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See detailThe matter of personal identity
Recchia, Fabio ULg

Conference (2017, April)

This talk will discuss the concepts of facticity and worked matter in Sartre's philosophy. Questionning these notions through the issue of personnal identity, I will try to answer this question : What are ... [more ▼]

This talk will discuss the concepts of facticity and worked matter in Sartre's philosophy. Questionning these notions through the issue of personnal identity, I will try to answer this question : What are the powers of matter in the genesis of the selfhood (ipséité) of consciousness ? In other terms, my goal will be to identify in which sense the facticity of the consciousness inflects the constitution of her selfhood. [less ▲]

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See detailUncertainty quantification of Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise using the fast Elementary Thermomechanical Ice Sheet (f.ETISh) model
Bulthuis, Kevin ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg; Pattyn, Frank et al

Conference (2017, April)

Uncertainties in sea-level rise projections are mostly due to uncertainties in Antarctic ice-sheet predictions (IPCC AR5 report, 2013), because key parameters related to the current state of the Antarctic ... [more ▼]

Uncertainties in sea-level rise projections are mostly due to uncertainties in Antarctic ice-sheet predictions (IPCC AR5 report, 2013), because key parameters related to the current state of the Antarctic ice sheet (e.g. sub-ice- shelf melting) and future climate forcing are poorly constrained. Here, we propose to improve the predictions of Antarctic ice-sheet behaviour using new uncertainty quantification methods. As opposed to ensemble modelling (Bindschadler et al., 2013) which provides a rather limited view on input and output dispersion, new stochastic methods (Le Maître and Knio, 2010) can provide deeper insight into the impact of uncertainties on complex system behaviour. Such stochastic methods usually begin with deducing a probabilistic description of input parameter uncertainties from the available data. Then, the impact of these input parameter uncertainties on output quantities is assessed by estimating the probability distribution of the outputs by means of uncertainty propagation methods such as Monte Carlo methods or stochastic expansion methods. The use of such uncertainty propagation methods in glaciology may be computationally costly because of the high computational complexity of ice-sheet models. This challenge emphasises the importance of developing reliable and computationally efficient ice-sheet models such as the f.ETISh ice-sheet model (Pattyn, 2015), a new fast thermomechanical coupled ice sheet/ice shelf model capable of handling complex and critical processes such as the marine ice-sheet instability mechanism. Here, we apply these methods to investigate the role of uncertainties in sub-ice-shelf melting, calving rates and climate projections in assessing Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise for the next centuries using the f.ETISh model. We detail the methods and show results that provide nominal values and uncertainty bounds for future sea- level rise as a reflection of the impact of the input parameter uncertainties under consideration, as well as a ranking of the input parameter uncertainties in the order of the significance of their contribution to uncertainty in future sea-level rise. In addition, we discuss how limitations posed by the available information (poorly constrained data) pose challenges that motivate our current research. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic flood modelling to support flood-proof urban design
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Mustafa, Ahmed; Aliaga, Daniel et al

Conference (2017, April)

Urban flood risk is influenced by many factors such as hydro-meteorological drivers, existing drainage systems as well as vulnerability of population and assets. The urban fabric itself has also a complex ... [more ▼]

Urban flood risk is influenced by many factors such as hydro-meteorological drivers, existing drainage systems as well as vulnerability of population and assets. The urban fabric itself has also a complex influence on inundation flows. In this research, we performed a systematic analysis on how various characteristics of urban patterns control inundation flow within the urban area and upstream of it. An urban generator tool was used to generate over 2,250 synthetic urban networks of 1 km². This tool is based on the procedural modelling presented by Parish and Müller (2001) which was adapted to generate a broader variety of urban networks. Nine input parameters were used to control the urban geometry. Three of them define the average length, orientation and curvature of the streets. Two orthogonal major roads, for which the width constitutes the fourth input parameter, work as constraints to generate the urban network. The width of secondary streets is given by the fifth input parameter. Each parcel generated by the street network based on a parcel mean area parameter can be either a park or a building parcel depending on the park ratio parameter. Three setback parameters constraint the exact location of the building whithin a building parcel. For each of synthetic urban network, detailed two-dimensional inundation maps were computed with a hydraulic model. The computational efficiency was enhanced by means of a porosity model. This enables the use of a coarser computational grid , while preserving information on the detailed geometry of the urban network (Sanders et al. 2008). These porosity parameters reflect not only the void fraction, which influences the storage capacity of the urban area, but also the influence of buildings on flow conveyance (dynamic effects). A sensitivity analysis was performed based on the inundation maps to highlight the respective impact of each input parameter characteristizing the urban networks. The findings of the study pinpoint which properties of urban networks have a major influence on urban inundation flow, enabling better informed flood-proof urban design. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Q-Codes et la terminologie multilingue de médecine générale et de famille
Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Schuers, Matthieu; Ouvrard, Patrick et al

Conference (2017, March 31)

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See detailResearch in Prison from the inside. An uncomfortable position for the "Official-Researcher"?
Sevenants, Yves ULg

Conference (2017, March 28)

Presentation about the experience of a native researcher in prison.

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See detailAnosognosia for behavioral disorder is related to confidence for false self-related memories in Alzheimer’s disease
Mélon, Marlène; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 24)

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and ... [more ▼]

Impaired self-awareness (i.e. anosognosia) and altered metacognitive monitoring in memory tasks have both been evidenced in AD. Furthermore, cognitive studies showed disrupted interaction between self and memory cognitive systems in AD, reducing cognitive advantages of self-related memories (i.e. decreasing self reference effect, SRE) in these patients. However, how anosognosia relates to impaired metacognitive monitoring in AD, particularly for self-related memories, is still an open question. To investigate this question, an ecological memory task based on face-name associations was administrated to 20 healthy older controls (HC) and 20 mild AD patients. The influence of self-reference at encoding was assessed on subsequent name recall and recollective experience, as well as on predictive (feeling-of-knowing, FOK) and postretrieval (judgments-of-confidence, JOC) metacognitive judgments on name recognition in all participants. Furthermore relationships between metacognitive outcomes and awareness of daily cognitive and behavioral impairment was examined in AD. Altered SRE was evidenced in name recall and recollective experience in AD. Patients also showed impaired FOK and JOC, as well as lower awareness of their daily functioning impairment (anosognosia). Nevertheless, differential effect of self on metacognitive judgment in AD and HC was only observed on JOC for false memories. Importantly, anosognosia for behavioral disorders was related to post-retrieval confidence for false recognition of self-related items in AD patients. Thus, anosognosia concerning behavioral disorder and altered post-retrieval monitoring of self-related memories appear to be related in AD. We hypothesized that impaired monitoring of personal false memories may lead AD patients to rely on distorted recent reality when providing judgment about their everyday behavioral functioning. [less ▲]

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See detailRecognition memory is associated with hippocampal volume in aging population: new evidence from brain imaging study
Narbutas, Justinas ULg; Blanpain, Manon ULg; Van Egroo, Maxime ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 23)

Introduction. The hippocampus is crucial for episodic memory, especially for recollection and pattern separation (i.e., the ability to store similar episodes as distinct memory traces). Episodic memory ... [more ▼]

Introduction. The hippocampus is crucial for episodic memory, especially for recollection and pattern separation (i.e., the ability to store similar episodes as distinct memory traces). Episodic memory declines with aging and this has been associated with hippocampal dysfunction. The main objective of our study was to explore how performance on a recognition memory task designed to assess pattern separation is associated with hippocampal volume in aging population. Methods. Fourteen healthy late middle-aged participants (52-69 years-old) were evaluated on a Mnemonic Similarity Task (MST). In this task, participants study pictures and then have to discriminate between targets, similar lures, and unrelated foil objects. Recognition memory (RM) is assessed as the difference between hits and false alarms to unrelated foils, while pattern separation Bias metric (BPS) is the difference between the rate of ‘‘Similar’’ responses given to the lure items minus ‘‘Similar’’ responses given to the foils. Hippocampal volume was calculated using ASHS software, which uses T1-weighted and T2-weighted MRI to obtain optimal segmentation of hippocampal subfields. Results. Correlation analysis of preliminary data revealed that RM was significantly positively associated with the volume of the left subiculum and left perirhinal area 35, while there were no significant correlations in the right hemisphere. BPS was positively correlated with the volume of right CA2 region, but negatively associated with the volume of right CA3 region, what is more contradictory according to the current literature. No significant link was found between BPS and the volume of hippocampal subfields in the left hemisphere. Conclusion. In a middle-aged population, better visual recognition memory is associated with larger volume of the left subiculum and perirhinal area 35, two regions supporting representation of objects [less ▲]

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See detailRelating pessimistic memory predictions to Alzheimer’s disease brain structure
Genon, Sarah ULg; Simon, Jessica ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 23)

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory ... [more ▼]

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show impairment of episodic memory and related metacognitive processes. The present study examined subjective metacognitive judgments preceding objective memory retrieval and investigated the neural correlates of pessimistic predictions for successfully retrieved memories in AD patients. AD patients and healthy older participants provided predictive judgements on their recognition performance before retrieval of famous (semantic) and recently learned (episodic) names. Correlations between grey matter volume (GMV) in T1 images and behavioural scores were examined with multivariate (PLS) and univariate (GLM) analyses in AD patients. AD patients showed a significant proportion of successful name recognition preceded by pessimistic prediction (Prediction_low_hits) in episodic memory. PLS revealed that behavioural pattern in AD patients was related with a mainly right lateralized pattern of GMV decrease including medial temporal lobe and posterior cingulate cortex, but also right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (VLPFC). GLM further confirmed that pessimistic prediction negatively correlated with GMV in VLPFC. Thus, impaired monitoring processes (possibly influenced by inaccurate beliefs) allowing inferences about one’s own memory performance are primarily related to decrease GMV in VLPFC in AD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailAmok. De quelques perdants radicaux chez Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
Hamers, Jérémy ULg; Cormann, Grégory ULg

Conference (2017, March 23)

En 2006, l’écrivain et essayiste allemand Hans Magnus Enzensberger publie Le perdant radical, un « essai sur les hommes de la terreur », conformément au sous-titre de cet ouvrage d’une soixantaine de ... [more ▼]

En 2006, l’écrivain et essayiste allemand Hans Magnus Enzensberger publie Le perdant radical, un « essai sur les hommes de la terreur », conformément au sous-titre de cet ouvrage d’une soixantaine de pages dans lequel l’auteur décrit les multiples facettes d’un ensemble de figures meurtrières. Du tireur fou dans un lycée américain au combattant islamiste ceinturé d’explosifs, isolé ou organisé en groupe, tout perdant radical répond au même mécanisme : c’est « lorsqu’il aura repris à son compte le jugement des autres, ceux qu’il tient pour les gagnants (…) qu’il pète les plombs. » L’indistinction est frappante : pour Enzensberger, le perdant radical peut sévir seul ou en groupe ; son moteur profond, irréductible à un engagement politique ou religieux, reste le même dans les deux cas. Car pour l’essayiste, rien, pas même une théorie critique de la société, ne permet de rendre compte de la nature du perdant radical, si ce n’est la suppression de l’instinct de conservation. Dans plusieurs textes littéraires – on songe notamment à son poème Zur Frage der Bedürfnisse (1991) et à son entretien autobiographique fictif avec lui-même Erinnerungen an einen Tumult (2014) –, Hans Magnus Enzensberger crée ou recrée des figures de terroristes qui réalisent parfaitement le profil type du perdant radical. Andreas Baader, les jeunes bourgeois d’une secte marxiste en Suède, un terroriste islamiste en fuite, un guérillero sud-américain qui a perdu tout sens de la réalité, autant de figures fictionnelles ou refictionnalisées qui, partant d’une même position d’échec apparemment imposée de l’extérieur et assumée en tant que telle, superposent destruction et autodestruction. L’hypothèse générale à laquelle nous voudrions soumettre ces personnages de terroristes est qu’ils sont les héritiers d’une figure essentielle pour la littérature allemande et anglo-saxonne : l’amok. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Belgian election system
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2017, March 21)

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See detailApprentissage et mémoire chez l'enfant et l'adulte trisomique 21
Comblain, Annick ULg

Conference (2017, March 17)

Si le profil langagier des personnes trisomiques 21 est de mieux en mieux connu et décrit, certains aspects du développement et du fonctionnement cognitif des personnes atteintes demeurent encore peu ... [more ▼]

Si le profil langagier des personnes trisomiques 21 est de mieux en mieux connu et décrit, certains aspects du développement et du fonctionnement cognitif des personnes atteintes demeurent encore peu étudiés. Ainsi, les conséquences de la présence d’un chromosome surnuméraire dans leur patrimoine génétique, sur des domaines tels que le développement mnésique, les apprentissages académiques (lecture et arithmétique) ou la problématique du vieillissement cognitif restent peu étudiés et encore sujets à controverse. Même si depuis plusieurs décennies, on sait que la mémoire à court terme verbale des personnes trisomiques 21 est déficitaire, son fonctionnement exact et les conséquences de ce déficit sur le développement d’autres domaines comme le langage oral et la lecture restent relativement peu explorés en regard des nombreuses études descriptives sur les déficits observés dans la maîtrise langage oral. A l'heure ou l'inclusion des personnes atteintes d'une déficience intellectuelle devient une pratique de plus en plus courante et recommandée, il semble essentiel d'approfondir notre connaissance du développement cognitif de ces personnes de manière à mettre en place des moyens adaptés au sein des classes et de potentialiser apprentissages. Par ailleurs, la problématique du vieillissement et plus particulièrement de l’incidence de la maladie d’Alzheimer est devenue, de par l’espérance de vie accrue des personnes trisomiques 21, un sujet de recherche de plus en plus développé. [less ▲]

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See detailPrésentation du projet de thèse : Performance des entreprises et ressources territoriales multi-échelles en Belgique et Wallonie
Wilmotte, Pierre-François ULg

Conference (2017, March 16)

Présentation du projet doctoral dans le cadre du séminaire des doctorants de l'ASRDLF. L'objectif est de présenter le projet mais aussi de mettre en avant les difficultés éventuelles pour recueillir des ... [more ▼]

Présentation du projet doctoral dans le cadre du séminaire des doctorants de l'ASRDLF. L'objectif est de présenter le projet mais aussi de mettre en avant les difficultés éventuelles pour recueillir des conseils et suggestions de doctorants ou d'enseignants-chercheurs. Le projet a été présenté avec les éléments suivants : contexte, questions de recherche, méthodologie, premiers résultats et éléments attendus. [less ▲]

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See detailImages à entendre. Le vocabulaire sonore des fêtes de 1622 dans les anciens Pays Bas
De Marco, Rosa ULg; Heering, Caroline

Conference (2017, March 16)

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See detailFormation and characterization of artificial lipid bilayers on optical fibers
Toussaint, Pauline ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg

Conference (2017, March 14)

Transports across cellular membranes are at the basis of a lot of biological processes such as the transmission of information in neurons. Their characterization is therefore of crucial interest. As they ... [more ▼]

Transports across cellular membranes are at the basis of a lot of biological processes such as the transmission of information in neurons. Their characterization is therefore of crucial interest. As they are equivalent to biological membranes, artificial lipid bilayers can be created to study membranes and transmembrane proteins properties or transmembrane transports. The aim of this work is to develop a new method for the fabrication of artificial membranes based on the use of optical fibers as support for the bilayer, and for their characterization by fluorescence measurements. We use microfluidics on fibers to create two phospholipid monolayers that we approach close enough to form a bilayer. The membrane formation is checked using fluorescein or a fluorescent sodium probe, Tetra (tetramethylammonium) salt (sodium green), whose optical signal depends on sodium concentration. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de la fonction rénale
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg

Conference (2017, March 14)

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See detailMUNIX vs TASPM
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2017, March 10)

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See detailSensations of the Shallow Body: Surgery, Dissections, and Technologies of Touch in Renaissance Italy
Von Hoffmann, Viktoria ULg

Conference (2017, March 09)

My contribution is part of a new work in progress exploring the sense of touch in Italian Renaissance anatomy. Through regular experiences of surgery and dissections, anatomists/surgeons refined their ... [more ▼]

My contribution is part of a new work in progress exploring the sense of touch in Italian Renaissance anatomy. Through regular experiences of surgery and dissections, anatomists/surgeons refined their sense of touch and developed a particularly acute ability to feel and act upon bodily parts and substances. By looking at the dissecting body—the hand, fingers, and skin of anatomists/surgeons—this paper will examine the body dissected—especially its bones, muscles, and surfaces—highlighting the multiple layers of the sense of touch in the Renaissance. [less ▲]

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See detailAnticoherence measures for spin states
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2017, March 09)

Among all possible spin states, spin-coherent states are the most classical because the spin expectation value in these states yields a vector of maximal norm pointing in a well defined direction. In ... [more ▼]

Among all possible spin states, spin-coherent states are the most classical because the spin expectation value in these states yields a vector of maximal norm pointing in a well defined direction. In contrast, anticoherent spin state to order t are such that <(J.n)^k> is independent of the unit vector n for k = 1, ..., t [1]. By construction, coherent and anticoherent spin states are at both ends of the spectrum of classicality. The aim of this work is to position all possible spin states on such a spectrum, that is to provide measures of anticoherence. To this aim, we introduce an axiomatic definition of anticoherence measures to any order t. In particular, we show that the total variance of a pure spin state, first introduced in [2] can be used to define a measure of anticoherence to order 1. We describe a systematic way of constructing anticoherence measures to any order that relies on the mapping between spin-j states and symmetric states of N = 2j spin-1/2. In particular, we exploit the fact that anticoherent spin states to order t have maximally mixed t-spin-1/2 reduced density matrices in the symmetric subspace [3]. [1] J. Zimba, Electron. J. Theor. Phys. 3, 143 (2006). [2] A. A. Klyachko, B. Öztop, and A. S. Shumovsky, Phys. Rev. A 75, 032315 (2007). [3] D. Baguette, T. Bastin, and J. Martin, Phys. Rev A 90, 032314 (2014). [less ▲]

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See detailLong-range Rydberg-blockade entangling gate mediated by auxiliary atoms
Cesa, Alexandre ULg; Martin, John ULg

Poster (2017, March 09)

Arrays of qubits encoded in the ground state manifold of trapped neutral atoms appear as a promising platform for the realisation of a scalable quantum computer. Indeed, such physical qubits have a long ... [more ▼]

Arrays of qubits encoded in the ground state manifold of trapped neutral atoms appear as a promising platform for the realisation of a scalable quantum computer. Indeed, such physical qubits have a long coherence time and allow for high-fidelity single-qubit operations [1]. In such a platform, entangling two-qubit gates can be implemented by exploiting the Rydberg-blockade mechanism to produce a phase shift or a flip of the state of a target atom conditioned on the state of a control atom [2]. However, because dipole-dipole interactions fall off rapidly with the interatomic distance, such entangling gates based on Rydberg-blockade are impractical between distant qubits. In this work, we propose a protocol to implement long-range Rydberg-blockade gates (CZ or CNot) using auxillary non-coding atoms to transfer the Rydberg excitation from the control to the target qubit. The dependence of the fidelity on the number of auxillary atoms, the blockade strength and the decay rates of the Rydberg states are determined. When compared to a sequential application of nearest neighbours entangling gates, our protocol leads to a larger fidelity and a reduction of the overall gate duration (which scales linearly with the number of auxillary atoms). [1] M. Saffman, J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 49, 202001 (2016). [2] D. Jaksch, J. I. Cirac, P. Zoller, S. L. Rolston, R. Côté, and M. D. Lukin, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 2208 (2000). [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic reforming of gasification tars with bi- and trimetallic catalysts optimized with organosilane precursors
Claude, Vincent ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg

Poster (2017, March 07)

Biomass gasification is interesting for the production of CO + H2 from wastes and catalysts are necessary for tars degradation. Catalysts were synthesized by the sol-gel process to develop γ-Al2O3 doped ... [more ▼]

Biomass gasification is interesting for the production of CO + H2 from wastes and catalysts are necessary for tars degradation. Catalysts were synthesized by the sol-gel process to develop γ-Al2O3 doped with 10%wt of nickel and 2 wt.% of a second dopant (Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo). Before their adding in AlOOH sol, metallic dopants were complexed with (OCH3)3-Si-(CH2)3-NH-(CH2)2-NH2 (EDAS) to increase their dispersion by cogelation between EDAS and AlOOH clusters. These catalysts were tested at 650°C for toluene reforming. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterizing exoplanetary atmospheres with a mid-infrared nulling spectrograph
Defrere, Denis ULg; Léger, Alain; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 07)

The discovery of an increasing number of terrestrial planets around nearby stars marks the dawn of a new era in the exoplanet field: the characterization and understanding of their atmospheres. To make ... [more ▼]

The discovery of an increasing number of terrestrial planets around nearby stars marks the dawn of a new era in the exoplanet field: the characterization and understanding of their atmospheres. To make significant progress, it becomes clear that a large number of exoplanetary atmospheres have to be studied at various wavelengths. This is particularly relevant for identifying possible bio-signatures. In this poster, we present a concept of a space-based mid-infrared nulling spectrograph that can characterize a large number of exoplanetary atmospheres and provide key information on their size, surface temperature, and the presence of key molecules such as CO2, H2O, CH4 and O3. The proposed mission concept would be particularly suited to characterize Proxima Cen b. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased sea ice cover disrupts food web structure in coastal Antarctica
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Conference (2017, March 03)

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. Sea ice is a major environmental driver in Antarctica, and changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through several processes (modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure and therefore resource availability for benthic consumers). To date, regions where sea ice cover is decreasing have received more attention than regions where it is increasing. Here, on the other hand, 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 time-tested integrative trophic markers (stable isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen and sulfur) and state-of-the-art data analysis tools (bayesian ecological models), we studied the structure of the food web associated to benthic macroinvertebrates communities. In total, 28 macroinvertebrate taxa spanning most present animal groups (sponges, sea anemones, nemerteans, nematods, sipunculids, sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, pycnogonids, crustaceans, sea stars, sea urchins, brittle stars and sea cucumbers) and functional guilds (grazers, deposit feeders, filter feeders, predators, scavengers) were investigated. Our results indicate that the absence of seasonal sea ice breakup deeply influences coastal benthic food webs in Antarctica. We recorded marked differences from literature data, both in terms of horizontal (i.e. primary producers and resources supporting animal populations) and vertical (i.e. trophic level of the studied consumers) structure of the food web. Overall, sympagic (sea-ice associated) algae dominated the diet of many important consumers, and the trophic levels of invertebrates were low, suggesting omnivore consumers relied less on predation and/or scavenging than in normal environmental conditions. Surprisingly, few animals seemed to feed on the extremely abundant benthic biofilm, whose exceptional development was also presumably linked with the peculiar sea ice conditions. Interpretation of data was complicated by the peculiar ecophysiological features of Antarctic invertebrates, whose very low metabolic rates could be associated to low tissue turnover. However, comparison of data obtained in the austral summers of 2013-2014 (first year without seasonal breakup) and 2014-2015 (second year without seasonal breakup) clearly showed that the observed trends were linked with actual temporal changes in invertebrate feeding habits rather than with other potential ecological drivers. 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. They also show that local and/or global trends of sea ice increase in Antarctica could cause strong changes in food web structure and therefore impact zoobenthic communities. This reinforces the view that, no matter their overall direction (i.e. increase or decrease), fluctuations in sea ice cover are likely to influence Antarctic benthic ecosystems' structure and functioning. [less ▲]

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See detailA meta-analysis of isotopic compositions of North Sea marine mammals
Damseaux, France ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Das, Krishna ULg

Conference (2017, March 03)

For over a decade, the North Sea has been undergoing significant changes due to global changes and overfishing. We conducted meta-analyses of previously published data on marine mammals sampled in the ... [more ▼]

For over a decade, the North Sea has been undergoing significant changes due to global changes and overfishing. We conducted meta-analyses of previously published data on marine mammals sampled in the North Sea to test the competition for food sources and spatial variations. The overall objective of this study was to assess the potential trophic changes of the grey seal, the harbour seal and the harbour porpoise. Data included δ13C and δ15N values measured in blood cells and muscles from the three species. SIBER, a trophic niche overlap quantification approach, highlighted potential competition between marine mammal species. The ellipse drawn for harbour seal data showed the highest δ15N values, reflecting its trophic position at the top of the food web. But the ellipse overlapping between the harbour seal and the grey seal of Germany was very important, showing a potential strong competition for food sources may be due to the overfishing. The harbour porpoise displayed a lower trophic position and a wide range of δ13C and δ15N values compared to harbour seal and grey seal as seen from its extended ellipse size. This may be due to a more opportunistic behaviour following the decline of some fish population in the North Sea. Surprisingly a group of grey seals sampled in Scotland present a very small ellipse size, presumably more selective in their prey choice, and showed the lowest δ15N values. Caution should be taken before comparing the trophic position of the groups of grey seals as the baseline differed between the two sampling areas. Low nitrates concentrations, higher latitudes, colder temperatures, deeper waters and rocky soils of the Scotland’s coasts of the North Sea cause a stratification phenomenon of the water column explaining the lower δ15N baseline in this area and so the spatial variation between these two groups of grey seals living in the North Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotonic photoanode for macroporous perovskite solar cells
Baron, Damien ULg; Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Henrist, Catherine ULg et al

Poster (2017, March 01)

Organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have reached power conversion efficiencies over 20%. Two archetypal PSC architectures are reported in the literature: mesoporous and planar ... [more ▼]

Organic-inorganic metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have reached power conversion efficiencies over 20%. Two archetypal PSC architectures are reported in the literature: mesoporous and planar PSCs. In the former one, a mesoporous TiO2 scaffold is incorporated into the cell. Because sizes of the mesopores are typically small compared to wavelengths of visible light, the scaffold barely scatters light. In this work, we propose to periodically structure a porous TiO2 scaffold incorporating pores with diameters comparable to wavelengths of visible light thanks to the use of colloidal crystal templating fabrication method. The resulting TiO2 scaffold filled with perovskite will constitute an opal-like photonic crystal incorporated in the solar cell, which will strongly interact with light. Through Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD) simulations, we demonstrate that the photonic crystal induces resonances that can be exploited to modulate light harvesting in the macroporous TiO2 layer. Sunlight absorption by the PSC will be presented and discussed with dependency of pore sizes and number of opal layers. [less ▲]

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See detailInverse opal photoanodes: preparation and optical properties
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Spronck, Gilles ULg; Baron, Damien ULg et al

Conference (2017, March 01)

Perovskite compounds, used either in mesoscopic or planar solar cells, have allowed preparing highly efficient solid-state devices (>20%). In this study, we propose to design photoanodes with photonic ... [more ▼]

Perovskite compounds, used either in mesoscopic or planar solar cells, have allowed preparing highly efficient solid-state devices (>20%). In this study, we propose to design photoanodes with photonic structure in order to modulate light interaction. The periodic structure of porosity could add specific optical properties likely to increase light harvesting and reduce reflexion losses. Besides, current efficiencies reported for mesoscopic perovskite solar cells using an inorganic porous scaffold are slightly lower than those reported for planar perovskite cells mainly due to issues in perovskite infiltration. The control of the porous network architecture in terms of pore organization, size and connectivity could overcome this limitation. TiO2/perovskite and perovskite-only photoanodes with an inverse opal porous structure are prepared from templating techniques, using polystyrene beads as structuring agent. The photoanode microstructure is further characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray diffraction (XRD). In parallel, light interaction is modeled in order to find the best compromise in terms of photonic architecture (pore size, organization, thickness…). [less ▲]

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See detailINVESTIGATION DE LA QUALITE D’ANTIBIOTIQUES A BASE D'AMOXICILLINE DANS LE CADRE DE LA SURVEILLANCE DU MARCHE OFFICIEL ET PERIPHERIQUE DE QUELQUES VILLES DE LA R.D. CONGO
Kalenda Tshilombo, Nicodème ULg; Ciza Hamuli, Patient ULg; Mavungu Landu, Don Jethro ULg et al

Poster (2017, March)

Drug counterfeiting is a sad and worrisome reality, especially in developing countries where quality control is not effective and sometimes not existing at all despite political will of governments. The ... [more ▼]

Drug counterfeiting is a sad and worrisome reality, especially in developing countries where quality control is not effective and sometimes not existing at all despite political will of governments. The consequences are harmful in particular for substandard medicines that pose more threats to populations in those countries due to their direct negative impact on patients such as failure of medical treatment including development of drug resistance and even death. Socio-economic consequences and negative reputation concerning the pharmaceutical industry are also observed. Unfortunately accurate detailed data on such medicines are not easy to obtain. Most of the time available data are often estimated from case reports or studies carried out in a specific area and during a defined period.Health authorities’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo are trying to identify this scourge by set up several strategies to fight against. One of them is built on the best knowledge of drugs from several horizons through the assessment of their quality to allow appropriate measurement. In this context, we have focused our study towards amoxicillin alone and/or combined with potassium clavulanate since it is one the very used medicines in pediatric medications. The formulations are powder for suspension. Two analytical methods were developed based on the USP monography, applying isocratic liquid chromatography. Prior to their application in routine, we evaluated the suitability of these methods through validation applying the accuracy profile of total error. Since it was planned to transfer the methods to DRC, several operating factors were taken into account namely operator, day and equipment. Interesting results were obtained in terms of trueness (relative biases below than 2.3%), precision (RSD of Intermediate precision below 2.8%), accuracy (beta-expectation tolerance intervals between -6.0% and 3.8%) for the concentration levels of interest. The latter were able to allow monitoring the quality of the two active ingredients here above in the 65 samples from Congolese market. They were collected in Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Matadi and Kolwezi at official and non-official medicines distributors, in peripheral area. The dramatic results obtained confirm that substandard and counterfeit medicines remain a crucial problem on public health in low-income countries. Appropriate measures are really needed to set up the drug quality improvement. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunomodulatory effects of rapamycin in xenogeneic Graft versus Host Disease
Ehx, Grégory ULg; Hannon, Muriel ULg; DUBOIS, Sophie ULg et al

in Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (2017, March), 23(3), 365366

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Several studies have suggested that rapamycin (RAPA), an mTOR ... [more ▼]

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Several studies have suggested that rapamycin (RAPA), an mTOR inhibitor with immunosuppressive properties, may reduce GVHD severity and mortality, possibly by promoting regulatory T cells (Tregs). However, few data have been reported about the impact of this drug on overall T cell population. The present work aims at investigating the mechanisms by which RAPA impacts GVHD in a humanized mouse model of GVHD (NSG mice infused with human PBMCs). We observed that RAPA injections significantly reduced xenogeneic GVHD lethality and severity. RAPA dramatically reduced human cells chimerism in RAPA mice and increased CD4+/CD8+ T cells balance due to a lower proliferation of CD8+ T cells. In addition, the frequencies of naive CD4+ and CD8+ T cells were higher and the CD4+ T cells showed a reduced effector phenotype (CD45RO+CD27-). Further, the differentiation of helper T cells (Th1, Th2 and Th17) was significantly decreased in treated mice. Tregs were positively affected as RAPA up-regulated their expression of BCL-2 and KI67 as well as their STAT5 phosphorylation level, leading to higher Treg frequency in treated mice. Altogether these data suggest that RAPA ameliorates GVHD by lowering cytotoxic and effector CD4+ T cells frequency as well as promoting Tregs. [less ▲]

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See detailExpanding chemistry's horizon with continuous-flow reactors
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg

in Corning Reactor Technologies Annual Conference (2017) (2017, March)

Continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors come with inherent properties that can be advantageously utilized for expanding the horizon of synthetic organic chemistry. Accurate control over local ... [more ▼]

Continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors come with inherent properties that can be advantageously utilized for expanding the horizon of synthetic organic chemistry. Accurate control over local process parameters, even under extreme conditions, inherent safety, production homogeneity and seamless scale-up are amongst the most important assets of continuous-flow chemistry. Besides, flow chemistry enables the design of efficient multistep processes with significantly reduced footprints. In this lecture, we will discuss some of the most fascinating aspects of continuous-flow micro- and mesofluidic reactors in the specific context of preparative organic chemistry. Multiple examples illustrating the development and implementation of continuous-flow multistep strategies for the synthesis of high-value added organic targets will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailBetween practices and belongings: intersectional stories of migrant women around food
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2017, March)

Short abstract Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Moroccan women living in Milan hinterland in Italy, this paper aims at exploring the negotiated ways of performing both cultural and social ... [more ▼]

Short abstract Based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted among Moroccan women living in Milan hinterland in Italy, this paper aims at exploring the negotiated ways of performing both cultural and social belongings through food and at pointing out how these two dimensions can diverge or overlap in practice. Long abstract Migration constitutes for human beings an opportunity – among others – to develop a reflexive gaze upon one’s own habits (Rodier 2010), food habits in the case under study. In fact, not only changes that may occur in the ways of eating, cooking and supplying of produces, but also new relationships push individuals to question their everyday practices, which are associated with specific meanings. These meanings are socially and culturally oriented and performative, since they permit to state belongings as well as to take part to differently defined groups. In order to study these dynamics, I will present some ethnographic data collected during a research among Moroccan women living in Milan hinterland in Italy, mainly focusing on the history of two of them. The description of food practices, embedded in the narration of the migration experience and its consequences, which in its turn interacts with contextual discourses around immigrants and cultural diversity, reveals unexpected strategies to take social and cultural positionings within the collectivity. The theoretical framework upon which my analysis relies consists of a praxeological approach to subjectivation (Warnier 2001) combined with the consideration of the multi-dimensionality of the self which is derived from the intersectional perspective on identity (Crenshaw 1989; Anthias 2002; Yuval-Davis 2006). Through concrete practices involving food, individuals – women in this case – define their self as a layered complex of belongings, and they do that at both social and cultural level; thus proving how these two dimensions can diverge or overlap. [less ▲]

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See detailCan science explain consciousness? Lessons from coma and related states
Martial, Charlotte ULg

Conference (2017, March)

Understanding consciousness remains one of the greatest mysteries for science to solve. How do our brains work? How can we know if some patients in coma have any consciousness left and how could we ... [more ▼]

Understanding consciousness remains one of the greatest mysteries for science to solve. How do our brains work? How can we know if some patients in coma have any consciousness left and how could we communicate with them? What are near-death experiences? What is brain death? What happens in our brains during dreaming, hypnosis or meditation? At present, nobody understands how matter (our trillions of neural connections) becomes perception and thought. We will here briefly review some neurological facts on consciousness and impaired consciousness. Thanks to recent advances in (neuroimaging) technology, the mapping of conscious perception and cognition in health (e.g., conscious waking, sleep, dreaming, hypnosis, meditation, sleepwalking and anesthesia) and in disease (e.g., coma, near-death, “vegetative” state, seizures, hallucinations etc) is providing exiting new insights into the functional neuroanatomy of human consciousness. Our perception of the outside world (sensory awareness; what we see, hear, etc.) and our awareness of an inner world (self-awareness; the little "voice" inside that "speaks" to ourselves) seemingly depend on two separate networks we could recently identify. Philosophers might argue that the subjective aspect of the mind will never be sufficiently accounted for by the objective methods of reductionistic science. We here prefer a more pragmatic approach and remain naively optimistic that technological advances might ultimately lead to an understanding of the neural substrate of human consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-mechanical testing of magnesium based composites reinforced by carbon fibers manufactured by friction stir processing
Simar, Aude; Ryelandt, Sophie; Delannay, Francis et al

Conference (2017, February 28)

Short C fibres–Mg matrix (AZ91D) composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy. The process parameters have been ... [more ▼]

Short C fibres–Mg matrix (AZ91D) composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy. The process parameters have been optimized to ensure a good fiber distribution. 3D X-ray tomography reveals that the fibers orient like onion rings. Thermal treatments have allowed to modify the flow stress level of the matrix material. Tensile testing inside the scanning electron microscope have revealed the decohesion at the fiber/matrix interface if the fibers are preferentially oriented perpendicularly to the loading direction. Modelling allows to estimate the stress needed to initiate this decohesion is about 250 MPa, i.e. appearing early in heat treated samples. To compare with different loading conditions, micro-compression and instrumented micro-indentation testing have also been performed. The consequence of the loading path on the decohesion is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimized integration of heat storage into district heating networks fed by a biomass CHP plant.
Sartor, Kevin ULg

in Proceedings (2017, February 28)

Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants connected to district heating networks (DHN) are recognized as a very good opportunity to increase the share of renewable sources into energy systems. However ... [more ▼]

Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants connected to district heating networks (DHN) are recognized as a very good opportunity to increase the share of renewable sources into energy systems. However, as CHP plants are not optimized for electricity production, their operation is profitable only if a sufficient heat demand is available throughout the year. On the other hand, these plants often work for baseline operation and back-up boilers are used to supply the peak demand. To extend the use of the CHP plants and reduce costs, conventional fuel use and emissions, it is proposed to study the feasibility of using additional high temperature heat storage as retrofit of an existing CHP plant. This work is based on a simple and effective methodology that provides accurate estimations of economic, environmental and energetic performances of CHP plants connected to district heating networks. The DHN of the University in Liège (Belgium) is used as an application framework to demonstrate the effectiveness of the selected approach. The potential energy and pollutant emissions savings and resulting energy costs are estimated and the current policy limitations will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal comfort models for net zero energy buildings in hot climates
Belkhouane, Hamza ULg; Hensen, Jan; Attia, Shady ULg

in Second International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates (2017, February 26)

Several energy efficiency concepts and comfort models emerged in the last 15 years seeking high performance buildings and optimal occupant comfort conditions. The aim of high performance buildings is to ... [more ▼]

Several energy efficiency concepts and comfort models emerged in the last 15 years seeking high performance buildings and optimal occupant comfort conditions. The aim of high performance buildings is to reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of buildings while maintain a fit to purpose comfort. In this context, this work raises the question of fir to purpose comfort models that can from one side reduce the energy consumption of typical office buildings in hot climates (cooling dominated) while on the other side ensuring indoor thermal comfort. Indeed, studies that address energy efficiency are many, however it is in most cases applied to temperate or cold climates and barely explored for hot climates. The objective of this paper is to (1) combine several comfort models for a net zero energy building in hot climates, (2) select the comfort model that shows the optimal comfort quality of indoor environment and (3) compare the building's annual energy consumption for each used comfort model. To respond to our research problems, a methodology has been established, which goes through several phases. First identifying the different comfort models comfortable to use in hot climates (ISO 7730 / EN 15251 / adaptive ASHRAE / Givoni), secondly selecting a typical validated office building model as a reference building and finally selecting representative cities in the Mediterranean arid and hot climate (Algiers / Sicily / Cairo / Dubai). The study used building performance simulation to generate the different results on the energy consumption and the operative temperatures of the different models of comfort in each city. The paper ultimately identifies the fit to purpose comfort models for a medium size net zero energy office building in hot climates. The paper presents a comparison that can help building professional to identify the most appropriate comfort model that allows optimizing energy consumption, ensuring thermal comfort for robust perfromnce of net zero energy buildings in hot climates. [less ▲]

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See detailMethylglyoxal-induced carbonyl stress: perspectives of a new anti-GBM therapy
Nokin, Marie-Julie ULg

Conference (2017, February 24)

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See detailL’imprimerie à Bruxelles sous les archiducs Albert et Isabelle (1598-1633)
Adam, Renaud ULg

Conference (2017, February 23)

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See detailDécoder les verrous d’apprentissage d’une discipline
Verpoorten, Dominique ULg; Devyver, Julie ULg; Duchâteau, Dominique ULg et al

Conference (2017, February 21)

L’ULg a conduit une expérience pilote avec quelques enseignants. Elle vise à estimer le potentiel didactique et pédagogique d’un travail sur les « verrous d’apprentissage » (traduction délibérément ... [more ▼]

L’ULg a conduit une expérience pilote avec quelques enseignants. Elle vise à estimer le potentiel didactique et pédagogique d’un travail sur les « verrous d’apprentissage » (traduction délibérément adaptée de « bottleneck ») pour lutter contre l’échec, ou plutôt pour relever le défi de l’intégration intellectuelle du plus grand nombre. [less ▲]

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See detailAncient Egyptian philology: The digital turn. Current projects and future perspectives for the study of Ancient Egyptian texts
Polis, Stéphane ULg; Razanajao, Vincent ULg

Conference (2017, February 21)

Use of Information Technologies in Egyptology can be traced back to the early 1960s, when first efforts were made in documenting Meroitic scripts or emblematic corpora such as the Pyramid Texts. With the ... [more ▼]

Use of Information Technologies in Egyptology can be traced back to the early 1960s, when first efforts were made in documenting Meroitic scripts or emblematic corpora such as the Pyramid Texts. With the rise of the Digital Humanities in the mid-2000s, many new academic projects that implement IT solutions not only as a way to manage and present data, but also to produce, process and analyse the material, have come to light in the field. The aim of this paper is to give a survey of current digital projects related to the study of ancient Egyptian and Coptic texts. Our goal is not to be exhaustive, but to discuss the methods and tools that are being used and to describe the variety of scholarly practices. The first set of projects to be examined are those related to digital text editions and annotated corpora (including the types of representation format). Second, the question of how to handle the complex writing systems of Ancient Egypt will be addressed by looking at projects that focus on encoding (Manuel de Codage vs Unicode), on establishing hieroglyphic sign-lists (the Thot-Sign-List), on palaeographical databases and on ways to OCRize original texts efficiently. The issue of interoperability and data sharing will then be investigated through a presentation of several related projects working on a XML/TEI interchange format as well as on digital resources for enabling a Linked Open Data approach to the ancient Egyptian written material (http://thot.philo.ulg.ac.be/). Finally, we will argue in favour of a coherent data model so that encoding of data and metadata is done in the most effective way. [less ▲]

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See detailA Raster SOLAP Designed for the Emergency Services of Brussels Agglomeration
Kasprzyk, Jean-Paul ULg; Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in CLOUD COMPUTING 2017 - The Eighth International Conference on Cloud Computing, GRIDs, and Virtualization (2017, February 20)

In order to quickly reach incident locations, emergency services have to fairly distribute their resources on the territory. This distribution is based on an analysis which depends on heterogeneous ... [more ▼]

In order to quickly reach incident locations, emergency services have to fairly distribute their resources on the territory. This distribution is based on an analysis which depends on heterogeneous spatial data like past interventions (recurring risk), specific geographical places (sporadic risk), road network or socio-economic variables. On the other hand, Spatial Online Analytical Processing (SOLAP) tools are designed for the collection and the analysis of large spatial data sets. In this study, an original raster SOLAP model is implemented for emergency services of Brussels agglomeration. It allows decision-makers to freely generate risk maps (continuous fields), depending on several dimensions (time, intervention type, risk type, etc.), and to compare them with the accessibility of firefighters and ambulances. Simulations can also be performed on resources locations to see their impact on the main accessibility. [less ▲]

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See detailHTA et cholestérol : prise en charge intégrée - Cas cliniques
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2017, February 18)

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See detailLevinas et les limites de la phénoménologie
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

Conference (2017, February 17)

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See detailLe remembrement-relotissement en Wallonie et aux Pays-Bas : est-il possible de réveiller la Belle Endormie ?
Dethier, Perrine ULg; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

Conference (2017, February 17)

Le dispositif du remembrement-relotissement, aussi appelé « Association Foncière Urbaine » en France, est un outil foncier qui permet de réaménager le maillage parcellaire et les espaces publics. Il a ... [more ▼]

Le dispositif du remembrement-relotissement, aussi appelé « Association Foncière Urbaine » en France, est un outil foncier qui permet de réaménager le maillage parcellaire et les espaces publics. Il a pour finalité de matérialiser un projet urbain et il est associé au transfert à une structure de copropriété des droits de propriété relatifs aux terrains nécessaires à la réalisation du projet en question. Il revient ensuite à cette structure de copropriété de gérer le développement du périmètre. À l’issue de l’aménagement, les propriétaires sont rétribués proportionnellement à la valeur de leurs apports fonciers respectifs. Le remembrement-relotissement est considérée comme une « Belle endormie » de l’aménagement . En effet, alors que ce dispositif présente de nombreux avantages (mobilisation du foncier à faible coût, développement de projets intégrés…), il n’est que très rarement appliqué sur le terrain . C’est dans ce cadre que se situe notre proposition, dont l’objectif est de chercher à comprendre les raisons qui limitent l’usage de cette procédure ainsi que les leviers susceptibles d’enfin banaliser sa pratique. Notre intervention sera structurée en trois parties. En première partie, nous développerons les résultats d’une analyse ayant cherché à comprendre la non-utilisation du dispositif au sein du contexte wallon . Ce travail a mis en avant que le remembrement-relotissement souffre d’une mauvaise image auprès des experts wallons de l’aménagement du territoire. Le problème fondamental réside dans la faible faisabilité liée à l’incapacité de mobiliser de concert un nombre suffisamment élevé de propriétaires. La seconde partie de notre intervention sera consacrée à la situation néerlandaise. Aux Pays-Bas, le remembrement-relotissement n’est pas non plus un outil fréquemment utilisé, ce qui s’explique par la tradition de production foncière publique. En effet, il est inutile de chercher à travailler avec les propriétaires lorsque les collectivités locales sont directement à la manœuvre pour mettre en place les projets de développement. Pour autant, en raison de la crise du modèle néerlandais de la production foncière publique, le remembrement-relotissement est aujourd’hui considéré par les autorités néerlandaises comme un outil très important afin de continuer à contrôler les montages opérationnels tout en limitant l’implication financière des collectivités. Il ressort de la comparaison entre les Pays-Bas et le Wallonie que le différentiel de confiance entre acteurs est une explication fondamentale de l’opposition entre les deux contextes. Dans ce cadre, la troisième partie de notre intervention rendra compte d’une recherche en cours qui vise à objectiver l’impact des cultures d’aménagement sur les montages opérationnels. Ce projet, qui s’appuie sur le champ de l’économie comportementale , vise en particulier à traiter des thématiques de l’aversion face aux risques et de l’importance de la confiance dans le développement des partenariats et des coopérations. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtudier un genre littéraire en Égypte Ancienne : approche(s) et méthode
Motte, Aurore ULg

Conference (2017, February 16)

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See detailStuttered and non-stuttered disfluencies in normally fluent, French-speaking preschool children
Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg; Moyse, Astrid

Conference (2017, February 16)

The criterion of 3% of stuttered disfluencies – (part-)word repetitions, sound prolongations and blocks – is often suggested to diagnose the stuttering in children (e.g., Boey et al., 2007; Yairi ... [more ▼]

The criterion of 3% of stuttered disfluencies – (part-)word repetitions, sound prolongations and blocks – is often suggested to diagnose the stuttering in children (e.g., Boey et al., 2007; Yairi & Ambrose, 2005). There is a long-lasting debate among scholars about the relevance of considering monosyllabic word repetitions as stuttered disfluencies, given their high frequency in typically developing children (e.g., Howell, 2013; Wingate, 2001). Yet, these are the prime characteristics that prompt identification of early stuttering by parents (Yairi & Ambrose, 2013). Nevertheless, very few normative data exist concerning the disfluencies occurring in the speech of normally fluent children (Tumanova et al., 2014), and none exist in French. The aim of this study is to examine the need for reference data in French in order to distinguish typical developmental disfluency from stuttering. We used the CHAT transcription system and the coding conventions of FluencyBank to transcribe and analyse the speech disfluencies of twenty monolingual, French speaking children who do not stutter, aged 4 years. FluencyBank (Bernstein-Ratner & MacWhinney) is a shared database for the study of the development of fluency in both normal and disordered populations. It is a project of Talkbank that seeks to archive and facilitate sharing of data relevant to fluency research. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of poplar trees on the soil water dynamics of a maize field in West-Flanders
Coussement, Tom; Janssens, Pieter; Elsen, Annemie et al

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Gillet, Thomas ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Andres, Emmanuelle et al

Conference (2017, February 14)

Regulation in terms of greenhouse gas emissions becomes more and more stringent and the fuel consumption targets decrease. In order to meet these demands, vehicle electrification has increased over the ... [more ▼]

Regulation in terms of greenhouse gas emissions becomes more and more stringent and the fuel consumption targets decrease. In order to meet these demands, vehicle electrification has increased over the last decade. With the arrival of plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles, efficient battery cooling system becomes a necessity and has to be integrated into the vehicle thermal management. One of the possibility is to integrate a chiller in the air conditioning system for extreme operating points. Moreover, this kind of system can be dedicated to luxury or large passenger cars for which a secondary evaporator is present to guarantee the comfort for rear passengers. The main challenge of this air-conditioning architecture is to maintain simultaneously the cabin thermal comfort via one or two evaporators on one hand and to maintain the battery cells in an ideal temperature range on the other hand. [less ▲]

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See detailBest Practices for NZEB design in Mixed & Cooling Dominated Climates
Attia, Shady ULg

in HARPUTLUGİL, Timuçin (Ed.) Symposium for Improving Energy Efficiency in Buildings Project (2017, February 14)

High performance buildings including net zero energy buildings (NZEB) are facing difficulty to become market mainstream in warm and hot climates. Beside the economic there are serious technical and design ... [more ▼]

High performance buildings including net zero energy buildings (NZEB) are facing difficulty to become market mainstream in warm and hot climates. Beside the economic there are serious technical and design challenges that hampers design teams design, construct and operate NZEB in mixed and cooling dominated climates. There is a difficulty to make the Passive House standard cross the heating dominated climatic zones in Northern and Central Europe to get implemented in mixed or cooling dominated climates as an ultra-energy efficient building concept. There is a need for setting new climate adaptive energy efficiency target metrics for NZEBs in warm and hot climates. This paper presents guidance and recommendations on the necessary performance target metrics for NZEBs and makes them explicit. Results are based on cross analysis of several case studies, presenting an overview of challenges and providing recommendations based on available empirical evidence to further lower those barriers Worldwide with a focus on the European construction sector. By defining the performance thresholds for NZEBs including the metrics we offer design team the possibility of verification and design assessment during early design decision making phases to instil a kind of practical, evidence based and quantifiable guidance for high performance buildings and in particular NZEBs. [less ▲]

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See detailImplication for the use of benthic foraminifera as bio-indicators of pollution: The case study of the Northern coast of Sfax (South eastern Tunisia)
Lamourou, Ali ULg; Touir, Jamel; Fagel, Nathalie ULg

in YNHM 4TH YOUNG NATURAL HISTORY SCIENTISTS' MEETING (2017, February 12)

The use of foraminifers as bioindicators of pollution in coastal and paralic environments has undergone a very fast development. Among various criteria, morphological anomalies are sometimes considered as ... [more ▼]

The use of foraminifers as bioindicators of pollution in coastal and paralic environments has undergone a very fast development. Among various criteria, morphological anomalies are sometimes considered as pollution indicators. This paper presents a synthesis of the studies correlating foraminiferal assemblages and environmental concerns. Sediment cores retrieved along the northern coast of Sfax (Tunisia) are used to monitor the response of benthic foraminifera to modern pollution and environmental stress. Sediment samples were separated immediately after collection for benthic foraminifera analysis. Binocular microscope and the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) were carried out to identify the most significant, normal or deformed, specimens. All observations confirmed that foraminifera may be used as indicators of pollution after deconvoluting from natural impacts. The most sensitive foraminifera identified in the study area are Ammonia tepida, Ammonia beccarii, Elphidium crispum, Peneroplis pertususles Miliolidae, Peneroplis pertusus et Rosalina sp and Peneroplis planatus. The morphological study of benthic foraminifera from surface sediments attests for the pollution of the actual coast. This pollution is recorded in the benthic foraminifera tests mainly as shell deformations, chambers or streaks or abnormal colors. [less ▲]

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See detailTen years of pedagogical training sessions for faculties teaching freshmen
Leduc, Laurent ULg; Verpoorten, Dominique ULg

Conference (2017, February 12)

Created at the University of Liège (Belgium) in 2006, the CDS - IFRES offers to all the new faculties and teaching assistants the opportunity to participate to a pedagogical training program dealing with ... [more ▼]

Created at the University of Liège (Belgium) in 2006, the CDS - IFRES offers to all the new faculties and teaching assistants the opportunity to participate to a pedagogical training program dealing with a wide range of themes exclusively related to the enhancement of teaching activities for first-year students. More than 1400 staffs have already attended to those sessions in which dissemination of good practices in the first-year course takes a large part. Leading a reflective analysis of the process of this program and its outcomes through various data, this communication offers great insights for conceptors of faculty training programs. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of xenogeneic graft-versus-host reactions in humanized NSG and NSG-HLA-A2/HHD mice
Ehx, Grégory ULg; SOMJA, Joan ULg; Fransolet, Gilles ULg et al

Poster (2017, February 10)

Background. Infusion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) is currently investigated in patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as well as in solid ... [more ▼]

Background. Infusion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) is currently investigated in patients with graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as well as in solid organ transplant recipients. The in vivo efficacy of various human Treg products (naïve Tregs, memory Tregs, ex vivo activated Tregs, …) is currently assessed in NSG mice. Specifically, injection of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in NSG mice induces a xenogeneic GVHD (xGVHD) syndrome that can be prevented by Treg infusion. However, this model is somewhat limited by the fact that the immunologic reaction of human PBMC is directed exclusively towards murine antigens. Aim. In this report, we compared xGVHD induced by injection of human PBMCs in NSG and in NSG mice expressing the HDD construct designed for the expression of human HLA-A0201 convalently bound to human 2 microglobuline, enabling the expression of both HLA-A2 and 2 microglobuline. Methods. NSG and NSG-HLA-A2/HHD (NSG-HLA) mice were transplanted with either HLA-A2+ or HLA-A2− human PBMCs from healthy donors. In 3 independent experiments (3 different HLA-A2+/A2− donor pairs were used, n=86), survival and xGVHD scores were monitored for the remaining days of the experiments and in a fourth experiment mice were sacrificed at day 14 to perform various analyzes on their organs. Results. NSG-HLA mice presented overall lower survival rates and higher xGVHD scores than NSG mice (median survival: 28 vs 21 days, p<0.0001). Survival difference between NSG and NSG-HLA mice was higher when they were transplanted with HLA-A2− than with HLA-A2+ donors (HLA-A2−, median survival: 35 vs 25 days, p=0.0001; HLA-A2+, median survival: 23 vs 19 days, p=0.001). Blood platelet levels, as surrogate marker of hematopoiesis activity, were reduced in NSG-HLA mice in comparison with NSG mice at day 14, suggesting higher hematopoietic hypoplasia in the NSG-HLA mice. Flow cytometry experiments showed higher human CD45+ cells engraftment in NSG-HLA mice in blood, spleen, bone marrow, lungs and liver. Further, lower CD4+/CD8+ T cells ratio were observed in these organs in NSG-HLA mice, highlighting a higher frequency of cytotoxic T cells. These differences of engraftment or ratio could not be attributed to proliferation or activation differences since no variation of either KI67 or HLA-DR were observed between the two mouse models. Supporting the promotion of cytotoxic T cells in NSG-HLA mice, lower frequency of CD45RA+ and higher frequency of TNF-α+ among CD8+ T cells were observed in these animals in comparison with NSG mice. Finally, preliminary results suggest a specific cytotoxicity toward HLA-A2+ cells in NSG-HLA mice. Conclusion. NSG-HLA-A2/HHD mice develop more severe xGVHD than NSG, characterized by a higher human cell engraftment and higher frequency of cytotoxic T cells, probably reacting specifically toward human HLA-A2 antigen. Therefore these mice may be a better model to study human acute GVHD. [less ▲]

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See detailL’étude des cultures populaires à l’Université de Liège
Delbouille, Julie ULg; Guesse, Carole ULg; Dupont, Bruno ULg et al

Conference (2017, February 10)

La présente communication se propose de retracer l’implantation progressive des cultures populaires comme objet de recherche à l’Université de Liège. Du colloque de Cerisy consacré à la paralittérature en ... [more ▼]

La présente communication se propose de retracer l’implantation progressive des cultures populaires comme objet de recherche à l’Université de Liège. Du colloque de Cerisy consacré à la paralittérature en 1967 à l’ouverture d’une mineure consacrée à la culture populaire en 2014, en passant par le développement des études en bande dessinée (avec le groupe ACME), en paralittérature, en littérature jeunesse et en jeu vidéo (avec le récent Liège GameLab), la prise en considération de ces œuvres souvent jugées illégitimes ou indignes comporte, aujourd’hui encore, d’importants enjeux scientifiques, politiques et idéologiques. À travers l’étude d’objets et de pratiques longtemps déclassés par les élites, c’est en effet la définition de l’art en tant qu’institution qui est questionnée. [less ▲]

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See detailDialoguer avec le Tiers paysage.
Hamers, Jérémy ULg

Conference (2017, February 10)

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See detailProteomic differential distribution of 53BP1 in serrated and conventional adenomas validated by histological characterisation
QUESADA-CALVO, Florence ULg; Merli, Angela-Maria ULg; MASSOT, Charlotte ULg et al

Poster (2017, February 10)

INTRODUCTION: Sessile serrated adenoma/polyp (SSA/p) is a precancerous lesion, mostly located in the right side of the colon (cecum, ascending and transverse colon). The difficulty is to visualize this ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Sessile serrated adenoma/polyp (SSA/p) is a precancerous lesion, mostly located in the right side of the colon (cecum, ascending and transverse colon). The difficulty is to visualize this lesion during colonoscopy because of its subtle appearance. MATERIAL AND METHOD: We compared proteomes of serrated polyps (SSA/p) and conventional adenomas using residual human formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) samples. FFPE-FASP method was applied on samples before label free proteomic analysis. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) characterisation of one candidate marker was performed for tissue validation on an independent set of samples including: conventional adenomas (low and high-grade dysplasia), serrated polyps (hyperplastic polyps, SSA/p and traditional serrated adenoma) and finally normal colon (taken at the margin of colorectal cancer (CRC) or of diverticular disease). RESULTS: Proteomics provided 765 proteins (out of 5992 proteins identified) significantly discriminating conventional adenomas from serrated lesions. We selected 53BP1 (Tumor suppressor p53-binding protein 1) among these for IHC validation, because of its tumor suppressor gene function and role as a mediator of DNA damage checkpoint. 53BP1 appeared significantly up-regulated in proteomes of low and high grade adenomas compared to these of normal tissue and SSA/p. 53BP1 IHC signal was located in the nucleus and the percentage of positive nucleus decreased in serrated polyps, especially in crypts and in the border epithelium, confirming part of the proteomic results. CONCLUSION: This study highlights potential marker proteins, including 53BP1 from which IHC signal was strongly decreased in some serrated polyps. The loss of 53BP1 has been associated with tumour progression and poor prognosis, while little is currently known about its involvement in precancerous CRC lesions. 53BP1 decrease of expression in the nucleus and therefore possible loss of function in some epithelial cells could reflect important changes occurring during dysplasia to neoplasia progression in serrated lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailDe Grimm à Storm. La littérature allemande à l'Université de Liège
Leyh, Valérie ULg

Conference (2017, February 10)

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See detailLes chemins de Delbœuf
Rizzo, Rémy ULg

Conference (2017, February 09)

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See detailImportance of using Geographic Information System for extensive Middle Palaeolithic open air sites in northern France. The example of Caours (Somme, France) and Beauvais (Oise, France).
Moreau, Gwénaëlle ULg; Locht, Jean-Luc; Patou-Mathis, Marylène et al

Poster (2017, February 09)

During the middle Palaeolithic, the northern France was only occupied by Neanderthals groups. However, successions of glacial and interglacial cycles explain a complex and discontinuous settlement ... [more ▼]

During the middle Palaeolithic, the northern France was only occupied by Neanderthals groups. However, successions of glacial and interglacial cycles explain a complex and discontinuous settlement, raising complication in the study of its dynamics at a regional scale. Therefore, some aspects of Neanderthals behaviour are still mischaracterize: in most cases, the function of the site and its territorial management over the northern France have to be specified. The spatial analysis of open air sites from northern France will help us to answer those questions. However, for Middle Palaeolithic sites, we can't see systematically on the field the spatial organisation directly, we sometimes need modelization. Therefore, we started to build a spatial analysis protocol adapted to this site and applied to such sites. The sites of Caours (Somme, France) and Beauvais (Oise, France) are two open air sites that are exceptionally well preserved and displaying a large amount of faunal and lithic rests. Both are perfect candidate to apply and test the new protocol. First results proved that for each site the existence of a spatial organisation as remains concentration zones. Then, we characterize this areas – number, distribution. Finally, we were able to associate them to human activity areas like hearths, butchery or knapping areas. [less ▲]

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See detailPremiers jalons pour une histoire du plagiat à l’Université de Liège : le cas « de Reiffenberg » (1836)
Adam, Renaud ULg

Conference (2017, February 09)

Membre d’une ancienne famille noble d’origine allemande, le baron Frédéric de Reiffenberg (1795-1850) s’est distingué dans l’histoire de Belgique pour avoir été le premier à occuper le poste de ... [more ▼]

Membre d’une ancienne famille noble d’origine allemande, le baron Frédéric de Reiffenberg (1795-1850) s’est distingué dans l’histoire de Belgique pour avoir été le premier à occuper le poste de conservateur de la Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, fondée en 1837. S’il doit notamment ce poste à l’appui qu’il reçut d’amis haut placé, il convient de rappeler que la nomination à la direction de cette institution fut pour lui une belle opportunité pour quitter Liège et, plus spécifiquement, la charge de professeur d’histoire du Moyen Âge qu’il occupait à l’Université depuis le 6 décembre 1835. En effet, au cours de l’année 1836, son parcours professionnelle fut entaché d’un scandale sans précédent qui le contraint à démissionner : une accusation de plagiat formulée par l’un de ses éminents collègues, Edouard de Lavalleye (1811-1869). La présente communication sera l’occasion de revenir sur cette affaire et son traitement médiatique. [less ▲]

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See detailLab Pay(S)age: a Laboratory of Observation as an activator for Landscape Awareness Process
Baldin, Elisa ULg; Occhiuto, Rita ULg

Poster (2017, February 09)

The notion of Landscape Observatory (ELC 2000), in the work of LabVTP at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Liège (Wallonia-BE), has been linked with the concept of Landscape Laboratory (R ... [more ▼]

The notion of Landscape Observatory (ELC 2000), in the work of LabVTP at the Faculty of Architecture in the University of Liège (Wallonia-BE), has been linked with the concept of Landscape Laboratory (R. Gustavsson) in order to enhance and underline perceptive, experiential and active dimensions of sites, responding to the Universities’ missions required by the ELC: education and sensitization. Lab Pay(s)age, as a new typology of landscape laboratory, has developed methodological tools for landscape research, based on a multi-scale and diachronic reading of the territory, where natural and artificial traces are the complementary elements to be reinterpreted and relaunched in new participative scenarios. The Meuse valley, reshaped by deep transformations, is the main topic for researches, concerning specific morphological, typological and social characters. All along the river, the scars of industries mark the territory as a land in search of new cycle of life1. The regeneration of abandoned industrial sites, as a practice of territorial recycle, is part of sustainability policies in urban planning, based on the enhancement of local resources. The Observatory Lab Pay(s)age, is intended as a structure for site-specific study and continuous fieldwork, concerning both the evolutionary processes of natural structures and the involution of built environment. Starting from these materials, many different regeneration methodologies and temporalities have been imagined. Following the logic promoted by the ELC, the work has started by monitoring some specific areas and by contacting different local representatives with the aim of collecting data and experiences to construct a shared knowledge of the places. Then the project has become an on-going tool including all phases in the regeneration process: observation, analysis, interpretation and re-launch of new hypothesis are fundamental elements to increase the public knowledge about the cultural factors characterizing the landscape discipline. Thus, the notion of « observatory » is a strategic device, monitoring the evolution of places in time through actions of dialogue and awareness raising, in order to get citizens re-acquire a consciousness of their territory. The collected qualitative data, describe the peculiar features of the sites, based on the local actors experience and knowledge. These elements are the basis for new scenarios, used as progressive steps leading the recovery process. For this reason, the « observatory » is also a « laboratory », as the experimental projects accompany the transformation of the places through intermediate phases. Understanding and accepting mutability as a character of landscape is a preliminary step towards a co-action, where the project accords with natural dynamics. Lab Pay(s)age, according to the ELC principles, is using the earliest local answers as re-launch factors for consecutive projects, taking into account the territorial temporalities as priority in transformation process. The presentation concerns the ongoing projects and obtained reactions, such as the earliest re-naturalization programs, some selected sites for monitoring activities and Phd researches on new regeneration methods using vegetation as an active element in reclamation of industrial sites. 1 Occhiuto, R. 2016. Healing the scars of industry in Liège, in Scape n.15, 2016 [less ▲]

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See detailCharles de Méan et sa portée mémorielle
Lagasse, Benoît ULg

Conference (2017, February 09)

La présente présentation contient, d'une part, une courte biographie de Charles de Méan, juriste liégeois du 17e siècle et, d'autre part, trois exemples de sa portée mémorielle.

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See detailA modified graded response model to account for guessing in multiple-choice items
Magis, David ULg

Conference (2017, February 09)

This presentation focuses on multiple-choice items without any correction or control for guessing. Most often, item responses are recoded as binary outcomes so that dichotomous logistic item response ... [more ▼]

This presentation focuses on multiple-choice items without any correction or control for guessing. Most often, item responses are recoded as binary outcomes so that dichotomous logistic item response models (such as the 2PL or 3PL models) can be used to estimate ability levels. This is however at the cost of loosing information from collapsing all distractors into a single FALSE category. Polytomous IRT models could be considered to overcome that drawback but none of the classical models are suitable to incorporate guessing into account. The purpose of this talk is to introduce a modification to the graded response model (Samejima, 1969) that can take guessing into account. The modification consists in introducing lower and upper asymptotes to the cumulative probability curves. After a brief theoretical and technical description, practical implementation using the R package mirt (Chalmers, 2012) is discussed. Primary results from a simulation study are eventually presented and compared to traditional IRT scoring methods for scoring multiple-choice items. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of proteins discriminating inflammation induced dysplasia from simple inflammation in ulcerative colitis by laser capture microdissection and label free proteomics – a pilot study
Merli, Angela-Maria ULg; QUESADA-CALVO, Florence ULg; MASSOT, Charlotte ULg et al

Conference (2017, February 09)

Chronic colonic inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC) may induce dysplasia, which can itself progress and transform into neoplasia. Diagnosis of dysplasia in UC remains difficult particularly when ... [more ▼]

Chronic colonic inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC) may induce dysplasia, which can itself progress and transform into neoplasia. Diagnosis of dysplasia in UC remains difficult particularly when tissue inflammation is present. The aim of this retrospective pilot study was to highlight proteins specifically associated with inflammation induced dysplasia in UC. We performed a pilot experiment on 15 Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded (FFPE) samples isolated from 5 cases of UC patients with a Polypoïd Pedunculated dysplasia (UC-PP). We compared the proteomes of the UC-PP, the inflammatory (UC-I) and the normal (UC-NL) tissues of each patient. We performed Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) in order to collect only epithelial cells, avoiding inflammatory infiltrating ones. Label free proteomic analysis using a 2D-nanoUPLC coupled with a hybrid Quadrupole-Orbitrap was applied, as well as differential analysis on the paired samples. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) characterisation of one of the selected proteins of interest was used for validation. Out of 985 quantified proteins, 7 were found significantly more abundant in UC-PP compared to UC-I tissues, with 6 being only detected in UC-PP using proteomics. One of these is Solute Carrier Family 12 member 2 (SLC12A2), also known as Na-K-2Cl co-transporter 1 (NKCC1), a protein involved in ionic balance, in T-cell migration promotion and in some features involved in cancer development like proliferation, migration or invasion. IHC results obtained were in correlation with proteomic results and showed that SLC12A2 was more abundant in UC-PP tissue than in UC-I and UC-NL tissues, with a signal clearly delimiting the dysplastic region from the surrounding inflammatory tissue. This pilot experiment shows a different proteomic profile in inflammation-associated dysplasia and simple inflammation. This should be replicated using other types of dysplasia in IBD. SLC12A2 could be a potential biomarker of inflammation-associated dysplasia. [less ▲]

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See detailIngénieries de formation innovantes - quelles place et fonctions pour NeopassSup ?
Poumay, Marianne ULg

Conference (2017, February 08)

Dans le contexte de l'enseignement supérieur et à l'occasion du lancement de la plateforme NéopassSup, cette communication abordait l'intérêt pédagogique d'un tel outil au service du développement ... [more ▼]

Dans le contexte de l'enseignement supérieur et à l'occasion du lancement de la plateforme NéopassSup, cette communication abordait l'intérêt pédagogique d'un tel outil au service du développement professionnel des enseignants du supérieur. Elle imaginait les usages possibles de l'outil, sur la base d'activités déjà en cours. Elle anticipait ensuite les facteurs de succès de ces usages et se clôturait sur quelques réflexions, soulignant notamment l'importance de l'accompagnement des enseignants dans ces démarches de formation et de développement professionnel. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Projet Ramsès. Explorer la langue des pharaons au XXIe siècle
Motte, Aurore ULg; Polis, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2017, February 08)

En nous appuyant sur un historique de la chaire d’égyptologie à l’ULg (depuis sa création en 1902), nous montrons comment le Projet Ramsès est venu s’inscrire au cœur des projets de recherche du service ... [more ▼]

En nous appuyant sur un historique de la chaire d’égyptologie à l’ULg (depuis sa création en 1902), nous montrons comment le Projet Ramsès est venu s’inscrire au cœur des projets de recherche du service d’égyptologie à partir de 2006. La présentation s’attache ensuite à en présenter les derniers développements et à illustrer le caractère novateur de ce projet, tant du point de vue de l’égyptologie et de la linguistique de corpus, que du point de vue — plus large — des humanités numériques. Nous décrirons enfin le réseau de recherche européen dont il participe aujourd’hui, impliquant des collaborations suivies avec différents projets d’ampleur. [less ▲]

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See detailRestauration de papyrus et techniques d'imagerie au CEDOPAL
Carlig, Nathan ULg

Conference (2017, February 08)

Si le Centre de documentation de papyrologie littéraire (CEDOPAL) de l’Université de Liège est propriétaire, depuis 1954, d’une collection de vingt papyrus, dix-neuf grecs et un copte, datés du Ier au ... [more ▼]

Si le Centre de documentation de papyrologie littéraire (CEDOPAL) de l’Université de Liège est propriétaire, depuis 1954, d’une collection de vingt papyrus, dix-neuf grecs et un copte, datés du Ier au VIIe siècle, il est également dépositaire d’une collection privée liégeoise de papyrus grecs, coptes et démotiques, actuellement en cours de restauration. Après avoir présenté le papyrus comme support d’écriture et ses caractéristiques, nous détaillerons les techniques de restauration et d’imagerie mises en œuvre lors de la restauration de la collection de papyrus du CEDOPAL et de celle de la collection privée et nous mettrons en avant les résultats obtenus et les perspectives d’analyses futures. [less ▲]

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See detailLa "Vigna Manzi" à Garaguso (Basilicate), un nouveau projet de recherche archéologique de l'Université de Liège
Cuvelier, Graham ULg

Conference (2017, February 08)

En 1916, l’archéologue Vittorio di Cicco entreprenait des fouilles sur le site de la « Vigna Manzi », à Garaguso, en Basilicate. Il y découvrit les vestiges d’un temple qui contenait encore une partie de ... [more ▼]

En 1916, l’archéologue Vittorio di Cicco entreprenait des fouilles sur le site de la « Vigna Manzi », à Garaguso, en Basilicate. Il y découvrit les vestiges d’un temple qui contenait encore une partie de son mobilier et différentes offrandes dont la statuette en marbre d’une déesse trônante accompagnée d’un tempietto. Cette découverte ramenait à la lumière un site de premier ordre pour l’étude des relations qu’entretenaient, dans ces territoires d’Italie méridionale, les populations indigènes et les Grecs des cités de Grande Grèce. Dans le courant du XXe siècle, d’autres fouilles se sont succédé dans le sanctuaire de la « Vigna Manzi » – sans grand résultat. Durant l’été 2008, l’archéologue Jean-Marc Moret a cherché à identifier l’emplacement de la fouille de Vittorio di Cicco. Ce sondage lui a permis de retrouver d’autres structures monumentales augurant une découverte d’envergure. La publication de cette entreprise a ensuite été confiée à Thomas Morard, professeur à l’Université de Liège. Dans cette perspective, une campagne de documentation a été menée durant l’automne 2016. S’en suivra la reprise de l’enquête de terrain, un nouveau projet archéologique pour l’Université de Liège [less ▲]

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See detailThe prosumers and the grid
Gautier, Axel ULg; Jacqmin, Julien ULg; poudou, jean-christophe

Conference (2017, February 07)

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See detailDesign optimization of Rankine cycle systems for waste heat recovery from passenger car engines
Lemort, Vincent ULg; Legros, Arnaud; Dumont, Olivier ULg et al

Conference (2017, February 07)

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See detailComparison of two laboratory-scale ensiling methods to assess effect of reducing sugars
Herremans, Sophie ULg; Decruyenaere, Virginie; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

Poster (2017, February 07)

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See detailLogging impact on biodiversity in Central Africa
Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg

Conference (2017, February 07)

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See detailHow tree architecture varies across coexisting tropical tree species and relates to functional traits?
Loubota Panzou, Grâce Jopaul ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Loumeto, Jean-Joël et al

Conference (2017, February 06)

Architecture refers to the overall shape of a tree and the spatial position of its components. Tree height determines the position in the forest canopy and access to light, while the amount and spatial ... [more ▼]

Architecture refers to the overall shape of a tree and the spatial position of its components. Tree height determines the position in the forest canopy and access to light, while the amount and spatial distribution of the foliage depend on the depth and the width of the crown. The aim of this study is to understand how tree architecture varies across coexisting tropical tree species and relates to functional traits. Forty five coexisting tree species were sampled in the semi-deciduous forests of Northern Congo. Species were classified according to ecological strategies, specifically regeneration guilds: shade bearers (27 species), non-pioneers light demanding (14 species) and pioneers (4 species). For each species, 14–72 trees (968 trees in total) were measured over a large range of diameter (10–162 cm). At the tree level, we measured the diameter (D in cm), height (H in m), crown radius (Cr in m) and crown depth (Cd in m) and crown exposure index (CEI) was visually estimated. At species level, architectural traits (Dmax, Hmax, Crmax and Cdmax), life history traits (dispersal mode, phenology and guild) and functional traits (wood density and light requirement) were obtained. We investigates the H-D, Cr-D and Cd-D allometric relationships at the tree level using linear mixed models on log-transformed data with species as a random effect on both slope and intercept. We used the multivariate analysis to quantify the relationship between architectural, functional traits and life history traits. Based on AIC, we found that the best linear mixed model was the one with two species random parameters (intercept and slope) for H-D and Cr-D allometries, while the best model for Cd-D allometry was the one with only a random intercept. Thus, our results showed a significant variation in tree allometry between coexisting species. The interspecific variation in H-D allometry was related to light requirement while Cr-D and Cd-D allometries were more related to dispersal mode and wood density, respectively. The confirmed the existence of three ecological strategies (shade bearers, non-pioneers light demanding and pioneers) in tropical forests, specifically in Central Africa. Architectural traits were the main traits that differentiate between ecological strategies. Architectural traits are therefore strong predictors of ecological strategies of coexisting tropical tree species. [less ▲]

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See detailPredicting the future of an endemic endangered Andean bird species with a niche-based-model nested into a dynamic vegetation model
Hambuckers, Alain ULg; Zuniga, Lilian; Dury, Marie ULg et al

Conference (2017, February 05)

The slopes of the Andes are recognized as supporting the highest avian diversity in the world combined with high endemism rate but also more than 20 % of threatened species. Frugivores birds, even rare ... [more ▼]

The slopes of the Andes are recognized as supporting the highest avian diversity in the world combined with high endemism rate but also more than 20 % of threatened species. Frugivores birds, even rare species, are known as major providers of seed dispersal service. In Bolivia, the large Red-fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys Lafresnaye, 1847) is one of the 15 endemic species of this country. Its natural habitat is mainly semi-deciduous dry forest but this habitat is most often severely degraded. Climate change is an additional threat over tropical mountain birds and this particular species, since some scenarios suggest warming as high as 7.5°C by 2080 and significant variations in the precipitation regime and available soil water. To infer the future of bird species under warming climate, many authors use niche-based models (NBM), in which they combine effects of climate variables, alone or in combination with other environmental variables. A more elaborated approach consists in also including biotic interactions, notably the availability of particular plant species. While NBM with climate variables are now considered as a standard method to predict plant species distribution under future climate, this approach fails to consider the effect of increasing CO2 concentration in air on plant physiology. Contrariwise, dynamic vegetation models (DVM) are commonly able to reproduce this effect, although the uncertainties on the CO2 are large. This study assesses the potential impact of climate change on the range of A. rubrogenys, by combining within a NBM climate variables, relief and biotic variables, i.e. plant species resource. Plant resource is computed with a DVM and a NBM to compare the methodologies and to evaluate potential effects of CO2 on plant species distribution and indirect impacts on the bird. [less ▲]

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