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

Conference (2016, September 05)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 05)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 05)

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

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

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See detailInternet Platforms for Education on Sustainability
Pfennig, Andreas ULg

Conference (2016, September 05)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 05)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 05)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 04)

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

Conference (2016, September 03)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 03)

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

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

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See detailUrban soils with a sideway glance
Meulemans, Germain ULg

Conference (2016, September 03)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 03)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 02)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 02)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 02)

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

Conference (2016, September 02)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 02)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 01)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 01)

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

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

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

Conference (2016, September 01)

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailFlocculation properties of the bacterial exopolysaccharide FucoPol
Araújo, Diana; Reis, Patricia; Marques, Anna et al

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See detailMeeting in Brackets - Devising Belgian Mental Health Policies through Inter-organisational Meetings
Thunus, Sophie ULg

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Object: this paper analyses inter-organisational meetings held in response to a reform of the Belgian mental health care system. It proposes to shift the researcher’s attention from the instrumental ... [more ▼]

Object: this paper analyses inter-organisational meetings held in response to a reform of the Belgian mental health care system. It proposes to shift the researcher’s attention from the instrumental function attributed to meetings to the role they actually play in this reform. Aims: based on the observation that meetings frequently failed to reach their instrumental outcome, this paper first asks which other roles meetings might play and how. Second, it suggests that the concept of bracketing might be helpful in perceiving, describing and analysing the roles played by meetings. Methods: this paper relies on empirical material collected through semi-structured interviews, direct observation and documentary analyse. Excerpts from interviews and field notes of observation are used as a basis for analysing 4 specific meetings. These meetings have been selected according to their relevance to the research question of the role played by meetings and a set of criteria relating to the meeting type, participants, topic and context. Results: this paper demonstrates that, next to their instrumental function, meetings play at least three complementary roles, which are defined as expressive, representative and performative. It argues that these three roles of meetings are better understood by using the concept of bracketing in three ways: as a methodological, descriptive and analytical tool. [less ▲]

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Veymiers, Richard ULg

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

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

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

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See detailNonlinear vibration analysis of the SmallSat spacecraft: From identification to design
Detroux, Thibaut ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Masset, Luc ULg et al

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The objective of the present contribution is to introduce nonlinear experimental and numerical tools and methods applicable to real-life structures. The study is illustrated using the SmallSat spacecraft ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present contribution is to introduce nonlinear experimental and numerical tools and methods applicable to real-life structures. The study is illustrated using the SmallSat spacecraft developed by Airbus Defence and Space, which possesses several localized nonlinearities. The computation of nonlinear normal modes and bifurcations reveals that the satellite possesses complex dynamics including modal interactions, quasiperiodic oscillations and isolated resonances. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailLes aménagements immobiliers. Problèmes d'identification et d'interprétation
Mas, Juliette ULg

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Bonfond, Bertrand ULg

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See detailDiagnostic Value of PV/PA ratio in dogs with PH of pre-capillary origin
Roels, Elodie ULg; Merveille, Anne-Christine ULg; Malaize, Pierre-Louis et al

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See detailFlexible Transparent Electrodes based on Silver Nanowire Networks: Nanoscale Characterisation, Electrical Percolation, and Integration into Devices
Sannicolo, T.; Lagrange, M.; Xian, S. et al

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The most efficient and widely used transparent conducting material (TCM) is currently indium tin oxide (ITO). However the indium scarcity associated to the lack of flexibility of ITO as well as relatively ... [more ▼]

The most efficient and widely used transparent conducting material (TCM) is currently indium tin oxide (ITO). However the indium scarcity associated to the lack of flexibility of ITO as well as relatively high cost of fabrication has prompted the search for alternative low cost and flexible materials. Among emerging transparent electrodes (TEs), silver nanowire (AgNW) networks appear as a promising substitute to ITO since these percolating networks exhibit high flexibility and excellent optoelectronic properties [1], with sheet resistance of a few Ω/sq and optical transparency of 90%, fulfilling the requirements for many applications such as solar cells, OLED displays, transparent heaters, or radio-frequency (RF) antennas and transparent shielding [2]. In addition, the fabrication of these electrodes involves low-temperature process steps and upscaling methods, thus making them very appropriate for future use as TE for flexible devices. Our research is focused on the fundamental understanding of the physical phenomena taking place at the scales of both the network (macroscale) and the NW-to- NW junctions (nanoscale), and on the ability of AgNW networks to be integrated as transparent electrodes for flexible optoelectronic and RF devices. In-situ electrical measurements performed during optimisation process such as thermal annealing and/or chemical treatments provide useful information regarding the activation process of the junctions [3]. Besides, nano-characterisation techniques such as Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and ultramicrotomy help visualizing the physical phenomena involved in the diffusion of silver atoms to create well-sintered junctions. At the network’s scale, our ability to distinguish the nanowires taking part in the electrical conduction (“electrical percolating pathways”) from the inactive nanowires is a critical issue for the applications. By combining experimental and simulation studies, a discrete activation process of efficient percolating pathways through the network was evidenced. In the case where the network density is close to the percolation threshold and when low voltage is applied, individual “illuminated” pathways can be detected through the network while new branches get activated as soon as the voltage is increased. Here we will present our results on the study of AgNW networks at the macro and nano scales described above and will correlate it with the overall performance/characteristics of the networks. We will also present results on the integration of optimized AgNW networks into functional devices. [1] D.P. Langley, G. Giusti, C. Mayousse, C. Celle, D. Bellet, J.-P. Simonato, Nanotechnology, 24, 452001, (2013). [2] C. Celle, C. Mayousse, E. Moreau, H. Basti, A. Carella and J.-P. Simonato, Nano Res. 5, 427, (2012). [3] M. Lagrange, D.P. Langley, G. Giusti, C. Jimenez, Y. Bréchet, D. Bellet, Nanoscale 7, 17410, (2015). [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of word stress by French speaking CLIL and non-CLIL learners of Dutch
Hiligsmann, Philippe; Rasier, Laurent ULg; Degrave, Pauline

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See detailDiscourse functions of antonymy in French
Steffens, Marie ULg

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See detailCreating undocumented EU migrants through welfare: The case of Belgium
Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg; Mescoli, Elsa ULg

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In the dual context of increased Central and Eastern European migration and of the global financial and economic crisis, several Northern European Member States have implemented (or debated) reforms of ... [more ▼]

In the dual context of increased Central and Eastern European migration and of the global financial and economic crisis, several Northern European Member States have implemented (or debated) reforms of their welfare regimes to restrict access to migrants coming from other EU Member States. As the debates on the so-called “welfare tourism” are intensifying in different parts of the EU, we can observe a growing trend among Member States to use welfare policies as instruments to limit the mobility of certain EU migrants. This stance is best illustrated with Prime Minister Cameron’s demand for four-year ban on EU migrants claiming in-work benefits. In Belgium, too, EU citizens have been particularly affected by this adverse context as the Migration Office (Office des Etrangers) has intensified controls against EU residents receiving welfare benefits. With this policy, authorities have been using a restrictive interpretation of the European Directive 2004/38 that allows Member States to remove residence permits from EU citizens who represent an “unreasonable burden on state finances”. As a consequence, the number of EU citizens expelled from Belgium on a yearly basis has jumped from 343 to 2,042 between 2010 and 2014. In this paper, we propose to focus on those EU citizens who see their freedom of circulation in the EU restricted after claiming social protection in their country of residence. Relying on fieldwork conducted with Italian and Romanian migrants who experienced the removal of their residence permit, we discuss the different resilience strategies of those EU citizens faced with the legal obligation to leave: such strategies include returning to the homeland, refusing to leave, mobilizing the support of migrant organizations, introducing individual appeals, and seeking to regularize their administrative status. In particular, we shall focus on the experience of EU migrants who have decided to stay in Belgium and experience the status of an undocumented EU migrant. This peculiarity of this status is visible in three respects: 1) expulsion is not enforced by local authorities, 2) migrants continue to be able to circulate between their homeland and the country where they no longer have a residence permit, and 3) they have a possibility to regularize their status if they can demonstrate to municipal authorities that they no longer represent “a burden” on Belgium’s public finances. Overall, confronting our data to the rich literature on undocumented third country nationals, we discuss the limits of EU citizenship as experienced by those who are denied the right to free movement. This paper relies primarily on multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork (in progress) conducted with Italian and Romanian migrants in Brussels and with individuals of the same nationality who decided to leave Belgium and return to their home country after the removal of their residence permit. Additional fieldwork includes semi-directed interviews with civil society organizations, trade unions, and consular authorities. The data collection process started in May 2014 and is expected to be finished in May 2016. [less ▲]

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See detailMethodology to model the energy vulnerability of households in Europe based on the current mapping of fuel poverty and transport poverty and its likely evolution until 2040
Pierson, Charlotte; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

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Fuel poverty refers to a situation in which an individual or household is not able to meet their basic energy needs. Fuel poverty is currently growing in the European Union. Research in this field is ... [more ▼]

Fuel poverty refers to a situation in which an individual or household is not able to meet their basic energy needs. Fuel poverty is currently growing in the European Union. Research in this field is often limited to the assessment of the current risk of fuel poverty based on energy consumptions due to housing. Urban sprawl generates a significant increase in energy consumption related to daily mobility, which generates energy poverty related to transportation needs. This article presents a methodology for modeling the current and future energy poverty of households in Europe on the basis of energy consumptions due to housing, to daily mobility and their combination. Indicators for fuel poverty and transport poverty will be based on Hills’ method, which is widely recognized internationally for fuel poverty assessment and which takes into account two thresholds: energy expenses of households and their available residual income. This article will outline the spatial modeling process of energy costs due to dwellings and mobility thanks to the coupling of a GIS tool, cadastral datasets, existing methods for the assessment of buildings and transport energy consumptions and updated databases (EPB certificates, detailed mobility surveys, data from smart meters, mobile phones and GPS). Different scenarios will be selected to predict the evolution of fuel and transport poverty until 2040 on the basis of national and European prospective studies or, alternatively, based on the historical evaluation of some key parameters and their extrapolation. The evolution of built-up areas will be model thanks to the multinomial logistic regression model (MLR) that enables to visualize the consequence of different urban densities expansion. The different parameters that will influence the evolution of fuel and transport poverty until 2040 will be highlighted (climate change, urban expansion, fuel prices, energy performance of buildings and vehicles, etc.). [less ▲]

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See detailNew elicitors to protect winter wheat against Zymoseptoria tritici?
Le Mire, Géraldine ULg; Jijakli, Haissam ULg; Siah, Ali et al

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Today, focus is made on the crucial protection of wheat, as one of the most cultivated crop plants in the world. This crop is constantly challenged by a persistent and harmful fungus known as Zymoseptoria ... [more ▼]

Today, focus is made on the crucial protection of wheat, as one of the most cultivated crop plants in the world. This crop is constantly challenged by a persistent and harmful fungus known as Zymoseptoria tritici, responsible of the Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB) disease. Control of this disease mainly depends on chemical products. However there is an urgentneed to identify and develop alternative methods as biocontrol tools to adopt an efficient IPM program for wheat. Elicitors are increasingly considered as promising biocontrol tools in the preventive treatment of plants against various diseases. These plant-immunity triggering compounds, also called “stimulators of plant natural defenses”, induce a general and systemic resistance of the plant to a large spectrum of biotic stresses. This study focuses on the screening of nine molecules of various origins and structures for their potential eliciting activity, to protect winter wheat against Zymoseptoria tritici. The protective efficacy of these molecules was evaluated under greenhouse conditions by comparing the infection severity of the treated plants with a water control. In addition, the biocide activity of the 9 candidates was tested in vitro directly towards the pathogen, by evaluating their impact on spore germination and fungal growth. Finally, the qPFD tool developed by INRA was used to study the expression of 23 defense genes in the wheat plant following the various treatments. These combined experiments finally allowed the selection of two molecules as potent elicitors: EGL1 and EGL4. They were efficient to reduce foliar disease symptoms from 60 to 80% on wheat under greenhouse conditions. The efficacy of these 2 promising molecules was thus evaluated in 2 field trials in 2016. The corresponding results will be presented and discussed, with the perspective to investigate the efficacy of these 2 potent elicitors to protect wheat cultivars showing different levels of sensitivity towards the pathogen. [less ▲]

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See detailHeart Team Liege - Session Video Link
PIERARD, Luc ULg; vahanian, Alec; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg et al

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See detailEpidemiology and Molecular Variability of little cherry virus in Belgium
Tahzima, Rachid; Peusens, Gertie; Belïen, Tim et al

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See detailCancer du canal anal: identification de deux sous-types distincts
Herfs, Michael ULg

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See detailFiber technology, rope-making, textiles and the Lochstäbe from the Aurignacian of the Swabian Jura
Conard, Nicholas; Rots, Veerle ULg

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

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

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

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See detailClinically relevant optical properties of three types of intraocular lenses
Gatinel, Damien; Loicq, Jerôme ULg

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Purpose: To experimentally compare the optical performance of three types of hydrophobic intraocular lenses (IOLs): extended depth of focus (TECNIS Symfony), bifocal (TECNIS ZMB00), and trifocal ... [more ▼]

Purpose: To experimentally compare the optical performance of three types of hydrophobic intraocular lenses (IOLs): extended depth of focus (TECNIS Symfony), bifocal (TECNIS ZMB00), and trifocal (FineVision GFree). Setting: Rothschild Foundation Paris, France - Liege Space Center Liège, Belgique Methods: Surface topography was analyzed by optical microscopy. Modulation transfer function (MTF) and spherical aberrations were determined on optical bench for variable pupil apertures and with two cornea models (0 µm and +0.28 µm). United States Air Force target imaging was analyzed for different focal points (near, intermediate, and far). Point spread function (PSF) and halos were quantified and compared. Results: All lenses presented step-like optic topography. For a pupil size of = 3 mm, distinctive MTF peaks were observed for all lenses: two peaks for the extended depth of focus and bifocal lenses with +1.75 and +4.00 diopters (D) addition, respectively, and three peaks for the trifocal lens with +1.75 and +3.50 addition for intermediate and near vision, respectively. The extended depth of focus and bifocal lens had slightly higher MTF at best focus with the +0.28 µm cornea model than with the 0 µm model, whereas the trifocal lens was likely to be more independent of the corneal spherical aberrations. Conclusions: Each lens appears to rely on light diffraction for optical performance, presenting halos with comparable intensities. For small pupil apertures, the MTF peaks for the far and intermediate focal distances of the trifocal and extended depth of focus lenses overlap, but the trifocal lens presented an additional MTF peak for the near focal points. [less ▲]

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See detailThe added value of new GNSS to monitor the ionosphere
Warnant, René ULg; Deprez, Cécile ULg; Van de Vyvere, Laura

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See detailAge-related differences in the dynamics of cortical excitability and cognitive inhibition during prolongedwakefulness
Gaggioni, Giulia ULg; Chelllappa, S.; Ly, J. et al

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See detailCrystallization and morphologies of waxes in rice bran oil
Diem Doan, Chi; Patel, Ashok R.; Danthine, Sabine ULg et al

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See detailWhat do these cattle do in a biomedical research center?
Thoreau, François ULg

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

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See detailBinary Phase Behavior of Saturated Triacylglycerols containing Stearic and Palmitic Acid
Bhaggan, Krishnadath ULg; Smith, K.W.; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

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See detailP2X1 ion channel is critical for vascular integrity in inflammation
Wéra, Odile ULg; Delierneux, Céline; Hego, Alexandre ULg et al

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

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

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

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See detailPresentation of germplasm Health Unit-Gembloux
Massart, Sébastien ULg

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

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See detailChanges in crop yields, soil organic carbon and soil nitrogen content under climate change and variable management practices"
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Shcherbak, Iurii et al

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

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

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

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Stiepen, Arnaud ULg; IUVS team; Gonzales-Galindo et al

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Lecrenier, Marie-Caroline ULg; Dieu, Marc; Veys, Pascal et al

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See detailLe « Good Lives Model », un modèle novateur d’intervention au service des besoins de l'usager: expérience d'adaptation au sein d'une unité de défense sociale.
Henrard, Noémie ULg; Devillers, Bérengère ULg; Oswald, Pierre

Conference (2016, September)

Au départ, le Good Lives Modèl (G.L.M) est un modèle novateur de réhabilitation des délinquants sexuels développé dans les pays anglo-saxons depuis 2001 sous l’impulsion de Tony Ward. En 2010, 30% des ... [more ▼]

Au départ, le Good Lives Modèl (G.L.M) est un modèle novateur de réhabilitation des délinquants sexuels développé dans les pays anglo-saxons depuis 2001 sous l’impulsion de Tony Ward. En 2010, 30% des programmes de traitement nord-américains s’inspiraient du G.L.M. (1). Depuis plusieurs années, le Groupe Antigone (ULg) s’est attaché à traduire et à diffuser en français les fondements théoriques du G.L.M, mais également à identifier les applications qui ont pu en être faites (2) aux populations particulières telles que les adultes auteurs d’infractions (sexuelles) (3), les auteurs de violence domestique (4), les adolescents auteurs d’infractions à caractère sexuel (5) ainsi que les personnes sous statut de défense sociale (6). L’équipe de l’Unité d’Evaluation et de Traitement (UET) au sein de l’Etablissement de Défense Sociale (EDS) de Tournai fut la première équipe francophone, en collaboration avec le Groupe Antigone, à avoir adapté le G.L.M à une population psychiatrique. Dans l’optique G.L.M, l’identification des besoins de l’usager et de ses préoccupations est mise en lien avec les intérêts de la société qui apparaissent comme un effet direct du développement des besoins de l’auteur mais en aucun cas comme une cible de traitement. Une prise en charge axée sur les besoins et les ressources de la personne dans un processus de co-construction avec l’intervenant, est largement reconnue à l’heure actuelle comme un facteur de protection, diminuant dès lors les risques de récidive et de rechute (7). Le G.L.M implique d’élaborer avec l’usager un « Good Live Plan », plan de vie visant à satisfaire les besoins humains fondamentaux et à accéder à une meilleure qualité de vie. Le cadre théorique et méthodologique du G.L.M offre la possibilité de dépasser le paradigme du risque. En effet, en proposant des principes et outils qui guident l’intervention tout en tenant compte du rôle de l’infraction et du rôle des symptômes psychiatriques en regard des besoins de l’usager, le G.L.M intègre à la fois les risques et les perspectives de réadaptation et ce, dans une approche globale, intégrée et cohérente. Cette communication réunira le Groupe Antigone et l’équipe de l’UET qui présenteront d’une part, les principes théoriques du G.L.M et les implications cliniques et, d’autre part, l’adaptation réalisée au sein de l’UET. (1) Mc Grath R.J., Cumming G.F., Burchard B.L., Zeoli S. & Ellerby L. (2010). Current Practices and Emerging Trends in Sexual Abuser Management. The Safer Society 2009 North American Survey. The Safer Society Press. (2) Ward, T. (2001). Good lives and the rehabilitation of offenders. Promises and problems. Agression and Violent Behavior,7, 513-528. (3)Ward, T., Mann, R., & Gannon, T. A. (2007). The Good Lives model of rehabilitation: Clinical implications. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 12, 87-107. (4)Langlands, R., Ward, T., & Gilchrist, E. (2009). Applying the Good Lives Model to Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Behaviour Change, 26 (2), 113-129. (5) Adshead, M., Beech, A., Fisher, D., Griffin, H., Leeson, S., Morgan, J., Okotie, E., Print, B., Quest, P. & Wylie, L. (2013). The Good Lives Model for Adolescents who sexually harm. Safer Society Press, Brandon, Vermont. (6)Barnao, M. (2013). The Good Lives Model tool kit for mentally disordered offenders. Journal of Forensic Practice, 15(3), 157-170. (7) Barendregt, C.C., Van der Laan, A.M., Bongers,I.L. & Van Nieuwenhuizen, Ch. (2012). Explaining Reoffending and Psychiatric Relapse in Youth Forensic Psychiatry from a Good Lives Model Perspective. In T.I. Oei & M. Groenhuijsen (dir.), Progression in forensic psychiatry (415-434). Deventer, Hollande: Kluwer [less ▲]

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Steffens, Marie ULg

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Noël, Lise ULg; Duysinx, Pierre ULg; Maute, Kurt

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

Conference (2016, September)

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

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

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See detailRole of phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation in allowing cave exploitation: ecological and evolutionary insights from the fire salamander
Manenti, Raoul; Melotto, Andrea; Tagliaferro, L. et al

Conference (2016, August 31)

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See detailSurfactant-assisted USP deposition of WO3 electrochromic thin films on various TCO-glass substrates
Maho, Anthony ULg; Nicolay, Sylvain; Manceriu, Laura ULg et al

Conference (2016, August 31)

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See detailLandscape diversity, better for biodiversity? - hoverflies and butterflies in different agri-environment schemes
Pécheur, Emilie ULg; Piqueray, Julien; Dopagne, Claude ULg et al

Conference (2016, August 31)

In Europe, agri-environment schemes (AES) are designed to give credit to environmental issues in agricultural practices. Among the different Walloon AES, some are dedicated to enhance and preserve ... [more ▼]

In Europe, agri-environment schemes (AES) are designed to give credit to environmental issues in agricultural practices. Among the different Walloon AES, some are dedicated to enhance and preserve biodiversity linked to the agroecosystems. This study wishes to explore, at a landscape scale, how do different AES perform regarding butterflies and syrphidae diversity. Data collection occurred in five categories of ecological infrastructures (EI): four types of agri-environmental schemes (grassy strips, wildflower strips, bird-feeding margins, species-rich meadows) and cereal crops. Five replicates were selected for each category. Syrphidae were collected in water traps once per month, from May to July. Butterflies were monitored along transects from May to Augustus. Plant species were identified in every plot, within a 1-m radius around the traps and along a transect through every plot. Preliminary results show that abundance and species diversity of butterflies is significantly higher in parcels with floral resources. Moreover, hosts plants for larvae and foraging plants for adults are significantly more present in two types of AES: the wildflower strips and the species-rich meadows. Regarding the identified plant species, categories are divided in three groups (crops apart): bird-feeding margins; species-rich meadows and grassy strips; wildflower strips (Fig.1). Concerning hoverflies, a significantly higher abundance is observed in the wildflower strips compared to the crops in June (p= 0.008). Other abundance values in May and July show no difference. These results suggest that wildflower strips are performing infrastructures for biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems. As the presence of floral resources seem to be an important factor for the presence of foraging of adults, attention should be paid to the provisioning of food resources for the larval stages, especially butterflies, at a landscape scale in order to assure a sustainable approach in biodiversity support. [less ▲]

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See detailSuperconductors used as trapped field magnets : investigation of hybrid structures combining superconducting and ferromagnetic materials
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Caps, Hervé ULg et al

Conference (2016, August 30)

In addition to their unique ability to carry electric currents without loss, superconductors are able to trap significant magnetic flux densities at low temperature. In so-called type-II irreversible ... [more ▼]

In addition to their unique ability to carry electric currents without loss, superconductors are able to trap significant magnetic flux densities at low temperature. In so-called type-II irreversible superconductors, these properties are due to the pinning of individual flux lines (vortices) by defects at the nanoscale level. In this talk the influence of pinning on the magnetic properties of bulk superconductors will be explained and illustrated, with the emphasis placed on how pinning can be exploited to produce “trapped field magnets” for practical applications. We will then show how the properties of these trapped field magnets are enhanced when superconductors (SC) are combined to soft ferromagnetic (FM) alloys [1,2]. In particular we investigate the properties of macroscopic FM/SC/FM structures where the superconductor is sandwiched between two ferromagnetic sections, one of each circular face. In particular we show how the properties of the whole structure is influenced by the saturation magnetization and the geometry of the ferromagnetic material. References: 1. M P Philippe, J-F Fagnard, S Kirsch, Z Xu, A R Dennis, Y H Shi, D A Cardwell, B Vanderheyden, and P Vanderbemden, Magnetic characterisation of large grain, bulk Y–Ba–Cu–O superconductor–soft ferromagnetic alloy hybrid structures. Physica C: 502 (2014) 20-30. 2. M P Philippe, M D Ainslie, L Wera, J-F Fagnard, A R Dennis, Y H Shi, D A Cardwell, B Vanderheyden, and P Vanderbemden, Influence of soft ferromagnetic sections on the magnetic flux density profile of a large grain, bulk Y–Ba–Cu–O superconductor. Superconductor Science and Technology: 28 (2015) 095008. [less ▲]

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See detailStrychnine poisoning still happens in 2015
DEVILLE, Marine ULg; Lemaire, Eric ULg; DENOOZ, Raphael ULg et al

Conference (2016, August 29)

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See detailA hidden Markov model to estimate inbreeding from whole genome sequence data
Druet, Tom ULg; Gautier, Mathieu

Conference (2016, August 29)

Inbreeding results from the mating of related individuals and has negative consequence because it brings together deleterious variants in one individual. Inbreeding is associated with recessive diseases ... [more ▼]

Inbreeding results from the mating of related individuals and has negative consequence because it brings together deleterious variants in one individual. Inbreeding is associated with recessive diseases and reduced production or fitness. Until recently inbreeding was estimated with genealogical data, which have some limitations. Genomic estimates of inbreeding can now be obtained thanks to new technologies. Methods based on genomic relationships assume either that identical-by-state markers are identical-by-descent (IBD) or correct for the allele frequencies estimated in a « founder generation ». Similarly, with runs of homozygosity (ROH), the hypothesis is that stretches of homozygous markers longer than a determined threshold (measured in number of markers or in Mb) are IBD. Although sequencing data are more informative, most of the recent studies used genotyping data. Due to high genotyping errors rates with sequencing technologies, ROH are difficult to use on such data. We herein describe an original method to model inbreeding along chromosomes. It relies on a hidden Markov model that determines locally whether a segment is inbred and gives a measure of inbreeding's age. The method uses a function modeling the probability to observe a genotype in an inbred segments. It is well suited for sequencing data because the function incorporates genotyping errors and uncertainty associated with low or moderate coverage. We first determine the properties of our new method with different simulation scenarii. Then, we use it to estimate inbreeding in the Belgian Blue Beef cattle population with either genotyping arrays (of various densities) or whole genome sequencing data. The estimates will be compared to those obtained with other methods (pedigree, ROH, genomic relationship). Latest results will be presented. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal variation in human brain function
Vandewalle, Gilles ULg

Conference (2016, August 25)

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See detailHow do we understand Smart City? An Evolutionary Perspective
Crutzen, Nathalie ULg; Kummitha, Rama

Conference (2016, August 25)

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See detailNormative data on teachers’ voice use in real-life situations
Schiller, Isabel ULg; Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Alcoulombre, Anaëlle et al

Conference (2016, August 25)

Background As part of their working routine, teachers use their voice for extended periods of time. To compensate for adverse acoustic conditions and background noise, they are also required to speak at ... [more ▼]

Background As part of their working routine, teachers use their voice for extended periods of time. To compensate for adverse acoustic conditions and background noise, they are also required to speak at high intensities. Since teaching is acknowledged to be vocally demanding, several studies have investigated teachers’ vocal load, that is, the stress inflicted on the larynx during vocalization, which is thought to be influenced by duration, intensity and frequency of phonation. A promising method for analyzing teachers’ phonatory behavior in real-life situations is the use of a portable voice dosimeter that objectively documents vocal parameters. Depending on several factors, those parameters may vary within the teaching profession (Masuda et al., 1993; Morrow and Connor, 2011; Remacle, Morsomme, and Finck, 2014). With the aim of quantifying their vocal parameters and identifying the most at-risk teaching conditions, we have established a large database of French-speaking teachers. Based on this database, this study analyzed vocal loading differences with regard to gender, teaching level, and environment (professional versus extra-professional). Methods Seventy-six French-speaking teachers (15 males and 61 females) were monitored during one workweek using the Ambulatory Phonation Monitor voice dosimeter (KayPENTAX). The subjects included 21 kindergarten, 20 primary and 35 secondary school teachers. All male subjects were in the latter group. The vocal parameters analyzed were phonation time, intensity and fundamental frequency (F0). Results The statistical analysis revealed that, irrespective of gender, phonation time, F0 and intensity level were significantly higher in the professional environment than the extra-professional environment (p<.01). Among female subjects, the F0 of kindergarten teachers was significantly higher than that of primary school teachers, which in turn was higher than that of secondary school teachers (p<.01). The phonation time and intensity were also higher in female kindergarten teachers than other female teachers, but this difference did not reach significance. As expected, regarding gender differences, we found that female secondary school teachers spoke with significantly higher F0 than their male colleagues (p<.001). In the extra-professional setting, they also spoke with a significantly higher intensity (p<.05), but no such effect was found in the professional environment. Conclusion Overall, our subjects showed an increase in vocal loading parameters when they were at work compared to their free time. This confirms the results of earlier studies and demonstrates that teaching is an occupation with remarkably high vocal demands. The analysis of mean frequency showed that lower school levels were associated with higher-pitched voice. It can be assumed that kindergarten teachers adapt to the higher F0 of their young pupils and that their effort to maintain the pupils’ attention results in greater frequency variations. References Masuda, T., Ikeda, Y., Manako, H., & Komiyama, S. (1993). Analysis of vocal abuse: Fluctuations in phonation time and intensity in 4 groups of speakers. Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 113(3), 547–552. Morrow, S. L., & Connor, N. P. (2011). Comparison of voice-use profiles between elementary classroom and music teachers. Journal of Voice, 25(3), 367–372. Remacle, A., Morsomme, D., & Finck, C. (2014). Comparison of vocal loading parameters in kindergarten and elementary school teachers. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(2), 406–415. [less ▲]

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See detailSocial Comparison and Gender Differences in Professional Expectations
Dupont, Virginie ULg

Conference (2016, August 24)

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See detailOccurrence rates of invasive plants in limestone quarries (Southern Belgium)
Pitz, Carline ULg; Jorion, Alexis ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg et al

Conference (2016, August 23)

In quarries, invasive plant species can slow down the installation of high conservation value vegetation. Successful management of invasive requires, at first, a quantitative assessment of invasion levels ... [more ▼]

In quarries, invasive plant species can slow down the installation of high conservation value vegetation. Successful management of invasive requires, at first, a quantitative assessment of invasion levels. Although European legislation has adopted an ambitious strategy against invasive species, there is still a lack of knowledge about their occurrence in quarries. The aim of this study was to evaluate occurrence rates of invasive plant species in limestone quarries throughout Wallonia (Southern Belgium) and identify high priority and emerging invasive plants for adapted management. During 2016 vegetation period, forty quarries were selected by stratified sampling, using abandoned and active quarries as strata. Within selected quarries, two-meter wide transects were established to cross all activity sectors. Transects were divided in 10x2m plots, resulting in 2% of total surface of each quarry being surveyed. Cover and number of individuals of invasive plants species were recorded in each plot. Species considered were those of Harmonia list (67 species), the reference at the Wallonia scale. More than 30 000 plots were surveyed. Results of our recent study are presented (occurrences rates by species, mean percentage cover per site). First results indicate that dominant invasive species originate from different introduction paths: (i) planted (Robinia pseudoacacia); (ii) ornamentals (Cotoneaster horizontalis) and (iii) spontaneous colonization (Senecio inaequidens) - and follow various invasion dynamics. We propose research and management methods to be directed towards limitation of top ten frequent species (e.g. Buddleia davidii, Senecio inaequidens), and to establish a detection system for the emerging invasive plants. [less ▲]

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See detailLa santé psycho-sociale des adolescents à l’épreuve de l’immigration : le cas des jeunes d’origine marocaine et turque en Belgique.
Gavray, Claire ULg

Conference (2016, August 23)

Cette communication s’appuie sur les analyses effectuées au départ des données belges de l’enquête ‘International Study on Self-reported Delinquency’. Nous investiguons la question du mal-être ... [more ▼]

Cette communication s’appuie sur les analyses effectuées au départ des données belges de l’enquête ‘International Study on Self-reported Delinquency’. Nous investiguons la question du mal-être psychologique desadolescents autochtones et allochtones (via échelle réduite de dépression des adolescents de Moos) encomparaison et en lien avec leur contexte social, affectif et relationnel. Nous affinons l’analyse en ce qui concerne les jeunes d’origine turque et marocaine vivant en Belgique, sachant que si les deux sous-groupes nationaux partagent de nombreuses expériences dans leurs relations aux différentes sphères sociales, leur groupe d’origine se caractérise aussi par des stratégies économiques et d’insertion qui peuvent différer. Nous discutons le résultat selon lequel, malgré un contexte social et historique plus favorable, les jeunes d’origine belge manifestent une tendance dépressive plus prononcée que les autres et la conclusion selon laquelle ce n’est pas automatiquement et exactement les mêmes facteurs socio-relationnels qui expliquent le niveau de dépression dans chacun des groupes étudiés. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the observer effect significant in vegetation assessment of restored metallicolous grassland?
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg

Conference (2016, August 22)

Projects that prospects habitat restoration require protocols of vegetation assessment to monitor the evolution of the restored ecosystems over time. In most cases, multiple assessors are needed and some ... [more ▼]

Projects that prospects habitat restoration require protocols of vegetation assessment to monitor the evolution of the restored ecosystems over time. In most cases, multiple assessors are needed and some studies have shown that the variability among observer can be significant. In the context of tropical grassland, few studies quantified the impact of the observer on the results, reducing the capacity to replicate conclusions, and, therefore to plan restoration strategies at large scale. This study aims to quantify the variation among observers using two phytosociological methods on restored metallicolous grassland and to test whether variation in the assessment could involve the conclusions of the vegetation assessment. Four observers were selected to perform monitoring of quadrats in two distinct habitats identified in four restored ecosystems. All observers sampled seven metrics based on phytosociological methods and two of them also performed a complete vegetation sampling of the quadrat, including species identification and cover in quadrat. For metrics based on cover, variation of measure exists among the observers. For metrics based on counting, no variation is highlighted and the observers are able to distinguish and identify species. These results emphasize that a same method could lead to distinct results according to observer and, in restoration projects, it is crucial to ensure a correct transfer of protocols of vegetation assessment in order to reproduce equally the method. [less ▲]

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Habib, Giuseppe ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

Conference (2016, August 22)

In this work we demonstrate that the addition of properly-tuned nonlinearities to a nonlinear system can increase the range over which a specific resonance responds linearly. Specifically, we seek to ... [more ▼]

In this work we demonstrate that the addition of properly-tuned nonlinearities to a nonlinear system can increase the range over which a specific resonance responds linearly. Specifically, we seek to enforce two important properties of linear systems, namely the force-displacement proportionality and the invariance of resonance frequencies. Theoretical findings are validated through numerical simulations and experiments. [less ▲]

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See detail) Inviolate areas to protect reference sites for future microbiology research in Antarctica
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Willems, Anne; Verleyen, Elie et al

Conference (2016, August 22)

Antarctica is a continent dominated by microbes. A surprisingly large biodiversity of well-adapted microorganisms live permanently in a variety of habitats, ranging from ice-free to permanently frozen ... [more ▼]

Antarctica is a continent dominated by microbes. A surprisingly large biodiversity of well-adapted microorganisms live permanently in a variety of habitats, ranging from ice-free to permanently frozen areas. Recent studies revealed that some microbial groups exhibit biogeographic patterns, include endemic taxa and have survived in refugia since the formation of the continental ice sheet. Microbial habitats are under constant pressure due to anthropogenic activities which may introduce non-indigenous microorganisms, via bodies, clothing, cargo and food. New ‘entry points‘ for microbial contamination are a consequence of the increase and diversification of tourism and research stations. Climatic changes might furthermore increase the probability of the successful establishment of populations of non-native taxa. The impacts of such introductions are still unknown, and might lead to a loss of the native microbial biodiversity, or its modification, which in turn might affect ecosystem functioning. The recent technical progress in molecular methodologies have generated very sensitive high-throughput analyses and have the potential to describe microbial communities with unprecedented detail. However, we may be losing the pristine Antarctic areas that would enable scientists to study the native microbial flora, its functions and properties. The Protocol on Environmental Protection of the Antarctic Treaty foresees the designation of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPA) to protect “outstanding environmental, scientific, historic, aesthetic, or wilderness values, any combination of those values, or on-going or planned scientific research” (http://www.ats.aq/e/ep_protected.htm). However, the designation of ASPAs has not followed a systematic planning, and often focused on the conservation of large mammals, birds and/or vegetation and other iconic species. Microorganisms have the handicap of generally being invisible without a microscope and relevant expertise, and require molecular methods for species delineation. Terrestrial habitats are protected in 55 out of the 72 existing ASPAs (in total less than 700 km2). Microalgae are protected in 16 ASPAs, cyanobacteria in 7 and snow microalgae in 3. Only 8 ASPAs mention ‘Microbial habitats’, ‘microbial communities’ or ‘soil and lake microflora’. One tool of the Protocol that could be specifically used to protect microbial habitats is the creation of inviolate areas where a special entry permit is required (inside ASPAs, for example), and quarantine equipment should be worn. These zones could be set aside for future research and after a few decades, they would be unique examples of truly pristine habitats, and representative of the native microbial diversity. Examples of this are ASPA 126, Byers Peninsula, and ASPA 172, Lower Taylor Glacier and Blood Falls. Such an option would require discussions and a consensus among scientists of other disciplines than microbiology to select these regions, and develop careful management protocols of the sites and their vicinity. In addition, gaps in our knowledge should be addressed, like the extent of transportation of microorganisms by natural means (winds, birds...), and the probability of subsequent colonization of new areas by microorganisms coming from other Antarctic regions or from outside Antarctica. Let’s hope that the dialogue between scientists and policy makers will improve the conservation of Antarctic microbial diversity and safeguard the possibility to study these unique communities in the future by the next generation of scientists, with the most advanced techniques of the time. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of microstructures using stress-based topology optimization
Collet, Maxime ULg; Bruggi, Matteo; Noël, Lise ULg et al

Conference (2016, August 22)

This paper aims at designing microstructures using stress-based topology optimization. Most of the developments so far have been made for compliance design in various field of applications as reflected in ... [more ▼]

This paper aims at designing microstructures using stress-based topology optimization. Most of the developments so far have been made for compliance design in various field of applications as reflected in the literature. The emergence of the new additive manufacturing techniques allows to consider porous material, such as lattice structures for instance, which ca be used for the design of structural components subject to various solicitations. Those components must account for the stress level to prevent failure everywhere in the microstructures and by extension the whole structure itself. This work proposes to design such microstructures using topology optimization with limitation on the stress level within the microstructures before printing the result. The homogenization technique is used to determine the equivalent material properties. The issues and perspectives are also discussed. [less ▲]

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