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See detailValidity of algometry and video assessment to diagnose pain in sheep with knee synovitis
Niessen, J; Nisolle, JF; Hontoir, F et al

Poster (2016, April 23)

Reasons to perform study. To assess lameness in animals, semi-objective scales are used. Video is sometimes used to enable blinding of the clinician. In addition, the assessment of pain is particularly ... [more ▼]

Reasons to perform study. To assess lameness in animals, semi-objective scales are used. Video is sometimes used to enable blinding of the clinician. In addition, the assessment of pain is particularly difficult in animals since they cannot report their feelings. The interpretation of the reactions of the animals can be different between observers. A method to quantify pain is the measure of mechanical nociceptive thresholds (MNT), a method called algometry. Since synovitis is often linked to swelling of periarticular tissues and to synovial fluid effusion, palpation of the joint is also a useful test. The objectives of the current study were to assess in sheep whether (1) video assessment of lameness is in agreement with real observation; (2) algometry of the knee is correlated with lameness evaluation; (3) algometry is correlated with identification of swelling by palpation. Material and methods. The population of sheep enrolled in a controlled trial at the Ovine Research Center of UNamur was used for the current study. Results. There was a moderate inter-rater agreement (value of kappa was 0,41) between the experimenter who evaluated the ewes on site and the one who watched the videos. No significant correlation was identified between lameness scores and algometry. A negative correlation (algometry reactive threshold is lower when palpation score is higher) was identified between palpation scores and MNT (P<0.05). Discussion. Video assessment can be used in research to assess lameness. The experience of the observer must be taken into account. Algometry is not entirely valid since an adaptation or learning process seems to develop in sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailKeratinocyte RabGEF1 maintains skin homeostasis in vivo.
Marichal, Thomas ULg

Conference (2016, April 22)

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See detailGuerrier de Dieu ou mercenaire dangereux et inutile ? Usages de la relation de guerre par l’internonce Bichi comme stratégie de déstabilisation du duc Charles IV de Lorraine (1645-1646).
Regibeau, Julien ULg

Conference (2016, April 22)

Le 22 décembre 1645, l’internonce en poste à Bruxelles, Antonio Bichi, donne l’absolution à Charles IV de Lorraine. La sentence prononcée par l’envoyé pontifical doit mettre fin à plus de trois années de ... [more ▼]

Le 22 décembre 1645, l’internonce en poste à Bruxelles, Antonio Bichi, donne l’absolution à Charles IV de Lorraine. La sentence prononcée par l’envoyé pontifical doit mettre fin à plus de trois années de tensions qui font suite à la bulle d’excommunication fulminée par le pape Urbain VIII à l’encontre du duc. Pour le Saint-Siège l’enjeu diplomatique de ce geste est grand. Charles IV, duc de Lorraine et de Bar, est en effet un membre important du parti des dévots, hostile à Richelieu et à sa politique d’abaissement de la maison d’Autriche. Réfugié aux Pays-Bas espagnols depuis l’occupation de ses États par le cardinal, en 1634, il prend part aux dernières phases de la guerre de Trente Ans en mettant ses troupes au service des Habsbourg, aussi bien en France que dans l’Empire. Or, l’excommunication du duc a peu à peu créé des dissensions au sein du clergé et du gouvernement des Pays-Bas. L’irritation qui règne menacerait même la bonne conduite de la guerre menée contre la France et ses alliés protestants. Si, à première vue, la papauté ne prend pas une part active dans ce conflit, elle veille, à travers ses nonces, aux intérêts catholiques qui sont en jeu. À l’occasion de ma communication, je souhaiterais étudier en détails la politique de l’internonce Bichi durant les mois qui précèdent et qui suivent l’absolution de Charles IV. Je désire, pour ce faire, m’arrêter sur l’une des stratégies que le prélat met en place pour mener le duc à se conformer aux instances du Saint-Siège ; à savoir jeter le discrédit sur l’action militaire de celui-ci. La déconstruction systématique de l’image militaire du duc par l’internonce puise ses arguments dans une rhétorique humaniste, largement diffusée par Machiavel et Guichardin, pour bâtir l’image, à la fois archétypale et ancrée dans le présent de la guerre de Trente Ans, d’un condottiere dangereux et inutile, dont les Habsbourg devraient se prémunir. Prenant place au sein d’un arsenal de ressources variées (maîtrise de l’information, entreprise de désinformation, emploi de différents registres de discours, entretien de réseaux d’intérêts,…), cette stratégie dévoile son efficacité à partir du moment où elle est intériorisée par la Curie romaine et fournit un argument supplémentaire à cette dernière pour faire pression sur le gouverneur-général des Pays-Bas, le marquis de Castel Rodrigo. La représentation propagée par l’internonce peine cependant à masquer l’image, toute aussi efficace, de guerrier de Dieu que Charles IV, héritier des Guises et de l’idéologie de la croisade, convoque et entretient. Il ressort donc de la correspondance de l’internonce une représentation plurielle et ambivalente du duc-soldat ; paradoxe apparent qui reflète bien l’état de tension qui règne alors au sein de la cour de Bruxelles autour de Charles IV et de son excommunication. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing a dynamic vegetation model for future projections of crop yields : application to Belgium in the framework of the VOTES and MASC projects
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULg; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULg; Fontaine, Corentin M. et al

Poster (2016, April 22)

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil, to study the role of the vegetation in the carbon cycle. These ... [more ▼]

Dynamic vegetation models (DVM) were initially designed to describe the dynamics of natural ecosystems as a function of climate and soil, to study the role of the vegetation in the carbon cycle. These models are now directly coupled with climate models in order to evaluate feedbacks between vegetation and climate. But DVM characteristics allow numerous other applications, leading to amelioration of some of their modules (e.g., evaluating sensitivity of the hydrological module to land surface changes) and developments (e.g., coupling with other models like agent-based models), to be used in ecosystem management and land use planning studies. It is in this dynamic context about DVMs that we have adapted the CARAIB (CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model. One of the main improvements is the implementation of a crop module, allowing the assessment of climate change impacts on crop yields. We try to validate this module at different scales: - from the plot level, with the use of eddy-covariance data from agricultural sites in the FLUXNET network, such as Lonzée (Belgium) or other Western European sites (Grignon, Dijkgraaf,. . . ), - to the country level, for which we compare the crop yield calculated by CARAIB to the crop yield statistics for Belgium and for different agricultural regions of the country. Another challenge for the CARAIB DVM was to deal with the landscape dynamics, which is not directly possible due to the lack of consideration of anthropogenic factors in the system. In the framework of the VOTES and the MASC projects, CARAIB is coupled with an agent-based model (ABM), representing the societal component of the system. This coupled module allows the use of climate and socio-economic scenarios, particularly interesting for studies which aim at ensuring a sustainable approach. This module has particularly been exploited in the VOTES project, where the objective was to provide a social, biophysical and economic assessment of the ecosystem services in four municipalities under urban pressure in the center of Belgium. The biophysical valuation was carried out with the coupled module, allowing a quantitative evaluation of key ecosystem services as a function of three climatic and socio-economic scenarios. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh anthocyanins content of commercial blackcurrant juices induced endothelium-dependent relaxation in isolated porcine coronary arteries
Kevers, Claire ULg; Shini-Kerth, Valérie; Tabart, Jessica et al

Poster (2016, April 22)

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See detailEffect of Ribes nigrum leaf extracts on endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation
Tabart, Jessica; Shini-Kerth, Valérie; PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 22)

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See detailAssessing heat tracing experiment data sets for direct forecast of temperature evolution in subsurface models: an example of well and geophysical monitoring data
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Klepikova, Maria; Caers, Jef

Conference (2016, April 21)

Hydrogeological inverse modeling is used for integrating data and calibrating subsurface model parameters. On one hand, deterministic approaches are relatively fast but fail to catch the uncertainty ... [more ▼]

Hydrogeological inverse modeling is used for integrating data and calibrating subsurface model parameters. On one hand, deterministic approaches are relatively fast but fail to catch the uncertainty related to the spatial distribution of model parameters. On the other hand, stochastic inverse modeling is time-consuming and sampling the full high-dimensional parameter space is generally impossible. Even then, the end result is not the inverted model itself, but the forecast built from such models. In this study, we investigate a prediction-focused approach (PFA) in order to derive a direct statistical relationship between data and forecast without explicitly calibrating any models to the data. To derive this relationship, we first sample a limited number of models from the prior distribution using geostatistical methods. For each model, we then apply two forward simulations: the first corresponds to the forward model of the data (past), the second corresponds to the forward model of the forecast (future). The relationship between observed data and forecast is generally highly non-linear, depending on the complexity of the prior distribution and the differences in the two forward operators. In order to derive a useful relationship, we first reduce the dimension of the data and the forecast through principal component analysis (PCA) related techniques in order to keep the most informative part of both sets. Then, we apply canonical correlation analysis (CCA) to establish a linear relationship between data and forecast in the reduced space components. If such a relationship exists, it is possible to directly sample the posterior distribution of the forecast with a multi-Gaussian framework. In this study, we apply this methodology to forecast the evolution with time of the distribution of temperature in a control panel in an alluvial aquifer. We simulate a heat tracing experiment monitored with both well logging probes and electrical resistivity tomography. We show (1) that the proposed method can be used to quantify the uncertainty on the forecast both spatially and temporally and (2) that spatially-distributed data acquired through geophysical methods help to significantly reduce the uncertainty of the posterior. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of a design to monitor the influence of crop residue management on the dynamics of soil water content with ERT
Chelin, Marie ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Hermans, Thomas ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

Choices related to crop residue management affect the soil structure. As a consequence, they may determinethe spatio-temporal dynamics of water content and eventually the crop yields. In order to better ... [more ▼]

Choices related to crop residue management affect the soil structure. As a consequence, they may determinethe spatio-temporal dynamics of water content and eventually the crop yields. In order to better understand the influence of these strategies on hydraulic processes occurring at the plot scale, we opted for the use electrical resistivity tomography (ERT). This approach presents the advantage to limit soil disturbance but is still faced to important challenges when applied in an agricultural field context. Especially changing soil-electrode contact has to be considered, as it can lead to bad quality data, especially for setups with small electrodes and small inter-electrode distance. The objective of this study was to test the efficiency of a high-resolution 3-D field measurement design to properly assess the dynamics of soil water content. ERT measurements were conducted in a Cutanic Siltic Luvisol in Gembloux, Belgium, on two plots of 2m^2 ploughed in Oct 2014 at a depth of 25 cm and sown with maize in April 2015. The plants were removed on one of the plots in order to obtain a bare soil reference. A grid of 98 surface stainless steel electrodes was layed-out on each plot and four sticks supporting each eight stainless steel electrodes were vertically inserted into the soil up to 1.20 m to get more detailed information in depth. The experiments were performed between Jul and Oct 2015, in order to get measurements both in dry and wet periods. For surface and borehole monitoring, a dipole-dipole array configuration including in-line and cross-line measurements was adopted. Normal and reciprocal measurements were performed systematically to assess the data quality: only the datasets with a mean reciprocal error lower than 3% were considered for the data inversion. This contribution will show the first inverted results showing the complexity of experimental design and data analysis for high-resolution, timelapse ERT in field conditions. Based on these results, we will draw conclusions about a minimal data set to be obtained in our upcoming field experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailTime lapse imaging of water content with geoelectrical methods: on the interest of working with absolute water content data
Dumont, Gaël ULg; Pilawski, Tamara ULg; Robert, Tanguy et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

The electrical resistivity tomography is a suitable method to estimate the water content of a waste material and detect changes in water content. Various ERT profiles, both static data and time-lapse ... [more ▼]

The electrical resistivity tomography is a suitable method to estimate the water content of a waste material and detect changes in water content. Various ERT profiles, both static data and time-lapse, where acquired on a landfill during the Minerve project. In the literature, the relative change of resistivity ( Delta rho/rho ) is generally computed. For saline or heat tracer tests in the saturated zone, the Delta rho/rho can be easily translated into pore water conductivity or underground temperature changes (provided that the initial salinity or temperature condition is homogeneous over the ERT panel extension). For water content changes in the vadose zone resulting of an infiltration event or injection experiment, many authors also work with the Delta rho/rho or relative changes of water content Delta theta /theta (linked to the change of resistivity through one single parameter: the Archie’s law exponent “m”). This parameter is not influenced by the underground temperature and pore fluid conductivity ( rho_w) condition but is influenced by the initial water content distribution. Therefore, you never know if the loss of / signal is representative of the limit of the infiltration front or more humid initial condition. Another approach for the understanding of the infiltration process is the assessment of the absolute change of water content ( Delta theta ). This requires the direct computation of the water content of the waste from the resistivity data. For that purpose, we used petrophysical laws calibrated with laboratory experiments and our knowledge of the in situ temperature and pore fluid conductivity parameters. Then, we investigated water content changes in the waste material after a rainfall event ( Delta theta = Delta theta /theta * theta ). This new observation is really representatives of the quantity of water infiltrated in the waste material. However, the uncertainty in the pore fluid conductivity value may influence the computed water changes ( Delta theta =k*m*(rho_w)^1/2 ; where “m” is the Archie’s law exponent). Using these two complementary approaches, we analyzed the effect a major rainfall (20-30 mm in 2 hours) that occurred on the test site, characterized by a vegetalized and relatively dry zone and a devegatelized and humid zone. We intended to prove that most of the information contained in the Delta theta /theta distribution is the initial water content distribution in the ground.Water addition in dry zones resulting in large relative changes. The computation of the Delta theta is necessary to demonstrate preferential infiltration through the capping in a restricted zone of the vegetalized area. [less ▲]

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See detailSupporting integrated and systemic management of windthrow crises by public decision-makers
Riguelle, Simon ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

This poster presents the development of an integrated framework for systemic management of storm damage risk in Wallonia (Belgium) and how it can be implemented throughout the risk management cycle with ... [more ▼]

This poster presents the development of an integrated framework for systemic management of storm damage risk in Wallonia (Belgium) and how it can be implemented throughout the risk management cycle with user-friendly tools and suitable methodologies. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-resolution climate and land surface interactions modeling over Belgium: current state and decennial scale projections
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULg; Henrot, Alexandra-Jane ULg; Beckers, Veronique et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

The interactions between land surface and climate are complex. Climate changes can affect ecosystem structure and functions, by altering photosynthesis and productivity or inducing thermal and hydric ... [more ▼]

The interactions between land surface and climate are complex. Climate changes can affect ecosystem structure and functions, by altering photosynthesis and productivity or inducing thermal and hydric stresses on plant species. These changes then impact socio-economic systems, through e.g., lower farming or forestry incomes. Ultimately, it can lead to permanent changes in land use structure, especially when associated with other non-climatic factors, such as urbanization pressure. These interactions and changes have feedbacks on the climate systems, in terms of changing: (1) surface properties (albedo, roughness, evapotranspiration, etc.) and (2) greenhouse gas emissions (mainly CO2, CH4, N2O). In the framework of the MASC project (« Modelling and Assessing Surface Change impacts on Belgian and Western European climate »), we aim at improving regional climate model projections at the decennial scale over Belgium and Western Europe by combining high-resolution models of climate, land surface dynamics and socio-economic processes. The land surface dynamics (LSD) module is composed of a dynamic vegetation model (CARAIB) calculating the productivity and growth of natural and managed vegetation, and an agent-based model (CRAFTY), determining the shifts in land use and land cover. This up-scaled LSD module is made consistent with the surface scheme of the regional climate model (RCM: ALARO) to allow simulations of the RCM with a fully dynamic land surface for the recent past and the period 2000-2030. In this contribution, we analyze the results of the first simulations performed with the CARAIB dynamic vegetation model over Belgium at a resolution of 1km. This analysis is performed at the species level, using a set of 17 species for natural vegetation (trees and grasses) and 10 crops, especially designed to represent the Belgian vegetation. The CARAIB model is forced with surface atmospheric variables derived from the monthly global CRU climatology or ALARO outputs (from a 4 km resolution simulation) for the recent past and the decennial projections. Evidently, these simulations lead to a first analysis of the impact of climate change on carbon stocks (e.g., biomass, soil carbon) and fluxes (e.g., gross and net primary productivities (GPP and NPP) and net ecosystem production (NEP)). The surface scheme is based on two land use/land cover databases, ECOPLAN for the Flemish region and, for the Walloon region, the COS-Wallonia database and the Belgian agricultural statistics for agricultural land. Land use and land cover are fixed through time (reference year: 2007) in these simulations, but a first attempt of coupling between CARAIB and CRAFTY will be made to establish dynamic land use change scenarios for the next decades. A simulation with variable land use would allow an analysis of land use change impacts not only on crop yields and the land carbon budget, but also on climate relevant parameters, such as surface albedo, roughness length and evapotranspiration towards a coupling with the RCM. [less ▲]

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See detailOccurrence, fate and risk assessment of personal care products in river-groundwater interface
Jurado Elices, Anna ULg; Serra-Roig, M. Pau; Diaz-Cruz, M. Silvia et al

Conference (2016, April 21)

This work presents the occurrence and fate of selected personal care products (PCPs) in the urban river-groundwater interface. To this end, urban groundwater and river samples were collected in Sant Adrià ... [more ▼]

This work presents the occurrence and fate of selected personal care products (PCPs) in the urban river-groundwater interface. To this end, urban groundwater and river samples were collected in Sant Adrià del Besòs (NE of Spain) and a total of 16 PCPs were analyzed including benzophenone derivatives, camphor derivatives, p-aminobenzoic acid derivatives, triazoles and parabens in three different campaigns (from May 2010 to July 2014). These compounds reach the aquifer through the recharge of River Besòs that receives large amounts of effluents from waste water treatment plants. Results shown that most of compounds were not or barely detected (maximum concentrations around 30 ng/L) in groundwater samples during the different sampling campaigns. Only two triazoles, named as benzotriazole (BZT) and methyl benzotriazol (MeBZT) were found at high concentrations in groundwater samples (maximum concentration around 2000 ng/L). The fate of PCPs in the aquifer was assessed using mixing analysis considering the temporal variability of the River Besòs. Overall, measured groundwater concentrations were significantly much lower than those estimated by the mixing of the river water. This observation suggested that most of the PCPs are naturally removed when river water infiltrates the aquifer. However, some compounds were more persistent in the aquifer. These compounds were in descending order: the triazoles MeBZT and BZT followed by the camphor derivative 4MBC. The measured concentrations allowed us to assess the environmental risk posed by the selected UV-Fs (e.g. benzophenone derivatives) in the river-groundwater samples. Hazard Quotients (HQs) for diferent aquatic species were calculated in order to characterise the ecotoxicity potential of the studied compounds in the river-groundwater interface. HQ values will be presented and discussed in the presentation. [less ▲]

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See detailHeart failure assessment with a multiscale model
Negroni, Jorge; Cabrera-Fischer, Edmundo; Kosta, Sarah ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 21)

Many cardiac diseases lead to heart failure (HF) causing increasing morbidity and mortality worldwide. Several alterations at the myocyte level have been identified, but their specific influence on ... [more ▼]

Many cardiac diseases lead to heart failure (HF) causing increasing morbidity and mortality worldwide. Several alterations at the myocyte level have been identified, but their specific influence on contractile and hemodynamic impairment is not yet clear. Mathematical modeling is a tool to address this issue enabling the analysis of individual myocyte changes on the overall circulatory response. Some myocyte models have been able to reproduce the impact of HF on experimentally detected myocyte components (1), but their integration into a ventricular model forming part of a multiscale circulatory approach has not been fully undertaken. Thus, the aim of this study is to compare the experimental hemodynamic and regional contractile response to acute HF versus a multiscale model based on a human myocyte representation. The experimentally-validated multiscale model shows adequate coupling between myocyte-derived left ventricular chamber and circulatory properties , and would be useful to predict the contractile and hemodynamic response to HF changes in myocyte variables. [less ▲]

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See detailMines as lower reservoir of an UPSH (Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity): groundwater impacts and feasibility
Bodeux, Sarah ULg; Pujades, Estanislao ULg; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

The energy framework is currently characterized by an expanding use of renewable sources. However, their inter- mittence could not afford a stable production according to the energy demand. Pumped Storage ... [more ▼]

The energy framework is currently characterized by an expanding use of renewable sources. However, their inter- mittence could not afford a stable production according to the energy demand. Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (PSH) is an efficient possibility to store and release electricity according to the demand needs. Because of the topographic and environmental constraints of classical PSH, new potential suitable sites are rare in countries whose topography is weak or with a high population density. Nevertheless, an innovative alternative is to construct Underground Pumped Storage Hydroelectricity (UPSH) plants by using old underground mine works as lower reservoir. In that configuration, large amount of pumped or injected water in the underground cavities would impact the groundwater system. A representative UPSH facility is used to numerically determine the interactions with surrounding aquifers Different scenarios with varying parameters (hydrogeological and lower reservoir char- acteristics, boundaries conditions and pumping/injection time-sequence) are computed. Analysis of the computed piezometric heads around the reservoir allows assessing the magnitude of aquifer response and the required time to achieve a mean pseudo-steady state under cyclic solicitations. The efficiency of the plant is also evaluated taking the leakage into the cavity into account. Combining these two outcomes, some criterions are identified to assess the feasibility of this type of projects within potential old mine sites from a hydrogeological point of view. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclic and oligo-carbonates by organocatalytic coupling of CO2 with epoxides or oxetanes
Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Boyaval, Amélie ULg et al

Conference (2016, April 20)

Valorising CO2 as a renewable C1 feedstock for producing added value building blocks is the scope of many academic and industrial researches. Carbon dioxide is a thermodynamically and kinetically stable ... [more ▼]

Valorising CO2 as a renewable C1 feedstock for producing added value building blocks is the scope of many academic and industrial researches. Carbon dioxide is a thermodynamically and kinetically stable molecule that can be converted into five and six membered cyclic carbonates by coupling with epoxides or oxetanes, respectively, using appropriate catalysts. Although transition metal catalysts are efficient under atmospheric pressure and ambient temperature, most of them are poorly selective, sensitive to hydrolysis and/or oxidation and/or toxic whereas less/non-toxic and eco-friendly organocatalysts such as ionic liquids and halide salts are generally only efficient at very high temperature and pressure favouring their thermal degradation. To overcome these limitations, we developed a new highly efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst composed of an ammonium salt as the catalyst and fluorinated single or double hydrogen bond donor activators. Through online FTIR kinetic studies, we demonstrated that this new organocatalyst showed unexpected catalytic activity for the fast and selective addition of CO2 onto epoxides under solvent-free and mild experimental conditions. The use of this dual catalyst was then extended to the coupling of CO2 with less reactive oxetanes to produce hydroxyl telechelic oligocarbonates. In the first part of this talk, based on kinetics of reactions followed by online FTIR under pressure, we will describe the reaction conditions required for the organocatalytic coupling of CO2 with epoxides and oxetanes. In the second part, the mechanism of the reaction will be approached and discussed based on DFT calculations. Finally, we will compare and discuss the efficiency of various organocatalytic systems for this type of reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailData-Interpolating Variational Analysis (DIVA) software: recent development and application
Watelet, Sylvain ULg; Back, Örjan; Barth, Alexander ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

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See detailImpact of tillage on CO2 and N2O efflux in an agricultural crop
Lognoul, Margaux ULg; Theodorakopoulos, Nicolas ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were measured from June to Octboer 2015 using a homemade automated system of dynamic closed chambers. We studied the impact of tillage (reduced and ... [more ▼]

CO2 and N2O fluxes exchanged by a maize crop were measured from June to Octboer 2015 using a homemade automated system of dynamic closed chambers. We studied the impact of tillage (reduced and conventional) on greenhouse gas emissions and nitrous oxide flux dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailVolunteering Citizens in Nuclear Risk Governance: Citizen Science after Fukushima
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel; Yoshizawa, Go et al

Conference (2016, April 20)

Citizen science (CS) is a form of science developed and enacted by citizens, typically with citizen volunteers collecting and/or analyzing various kinds of data. Whereas common forms of CS like bird ... [more ▼]

Citizen science (CS) is a form of science developed and enacted by citizens, typically with citizen volunteers collecting and/or analyzing various kinds of data. Whereas common forms of CS like bird counting and amateur astronomy generally elicit interest and approval on behalf of scientists, decision makers, and publics at large, CS in the nuclear field is far more contentious. This is due to the controversial nature of nuclear science and technology, as evidenced by public disputes about nuclear energy, nuclear waste management, and nuclear accidents, among others. Starting from these observations, this paper probes the risky, disputed character of CS in nuclear emergency and post-accident situations. It specifically looks at CS in Japan after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, where citizens in affected areas monitor radioactivity in the environment and communicate about health and environmental risks with one another (e.g. Citizens’ Radioactivity Monitoring Project). In these processes, citizen scientists voice ardent criticism of government, industry, and academia, as these institutes are seen to deliberately spread biased information to sustain an illusion of control (http://blog.safecast.org). By taking science and technology into their own hands, they challenge conventional notions of citizen engagement, science, and avocation/volunteerism. The paper draws on the notions of contentious politics and issue politics (e.g. Marres 2005) to highlight the issue-driven, adversarial and untamed character of post-Fukushima CS in the nuclear field. It is argued that these notions better capture what CS after Fukushima amounts to, as conventional representations (e.g. volunteer sensing, “citizens as sensors,” public participation in scientific research) downplay scientific uncertainties and power asymmetries between citizens and authorities, and do not account for how “Fukushima” is reconfiguring scientific citizenship in novel ways. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat tracer test in an alluvial aquifer: field experiment and inverse modelling
Klepikova, Maria; Wildemeersch, Samuel; Jamin, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow ... [more ▼]

Using heat as an active tracer for aquifer characterization is a topic of increasing interest. In this study, we investigate the potential of using heat tracer tests for characterization of a shallow alluvial aquifer. A thermal tracer test was conducted in the alluvial aquifer of the Meuse River, Belgium. The tracing experiment consisted in simultaneously injecting heated water and a dye tracer in a piezometer and monitoring the evolution of groundwater temperature and tracer concentration in the recovery well and in monitoring wells. To get insights in the 3D characteristics of the heat transport mechanisms, temperature data from a large number of observation wells distributed throughout the field site (space-filling arrangement) were used. Temperature breakthrough curves in observation wells are contrasted with what would be expected in an ideal layered aquifer. They reveal strongly unequal lateral and vertical components of the transport mechanisms. The observed complex behavior of the heat plume was explained by the groundwater flow gradient on the site and heterogeneity of hydraulic conductivity field. Moreover, due to high injection temperatures during the field experiment a temperature-induced fluid density effect on heat transport occurred. By using a flow and heat transport numerical model with variable density coupled with the pilot point inverse approach, main preferential flow paths were delineated. [less ▲]

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See detailVers des systèmes d’information archéologique : maquette virtuelle et nuages de points intelligents
Billen, Roland ULg; Van Ruymbeke, Muriel ULg; Pfeiffer, Michelle et al

Conference (2016, April 20)

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See detailThe last millenia sedimentary record of Lago Esponja from Northern Chilean Patagonia
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Alvarez, Denisse; Araneda, Alberto et al

Poster (2016, April 20)

We evaluate the climate and environmental variability of Northern Chilean Patagonia during the Last Millennia, using a multi-proxy analysis of a sediment core from Lago Esponja (45°09’S, 72°08’W). The ... [more ▼]

We evaluate the climate and environmental variability of Northern Chilean Patagonia during the Last Millennia, using a multi-proxy analysis of a sediment core from Lago Esponja (45°09’S, 72°08’W). The lake is located in the region of Aysen del General Carlos Ibanez del Campo, in NW Patagonia. The study focuses on a multiproxy analysis of sedimentary records. The longest core (150 cm long) was collected in 2014 at 40 m depth. The sediment, which is composed of light brown organic-rich clayey silt, was analyzed for sedimentology (grain size, magnetic susceptibility organic matter and biogenic silica content), mineralogy (X-ray diffraction) and geochemistry (elemental and isotopic analyses of C and N, XRF core-scaner at 1 mm resolution). The radiocarbon ages, measured on 3 macro-remains, demonstrate that the core covers the last 6.700 years. The sedimentation rate ranges between 0.1 mm/yr in the lower section (100-150 cm) and 0.4 mm/yr in the upper meter. Visual descriptions and Scopix radiographies show that the sediment record is finely laminated except a massive decimetric coarser and darker layer corresponding to a tephra (estimated age 700AD±50). Magnetic susceptibility (confirmed by scopix radiographies) highlights the presence of 8 additional millimetric tephra layers. The biogenic silica content of the sediment is low (mean 5%). Diatom assemblage is dominated by benthic and acidophilous species, with high saprobic values. None marked changes were observed regarding the dynamic of the lake. The high organic matter content (mean 15%) and its high C/N ratio (12.7) throughout the core indicate inputs of allochtonous and terrestrial organic matter. Such parameters present high sediment variability also marked by changes in the chemical composition. The laminations reflect changes in the allochtonous sedimentary inputs, with high terrestrial inputs during wetter conditions in relation with the Westerlies. The sedimentary records of Lago Esponja will be compared with Eastern lacustrine record from the same latitude in order to confirm the climate-driven record. [less ▲]

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See detailSources pour l’étude des transferts de cultes en Grèce antique
Palamidis, Alaya ULg

Conference (2016, April 20)

A couple of Greek inscriptions show that it was possible to transfer a cult, that is to no longer honour a deity in their original sanctuary, but in a new one founded on this occasion at a different ... [more ▼]

A couple of Greek inscriptions show that it was possible to transfer a cult, that is to no longer honour a deity in their original sanctuary, but in a new one founded on this occasion at a different location. However, they provide few elements to study this phenomenon. The contribution of literary sources is also very limited. Thus, the 1st century A.D. author Strabo mentions four cases of cult transfers, which, however, prove not to correspond to historical events. We should therefore turn to archaeological sources, and especially to the negative evidence: the absence of archaeological material testifying to the frequentation of a sanctuary while the cult of the deity is still attested by other sources provides the best clue to such transfers. On the contrary, there is positive evidence for the relocation of temples, which were entirely taken down and reconstructed elsewhere — the so-called «Wandering temples» — but the reuse of building materials does not imply the transfer of the cult. Further indications that a cult was transferred include coins or even the orientation of temples. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing NDACC column measurements of carbonyl sulfide to estimate its sources and sinks
Wang; Marshall, J; Palm, M et al

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See detailDrought-related vulnerability and risk assessment of groundwater in Belgium: estimation of the groundwater recharge and crop yield vulnerability with the B-CGMS
Jacquemin, Ingrid ULg; Verbeiren, Boud; Vanderhaegen, Sven et al

Poster (2016, April 19)

Due to common belief that regions under temperate climate are not affected by (meteorological and groundwater) drought, these events and their impacts remain poorly studied: in the GroWaDRISK, we propose ... [more ▼]

Due to common belief that regions under temperate climate are not affected by (meteorological and groundwater) drought, these events and their impacts remain poorly studied: in the GroWaDRISK, we propose to take stock of this question. We aim at providing a better understanding of the influencing factors (land use and land cover changes, water demand and climate) and the drought-related impacts on the environment, water supply and agriculture. The study area is located in the North-East of Belgium, corresponding approximatively to the Dijle and Demer catchments. To establish an overview of the groundwater situation, we assess the system input: the recharge. To achieve this goal, two models, B-CGMS and WetSpass are used to evaluate the recharge, respectively, over agricultural land and over the remaining areas, as a function of climate and for various land uses and land covers. B-CGMS, which is an adapted version for Belgium of the European Crop Growth Monitoring System, is used for assessing water recharge at a daily timestep and under different agricultural lands: arable land (winter wheat, maize...), orchards, horticulture and floriculture and for grassland. B-CGMS is designed to foresee crop yield and obviously it studies the impact of drought on crop yield and raises issues for the potential need of irrigation. For both yields and water requirements, the model proposes a potential mode, driven by temperature and solar radiation, and a water-limited mode for which water availability can limit crop growth. By this way, we can identify where and when water consumption and yield are not optimal, in addition to the Crop Water Stress Index. This index is calculated for a given crop, as the number of days affected by water stress during the growth sensitive period. Both recharge and crop yield are assessed for the current situation (1980 – 2012), taking into account the changing land use/land cover, in terms of areas and localization of the agricultural land and where the proportion of the different crops had considerably evolved through time (e.g., increase of grain maize and potatoes while winter cereals decrease). The preliminary results of the recharge lead to an average value in the area showing a significant negative trend, in both simulations with fixed (base = 1980) and changing land cover. In the same time, we could observe an increasing number of water stress periods, especially for maize, one of the main crops in the area. Finally, a preliminary test will be presented for the horizon 2040, for which we use meteorological time series (for high and low hydrologic impacts) given by the CCI-HYDR Perturbation Tool (Ntegeka V. and Willems P., 2009). This preliminary test aims to (1) evaluate the amplitude of the potential recharge deficit and, (2) especially, to define vulnerability zones, affected by frequent water stress, in connection with irrigation needs which could possibly increase the groundwater extraction. [less ▲]

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See detailA Study Of Dry Stiction Phenomenon In MEMS Using A Computational Stochastic Multi-scale Methodology
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in EuroSimE 2016 in Montpellier (2016, April 19)

This work studies the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems for reduced size structures, e.g. the stiction failure of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In MEMS, because of the large surface ... [more ▼]

This work studies the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems for reduced size structures, e.g. the stiction failure of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In MEMS, because of the large surface to volume ratio, the surfaces forces, such as van der Waals forces and capillary forces, are dominant in comparison with the body forces. As these force magnitudes strongly depend on the contact distance, when the two contacting surfaces are rough, the contact distances vary, and the physical contact areas are limited at the highest asperities of the contacting surfaces. Therefore, the adhesive contact forces between two rough surfaces can suffer from a scatter, and the involved structural behaviors can be indeterministic. To numerically predict the probability behaviors of structures involving adhesion in dry environments, in this paper, a computational stochastic model-based multi-scale method developed by the authors is applied. The effects of van der Waals is studied and compared with experimental data as well as with the effects of capillary forces. [less ▲]

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See detailA Raster SOLAP for the Visualization of Crime Data Fields
Kasprzyk, Jean-Paul ULg; Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in Rückemann, Claus-Peter (Ed.) GEOProcessing 2016 (2016, April 19)

In order to effectively extract synthetic information from large spatial data sets, Spatial OnLine Analytical Processing (SOLAP) combines Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Business Intelligence ... [more ▼]

In order to effectively extract synthetic information from large spatial data sets, Spatial OnLine Analytical Processing (SOLAP) combines Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with Business Intelligence (BI) to query data warehouses through interactive vector maps. On the other hand, crime strategical analysis is usually based on raster maps computed by Kernel Density Estimation (KDE), then independent of any artificial boundary. This paper introduces an alternative vision of SOLAP which uses the raster model (instead of the vector one) in order to integrate crime data fields computed by KDE. It allows a continuous visualization of spatial data which, until now, has not been compatible with other SOLAP tools. The original geo-model is validated by a prototype adapted to the police needs. [less ▲]

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See detailDecrease in hydroclimatic conditions generating floods in the southeast of Belgium over the last 50 years
Wyard, Coraline ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg

Conference (2016, April 19)

As a consequence of climate change, several studies concluded that winter flood occurrence could increase in the future in many rivers of northern and western Europe in response to an increase in extreme ... [more ▼]

As a consequence of climate change, several studies concluded that winter flood occurrence could increase in the future in many rivers of northern and western Europe in response to an increase in extreme precipitation events. This study aims to determine if trends in extreme hydroclimatic events generating floods can already be detected over the last century. In particular, we focus on the Ourthe River (southeast of Belgium) which is one of the main tributaries of the Meuse River with a catchment area of 3500 km² . In this river, most of the floods occur during winter and about 50% of them are due to rainfall events associated with the melting of the snow which covers the Ardennes during winter. In this study, hydroclimatic conditions favourable to floods were reconstructed over the period 1959-2010 using the regional climate model MAR (“Modèle Atmosphérique Régional”) forced by the following reanalyses: the ERA-20C, the ERA-Interim and the NCEP/NCAR-v1. The use of the MAR model allows to compute precipitation, snow depth and run-off resulting from precipitation events and snow melting in any part of the Ourthe river catchment area. Therefore, extreme hydroclimatic events, namely extreme run-off events, which could potentially generate floods, can be reconstructed using the MAR model. As validation, the MAR results were compared to weather station-based data. A trend analysis was then performed in order to study the evolution of conditions favourable to flooding in the Ourthe River catchment. The results show that the MAR model allows the detection of about 90% of the hydroclimatic conditions which effectively generated observed floods in the Ourthe River over the period 1974-2010. Whatever the reanalysis used to force the MAR model, the conditions favourable to floods due to snowpack melting combined with rainfall events present a significant negative trend over the last 50 years as a result of a decrease in snow accumulation. However, regarding the conditions favourable to floods due to rainfall events alone, the signal of the trend depends on the reanalysis used to force the model. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. able to expand its invaded range northward in Western Europe?
Ortmans, William ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg

Poster (2016, April 19)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (common ragweed, Asteraceae) is an invasive weed causing a health crisis in Europe, due to its highly allergenic pollen. In Western Europe the invaded range covers most of ... [more ▼]

Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. (common ragweed, Asteraceae) is an invasive weed causing a health crisis in Europe, due to its highly allergenic pollen. In Western Europe the invaded range covers most of central and southern France, and northern Italy. Northwards beyond the edge of this range, occurrence of casual population have been described for years, but these populations do not appear to become invasive, and the species does not seem to spread. This situation raises the following question: Has the invaded range reached a limit or will the species continue its invasion northwards? To answer this question, we followed two complementary approaches. First we set up an experimental garden in Belgium, 250 km north to the current invaded range, to see if the local climate allows the completion of the species reproduction cycle. Second, we performed an in situ measurement campaign in 12 population located beyond the edge, within the range but near the margin, and in the center of the invaded range. The aim of this campaign was to test whether the species had reduced plant performance towards range margins. The results showed that the species is able to establish populations with high growth rates in Belgium. Furthermore, the species expressed similar performance across the considered areas, even beyond the current invasion front. No evidence of processes constraining the invasion was found, which suggests a great potential for invasion north to the current invaded range. In this uncertain situation, awareness actions should be considered in the northern countries. [less ▲]

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See detailSelection of wavelengths for the quantification of nitrogen concentration in winter wheat by multispectral vision
Marlier, Guillaume ULg; Leemans, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 18)

Hand-held sensors (SPAD meter, N-Tester, …) are used for detecting the leaves nitrogen concentration (Nc) on basis of an optical detection of the chlorophyll concentration. These devices are active ... [more ▼]

Hand-held sensors (SPAD meter, N-Tester, …) are used for detecting the leaves nitrogen concentration (Nc) on basis of an optical detection of the chlorophyll concentration. These devices are active sensors: an internal radiation source emits light and transmission through a leaf is measured in the red (650 nm) and in the near-infrared (920 nm) spectral regions. These devices present several drawbacks. The nitrogen concentration is gained by an indirect way through the chlorophyll concentration and the leaves have to be fixed in a defined position for the measurements. These drawbacks could be overcome by an imaging device that measures the canopy reflectance. Hence, the objective of the paper is to analyse the potential of multispectral imaging for detecting nitrogen concentration. The tests were carried out on parcels submitted to nitrogen inputs varying from 0 to 180 kg N.ha-1. Reference Nc measurements were obtained by the Kjeldahl method and a Hydro N-Tester (Yara). The developed imaging system comprised a CMos camera and a set of 22 interference filters ranging from 450 to 950 nm mounted on a wheel steered by a stepper motor. The image acquisition and the motor rotation were controlled by a program written in C++. The crop was imaged vertically at one meter height. The raw images presented 1280*1024 pixels covering an area approximately 0.5*0.4 m and were recorded with a 12 bits luminance resolution. To deal with the natural irradiance variability of the scene, a white reference was used and the integration time was automatically adjusted for each image. The image treatment included the segmentation of Photosynthetically Active Leaves (PAL) by using Bayes theorem and the computation of the mean PAL reflectance after correction of background and illumination fluctuations. Nc was estimated on basis of the 22 filters by Partial Least Square (PLS) method and by four filters selected by Best Subset Selection (BSS). In comparison with the Kjeldahl method, the estimation of Nc by the Hydro N-Tester, the PLS and the BSS (filters 600-80, 950-100, 650-40 and 450-80 nm) gave determination coefficient and standard error respectively equal to of 0.53, 0.29 %; 0.67, 0.21%; 0.56 and 0.25%. This indicated that the full multi-spectral approach gave significantly better Nc estimation than a portable device and suggested that a camera equipped with four filters would give similar results. [less ▲]

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See detailAre BVOC exchanges in agricultural ecosystems overestimated? Insights from fluxes measured in a maize field over a whole growing season
Bachy, Aurélie ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg; Schoon, Niels et al

Conference (2016, April 18)

This oral communication aims to present the main outputs of the BVOC (Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds) flux measurement campaign performed on a maize field in Belgium. It begins by highligthing the ... [more ▼]

This oral communication aims to present the main outputs of the BVOC (Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds) flux measurement campaign performed on a maize field in Belgium. It begins by highligthing the interest of investigating BVOC exchanges on maize; then measurement techniques are briefly presented. The second half of the communication aims to present and discuss the main outputs of this measurement campaign (similar BVOC composition, lower exchange rate than other maize and cropland/grassland studies, significant importance of soil in ecosystem exchanges, strong differences between exchanges rates observed in this study and those used by up-scaling models). [less ▲]

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See detailInter-system biases estimation in multi-GNSS relative positioning with GPS and Galileo
Deprez, Cécile ULg; Warnant, René ULg

Conference (2016, April 18)

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the European Galileo program has ... [more ▼]

The recent increase in the number of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) opens new perspectives in the field of high precision positioning. Particularly, the European Galileo program has experienced major progress in 2015 with the launch of 6 satellites belonging to the new Full Operational Capability (FOC) generation. Associated with the ongoing GPS modernization, many more frequencies and satellites are now available. Therefore, multi-GNSS relative positioning based on GPS and Galileo overlapping frequencies should entail better accuracy and reliability in position estimations. However, the differences between satellite systems induce inter-system biases (ISBs) inside the multi-GNSS equations of observation. Once these biases estimated and removed from the model, a solution involving a unique pivot satellite for the two considered constellations can be obtained. Such an approach implies that the addition of even one single Galileo satellite to the GPS-only model will strengthen it. The combined use of L1 and L5 from GPS with E1 and E5a from Galileo in zero baseline double differences (ZB DD) based on a unique pivot satellite is employed to resolve ISBs. This model removes all the satelliteand receiver-dependant error sources by differentiating and the zero baseline configuration allows atmospheric and multipath effects elimination. An analysis of the long-term stability of ISBs is conducted on various pairs of receivers over large time spans. The possible influence of temperature variations inside the receivers over ISB values is also investigated. Our study is based on the 5 multi-GNSS receivers (2 Septentrio PolaRx4, 1 Septentrio PolaRxS and 2 Trimble NetR9) installed on the roof of our building in Liege. The estimated ISBs are then used as corrections in the multi-GNSS observation model and the resulting accuracy of multi-GNSS positioning is compared to GPS and Galileo standalone solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailCanopy proximity estimation and impact on long term turbulent fluxes above a heterogeneous forest
Hurdebise, Quentin ULg; Vincke, Caroline; De Ligne, Anne ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 18)

With the development of eddy covariance networks like Fluxnet, ICOS or NEON, long-term data series of carbon dioxide, water vapor and other gas exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere will ... [more ▼]

With the development of eddy covariance networks like Fluxnet, ICOS or NEON, long-term data series of carbon dioxide, water vapor and other gas exchanges between terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere will become more and more numerous. However, long-term analyses of such exchanges require a good understanding of measurement conditions during the investigated period. Independently of climate drivers, measurements may indeed be influenced by measurement conditions themselves subjected to long-term variability due to vegetation growth or set-up changes. The present research refers to the Vielsalm Terrestrial Observatory (VTO) where fluxes of momentum, carbon dioxide, latent and sensible heat have been continuously measured by eddy covariance during twenty years. VTO is an ICOS site installed in a mixed forest (beech, silver fir, Douglas fir, Norway spruce) in the Belgian Ardennes. A multidisciplinary approach was developed in order to investigate the spatial and temporal evolution of several site characteristics: - displacement height (d) and relative measurement height (z-d) were determined using a spectral approach that compared observed and theoretical cospectra; - turbulence statistics were analyzed in the context of Monin-Obukhov similarity theory; - tree height during the measurement period was obtained by combining tree height inventories, a LIDAR survey and tree growth models; - measurement footprint was determined by using a footprint model. A good agreement was found between the three first approaches. Results show notably that z-d was subjected to both temporal and spatial evolution. Temporal evolution resulted from continuous tree growth as well as from a tower raise, achieved in 2009. Spatial evolution, due to canopy heterogeneity, was also observed. The impacts of these changes on measurements are investigated. In particular, it was shown that they affect measurement footprint, flux spectral corrections and flux quality. All these effects must be taken into consideration in order to disentangle long-term flux evolutions due to climate or phenology from changes resulting from measurement set-up changes. [less ▲]

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See detailReactive gases in the chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ
Schultz, Martin; Franco, Bruno ULg; Kaffashzadeh, Najmeh et al

Poster (2016, April 18)

The recently developed global chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ contains comprehensive and detailed schemes for tropospheric aerosol (HAM) and reactive gases chemistry (MOZ). The Jülich Atmospheric ... [more ▼]

The recently developed global chemistry climate model ECHAM6-HAMMOZ contains comprehensive and detailed schemes for tropospheric aerosol (HAM) and reactive gases chemistry (MOZ). The Jülich Atmospheric (chemical) Mechanism (JAM002) consists of more than 300 species and 650 reactions, including relatively detailed degradation pathways for various volatile organic compounds in the troposphere and stratosphere. State-of-the-art parameterisations for chemical and physical processes are included. Here we present evaluation results from a multi-year simulation of the present-day atmospheric composition. [less ▲]

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See detailA forskolin free method for measuring cAMP modulation by Gi coupled receptors
Hanson, Julien ULg

Conference (2016, April 18)

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See detailContrasted terrace systems of the lower Moulouya valley as indicator of crustal deformation in NE Morocco
Rhixon, Gilles; Bartz, Melanie; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg et al

Conference (2016, April 17)

The Moulouya has the largest catchment in Morocco and drains an area which is characterized by active crustal deformation during the Late Cenozoic due to the convergence between the African and Eurasian ... [more ▼]

The Moulouya has the largest catchment in Morocco and drains an area which is characterized by active crustal deformation during the Late Cenozoic due to the convergence between the African and Eurasian plates. As yet, its Pleistocene terrace sequence remains poorly documented. Our study focuses on the lowermost reach of the river in NE Morocco, which drains the Triffa sedimentary basin directly upstream of the estuary. New field observations, measurements and sedimentological data reveal contrasted fluvial environments on either side of a newly identified thrust zone, which disrupts the whole sedimentary basin and is associated with N–S compressive shortening in this region. Long-lasting fluvial aggradation, materialized by ≥37 m-thick stacked fill terraces, and the development of a well-preserved terrace staircase, with (at least) three Pleistocene terrace levels, occur in the footwall and the hanging wall of the thrust, respectively. Same as for the Pleistocene terrace sediments of the middle Moulouya, a recurrent sedimentary pattern, characterized by fining-upward sequences was observed in the studied terrace profiles. Assessing the rates of crustal deformation along this main thrust zone requires age estimations for these Pleistocene terrace deposits of the lower Moulouya on each side of the thrust. Samples for luminescence (OSL/IRSL), electron spin resonance (ESR) and cosmogenic nuclide dating (26Al/10Be, burial dating) were collected in terrace deposits located both in the foot- and hanging walls. Sample preparation and analysis as well as age determination are in progress. The preliminary data mentioned above, soon to be completed by chronological data, agree well with morphometric indicators stating that the whole Moulouya catchment is at disequilibrium state (Barcos et al., 2014). This is confirmed by several knickpoints in its longitudinal profile. Late Cenozoic uplift associated with crustal shortening, which occurred in the lowermost reach of the river, may have both hindered profile rectification of the Moulouya and, at the same time, buffered the effects of long-term base-level changes due to eustatic sea-level variations. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a better understanding of ephemeral stream morphodynamics during the last 100 ka in the vicinity of the prehistoric site of Ifri n’Ammar (Morocco)
Bartz, Melanie; Rhixon; Khel, Martin et al

Conference (2016, April 17)

Our study focusses on the ephemeral stream deposits of Wadi Selloum to reconstruct the palaeoenvironmental evolution in direct vicinity of the rock shelter Ifri n’Ammar. As one of the oldest settlement ... [more ▼]

Our study focusses on the ephemeral stream deposits of Wadi Selloum to reconstruct the palaeoenvironmental evolution in direct vicinity of the rock shelter Ifri n’Ammar. As one of the oldest settlement sites of anatomically modern humans (AMH) in North Africa, Ifri n’Ammar documents periodical occupations since ~170 ka. Since these discontinuous settlement dynamics may be related to or influenced by landscape changes and climate forcing, our study aims (i) to identify phases of morphodynamic activity and stability in the deposits of Wadi Selloum by using micromorphological (sixteen thin sections), sedimentological (laser diffractometry, loss on ignition, magnetic susceptibility), geochemical ( XRF and Scheibler method) and mineralogical (X-ray diffractometry) proxies. Furthermore, (ii) a robust chronology for the ephemeral stream deposits is established by applying a combination of optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) and post infrared stimulated luminescence (pIRIR290) dating. Additionally, one collected pottery shard was dated by thermoluminescence (TL) dating for an inter method comparison. The application of luminescence dating techniques to Wadi Selloum deposits yielded burial ages between 1.3 ± 0.2 ka and 102 ± 8 ka covering different phases of morphodynamically stable and active phases. Enhanced aggradation is evident between ~100 and 60 ka, ~21 and 14 ka and during the Holocene. Overbank fines are distinguished by high amounts of allochthonous minerals such as quartz, muscovite, K-feldspar and plagioclase which give rise to higher eolian activity. This leads to the suggestion that morphodynamical activity was dominant during more arid phases. Landscape stability was observed in form of one palaeosol (2B-2C-sequence; OIS 3) and a recent soil (Ap/Ah-Bw-Bk-BC-C-sequence; after LGM), both attributed to the Calcisol group. Pedogenenesis is evident in thin sections by well-developed subangular blocky peds. The main soil forming process is secondary carbonate precipitation in subsoil horizons, supported by pedofeatures such as calcite infillings and hypocoatings. Holocene deposits (6.4 ± 4 to 1.3 ± 0.2 ka) seem to be affected by short-termed changes between landscape stability and hydromorphic activity due to strong variations in its mineralogical and geochemical characteristics. This is supported by a homogeneous and sterile stratigraphy, as well as an insignificant differentiation in soil horizons with only weakly developed pedofeatures. The sediment characteristics present a weak Ap-C-sequence of a calcaric Fluvisol. After ~1.3 ± 0.2 ka fluvial discharge was reduced and incision took place in the Wadi Selloum. Our study provides first insights in the palaeoenvironment around Ifri n’Ammar during the last glacial interglacial cycle and gives first suggestions about climatic conditions during the time of human occupation in Ifri n’Ammar. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical and mineralogical proxies of erosion episodes in the dried lake sediments (Amik Lake, Southern Turkey): paleoenvironmental implications
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lebeau, Héléne et al

Poster (2016, April 17)

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously occupied since 6000-7000 BC. The landscape has sustained with highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman ... [more ▼]

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region has been continuously occupied since 6000-7000 BC. The landscape has sustained with highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman Period when the Antioch city reached its golden age. The basin also sustained a high seismic activity (M≥7) as it is a releasing step-over along the Dead Sea Fault. The study focuses on the sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of the Basin. Our objective is to constrain major paleo-environmental changes in the area over the last 4000 years and to unravel possible human impacts on the sedimentation. A diverse array of complementary methods was applied on the 6 m long record. High resolution of mineralogical (XRD) and geochemical (XRF) analyses were performed. Quantitative mineralogical phases of sediments by the Rietveld method were computed using Topaz software. The age of the record is constrained combining radionuclide and radiocarbon dating, and checked using the correlation between the earthquake history and rapidly deposited layer identified. A high sedimentation rate of 0.12 cm/yr was inferred at the coring site. The 4000 years old record shows that significant fluctuations of the lake level and the riverine system inflow into the Amik Lake occurred. The Late Bronze lowstand leaded to punctual dryings of the lake at the end of the Bronze/Iron transition marked by the collapse of the Hittite Empire and during the Dark ages. At that time, the riverine was carrying a large terrigenous input linked to strong soil erosion related to deforestation, exploitation of mineral resources and the beginning of upland cultivation. During the Roman Period and in the later periods, upland soils were partly depleted and the riverine system completely transformed by channelization that leaded to a mashification of the Amik Basin. Chemical and mineralogical composition of sediments is quite diversified reflecting the significant geological variation of drainage basins. Abundant calcareous minerals, especially calcite, aragonite, dolomite and small amount of wollastonite characterize the different sedimentary levels recorded in the lake. Levels relatively rich in fluorite, richerite, enstatite, and wollastonite are a result of the erosion of the ophiolitic rocks from the surrounding Amanos Mountains. These levels are interpreted as corresponding to relatively high erosive periods, while more humid periods lead to more intensive weathering and consequently to the dominance of kaolinite, muscovite/illite and talc more advanced in the relative stability scale, indicating a climate with contrasting seasons. During the most recent Period a marked increase in terrigeneous minerals associated with a rise in dolomite indicates ungoing erosion as well as the drying-out of the lake. [less ▲]

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See detailHypnose: on it’s very existence
VANHAUDENHUYSE, Audrey ULg

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Kaux, Jean-François ULg

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Geenen, Vincent ULg

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See detailGondwanan Palaeozoic plant spores: A review
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg

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See detailImpact of wheat bran supplementation to sows on their milk quality, their performances and their progeny’s
Leblois, Julie ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Dehareng, Frédéric et al

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Tran, Thi Hanh Tham; Everaert, Nadia ULg; Boudry, Christelle et al

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See detailThe Prosecution of Grave Crimes as a Global Interest Warranting Lesser Rights for Defendants before International Criminal Tribunals?
Deprez, Christophe ULg

Conference (2016, April 15)

With a view to clarifying the human rights obligations of international criminal tribunals, this presentation addressed the European Court of Human Rights' perspective on whether, in criminal cases, the ... [more ▼]

With a view to clarifying the human rights obligations of international criminal tribunals, this presentation addressed the European Court of Human Rights' perspective on whether, in criminal cases, the gravity of alleged offences may be a relevant factor in determining the scope of defense rights. [less ▲]

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See detailSwiping or Quoting? Charles Burns’s Cut-Ups of “Old” Comics
Crucifix, Benoît ULg

Conference (2016, April 15)

In Todd Hignite's In the Studio, Charles Burns characterizes a scrapbook put together by his father as one of his “most prized possessions.” The scrapbook contains a collection of various comic strips ... [more ▼]

In Todd Hignite's In the Studio, Charles Burns characterizes a scrapbook put together by his father as one of his “most prized possessions.” The scrapbook contains a collection of various comic strips which his father used for reference when dabbling in cartooning. This scrapbook is a symbol of the close bond between reading, collecting and drawing while underlining the importance of imitation and ‘swiping’ in the production and reception of comics. Burns, whose Tumblr “Johnny 23” could be seen as a digital equivalent to his father's scrapbook, is himself profoundly engaged in ‘swiping’ panels from ‘old’ comics, from American horror and romance comic books to Hergé's Tintin albums. This paper will explore the stakes of ‘swiping’ and quotation in the author's recent production. I will not only focus on his borrowings from Tintin and romance comics for his X'ed Out trilogy, but also on related projects with small-press publishers like Le Dernier Cri, B.ü.l.b. Comix, Cornélius. The way Burns turns to the archive of comics and redeploys it follows the random logic of Burroughs's cut-up technique, which not only recalls the cut-and-paste aesthetics of the scrapbook but is also echoed in the fragmented materiality of the project. However, Burns's cut-ups are not literally ‘cut up’ as much as they are drawn. Elaborating on Philippe Marion's influential concept of “graphiation,” this paper will analyze the citational practice of Charles Burns in medium-specific and historical terms, examining what it means to redraw the past of comics into the contemporary graphic novel. Indeed, how does his work walk the line between ‘individual’ and ‘collective’ graphic styles? How does it play with various conceptions of authorship and how does it negotiate the affects bound up with the appropriated works? [less ▲]

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See detailFirst record of cryptospores in post-Hirnantian (latest Ordovician-early Silurian) sediments from Ethiopia
Brocke, R.; Bussert, R.; Lebenie, D. et al

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See detailLe romancier d'aventures se présente. Entre hors-genre et dette générique, note sur un paradoxe de l'éthique paralittéraire
Di Gregorio, Luca ULg

Conference (2016, April 15)

On voudrait ici interroger un trait curieux de l’histoire des catégories populaires du romanesque frappant par son (apparence de ?) paradoxe, et sur lequel il y aurait lieu, semble-t-il, de formuler ... [more ▼]

On voudrait ici interroger un trait curieux de l’histoire des catégories populaires du romanesque frappant par son (apparence de ?) paradoxe, et sur lequel il y aurait lieu, semble-t-il, de formuler quelques remarques. Ce phénomène concerne un discours qu’a pu tenir, de façon récurrente, le roman d’aventures du XIXe siècle à propos de lui-même et de ses romanciers. En effet, ce secteur productif a ressenti très tôt le besoin, d’un côté, de « s’autoriser du voyage » en quelque sorte, en plaçant ses récits, qu’ils soient plus ou moins fantaisistes, sous le signe de l’aventure vécue, de la relation, ou même du travelogue revendiqué (le paratexte, à cet égard, est patent – on en donnera un digest représentatif) ; mais d’un autre côté, à mesure que s’étoffait cette même production, elle voyait s’élever de grands devanciers sous l’autorité desquels pouvaient désormais se positionner des héritiers et/ou épigones à la mémoire plus ou moins heureuse : ainsi, depuis le titre de « Walter Scott américain » décerné à Fenimore Cooper (sans doute le premier cas attesté de notre phénomène), tout le siècle grouillera d’étiquettes accréditantes du même genre, par lesquelles des générations renouvelées de romanciers d’aventures se proposeront au public. Dans le cas de cette quête d’auteurs-garanties, c’est évidemment l’illustration d’un lignage générique qui est poursuivie. Ainsi – sans exhaustivité – parlera-t-on, dans les journaux et les discours périphériques, d’Alexandre Dumas comme du « Walter Scott français », de Gabriel Ferry comme du « Cooper français », de Gustave Aimard, ou même d’Emmanuel Gonzalès (dans la Gazette bibliographique de 1881) selon les cas, comme d’un « Cooper français » ou d’un « Mayne-Reid français » ; de Karl May comme du « Cooper allemand », de Salgari comme du (seul) « Verne italien », et même de Louis Boussenard comme du « Verne beauceron » ( !) Il se tisse là un réseau proliférant de cooptation d’auteurs et d’essais d’affiliation hautement génériques, dont on peut déjà observer, à ces quelques exemples, que ce geste fraye et se reproduit dans toutes les industries paralittéraires d’Europe. Comment le romancier assume-il ce paradoxe ? L’assume-t-il seulement, ou se complaît-il plutôt à jouer sur l’un ou l’autre tableau ? Qui est le romancier d’aventures – ou, plutôt, que veut-il être ? Plus profondément encore : où cette oscillation définitoire – contradictoire – débouchera-t-elle à la fin du siècle, et quel « pêché définitoire originel » dénonce-t-elle aux racines mêmes du roman d’aventures ? Nos remarques procéderont par études de cas précises, en s’efforçant de faire dialoguer ces décorticages particuliers avec la réflexion théorique et les hypothèses de réponses que nous tenterons de formuler. Entre l’ethos du vadrouilleur se disant secondairement écrivain (ou écrivain par accident) et l’héritier générique cherchant son Médiateur à la matière et aux codes indépendants et bien établis, notre argument voudra explorer, en tout cas, un lieu d’intense dialectique dans les dynamiques d’accréditation du récit paralittéraire dixneuvièmiste. [less ▲]

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See detailLe détournement de jeux vidéo : une analyse rhétorique et poétique
Barnabé, Fanny ULg

Conference (2016, April 15)

Le jeu vidéo, né au sein de la culture hacker, est historiquement lié à la pratique du détournement et de la réappropriation. Cette tendance première s’actualise aujourd’hui dans nombre de pratiques qui ... [more ▼]

Le jeu vidéo, né au sein de la culture hacker, est historiquement lié à la pratique du détournement et de la réappropriation. Cette tendance première s’actualise aujourd’hui dans nombre de pratiques qui prolongent le jeu hors de son espace premier et investissent d’autres supports : que l’on pense aux fanfictions, au modding, ou encore aux machinimas, le jeu vidéo est ponctuellement appréhendé par les joueurs non comme une œuvre fermée à consommer, mais comme un outil pour créer à partir de. La présente communication vise donc à étudier les détournements de jeux vidéo d’un point de vue formel, en mesurant et en caractérisant l’écart que ces œuvres « au second degré » construisent par rapport à une pratique consensuelle du jeu. Plus spécifiquement, nous tenterons ici de mettre au jour deux difficultés théoriques propres à l’étude du détournement de pratiques ludiques. [less ▲]

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Declaye, Sébastien ULg; Gendebien, Samuel ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg

Conference (2016, April 14)

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BONHOMME, Vincent ULg

Conference (2016, April 14)

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See detailLes genres du roman au XIXe siècle: introduction
Stienon, Valérie ULg; Pézard, Émilie

Conference (2016, April 13)

Le XIXe siècle a vu s’opérer le « sacre du roman » (Mona Ozouf). La promotion de ce genre anciennement déprécié est liée à l’entreprise de légitimation qu’ont menée, dans leurs œuvres, quelques grands ... [more ▼]

Le XIXe siècle a vu s’opérer le « sacre du roman » (Mona Ozouf). La promotion de ce genre anciennement déprécié est liée à l’entreprise de légitimation qu’ont menée, dans leurs œuvres, quelques grands romanciers du siècle, comme Balzac et Zola. Elle se manifeste aussi par l’augmentation quantitative des romans publiés, la diversification des supports éditoriaux (volumes, feuilletons, recueils) ainsi que celle des modes de diffusion (cabinets de lecture, collections, compilations). Ces différents facteurs induisent une « spécialisation du roman », c’est-à-dire une division du genre romanesque en de multiples sous-genres. Roman noir, personnel, sentimental, historique, d’aventures, de mœurs, de cape et d’épée, mondain, psychologique, scientifique ne sont que quelques-unes des catégories permettant aux contemporains de fragmenter un domaine romanesque devenu immense. Cette multiplication est facilitée par la possibilité de définir un genre à partir de nombreux critères, plus ou moins pertinents. D’autres genres ont été oubliés : qui se souvient du roman ecclésiastique ou du roman militaire ? Alors que de nombreux travaux ont déjà permis de préciser les connaissances sur un genre particulier, nous souhaiterions porter un regard englobant et transversal sur cette division du roman en de multiples genres, qui nous semble constituer un enjeu majeur pour l’étude de la production littéraire au XIXe siècle. [less ▲]

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See detailUltra-narrow superconducting junctions fabricated by controlled electromigration
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg

Conference (2016, April 12)

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

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

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See detailImpact of tillage practices on soil moisture dynamics in a temperate climate: potential of 3-D electrical resistivity tomography (ERT)
Chelin, Marie ULg; Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Blanchy, Guillaume et al

Poster (2016, April 12)

Adapted agricultural soil management practices can enhance soil health by providing improved aggregate stability and soil structural quality. Hence water infiltration may be improved and plant water ... [more ▼]

Adapted agricultural soil management practices can enhance soil health by providing improved aggregate stability and soil structural quality. Hence water infiltration may be improved and plant water availability increased. In this study, we aim at quantifying the effect of tillage practices on the water dynamics in a loamy soil under temperate climate (Gembloux, Belgium). Therefore, we evaluated the ability of electrical resistivity tomography to estimate the water content at the field scale and under complex field conditions: varying pore water conductivity, rainfall, crop water uptake, root growth, varying temperature and changing soil structure due to tillage practices. During the summer of 2015, we studied four different treatments: conventional spring and winter tillage, strip tillage and a bare soil. We used ERT to estimate the spatio-temporal distribution of soil moisture. In each of the plots, 2 time-domain reflectometry (TDR) probes and 2 suction cups were installed. A calibration trench was constructed with 4 electrodes, 1 TDR probe and 1 temperature sensor at 4 different depths. We quantified changes of porosity over the growing season using X-ray tomography. Combining these data, we will investigate and quantify the effect of simultaneously changing pore water conductivity, soil porosity, soil temperature and soil moisture on the effectiveness of time-lapse ER measurements as a proxy for soil moisture changes under different tillage practices. [less ▲]

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See detailA Refined Method for Estimating the Global Hölder Exponent
Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Kreit, Damien; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Conference (2016, April 12)

We give a wavelet characterization of the generalized Hölder spaces and show how this result can be applied to detect logarithmic corrections appearing in Brownian processes.

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See detailThe body beautiful : Feminist bodies as territories of resistance
Herbert, Emilie ULg

Conference (2016, April 09)

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See detailGenotypic characterization of T. mentagrophytes complex strains circulating in Belgium with the Diversilab® system.
SACHELI, Rosalie ULg; Utri, Tania ULg; ADJETEY BAHUN, Akolé ULg et al

Poster (2016, April 09)

Background Infections due to the zoophilic dermatophyte Arthroderma benhamiae are being more frequently diagnosed in Belgium since a few years. The most common source of infection is guinea pigs. This ... [more ▼]

Background Infections due to the zoophilic dermatophyte Arthroderma benhamiae are being more frequently diagnosed in Belgium since a few years. The most common source of infection is guinea pigs. This species which is referred to the Trichophyton species of A.benhamiae can cause tinea capitis, tinea corporis, tinea manus and more frequently tinea faciei. These strains appear with a bright yellow thallus in culture and do not easily sporulate making them difficult to identify. Sequencing of these strains reveals “Arthroderma benhamiae”. At the contrary white strains of T. mentagrophytes complex are identified by sequencing as “T. mentagrophytes variety interdigitale” or T. interdigitale. The aim of the study is the evaluation of the genetic heterogeneity of these two subtypes of the T. mentagrophytes complex by using the DiversiLab® system. Material and methods 32 strains were collected by the National Reference Center for mycoses between 2012 and 2015. The fungal strains were identified by microscopy or ITS sequencing. All strains appearing white with a yellow pigment in culture and being identified as “A. benhamiae” by DNA sequencing were included as well reference strains. Some selected strains appearing white in culture and being identified as “T. mentagrophytes var. interdigitale” by DNA sequencing were also included. The genotypic analysis was performed by the DiversiLab® system (bioMérieux) by DNA fingerprinting generation. Results Both groups showed huge differences in DNA fingerprints. The similarity calculated by the DiversiLab® tool between the two groups was 70%. This reflects a high genotypic heterogeneity regarding the two types of strains analyzed. This is surprising given that both groups belong to the same species complex. The comparison of these two distinct DNA fingerprints with the mold database of bioMérieux generated identification as “T. mentagrophytes” for both groups. We noticed that the library contained two distinct patterns of DNA fingerprints (profile 1, strains MK55-60 and profile 2, strains MK138-143). Yellow strains were highly similar to profile 1 and white strains were highly similar to profile 2. Unfortunately, no additional information regarding the subspecies implicated could be obtained from the manufacturer. However, this study demonstrates that it may represent respectively “yellow strains types Trichophyton species of A. benhamiae” and “ white strains types T. interdigitale”. Conclusion This study highlights the genotypic differences between two types of strains belonging to the T. mentagrophytes species complex. Yellow strains which incidence is increasing in Belgium are clearly different from other strains previously characterized and the DiversiLab® method shows a high efficiency for discriminating between these two species difficult to separate by microscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of unusually high sea ice cover on Antarctic coastal benthic food web structure
Michel, Loïc ULg; Dubois, Philippe; Eleaume, Marc et al

Conference (2016, April 08)

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

Antarctica currently undergoes strong and contrasted impacts linked with climate change. While the West Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming regions in the world, resulting in sea ice cover decrease, the sea ice cover of East Antarctica unexpectedly tends to increase, possibly in relation with changes in atmospheric circulation. Changes in sea ice cover are likely to influence benthic food web structure through modifications of benthic-pelagic coupling, disruption of benthic production and/or modifications of benthic community structure (i.e. resource availability for benthic consumers). Here, we studied shallow (0-20 m) benthic food web structure on the coasts of Petrels Island (Adélie Land, East Antarctica) during an event of unusually high spatial and temporal (two successive austral summers without seasonal break-up) sea ice cover. Using stable isotope ratios of C, N and S and the SIAR mixing model, we examined importance of several organic matter sources (benthic macroalgae, benthic biofilm, sympagic algae, suspended particulate organic matter and penguin guano) for nutrition of over 20 taxa of benthic invertebrates (sponges, sea anemones, nemerteans, sessile and mobile polychaetes, gastropods, bivalves, sipunculids, pycnogonids, amphipods, sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers) spanning most present functional guilds. Our results provide insights about how Antarctic benthic consumers, which have evolved in an extremely stable environment, might adapt their feeding habits in response to sudden man-driven changes in environmental conditions and trophic resource availability. [less ▲]

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See detailResolving trophic links within temperate eelgrass meadows - use of fatty acids and stable isotopes in MixSIAR mixing model
Jankowska, Emilia; Wlodarska-Kowalczuk, Maria; De Troch, Marleen et al

Conference (2016, April 08)

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See detailObésité : outils et approches nutritionnelles pour obtenir un (minimum de) succès.
Diez, Marianne ULg

in Proceedings of the SCIVAC National Congress (2016, April 08)

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See detailThe hands of Papyrus Turin 1879: Individualizing handwritings in 20th dynasty hieratic sources
Polis, Stéphane ULg

Conference (2016, April 08)

Papyrus Turin 1879 (and other fragments) — the so-called ‘Map of the gold mines’ or ‘Turin map’ — is among the most famous papyri of the Turin collection, but it was neither systematically published, nor ... [more ▼]

Papyrus Turin 1879 (and other fragments) — the so-called ‘Map of the gold mines’ or ‘Turin map’ — is among the most famous papyri of the Turin collection, but it was neither systematically published, nor studied up until today. Most of the egyptological attention was indeed captured by the ‘map’ side (e.g., Goyon 1949; Harrell & Brown 1992, with previous references), but the other side, which contains many hieratic texts belonging to different genres, has never been examined thoroughly (exceptions are Janssen 1994 and Hovestreydt 1997 for col. 1-2 of frag. A, vo). The goal of this talk is twofold. First, I will provide an overview of the texts found on this papyrus, focusing on the types of hieratic hands. A special attention will be devoted to the repertoire of hieratic signs as well as to the amount of variation in terms of signs formation for a single hand. Second, I will explore the possibility of ‘individualizing’ the hands of this papyrus by connecting their features to other hieratic sources of the 20th dynasty. Harrel & Brown’s (1992) suggestions regarding the attribution of these texts to specific scribes will be challenged and an alternative methodology will be suggested. [less ▲]

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See detail"Living on the Edge of Death": Irony in Chris Abani's Song for Night
Tunca, Daria ULg

Conference (2016, April 07)

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See detailRecent progress in the development of a hydrogen maser in the TE111 mode
Van Der Beken, Emeline ULg; Léonard, Daniel; Counet, Arnaud et al

Poster (2016, April 06)

We present the recent progress in the development of a hydrogen maser in the unusual TE111 mode. In contrast to standard hydrogen maser that exploits the TE011 mode, the TE111 mode allows one to design ... [more ▼]

We present the recent progress in the development of a hydrogen maser in the unusual TE111 mode. In contrast to standard hydrogen maser that exploits the TE011 mode, the TE111 mode allows one to design hydrogen masers with significant reduced dimensions which represents a huge benefit for space applications and in particular for the global positioning system. We present in details the different parts of our model : cavity with a thin Teflon sheet, magnetic shielding, temperature control of the maser... [less ▲]

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See detailHot Melt Extrusion as a New Method to Form Inclusion Complexes with Cyclodextrins
Thiry, Justine ULg; Krier, Fabrice; Ratwatte, Shenelka et al

Conference (2016, April 06)

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See detailNovel butanol pretreatment significantly improves delignification and saccharification of different lignocellulosic biomasses
Schmetz, Quentin ULg; Teramura, Hiroshi; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2016, April 05)

Organosolv pretreatment using diluted acid and butanol allows the separation of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin into three distinct phases. The butanol process has been investigated on six different ... [more ▼]

Organosolv pretreatment using diluted acid and butanol allows the separation of cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin into three distinct phases. The butanol process has been investigated on six different biomasses: tall fescue, sugarbeet pulp, sugarcane bagasse, beech wood, eucalyptus and Japanese cedar. Dilute acid pretreatment has been performed under similar conditions for comparison. [less ▲]

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See detailComment reconnaître les activités spontanées en EMG
WANG, François-Charles ULg

Conference (2016, April 05)

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See detailGeneralized Pascal triangle for binomial coefficients of finite words
Stipulanti, Manon ULg

Poster (2016, April 05)

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

Abstract. We introduce a generalization of Pascal triangle based on bino- mial coefficients of finite words. These coefficients count the number of times a word appears as a subsequence of another finite word. Similarly to the Sierpinski gasket that can be built as the limit set, for the Hausdorff distance, of a convergent sequence of normalized compact blocks extracted from Pascal triangle modulo 2, we describe and study the first properties of the subset of [0, 1] × [0, 1] associated with this extended Pascal triangle modulo a prime p. [less ▲]

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See detailNew conservative and regenerative treatments for cartilage and tendon lesions
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2016, April 05)

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See detailCultures alimentaires et appartenances. Une ethnographie dans l’espace de la frontière
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2016, April 04)

« Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es », écrivait déjà en 1826 Brillat-Savarin, en suggérant une approche herméneutique de l’alimentation. La nourriture, en raison de son incorporation, est ... [more ▼]

« Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es », écrivait déjà en 1826 Brillat-Savarin, en suggérant une approche herméneutique de l’alimentation. La nourriture, en raison de son incorporation, est intimement connectée à la construction symbolique de la subjectivité ; elle a également une implication sociale (Sahlins, 1982), dans la mesure où elle fait l’objet d’un partage selon des règles de commensalité (Douglas, 1972). L’anthropologie de l’alimentation permet aujourd’hui d’éclaircir des processus sociaux plus amples que la consommation de nourriture engage (Mintz and Bois, 2002). Un intérêt particulier est porté sur le rapport entre l’alimentation et les représentations identitaires des groupes culturels ou sociaux. Les membres de ceux-ci se rapportent à des cultures alimentaires de façon active, s’engagent dans un processus d’affirmation d’une identité propre et partagée (Lupton, 1996). Ces dynamiques font aussi l’objet de plusieurs études sur la connexion entre alimentation et migration. Ces études mettent tout d’abord en évidence le fait que, lors d’un déplacement, les individus ou les groupes sont confrontés à des cultures alimentaires différentes, et elles s’engagent alors à vérifier dans quelle mesure cette rencontre défie l’identité individuelle (Spiro, 1955; Crenn, 2004; Cardona, 2004) et quelles pratiques elle engage afin de la préserver (Hage, 1997; Beyers, 2008; Diner et Diner, 2009). Souvent, les discours sur l’intégration des migrants concernent aussi les habitudes alimentaires (voir par exemple De Lesdain, 2002), considérées comme des indices d’une disposition à adhérer aux normes de la société « d’accueil ». Le niveau d’intégration (ou la disposition à s’intégrer) serait établie sur base de l’acculturation alimentaire dans le contexte migratoire (voir aussi Bastenier et Dassetto, 1993). Loin de constituer les extrêmes d’une dichotomie irrésoluble, les cultures alimentaires du pays d’origine et du pays d’accueil des migrants qui se rencontrent grâce – entre autre – à la mobilité de ces derniers, créent un espace de frontière qui est habité par les acteurs eux-mêmes (Agier, 2013). Dans cet espace l’appartenance culturelle est questionnée, elle fait l’objet d’une réflexivité (voir aussi Rodier, 2010), et les habitudes alimentaires prennent également la forme d’une « mise en scène du culturel, favorisant des stratégies ponctuelles d’affirmation identitaire et des rhétoriques du conflit » (Julien, 2010 : 17). Cette contribution veut amener une réflexion à propos des dynamiques qui ont lieu dans l’espace de la frontière ainsi définie, au départ de l’analyse de matériaux ethnographiques concernant les pratiques alimentaires de certaines femmes marocaines résidant en Italie et les discours qui les accompagnent. Dans l’espace de la frontière les appartenances socio-culturelles se définissent et sont négociées grâce également aux choix alimentaires. Le rapport individuel aux interdits alimentaires d’ordre religieux en est une preuve, notamment lorsque ce rapport assume la fonction de « [f]aire barrage à l’altérité […] c’est-à-dire instituer la séparation » (Benkheira 1997: 261) ou, inversement, d’affirmer l’échange social selon des modalités propres. [less ▲]

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See detailSNP development from RADseq data for the non-model species Robinia pseudoacacia L.
Verdu, Cindy; Guichoux, Erwan; Quevauvillers, Samuel et al

Poster (2016, April 04)

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See detailCoupling the Electron and Phonon Baths via the Boltzmann Transport Equations
Pike, Nicholas ULg

Poster (2016, April 03)

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Chaichoompu, Kridsadakorn ULg; Tongsima, Sissades; Shaw, Philip James et al

Poster (2016, April 03)

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to identify population structures. Iterative pruning Principal Component Analysis (ipPCA) utilizes SNP profiles to assign individuals to ... [more ▼]

Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) are commonly used to identify population structures. Iterative pruning Principal Component Analysis (ipPCA) utilizes SNP profiles to assign individuals to subpopulations without making assumptions about ancestry. The strategy can be extrapolated to patient samples to identify molecular classes of patients. It is challenging to investigate the utility of substructure detection using profiles based on pre-defined genomic regions-of-interest rather than profiles based on SNPs. Using principles outlined in Fouladi, 2015, we can construct gene-based categorical variables representing different summary gene profiles in a region. These gene-based new constructs no longer have an equal number of unordered category levels. Here, we present C-PCA, an extension of ipPCA to target perform iterative pruning for categorical variables using optimal scaling. It allows performing non-linear principal component analyses to handle possibly non-linearly related variables with different measurement levels. To show the power of C-PCA compared to ipPCA, we simulated 500 individuals and assigned them to two populations of equal size. We considered genetic population distances using Fixation Index from 0.001 to 0.006. For each dataset, we simulated 10,000 independent random SNPs for 100 replicates using the Balding–Nichols model. These were used numerically in ipPCA and as categorical in C-PCA analysis. In conclusion, like ipPCA, we expect C-PCA to perform well in the presence of fine substructures. This paves the way to apply C-PCA to DNA-seq data and input categorical variable derived from genomic regions-of-interest to which common and rare variants are mapped. We foresee additional advantages of C-PCA in this context since region-based categorical variables are likely to be non-linearly associated at the background of underlying gene-gene interaction networks. C-PCA is implemented in R. [less ▲]

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See detailEpisodic memory and aging: The effect of perceptual processing fluency on recognition memory processes
Bastin, Christine ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2016, April 03)

Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory ... [more ▼]

Normal aging is characterized by decreased recollection, but better preserved familiarity. Memory tasks that facilitate the use of familiarity should allow attenuating age-related differences in memory. The study tested two hypotheses: (1) can the reliance on familiarity during recognition memory be promoted by increasing the difference in perceptual processing fluency between old and new items; (2) can this manipulation reduce age-related difficulties in episodic memory? Twenty-four young and 24 older adults performed two verbal recognition memory tasks. In the No-Overlap task, target words and new words did not share any letter. Prior exposition to the target words thus induced increased processing fluency of the words and letters, so that fluency difference was a salient and reliable cue to discriminate between old and new words. In the Overlap task, target and new words had letters in common, so fluency cues were less useful. Recollection and familiarity was assessed with the Remember/Know/Guess paradigm. The results showed an age effect on recollection but intact familiarity. Moreover, (1) memory performance was better in the No Overlap than the Overlap task, with a greater hit rate and a smaller false alarm rate associated with familiarity. And, (2) age-related differences in recognition accuracy (hits – false alarms) were significantly attenuated in the No Overlap task compared to the Overlap task. These findings suggest that minimizing the perceptual similarity between targets and distractors, and thus increasing processing fluency differences, allowed to reduce the effect of age on recognition memory performance by facilitating the use of familiarity. [less ▲]

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See detailViolence conjugale : l’alexithymie augmente-t-elle le risque de comportement violent ?
Di Piazza, Laetitia ULg

Conference (2016, April 02)

Longtemps ignorée voire minimisée par son caractère privé, la violence conjugale constitue aujourd’hui un délit punissable par la Loi. Durant les trente dernières années, de nombreux auteurs ont axé leurs ... [more ▼]

Longtemps ignorée voire minimisée par son caractère privé, la violence conjugale constitue aujourd’hui un délit punissable par la Loi. Durant les trente dernières années, de nombreux auteurs ont axé leurs recherches sur l’impact de ces violences physiques et/ou psychologiques sur les victimes (épouses, ex-partenaires, enfants). Mais, qu’en est-il des auteurs ? Affirmer que les hommes auteurs de violence conjugale sont violents dans toutes leurs relations, est un mythe. En outre, établir le profil moyen de l’homme auteur de violence conjugale est trop complexe en regard du nombre important de formes de violence possibles. En conséquence, l’objectif de cette étude est d’apprécier la présence de caractéristiques psychologiques spécifiques ainsi que leurs liens, pour constater une éventuelle fragilité qui pourrait expliquer le passage à l’acte violent. Dans cette étude, cinquante-trois hommes ont répondu à des questionnaires d’auto-évaluation mesurant l’alexithymie (TAS-20), la dépression (BDI), ainsi que l’impulsivité (BIS-11). Les résultats montrent que l’alexithymie et la dépression sont significativement associées avec l’engagement dans des comportements violents au sein du couple. En effet, les hommes qui ont participé à l’étude rapportent plus de sentiments dépressifs, et plus de difficulté à nommer et à exprimer leurs émotions que la population générale. En outre, un quart des participants sont caractérisés impulsif. En conclusion, ces premiers constats continuent de suggérer l’existence d’un lien majeur entre le trouble alexithymique et la violence conjugale tel que démontré par l’étude de la Professeure Léveillée en 2013. Cette étude apporte par conséquent des pistes de réflexion ayant un impact clinique significatif sur l’évaluation du risque ainsi que sur l’intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailLa violence conjugale : persévérance vs abandon des auteurs masculins lors de leur participation à un groupe de responsabilisation
Di Piazza, Laetitia ULg; Kowal, Cécile; Hodiaumont, Fabienne et al

Poster (2016, April 02)

Le phénomène d'abandon thérapeutique lors de suivi dans le cadre de violence conjugale se trouve au cœur des préoccupations des intervenants venant en aide aux auteurs de ces violences. Ces thérapies en ... [more ▼]

Le phénomène d'abandon thérapeutique lors de suivi dans le cadre de violence conjugale se trouve au cœur des préoccupations des intervenants venant en aide aux auteurs de ces violences. Ces thérapies en groupe de responsabilisation se caractérisent par un taux d'abandon élevé, avec le risque potentiel de récidive associé. L’objectif de cette étude est d’identifier d’éventuelles caractéristiques intrapsychiques permettant de distinguer les usagers qui terminent leur suivi thérapeutique de ceux qui abandonnent au cours de celui-ci. Pour ce faire, une comparaison au sein de ces deux groupes d’individus (abandon : n=23 ; accomplissement du suivi : n=28) a été réalisée à partir de données sociodémographiques et de variables psychologiques spécifiques évaluées par des questionnaires auto-administrés (TAS-20, BIS-11, BDI, PBI, LEDS). Les résultats statistiques montrent que l’âge, le nombre d’événements stressants vécus au cours des six mois précédents l’évaluation et l’appréciation du soutien à l’autonomie perçu vis-à-vis de leur père sont les seules variables qui diffèrent significativement entre les deux groupes. Les autres dimensions mesurées telles que la dépression, l’alexithymie et l’impulsivité, quant à elles, ne produisent pas de résultats significatifs entre les deux groupes. Il semble donc, en définitive, que les hommes plus jeunes présenteront plus de risque de quitter le programme de façon précoce. Malgré tout, l’ensemble de ces résultats pose un sérieux défi pour les intervenants au sein des services d’aide spécialisés. En effet, si tous les individus qui participent aux groupes de responsabilisation présentent les mêmes caractéristiques intrapsychiques, comment prédire, mais surtout accrocher ceux qui abandonneront le programme ? [less ▲]

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See detailCO2-based sustainable polymers: from CO2-sourced monomers to low CO2 emission foamed materials
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gennen, Sandro ULg; Alves, Margot ULg et al

Conference (2016, April)

Due to concerns about the climate change combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the use of CO2 as a C1 feedstock for producing added value chemicals and materials has become a huge challenge in ... [more ▼]

Due to concerns about the climate change combined with the decrease of fossil resources, the use of CO2 as a C1 feedstock for producing added value chemicals and materials has become a huge challenge in academic laboratories and in industry. The coupling of CO2 with epoxide has emerged as one of the most promising way to convert CO2 into cyclic carbonates finding application as green solvents or electrolyte for batteries. Interestingly, these cyclic carbonates can also be valorised as monomers to produce new non-isocyanate polyurethanes by step-growth polymerization with amines. Polyurethane (PU) is one of the most important polymers in our everyday life with numerous applications such as thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, adhesives, sealants, coatings, rigid and flexible foams for wellness or acoustic and/or thermal insulation. In this talk, we will discuss the preparation of all green bio- and CO2-sourced non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) microcellular foams with thermal insulation properties by using an eco-efficient process based on the supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) foaming technology. This talk will be divided in three sections: The synthesis of CO2-sourced cyclic carbonates by coupling CO2 with epoxides using a new highly-efficient bicomponent homogeneous organocatalyst combining the use of an ammonium salt as the catalyst and a fluorinated hydrogen bond donor activator that allows the fast and solvent-free coupling of CO2 with (biosourced) epoxides under mild experimental conditions. The synthesis of (bio- and) CO2-sourced isocyanates-free PUs by melt step-growth copolymerization, eliminating the toxicological issues associated to the conventional synthesis of polyurethanes from diols and isocyanates. The foaming of NIPUs by exploiting the scCO2 foaming technology. By finely choosing the appropriate CO2 impregnation and foaming conditions, thermally insulating CO2-blown microcellular NIPUs foams were produced. [less ▲]

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See detailMars Topography Investigated Through the Wavelet Leaders Method: a Multidimensional Study of its Fractal Structure
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Poster (2016, April)

This work examines the scaling properties of Mars topography through a wavelet-based formalism. We conduct exhaustive one-dimensional (both longitudinal and latitudinal) and two-dimensional studies based ... [more ▼]

This work examines the scaling properties of Mars topography through a wavelet-based formalism. We conduct exhaustive one-dimensional (both longitudinal and latitudinal) and two-dimensional studies based on Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data using the multifractal formalism called Wavelet Leaders Method (WLM). This approach shows that a scale break occurs at approximately 15 km, giving two scaling regimes in both 1D and 2D cases. At small scales, these topographic profiles mostly display a monofractal behavior while a switch to multifractality is observed in several areas at larger scales. The scaling exponents extracted from this framework tend to be greater at small scales. In the 1D context, these observations are in agreement with previous works and thus suggest that the WLM is well-suited for examining scaling properties of topographic fields. Moreover, the 2D analysis is the first such complete study to our knowledge. It gives both a local and global insight on the scaling regimes of the surface of Mars and allows to exhibit the link between the scaling exponents and several famous features of the Martian topography. These results may be used as a solid basis for further investigations of the scaling laws of the Red planet and show that the WLM could be used to perform systematic analyses of the surface roughness of other celestial bodies. [less ▲]

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See detailLes théories représentationnelles de l'esprit
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

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See detailMapping cortical modules, their connectivity and functions
Genon, Sarah ULg; Eickhoff, Simon

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See detailNew elicitors as biocontrol tools to protect wheat against Septoria Tritici Blotch
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; SIAH, Ali; Jijakli, Haissam ULg

Poster (2016, April)

Wheat is one of the most cultivated crops in the European Union. This cereal must however face important losses every year due to a major foliar disease known as Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB) caused by ... [more ▼]

Wheat is one of the most cultivated crops in the European Union. This cereal must however face important losses every year due to a major foliar disease known as Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB) caused by the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici. Disease control mainly depends on phytosanitary products. However, conventional agriculture is evolving towards more sustainable practices, out of respect for human health and the environment. Elicitors are considered as promising biological control tools and draw major interest in Integrated Pest Management strategies. These plant-immunity triggering compounds induce a general systemic resistance of the plant to a large spectrum of diseases. This study focuses on the screening of nine potential elicitors to protect winter wheat against Zymoseptoria tritici. Greenhouse trials were carried out to measure the ability of the different products to reduce disease foliar symptoms (necrosis, chlorosis and pycnidia). In addition, the biocide activity of these products towards the pathogen was evaluated under greenhouse and laboratory conditions. Furthermore, the modes of action of the best elicitors were investigated by studying the activity of some key defense enzymes of wheat. The corresponding results will be presented and discussed with the perspective to choose the two best elicitors for field trials and undertake further investigations on the signaling pathways triggered in the plant. [less ▲]

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See detail[Beamer] A New Wavelet-Based Mode Decomposition for Oscillating Signals and Comparison with the Empirical Mode Decomposition
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

Conference (2016, April)

We introduce a new method based on wavelets (EWMD) for decomposing a signal into quasi-periodic oscillating components with smooth time-varying amplitudes. This method is inspired by both the “classic” ... [more ▼]

We introduce a new method based on wavelets (EWMD) for decomposing a signal into quasi-periodic oscillating components with smooth time-varying amplitudes. This method is inspired by both the “classic” wavelet-based decomposition and the empirical mode decomposition (EMD). We compare the reconstruction skills and the period detection ability of the method with the well-established EMD on toys examples and the ENSO climate index. It appears that the EWMD accurately decomposes and reconstructs a given signal (with the same efficiency as the EMD), it is better at detecting prescribed periods and is less sensitive to noise. This work provides the first version of the EWMD. Even though there is still room for improvement, it turns out that preliminary results are highly promising. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Places from which I write: Reflections on the use of a Transnational Situated Feminist Objective Lens in Knowledge Production
Vivas Romero, Maria ULg

Conference (2016, April)

Through this contribution I make use of a Transnational Situated feminist objective lens (Haraway, 1988 , Fernandes, 2013 , Kaplan, 1994 ) to depict the impact of my geopolitical-locations and multi ... [more ▼]

Through this contribution I make use of a Transnational Situated feminist objective lens (Haraway, 1988 , Fernandes, 2013 , Kaplan, 1994 ) to depict the impact of my geopolitical-locations and multi-layered transnational identities on my choice of research topic, project design and definition of research object (Koobak and Thapar-Bjorkert, 2014) . In order to do so, I draw from examples of my multi-sited fieldwork with migrant domestic workers in Brussels and their family members in Peru and Colombia. Through the analysis, I first show how the use of such methodological tool during my pilot fieldwork shifted the aim of my research and led me to focus on the global inequalities experienced by ageing migrant domestic workers in the area of social protection. Secondly, I explore how the same methodological tool led me to choose the adequate intersectional theoretical perspectives and methods to properly address my research object. Thirdly, I show how these same reflections led me to plan ethical measures to produce knowledge under less asymmetrical power relations. This paper shows that my geopolitical locations and multi-layered transnational identities not only enlighten my everyday life experience but also impact the ways in which I construct and conduct my research. Moreover, it highlights the importance of acknowledging the multi-layered nature of the locations from which we write in order to hold ourselves accountable for the situated knowledge we produce. Lastly, this paper shows that reflections on the politics of locations can be useful both for minoritized subjects such as myself who challenge the hegemonic archetypes from the edges as well as for others who occupy more advantageous positions. [less ▲]

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See detailEffective soil hydraulic conductivity predicted with the maximum power principle
Westhoff, Martijn ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

Conference (2016, April)

Drainage of water in soils happens for a large extent through preferential flowpaths, but these subsurface flowpaths are extremely difficult to observe or parameterize in hydrological models. To ... [more ▼]

Drainage of water in soils happens for a large extent through preferential flowpaths, but these subsurface flowpaths are extremely difficult to observe or parameterize in hydrological models. To potentially overcome this problem, thermodynamic optimality principles have been suggested to predict effective parametrization of these (sub-grid) structures, such as the maximum entropy production principle or the equivalent maximum power principle. These principles have been successfully applied to predict heat transfer from the Equator to the Poles, or turbulent heat fluxes between the surface and the atmosphere. In these examples, the effective flux adapts itself to its boundary condition by adapting its effective conductance through the creation of e.g. convection cells. However, flow through porous media, such as soils, can only quickly adapt its effective flow conductance by creation of preferential flowpaths, but it is unknown if this is guided by the aim to create maximum power. Here we show experimentally that this is indeed the case: In the lab, we created a hydrological analogue to the atmospheric model dealing with heat transport between Equator and poles. The experimental setup consists of two freely draining reservoirs connected with each other by a confined aquifer. By adding water to only one reservoir, a potential difference will build up until a steady state is reached. From the steady state potential difference and the observed flow through the aquifer, and effective hydraulic conductance can be determined. This observed conductance does correspond to the one maximizing power of the flux through the confined aquifer. Although this experiment is done in an idealized setting, it opens doors for better parameterizing hydrological models. Furthermore, it shows that hydraulic properties of soils are not static, but they change with changing boundary conditions. A potential limitation to the principle is that it only applies to steady state conditions. Therefore the rate of adaptation of hydraulic properties should be faster than the rate of change in boundary conditions. [less ▲]

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