic motor competencies as physical performance dispositions, which evolved from task-specific requirements in the culture of sports and exercise. They are supposed to be learnable, based on previous experiences and can be improved through practice. Potential evaluations of effects in PE need to consider situation-specific and context-dependent characteristics of PE as well as prior experiences of pupils. Therefore, a design for test items, which are closely related to PE and vary in difficulty depending on the age of the pupils, is necessary. For this purpose, we developed the MOBAK-1 test instrument for the assessment of basic motor competencies in first graders. It allows teachers to identify groups in need of special support, and initiate these support measures to reduce inequalities. The first study took place in Zurich (Switzerland) and focused on construct validity (e.g., the factorial validity of the instrument). Between spring 2015 and spring 2016, the MOBAK-1 test instrument was and will be implemented in further countries in Europe. At this time, we have four samples of four different countries: (1) Switzerland (Zurich) (N = 317; girls = 55%; age: M = 7.04 years [SD = .37]; BMI = 16.08 [SD = 2.25]) assessed by University of Basel (Dr. Christian Herrmann); (2) Germany (Frankfurt) (N = 1061; girls = 45%; age: M = 6.80 years [SD = .89]; BMI = 16.30 [SD = 2.37]) assed by University of Frankfurt (Prof. Dr. Christopher Heim); (3) Lithuania (Kaunas) (N = 120; girls = 48%; age: M = 7.76 years [SD = .33]; BMI = 16.14 [SD = 2.30]) assessed by Lithuanian Sports University (Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arunas Emeljanovas); (4) Italy (Foggia) (N = 85; girls = 45%; age: M = 7.24 years [SD = .30]; BMI = 17.53 [SD = 3.04]) assessed by University of Foggia (Prof. Dr. Dario Colella). Further samples are currently on the way to be completed in four other countries: (1) Luxembourg (N = 280) assessed by University of Luxembourg (Claude Scheuer); (2) Slovakia (Trnava) (N = 240) assessed by University of Trnava (Dr. Dana Masarykova); (3) Czech Republic (Brno) (N = 600) assessed by University of Brno (Dr. Petr Vlcek); (4) Belgium (Liège) (N = 450) assessed by University of Liège (Prof. Dr. Marc Cloes and Dr. Boris Jidovtseff). In the initial validation study in Switzerland, two factors consisting of four items each were found. The related EFA (Study 1: CFI=.98; RMSEA=.024) and CFA (Study 2: CFI =.95; RMSEA=.044) revealed good model fit indices. The first factor “Locomotion” represents body movements (e.g., balancing), the second factor “Object-control” represents ball control (e.g., catching). Conclusions: The developed MOBAK test instrument meets psychometric validity demands based on the Swiss data. The presentation will show the results of the validation studies in further European countries and the results of the comparative study. [less ▲]

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See detailCo-producing evidence: Ethnographic inquiry of a "wild" search for causation
Duysens, Fanny ULg

Conference (2016, September 03)

Drawing on a multi-sited ethnography which explores the field of patients’ organizations (POs) concerned with genetic disorders within the Belgian context, this communication is interested in some ... [more ▼]

Drawing on a multi-sited ethnography which explores the field of patients’ organizations (POs) concerned with genetic disorders within the Belgian context, this communication is interested in some knowledge-related collaboration between POs and scientific and medical experts, or “wild research” projects (Callon & Rabeharisoa, 2003). Especially, it examines an informant's narrative of the "wild" search for causation of the disorder by which his family is concerned and the inherent forms and modalities of knowledge production, circulation and validation. While STS scholars have traditionally seen POs as epistemic communities, they currently point out an increasing engagement in such novel forms of collaboration over the last decades. This leads to the emergence of a certain “evidence-based activism” (EBA) among POs, characterized by a growing articulation of credential and more “experiential” knowledge to define common epistemologies of the conditions they are concerned with. The springs of this articulation remain to be explored. Thus, the aim is to flesh out the recent concept of EBA, to empirically question what it covers, and how new biomedical knowledge is generated by “evidence activists”. Rather than provoking “radical openings in technoscientific practice”, our observations show a continuous co-production of knowledge taking place within POs engaged in EBA. So, this paper will take stock of these transformations and envisage the affordances and blind spots for STS of the use of new concepts such as EBA. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to implement the recommendations for Quality Physical Education?
Cloes, Marc ULg; Ralaivao, Michel; Ranaivoson, Patrice et al

Conference (2016, September 03)

According to the growing of the sedentariness over the world and to its negative resulting consequences for the society, it is now mandatory to act. Following the socioecological model, the solution of ... [more ▼]

According to the growing of the sedentariness over the world and to its negative resulting consequences for the society, it is now mandatory to act. Following the socioecological model, the solution of this challenge can be found in a multi-sectoral approach involving all pillars of the society. School represents the corner stone of any project aiming to influence the future. It has been pointed out as a determining element in the impact of projects aiming to promote physical activity in children as well as in adolescents, particularly when combined with other actors such as the community. During school time, several opportunities are available in order to increase the time spent in physically active behavior. A quality physical education (QPE) plays a central role in such action of the school. In 2015, UNESCO proposed guidelines aiming to promote QPE all around the world. In fact, it appears that, in many countries, stakeholders as well as physical educators do not have the resources needed to change the current policies and practices. Moreover, literature does not provide theoretical/practical support that would be necessary to implement new teaching strategies. This symposium will focus on an action research aiming to go from theory to practice on a national level. The study is built on the collaboration between the International Committee of Sport Pedagogy and the ‘Académie Nationale des Sports’ (ANS) of Madagascar. It is designed to reform and modernize physical education and sports organization in this country. The cooperation focused on the improvement of the quality of physical education, school sports, and leisure/competitive sports practice. It is based on a bottom-up process. The major aim of this process is to identify the priorities of the country in order to improve the quality of physical education in schools, sports clubs and communities emphasizing diversity, accessibility, inclusion and equity. Qualitative approaches have been implemented in order to take into account the needs of the people and the available resources. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of COMT on the neural substrates of short-term memory in normal aging
Manard, Marine ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg

Conference (2016, September 02)

Working memory dopaminergic modulation is generally expressed in healthy aging by an advantage for carriers of the Met allele at behavioral and brain activity levels. However, most tasks used did not ... [more ▼]

Working memory dopaminergic modulation is generally expressed in healthy aging by an advantage for carriers of the Met allele at behavioral and brain activity levels. However, most tasks used did not allow to easily disentangle the contribution of maintenance and manipulation processes. We explored the effect of COMT genotype on the maintenance process using a Sternberg memory task varying the amount of information presented, in young and older homozygous carriers for the Val and Met alleles of the COMT gene. Although no clear behavioral difference was observed between groups, patterns of cerebral activity indicate difficulties for Met older individuals to maintain stable representations. These results will be discussed in terms of dopaminergic contribution to stability/flexibility of cognitive processes during aging. [less ▲]

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See detail“That’s only statistics”:Recording PPPs in national accounts
Piron, Damien ULg

Conference (2016, September 02)

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See detailImpact of high-wheat bran diet on sows’ microbiota, performances and progeny’s growth and health
Leblois, Julie ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

Conference (2016, September 02)

Finding alternatives to antimicrobial growth promoters is part of the goal of improving sustainability in pig production. Dietary fibres are considered as health-promoting substances acting on pigs’ ... [more ▼]

Finding alternatives to antimicrobial growth promoters is part of the goal of improving sustainability in pig production. Dietary fibres are considered as health-promoting substances acting on pigs’ microbiota. This study aimed to investigate whether the enrichment of sows’ diet with high levels of wheat bran (WB) could impact the performances of sows and piglets’ health. Seven sows were fed a control diet (CON) and 8 sows a WB diet from day 43 of gestation (WB 240 g/kg DM) until the end of the lactation period (WB 140 g/kg DM). Diets were formulated to be iso-energetic and iso-nitrogenous by changing the proportions of some ingredients. Faeces were sampled at different time points (before treatment, during treatment: in gestation and lactation) to determine microbiota composition (sequencing with Illumina MiSeq). Milk was sampled weekly to determine lactose, fat and protein concentration by mid-infrared technology and IgA and IgG contents by ELISA. Before weaning (d26-27), piglets were euthanized, intestinal contents and tissues sampled for further analyses. Zootechnical performances of sows and piglets were recorded. Statistical analyses were performed using the SAS MIXED procedure and repeated measurements. Treatment never impacted piglets’ weight (P=0.51). Sows’ ingestion during the lactation period was comparable between both treatments until the last 4 days of lactation where the percentage of target ingestion was significantly (P<0.001) lower for the WB (66%) compared to the CON group (89%). No effect on sows’ backfat and weight changes was observed. An increased abundance of Lactobacillus spp. in feces of the WB group was observed in gestation before and after diet change (8.8% vs 15.1% of total bacteria). However, for the overall genera changes between treatments, it only seems to occur for minor groups of bacteria. Milk protein, fat, IgG and IgA were not affected by treatment, but a time-effect (P<0.001) was observed while treatment impacted (P<0.05) lactose content. In conclusion, sows’ performances were not affected by the high WB diet and more research on the piglets’ samples is foreseen. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of bulbous bow resistance during oblique collisions against tubes or plane walls
Buldgen, Loïc ULg; Le Sourne, Hervé; Berthonneau, Pierre

in Proceedings of the International Conference on Ships and Offshore Structures (2016, September 02)

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See detailLe potentiel des blogues et des réseaux numériques dans l'apprentissage d'une langue étrangère
Vintila, Elena-Georgiana ULg

Conference (2016, September 02)

We selected two French foreign language textbooks published in Romania under the Ministry of Education in 2004 and 2005 by the same publishing house and we will analyze the modality of presentation of ... [more ▼]

We selected two French foreign language textbooks published in Romania under the Ministry of Education in 2004 and 2005 by the same publishing house and we will analyze the modality of presentation of grammar points offered by textbooks and selected blogs. For this analysis, we will focus on: the appearance of textbooks, respectively blogs, the presentation of the grammar point set analysis, types and number of exercises. In addition, we will try to see what socio-cultural values ​​are highlighted by the authors and how bloggers alter through publications. [less ▲]

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See detail"Right to shape" decisions: the closing up as new strategy to move forward with high-level radioactive wastes
Parotte, Céline ULg

Conference (2016, September 02)

Short Abstract This presentation suggests a comparison between public invited critics and their integrations in Belgian, Canadian and French institutionalized processes to highlight the different ... [more ▼]

Short Abstract This presentation suggests a comparison between public invited critics and their integrations in Belgian, Canadian and French institutionalized processes to highlight the different combinations of opening up and closing down appraisals and commitments. This comparison reveals the closing up strategy of government to move forward with nuclear wastes. Since the 90’s onwards, Canadian, Belgian and French nuclear establishment (Durant 2009) have developed several different strategies to involve the public at each constitutive steps of the siting process of nuclear wastes management. Each of them has divided the decision-making process in distinct phases to focus first on the conceptual phase (go for an option) before the operational phase (go for siting). Each country has its own dynamic managed by different actors. For example, in Canada, the nuclear waste organization (NWMO) has provided iterative and permanent experts and public consultations since 2002. In France, it is the French PTA (OPECST) and National Commission of Public Debate (CNDP) who have periodically provided punctual public consultations before every important commitment. Meanwhile in Belgium, only two important punctual debates have been provided by the nuclear waste organization (ONDRAF) and an independent foundation (FRD) and are still waiting for the “go for an option”. This presentation suggests a comparison of the public invited critics (Wynne 2007) who have accepted the invitation of nuclear wastes managers, following their integrations in three different institutionalized processes (in Belgium, in France and in Canada) and the change their integrations produced in terms of closing down and opening up appraisals and commitments (Stirling 2008). It highlights how the different governments finally chosen a closing “up” commitment in order to manage the right of public to continue to shape partially the commitment as well the right of expert to continue to develop the option (geological disposal) they support since the 70’s. Data used include a combination of theoretical and empirical materials – i.e. participatory observations of consultation processes, 90 semi-directive interviews with policy makers, nuclear waste agencies, nuclear regulators in France, Belgium and Canada and local actors such as members of local information and monitoring council (CLIS) and members of community liaison committee of four volunteer collectivities (CLC). Durant, Darrin. 2009. "Radwaste in Canada: a political economy of uncertainty." Journal of Risk Research 12 (7-8):897-919. doi: 10.1080/13669870903126127. Stirling, Andy. 2008. ""Opening Up" and "Closing Down" Power, Participation, and Pluralism in the Social Appraisal of Technology." Science, Technology & Human Values 33:262-294. Wynne, Brian. 2007. "Public participation in science and technology: performing and obscuring a political–conceptual category mistake." East Asian Science, Technology and Society 1 (1):99-110. [less ▲]

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See detailStrategies of the Walloon dairy breeders faced to the uncertain dairy future
Dalcq, Anne-Catherine ULg; Dogot, Thomas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

Conference (2016, September 01)

This study observes the strategies, and their determinants, of the Walloon dairy breeders faced to the post quota perspective through the realization of 245 surveys, conducted from November 2014 to ... [more ▼]

This study observes the strategies, and their determinants, of the Walloon dairy breeders faced to the post quota perspective through the realization of 245 surveys, conducted from November 2014 to February 2015. Three kinds of strategical variables were defined and related to the evolution of milk production (MP) [the breeders who increase MP (HighMP) vs. keep constant MP (ConstantMP) vs. stop MP]; the valorisation of MP [alternative (ValMP) vs. classical] and the diversification of activities [with (DivMP) vs. without such activities]. The relationships between the chosen strategies and the quantitative technical variables were studied using generalized linear models. The independence between qualitative technical variables and the strategical variables was tested using Chi Square test. HighMP and ConstantMP bredeers represent 38.4% and 53.9% of respondents, respectively. HighMP breeders were significantly more declared as legal entity (p-value = 0.03), had more family members on the farm (p-value<0.01), larger agricultural area in property (p-value = 0.03) and higher MP quota (p-value = 0.01) compared to ConstantMP breeders. Only 9.8% of respondents decide to valorise differently MP. ValMP breeders tend to have more employees (p-value = 0.08) and an agricultural area less fragmented (p-value = 0.07) than classical breeders. A total of 7.8% of respondents decide to develop other activities. DivMP breeders tend to have more employees (p-value = 0.10), more agricultural area in property (p-value = 0.03) and a more recent year of installation (p-value < 0.01). Finally, 44.9% of ConstantMP breeders do not want to start an alternative valorisation of MP and diversify their activities. In conclusion, a relationship exists between, amongst others, the legal status, workforce available, characteristics of the agricultural area, the dairy production and the strategy chosen by the Walloon dairy breeders. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to expand method by and for sensory: trials along and beside fieldwork
Vangeebergen, Thomas ULg

Conference (2016, September 01)

In a research with sensory analysts and flavourists, I tried other ways of interview (e.g. people auto-confrontations to their own registered activity) and other mediums to relate to the ethnographical ... [more ▼]

In a research with sensory analysts and flavourists, I tried other ways of interview (e.g. people auto-confrontations to their own registered activity) and other mediums to relate to the ethnographical work, as graphic novel or comics. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrating Science and Technology into Sports: A Case Study of Sports Innovations in Belgium
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Van Hoyweghen, Ine

Conference (2016, September 01)

This paper explores the dynamic interplay between sports and innovation policies, research and development processes, and science-driven sports practices in Wallonia and Flanders (Belgium). Here, as in ... [more ▼]

This paper explores the dynamic interplay between sports and innovation policies, research and development processes, and science-driven sports practices in Wallonia and Flanders (Belgium). Here, as in other countries and regions, the aim of integrating science and technology into sports is now a leading sports policy principle and innovation strategy. Building on science and technology studies (STS) tools and methods (vision assessment, multi-site ethnography, foresight), the paper draws out the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) induced by the use of new sciences and technologies in sports. These ELSI include the client-centered nature of sports science, which raises concerns about occupational control and athlete welfare, the uptake of genetic data in sports talent detection programs, and the challenges of coordinating "data-driven" and "intuitive" sports training approaches. It is argued that as sports are scientized and technologized, such ELSI demand to be addressed by sports innovators, governing bodies, and publics. By drawing critical attention to how sports are increasingly shaped by devices, data flows, and scientists, the paper states the case for bringing sports into STS and STS into sports. [less ▲]

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See detailSuccessional trajectories of cyanobacterial communities following glacier retreat in Svalbard (High Arctic)
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; Pushkareva, Ekaterina; Borderie, Fabien ULg et al

Conference (2016, September 01)

The effects of global warming are pronounced at high northern latitudes, where the warming trend observed for the past decades is almost twice as the global average. Most glaciers in Svalbard (High Arctic ... [more ▼]

The effects of global warming are pronounced at high northern latitudes, where the warming trend observed for the past decades is almost twice as the global average. Most glaciers in Svalbard (High Arctic) have been retreating and thinning since the end of the Little Ice Age in the late 19th century, and retreat rates have increased substantially in the last decades. As a glacier retreats, it systematically exposes new terrestrial habitats for the colonization by pioneering (micro)organisms. Distance from the glacier terminus can be used as a proxy for time since deglaciation, which makes glacier forefields well suited for the study of primary succession. In the present study, we investigated the successional trajectories of cyanobacterial communities along a 100-year deglaciation gradient in the forefield of two Svalbard glaciers (Ebba- and Hørbyebreen). Cyanobacterial abundance was assessed by epifluorescence microscopy and cyanobacterial diversity was investigated by pyrosequencing of partial 16S rRNA gene sequences. Filamentous cyanobacteria were more abundant than unicellular and heterocystous cyanobacteria in both forefields, and an increase in the abundance of cyanobacteria was observed along the deglaciation gradients. Pseudanabaenales was the most OTU-rich order, followed by Chroococcales, Oscillatoriales, Synechococcales, Nostocales and Gloeobacterales. At the genus level, classified phylotypes were assigned to Leptolyngbya, Phormidium, Nostoc, Pseudanabaena, Chroococcidiopsis and Microcoleus. Interestingly, OTU richness increased along the deglaciation gradient in Ebbabreen, but an inverse correlation was observed in Hørbyebreen. Beta diversity estimations indicated contrasting cyanobacterial phylogenetic structures along the temporal gradient, with a clear separation of initial (10-20 years), intermediate (30-50) and advanced (80-100) communities. Time since deglaciation accounted for around 25% of the phylogenetic variability in both forefields, with organic carbon content also explaining a significant proportion of community turnover along the deglaciation gradients. Taxonomic composition was somewhat constant along the deglaciation gradient, but OTUs associated with initial communities were related to sequences predominantely restricted to polar biotopes, while advanced communities included phylotypes related to cosmopolitan taxa. [less ▲]

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See detailComputed tomographic findings of a far lateral lumbar disc extrusion in a dog
Rizza, Maïlis ULg; Bouvy, Bernard ULg; Shimizu, Naomi ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction In human medicine, far lateral lumbar disc extrusion (FLLDE) represents 7 to 12% of all disc herniations and MRI is the method of choice for diagnosis. MRI findings of a FLLDE has been ... [more ▼]

Introduction In human medicine, far lateral lumbar disc extrusion (FLLDE) represents 7 to 12% of all disc herniations and MRI is the method of choice for diagnosis. MRI findings of a FLLDE has been reported in one dog and the aim of this case report is to describe computed tomographic (CT) findings of a FLLDE in a dog. Methods A six-year-old neutered female Beagle with a good general health status was presented with a month history of left hind limb pain with shivering of this limb. Clinical examination revealed a left hind proprioceptive deficit but no pain was elicited at palpation. Results A CT scan pre- and post- contrast studies of the lumbosacral spine and a myelographic-CT were performed. A 1.3x0.6x0.3 cm homogeneous hyperattenuating (+/- 350 HU) ovoid structure was observed at the left lateral aspect of L6-L7 intervertebral disc space. The L6-L7 intervertebral disc nucleus pulposus was calcified but the annulus fibrosus had a normal non-calcified attenuation and seemed intact apart from a very thin hyperattenuating line next to the ovoid structure. This change was well circumscribed by an even hyperattenuating rim (1000HU) mimicking a thin dense cortex and was in close proximity with the annulus fibrosus and the left transverse process of L7. Perineural fat was not observed and contrast enhancement was visualized at the level of the left sixth lumbar nerve root with impingement and thickening of this root. No compression of the spinal cord was observed at this level on the myeloCT. These findings were suggestive of a dystrophic mineralization or an osteochondromatosis. FLLDE was considered less likely because of the almost normal appearance of the annulus fibrosus. At surgery some mixed gelified calcified material consistent with disc material was removed at the level of the left L6-L7 nerve root tract and disc fenestration was performed. The histological analysis confirmed the presence of degenerated herniated vertebral disk. Discussion/Conclusions In human medicine, MRI and CT scan are the main diagnostic modalities employed for diagnosis of FLLDE. In veterinary medicine, CT is often used to assess spinal diseases because of its availability. To the authors’ knowledge, CT findings of a FLLDE have not been described previously in dogs. Moreover, the thin dense cortex appearance surrounding the disc material was surprising. In conclusion, FLLDE should be included in the differential diagnosis of a calcified ovoid structure lateral to the spine even if the annulus fibrosus appears normal and if this structure is in close relation with the vertebral transverse process. [less ▲]

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See detailTEACHING VETERINARY RADIOLOGY: DOES COMPARISON HELP?
Etienne, Anne-Laure ULg; Delguste, Catherine ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction/Purpose Comparison learning is an approach for learning complex visual tasks. As described in human medicine, by comparing radiographs with pathology and without pathology, veterinary ... [more ▼]

Introduction/Purpose Comparison learning is an approach for learning complex visual tasks. As described in human medicine, by comparing radiographs with pathology and without pathology, veterinary students could learn to discriminate relevant disease-related information to recognize the disease. We hypothesized that exposure to a training by side-by-side comparison of normal to abnormal radiographs would lead to higher visual diagnostic accuracy and possibly to a higher ability to describe the features of a known disease on canine thoracic radiographs. Material and methods Twenty veterinary students were randomly assigned to either a group that compared radiographs showing thoracic disease with normal images (group 1) or to a group that only studied abnormal radiographs (group 2). All students had their theoretical radiology teaching and 13 of them had also received the practical teaching of the study curriculum, evenly distributed between the 2 groups. Twenty-nine radiographs of small animal thorax were used. The procedure consisted in three experimenter-supervised phases: 1. training, 2. visual recognition test, 3. feature description test. In the training phase, each screen showed two radiographs with the name of the disease present in each. In the group 1 (pathology/normal condition), a radiograph of a patient and a normal image were shown next to each other. In the group 2 (pathology/pathology condition), two radiographs of patients with the same disease were shown next to each other. The 9 screens were presented twice, with the diseases in a different order for the first and second runs. A Mann-Whitney test was used to compare the success rates of groups of students. Results On visual recognition test, there was no statistical difference in visual diagnostic accuracy between groups. When students gave the wrong answer, they often diagnosed the item as another disease of similar distribution (diffuse or focal). Students who received the practical teaching and students of group 1 had a higher accuracy for normal thoracic radiographs. On feature description test, no significant effect of comparison learning was found, but focal diseases were better described than diffuse diseases with a significant difference between these. Discussion/Conclusions Results show that comparison with normal images did not help in recognizing or describing thoracic pathologies but helps to recognize normal images. [less ▲]

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See detailModels of rotating stars constrained by asteroseismic measurements of red giants
Eggenberger, P.; Lagarde, N.; Miglio, A. et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2016, September 01), 337(8-9), 832-836

Solar-like oscillations have now been characterized for a large number of stars, thanks to asteroseismic data obtained recently by space missions. This has led to the determination of the global and ... [more ▼]

Solar-like oscillations have now been characterized for a large number of stars, thanks to asteroseismic data obtained recently by space missions. This has led to the determination of the global and internal properties of these stars. In particular, core rotation rates have been obtained for red-giant stars, which is of prime importance to progress in the modelling of the dynamical processes at work in stellar interiors. In this presentation, we discuss which constraints can be brought by these asteroseismic measurements on stellar models that include rotational effects. Similarly to the solar case, we show that an efficient mechanism is required for the transport of angular momentum in the radiative zones of red giants. The efficiency of this transport process can be determined by asteroseismic observations of red-giant stars. [less ▲]

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See detailComputed tomography-guided injection of muscle-derived mesenchimal stem cells in the intervertebral disc of dogs affected by natural disc degeneration: clinical safety and intervertebral disc imaging assessment
Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Ceusters, Justine ULg et al

Poster (2016, September 01)

Introduction/Purpose: Pre-clinical randomized controlled animal trials have been conducted to evaluate the effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) transplantation on intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration ... [more ▼]

Introduction/Purpose: Pre-clinical randomized controlled animal trials have been conducted to evaluate the effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSCs) transplantation on intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. According to their histological results and to imaging assessment of the IVD, intradiscal injection of MSCs is effective, arresting or slowing IVDD process, and is associated with a low complication rate. Few of these studies have been conducted on canine artificially degenerated IVD, using bone marrow or adipose-derived MSCs. Therefore a systematic study on naturally degenerated IVD using MSCs obtained from autologous muscular tissue in dogs is still lacking. The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinical effects of intradiscal injection of muscle-derived MSCs and its effects on imaging features of the intervertebral disc. Methods: Eight experimental dogs were randomly included with the approval of the University’s Animal Care and Use Committee. The final inclusion criteria were the presence of naturally degenerated lumbosacral IVD detected on low-field magnetic resonance (MRI) images and the obtaining of 3 x 106 autologous muscle-derived MSCs. A computed tomography (CT) and MRI examination was performed before and 2 months after the procedure and 13 imaging parameters were assessed. Mesenchymal stem cells diluted in 0,2 ml of FRS Hypothermosol were injected in the lumbosacral IVD under CT-guidance. Clinical examinations were performed regularly during 1 month after the procedure. Results: Six dogs met the inclusion criteria. The remaining 2 dogs did not undergo intradiscal injections, but were used as control group. No major or minor complications were reported during the procedure. No abnormalities were noticed during the clinical examinations. No statistically significant variations of IVD imaging features were noticed before and after the injections. Discussion/Conclusions: Intradiscal injection of muscle-derived MSCs is clinically safe and it is not associated with any progression of the IVD degeneration, detected by CT or low-field MRI imaging. Further studies are needed to assess its efficacy as treatment for the canine natural IVD degeneration. [less ▲]

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See detailVisuo-spatial STM impairment link to a serial order component deficit in children with Velocardiofacial syndrome
Attout, Lucie ULg; Vossius, Line ULg; Noël, Marie-Pascale et al

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Some previous studies showed that verbal short-term memory (STM) is better preserved than visuospatial STM in the velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS), a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from a 22q11.2 ... [more ▼]

Some previous studies showed that verbal short-term memory (STM) is better preserved than visuospatial STM in the velocardiofacial syndrome (VCFS), a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting from a 22q11.2 deletion. This deficit is generally assigned to a more global visuospatial skills deficit. However, for verbal STM, previous study suggested a specific deficit in the serial order component, processing considered as independent of modalities. In this study we proposed to explore the serial order component in visuospatial STM by contrasting simultaneous vs. sequential presentation of stimuli to maintain in children with VCFS, in order to see in what extent the deficit is global and resulting from visuospatial deficit or whether this deficit is specific to the serial order component. We tested a group of 27 children and adolescents with VCFS to a control group, matched on verbal IQ performance estimated. The VCFS group showed impaired performance on the sequential configuration but similar performance on the simultaneous condition. These results support the idea of an amodal serial order component in STM. The implication of serial order STM deficits on numerical cognition will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Cutout on the Ultimate Strength of a Wind Turbine Tower
Eui Lee, Sang; Sahin, Selcuk; Rigo, Philippe ULg et al

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See detailProjet de lexicographie participative 10Nous
Steffens, Marie ULg

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See detailIdentification of virulotypes and serotypes of enteropathogenic (EPEC) and Shigatoxigenic (STEC) Escherichia coli from healthy cattle at slaughterhouses in Wallonia.
Takaki, Shino; Duprez, Jean-Noël ULg; Fakih, Ibrahim et al

Poster (2016, September)

Escherichia coli producing the attachment-effacement (AE) lesion (EPEC) and/or Shiga toxins (STEC) cause enteritis and (bloody) diarrhoea in young calves and in humans, and are also present in the ... [more ▼]

Escherichia coli producing the attachment-effacement (AE) lesion (EPEC) and/or Shiga toxins (STEC) cause enteritis and (bloody) diarrhoea in young calves and in humans, and are also present in the intestines of healthy cattle. Besides the O157:H7 serotype, which is the main serotype causing STEC outbreaks in the world EPEC and STEC can belong to dozens of O serogroups. Of them, 9 have been frequently identified worldwide: O5, O26, O103, O104, O111, O118, O121, O145 and O165. The aim of this study is to identify the virulotypes and the O serotypes of EPEC and STEC isolated from healthy cattle at slaughterhouses in Wallonia. A total of 245 faeces (216 <1year-old bulls, 25 cows and 4 heifers) were sampled between April and June 2014 in 2 slaughterhouses in Wallonia and grown overnight at 37°C in Lauryl sulfate Enterobacteriaceae selective broth. The enrichment broths were assayed with an stx1, stx2 (Shiga toxin) and eae (AE lesion) triplex PCR and positive broths were inoculated onto 4 agar media: McConkey’s, Chromagar ES, Chromagar ES with tellurite and Chromagar STEC. Up to ten colonies per plate were picked up, sub-cultured and tested by the colony hybridization assay with gene probes targeting the stx1, stx2 and eae genes. The triplex PCR was again performed on all probe-positive isolates. The PCR-positive E. coli were subsequently assayed with two pentaplex PCR targeting the specific genes coding for the ten O serogroups listed above. Of the 2563 sub-cultured isolates, 744 isolates (29%) from 62 animals (25%) tested positive with the colony hybridization assay. Of them, 687 isolates (92%) from 59 animals were positive with the triplex PCR and the results of both tests were in agreement for 617 isolates (83%). One to 29 isolates per animal were probe- and PCR-positive. The positive isolates grew on Chromagar STEC (379; 55%), on Chromagar ES with tellurite (189; 28%), on Chromagar ES (62; 9%) or on McConkey’s agar (57; 8%). The most frequent virulotypes were eae+ (EPEC: 372 isolates; 54%), eae+stx1+ (AE_STEC: 119 isolates; 17%) and stx2+ (STEC: 118 isolates; 17%). In some animals different virulotypes were identified. The serogrouping with the two pentaplex PCR is in progress. AE-STEC, EPEC and STEC are excreted by 25% of the healthy cattle at slaughterhouses in Wallonia and different virulotypes can be excreted by the same animal. Conversely the methodology followed gives no precise idea of the actual level of excretion since the hybridization and PCR were performed after enrichment in selective broth. Therefore multiple isolates belonging to the same virulotype might represent the same clone. Identification of the serogroups and comparison by Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis should help to clarify that point. Quantitative (q)PCR is today the best method to quantify bacterial excretion, but is more expensive. The results of the hybridization and PCR correspond to between 80 and 90%. Though the colony hybridization is still useful for large-scale surveillance it needs radioactive probes for highest sensitivity and is more time-consuming than PCR. Therefore the PCR should be the first routine choice if it can be automatized at large scale. Further steps are the confirmation of the PCR results of the 70 isolates with different hybridization and PCR results and the identification of the serogroups with the two pentaplex PCR and later with PCR for the other serogroups, to compare them with isolates from young diarrhoeic calves and from humans. [less ▲]

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See detailSIMULATION AND ANALYSIS OF RECEPTOR DYNAMICS IN A BMP REGULATORY NETWORK
Germain, Morgan ULg; Bolander, Johanna; Ji, Wei et al

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See detailUtilisation of CO2 from an Industrial source for Methanol production
Font-Palma, Carolina; Douven, Sigrid ULg; Léonard, Grégoire ULg

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See detailAge-related changes in the modulation of attentional brain responses to sleep pressure at night
Schmidt, Christina ULg; Reichert, Carolin; Maire, Micheline et al

in Journal of Sleep Research (2016, September)

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See detailThere is more to life than subsistence: use-wear and residue analyses on pre-Still Bay stone tools at Sibudu
Rots, Veerle ULg; Lentfer, Carol ULg; Schmid, Viola et al

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See detailProperties of single fasteners - Ring shank nails
Mergny, Elke ULg; Sandhaas, Carmen

Conference (2016, September)

In Eurocode 5, nailed joints are designed using the Johansen model extended with the rope effect. The necessary input parameters are embedment strength fh, yield moment My and withdrawal capacity Fax. We ... [more ▼]

In Eurocode 5, nailed joints are designed using the Johansen model extended with the rope effect. The necessary input parameters are embedment strength fh, yield moment My and withdrawal capacity Fax. We can obtain these parameters by using empirical equations based on regression analysis. These equations are given by EC5, for smoothed nails. However, especially for ring shank nails, no consistent rules are given in the current version of Eurocode 5 and the values must be taken from technical documents of the single nails. The aim of this STSM was firstly to develop a database. It was based on 96 reports, mostly about ring shank nails tests, carried out for certification purposes, from 33 producers. Based on this extensive database, regression analyses have been carried out, especially the wire tension strength 𝑓𝑢, the yield moment 𝑀𝑦 and nail tension capacity 𝐹𝑡, all are direct nail proprieties. Potential benefits are more robust design models covering a large range of nails, reduced testing and simplified design equations. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity of the regional climate model ALARO-0 to land surface changes
Berckmans, Julie; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULg; Jacquemin, Ingrid ULg et al

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See detailComparing conventional excellence: moral and technical features of "good research"
Charlier, Nathan ULg

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During a stay at Lancaster University, I was struck to discover how the institutional branding relied on the rhetoric of excellence. Several flags scattered over the campus are displaying statements such ... [more ▼]

During a stay at Lancaster University, I was struck to discover how the institutional branding relied on the rhetoric of excellence. Several flags scattered over the campus are displaying statements such as: "our physicists helped discover the Higgs boson particle", "Lancaster University is ranked among the top 10 universities in the UK", "our volcanologists made the first observation of a rare type of lava", etc. These quotes convey technologies such as rankings, but also moral and epistemological aspects regarding the role and status of scientific knowledge. This fostered my reflection regarding the fieldwork I made in different research institutions located in Belgium: while academic excellence is not at the core of their branding per se, it is indeed a key issue for many actors concerned with research governance. My paper proposes to map the different ways to frame the notion of excellence in four institutions: two large biotech research centres and two universities in Flanders and Wallonia. It relies on 25 semi-structured interviews with tenured academics involved in their institution's research management. The paper will compare how "good research" is valued in different settings: what counts when one evaluates the "excellence" of a scientific production/career? To which technologies, indicators and to which "moral principles" are interviewees referring to when they discuss excellence? How do they engage in criticizing certain framings and praise others? Eligible for the rhetoric or comparative panel, my contribution will present four distinct institutional conventions that govern research practices and sorts the good scientist from the bad. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic interesterification for the formulation of high quality zero trans fats from rapeseed oil
Gibon, V.; Closset, S.; Maes, J. et al

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See detailVITRICELL: new efficient method for cryopreserving cells by vitrification
Connan, Delphine ULg; Ectors, Fabien ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

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Using stem and related cells for clinical purposes requires efficient and bio-safe handling. Cryopreservation is a mandatory key step of storage and transportation, during which cells undergo extreme ... [more ▼]

Using stem and related cells for clinical purposes requires efficient and bio-safe handling. Cryopreservation is a mandatory key step of storage and transportation, during which cells undergo extreme physical and chemical conditions prone to alter their viability as well as their biological properties. Conventional slow-freezing often results in poor survival rates mainly due to excessive cell dehydration and water crystallization. We have addressed this problem by developing a new cryopreservation method based on aseptic and automatable vitrification in sealed french straws. Furthermore, only bio-safe and chemically defined cryopreservation media are used. We have demonstrated that, despite additional constraints, our aseptic vitrification process is more efficient (recovery rates, morphology, pluripotency…) than conventional slow freezing for cryopreserving human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs). These results have been confirmed on various sensitive stem cell-like lines and embryos from human and non-human species. VITRICELL will soon provide researchers and clinicians with its vitrification kits, allowing to upgrade the current yields and safety after cryopreservation of their high-value cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of blood derived products in feed using targeted triple-quadrupole MS
Lecrenier, Marie-Caroline ULg; Dieu, Marc; Veys, Pascal et al

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See detailUniversité d'été du Cifen 2015 : insertion professionnelle et parcours enseignants. Mise en perspective et présentation du programme de la journée
Simons, Germain ULg

in Didactiques en Pratique (2016, September), 2

Cette communication ouvrait l'Université d'été 2015 du Cifen. La thématique du colloque : "insertion professionnelle et parcours enseignants" y fut brièvement présentée, de même que les questions qui ... [more ▼]

Cette communication ouvrait l'Université d'été 2015 du Cifen. La thématique du colloque : "insertion professionnelle et parcours enseignants" y fut brièvement présentée, de même que les questions qui allaient baliser cette journée d'études. Ensuite le programme de la journée fut rappelé aux participants. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche stratégique de formation du personnel local au sein des ONG internationales dans un contexte incertain : cas du Burundi
Hakizumukama, Alexis ULg

in Actes des Rencontres Internationales sur la Diversité (2016, September)

The human resources management issues is a major challenge for the current and future international organizations, especially those of the non merchant sector, as the environmental context in which they ... [more ▼]

The human resources management issues is a major challenge for the current and future international organizations, especially those of the non merchant sector, as the environmental context in which they operate is changing more and more quickly. Thus, beyond the mobilization and the gradual professionalization of volunteers to adapt their contribution to the missions of NGOs, these organizations are also experiencing a real need for personnel able to adapt without too much difficulty, the complexity of the local context whose evolution often proves unpredictable. But this labor, multiple and high skills, is often scarce on the local labor market. This finding essentially explains the presence of expatriates who work daily alongside local employees who may be employees and volunteers, and whose management requires a sufficiently coherent strategy with organizational goals and interests of these stakeholders. HRM strategy implementation within the subsidiaries shall submit their leaders to multiple challenges brought by a set of actors focused on different and even divergent interests. The model and HRM practices in any organization, reflect the dominant HRM strategy. During our research, we pay special attention to the evolution of HRM models (Pichault and Nizet, 2013) and strategy implemented in the training of local personnel by subsidiaries studied by relying on the theory of social regulation (Reynaud, 1997, 1999). The conclusions of our work indicate that the development of HRM strategy following a joint regulatory process appears best suited to international NGOs working in uncertain environment. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of bovine methicillin resistant staphylococci from Europe, Africa and North America by colony hybridization, PCR and antibiotic sensitivity.
Ngassam Tchamba, Cyrille ULg; Thiry, Damien ULg; Bardiau, Marjorie et al

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Mastitis is the costliest pathology in dairy cattle and staphylococci are the most prevalent bacterial mastitis pathogens worldwide. Antimicrobial treatment of mastitis has led to the selection of ... [more ▼]

Mastitis is the costliest pathology in dairy cattle and staphylococci are the most prevalent bacterial mastitis pathogens worldwide. Antimicrobial treatment of mastitis has led to the selection of resistant staphylococci, of which the Methicillin Resistant S. aureus (MRSA) are the most studied ones. Still, MR has also been described for non-aureus staphylococci (MRS) species. Bovine MRS(A) represent not only a problem in the treatment of mastitis, but also a potential hazard in public health via the inter-Staphylococcus transferability of the mobile “Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome” (SCC) carrying the mec genes encoding MR and the zoonotic potential of some Staphylococcus species. The aim of this study is the comparison of genetic and phenotypic methods for the identification of MRS(A) isolated from bovine mastitis in European, African and North-American countries. A total of 1168 mastitis-associated staphylococci were isolated between 2005 and 2014 in Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Senegal, Niger and Canada, and kept at -80°C until further use. Out of them, 867 isolates were identified to S. aureus while 301 isolates were non aureus staphylococci. All 1168 staphylococci were tested genetically by the dot blot hybridization assay on positively charged nylon membranes (Roche) after DNA extraction with 32P-radioactively labelled probes derived from the mecA and mecC genes and phenotypically by growth on “Chrom MRSA ID®” agar plates. Isolates positive at both or either tests were further studied by PCR targeting the same two genes and by the disk diffusion assay to oxacillin and cefoxitin. A total of 265 isolates (23%) were positive at both or either tests. Out of them, 27 S. aureus (10%) but no non-aureus (0%) tested positive both for DNA hybridization with the mecA probe and for growth on “Chrom MRSA ID®” plates. No isolate tested positive with the mecC probe. In addition, 32 S. aureus (12%) and 15 non aureus (6%) were positive with the mecA probe only and 169 S. aureus (64%) and 22 non aureus (8%) grew on “Chrom MRSA ID®” plates only. The S. aureus originate from Belgium (105), Italy (6), Canada (31), Senegal (38) and Niger (48) whereas the non-aureus originate from Belgium (25), Italy (1) and Niger (11). All of them are being tested with the PCR targeting the mecA gene and by the disk diffusion assay to oxacillin and cefoxitin. Most isolates (72%) grew on “Chrom MRSA ID®” plates only while few (18%) were positive to the hybridization with the mecA probe only. This high difference between the results of both tests could be explained by the weak specificity of phenotypic tests comparing to genetic tests. The others 10% of the isolates (S. aureus) which are positive with the two methods (dot blot hybridization and “Chrom MRSA ID®”) can be considered as MRSA mediated by the mecA gene. However, results of PCR and disk diffusion assay will confirm respectively the presence of mec genes and which of the two methods is the most suitable for identifying MRS from mastitis cases in cattle. Comparison of the results of phenotypic and genetic assays will indicate whether other variant(s) than mecA and mecC may be present in MRS. Further genetic and phenotypic studies are needed to (i) identify the non-aureus isolates to the species level; (ii) compare the MRS(A) isolated in the different countries by their biotypes, serotypes, lysotypes, and virulotypes, without forgetting their SCCmec and their clonal complex; and (iii) identify the mec gene variant present in hybridization-positive PCR-negative isolates, if any. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of the coagulation system in canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Roels, Elodie ULg; Bauer, N.; Lecut, Ch. et al

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See detailGay adoptive families: between stressors and losses. 2 contrasted cases
Messina, Roberta ULg; D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

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Gay adoptive families are more and more present in the European context (currently the full joint adoption by same sex couples is granted in 9 European countries and 4 countries permit the step-child ... [more ▼]

Gay adoptive families are more and more present in the European context (currently the full joint adoption by same sex couples is granted in 9 European countries and 4 countries permit the step-child adoption). Despite the numerous studies on lesbian and gay parent- headed families, the current literature that has focused specifically on gay adoptive parent families remains rather limited. This research has the aim of increase the scientific knowledge on this new family form with the purpose to shed light on typical stressors experienced by parents and by children. The specificity of these families consists, among others, to be at the crossroads of two levels of complexity: being adoptive families and being LG families. Like all LG families, gay adoptive families have to face different stressors such as the lack of support by families of origin and social context, the need to hide their parenting project, the fear to not be considered parents "like the others" and the worry that their children are discriminated because of parents’ homosexuality. In addition to these stressors linked to the family structure, there is the challenge to adopt a child already marked by difficult life experiences and abandonment. The specificity of these families is the product of the difficulties encountered from the couples to became parents and of the experience of loss experienced by the child. The result of this whole meeting, is often found in parents’ strategies to face stressors and in the weight that the loss takes on for the child and in the relational dynamics of the family. Through two contrasting cases we will reflect on the possible adaptive strategies of parents and on the importance of integrating the child history in a new family story in which past, present and future come together and don’t know fractures. [less ▲]

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See detailAn innovative non-animal chitosan hydrogel is able to restore the rheology of osteoarthritis synovial fluid ex vivo
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Rocasalbas, Guillem; Chausson, Mickaël et al

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See detailSystematic Downstream Development, Optimization and Equipment Design for Biobased Products and Processes
Bednarz, Andreas; Rüngeler, Bettina; Scherübel, Peter et al

in Chemie Ingenieur Technik (2016, September), 88(9), 1375-1376

Biobased synthesis poses specific challenges due to the properties of raw materials, intermediates, and products. They are induced by the higher oxygen content as compared to fossil feedstock. Thus low ... [more ▼]

Biobased synthesis poses specific challenges due to the properties of raw materials, intermediates, and products. They are induced by the higher oxygen content as compared to fossil feedstock. Thus low vapor pressure, higher viscosity, low concentration in aqueous solution will require new, preferably liquid-based downstream processes, for which many different options can be proposed. A systematic method to evaluate such a multitude of options based on cascaded option trees is presented, which combines representation and evaluation of options on a suitably chosen level of detail. Criteria, which have to be fulfilled by the options, are flexibly evaluated ranging from input of experts to detailed simulation. Clear visualization also allows transparent communication of results to members of interdisciplinary teams and project partners. The method is demonstrated for extractive separation steps including real-world problems encountered. This includes high viscosities, presence of solids or microorganisms leading to crud formation, and optimization of process conditions solving the conflicting challenges balancing e.g. between low toxicity to microorganisms and process efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of bovine and porcine colistin-resistant mcr1-positive Escherichia coli.
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Muylaert, Adeline ULg; Saulmont, Marc et al

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OBJECTIVE Polymyxins, especially colistin, have been used for years in veterinary medicine and were rediscovered a few years ago as last resort antibiotics in human medicine against multi-resistant Gram ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE Polymyxins, especially colistin, have been used for years in veterinary medicine and were rediscovered a few years ago as last resort antibiotics in human medicine against multi-resistant Gram negative bacterial pathogens. For years, only chromosome-mediated resistance to colistin was identified as a consequence of mutation(s) in lipid A-encoding genes. Recently, however, a plasmid-located gene (mcr1) was identified in Gram-negative enterobacteria and has since been found by PCR in several, but not all, bovine, human, porcine and poultry colistin-resistant Escherichia coli (Liu YY et al. Lancet Infect Dis, 2016, 16(2), 161-168; Nordmann P and Poirel L. Clin Microbiol Infect, 2016, 22, 398-400 ; Schwarz S and Johnson AP. J Antimicrob Chemother, 2016, in press, doi: 10.1093/jac/dkw274). The purpose of this study was to compare phenotypic and genetic for the detection of resistance to colistin and of the mcr1 gene in a collection of Escherichia coli isolated from different animal species and from humans. METHODS More than 3000 E. coli isolates from cattle, pigs, dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, chickens ducks and humans were tested for resistance to colistin by growing them on agar plates with 1g/ml of colistin. The Minimal Inhibitory Concentrations (MIC) of and the presence of the mcr1 gene in all growing isolates were determined using the E test® and colony hybridization assay with a mcr1 specific gene probe, respectively. The probe-positive isolates were further tested with the mcr1 gene specific PCR. RESULTS A total of 410 E. coli isolated grew on 1g/ml colistin-containing agar plates. The majority of isolates grew well, but several grew sparsely with only few isolated colonies. As determined by the E test®, MIC of 273 isolates (67%) was 1g/ml of colistin and higher; conversely, MIC of 137 isolates (33%) was lower than 1g/ml of colistin. Of those 410 E. coli isolates, 34 from pigs and bovines (9% of isolates growing on colistin-containing agar plates; 25% of isolates with MIC higher than 1g/ml) hybridized with the mcr1 gene-derived probe: 5 from pigs and 11 from bovines gave black spots (including five from the same calf), while 18 from pigs and one from bovine gave grey spots. All but one pig isolate had a MIC between 1.5 and 16 g/ml of colistin. Fifteen “black spot” probe-positive isolates tested positive with the mcr1 gene specific PCR as did 3 porcine “grey spot” probe-positive isolates, while the remaining 16 isolates repeatedly tested negative even after lowering the annealing temperature. CONCLUSION This study confirms that (i) the results of phenotypic assays for the detection of colistin resistance can not be always trusted; (ii) the mcr1 gene is not the only one mechanism of resistance to colistin; (iii) mcr1 variants may exist that can not be detected by the classical PCR. Phenotypic assays like growth on colistin-containing agar plates can still represent a first base screening assay, although the MIC determination using the E test® confirms a >1g/ml MIC for only 2 out of 3 growing isolates. Presence of mcr1 gene and putative variants (like the most recently described mcr2 gene; Xavier BB et al., Eurosurveillance, 21, 7 July 2016) in all probe-positive isolates will be confirmed after Whole Genome Sequencing that will also allow comparing the mcr1-positive plasmids and isolates from pigs and cattle to similar human E. coli isolates. Further studies should also be performed to identify the colistin resistance mechanism in mec-negative isolates. [less ▲]

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See detailSetting up ex-vivo biomechanics studies
Balligand, Marc ULg

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See detailConclusion
Veymiers, Richard ULg

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See detailAssessment of the fluid-structure interaction capabilities for aeronautical applications of the open-source solver SU2.
Sanchez, Ruben; Kline, Heather; Thomas, David ULg et al

in Proceedings of the VII European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Science and Engineering (2016, September)

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See detailValeurs de référence de débit de filtration glomérulaire en population noire-africaine
Yayo, E; Monnet, D; Attoungbré, M.-L. et al

in Néphrologie & Thérapeutique (2016, September), 12(5), 273

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See detailAnalysis of the Jovian aurorae
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg

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See detailTargeted mutagenesis of orphan GPCRs of the SREB family
Laschet, Céline ULg; Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Soni, Arvind ULg et al

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See detailHome blood pressure in kidney transplant recipients (Ktr) - Validity of different schedules of self-monitoring
SAINT-REMY, Annie ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg; BONVOISIN, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Hypertension (2016, September), 34(e supplement 2), 119

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