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See detailUse of a bio-based binder in the building sector
Gerbinet, Saïcha ULiege; Briard, Vincent; Pigeolet, Jean-Pierre et al

Poster (2017, May 15)

A binder is a material or a substance that holds materials together, like a glue. In the building sector, binders have several applications: they can be used in producing wood panels such as MDF to paste ... [more ▼]

A binder is a material or a substance that holds materials together, like a glue. In the building sector, binders have several applications: they can be used in producing wood panels such as MDF to paste together the wood particles and give the panels their stabil-ity. They are also used in insulation materials, such as glass wool or stone wool to bind the fibers together. Traditional binders are mostly fossil-based (phenol-formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde, etc.), and previous Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) [1-3] show that these binders, even if they are a minor component on a mass basis, can have a major contribution to the environmental impact of the material, especially in wood panels. In addition, the use of these binders has raised some sanitary questions, especially con-cerning indoor air quality. Therefore alternative binders are being investigated, namely bio-based binders. In this presentation, we focus on the ECOSE binder, developed by Knauf Insulation, a global building insulation manufacturer. It has the particularity of being based on plant starch and it is currently used in glass wool products, while other applications are being developed. We underline that using biomass as raw materials instead of fossil-based ma-terials could have several benefits on the environment, especially fossil resources deple-tion and CO2 emissions, but that this is not necessarily the case for all environmental as-pects, for instance land use, even if only the direct land use is included in this study. The presentation will first underline the differences in term of environmental impact be-tween the traditional binder and ECOSE applied in glass mineral wool. Indeed, a compar-ison on a mass basis is not totally relevant: two binders can have different application conditions; therefore, we can only compare them at the application level. But the main focus of the presentation will be on the hypothesis made in the modeling of the biomass part and their influence on the results. For example, the influence of the use of bio-based raw materials instead of traditional ones will be studied, but also the influence of the dis-tance between farm and factory where the starch is produced. The use of local data will be compared with the use of databases. All these results will highlight the difficulties in studying bio-based products and to compare them with fossil-based ones. The use of LCA and a complete analysis of the results are essential to better understand the chal-lenges related to binder technology modification. ________________________________________ 1. Rivela, B., et al., Life cycle inventory of particleboard: A case study in the wood sector. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 2006. 11(2): p. 106-113. 2. Wilson, J.B., Particleboard: A Life-Cycle Inventory of Manufacturing Panels from Resource through Product, in CORRIM: Phase II Final Report. 2008, Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University. 3. Silva, D.A.L., et al., Environmental performance assessment of the melamine-urea-formaldehy (MUF) resin manufacture: a case study in Brazil. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2015. 96. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of isolated versus combined learning enactments in an online course
Verpoorten, Dominique ULiege; Westera, Wim; Specht, Marcus

in International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning (2017), 9(2), 169-185

In a controlled experiment on the effects of frequent and local digital annotations, 137 volunteers covered an online course under three possible conditions: no/free/question-based digital annotations ... [more ▼]

In a controlled experiment on the effects of frequent and local digital annotations, 137 volunteers covered an online course under three possible conditions: no/free/question-based digital annotations. Results show no difference in performance between groups when annotation behaviour is considered in isolation. However, analyses conducted within treatments provide indications of a positive impact on performance when annotation rates are taken into consideration, and coupled with other enactments tracked in the course. Combined in engagement profiles (Learning DNAs), these enactments suggest that what makes active learning efficient might be an ongoing crisscrossing between a firstorder learning activity (the study of the course) and a series of second order activities, such as making notes. Students who manage to coordinate these activities at a higher rate perform better. This observation opens a line of reasoning about what determines the quality of a mental engagement in a learning task, in terms of balance and rotation of cognitive and metacognitive operations. [less ▲]

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See detailLe manuel de grammaire latine de Dosithée : quelle méthode d'apprentissge ?
Rochette, Bruno ULiege

Conference (2017, May 15)

Contrairement aux autres manuels de grammaire latine destinés aux hellénophones, comme ceux de Charisius, Diomède et Priscien qui travaillent dans la pars Orientis pour des hellénophones, l’Ars grammatica ... [more ▼]

Contrairement aux autres manuels de grammaire latine destinés aux hellénophones, comme ceux de Charisius, Diomède et Priscien qui travaillent dans la pars Orientis pour des hellénophones, l’Ars grammatica de Dosithée est accompagnée d’une traduction grecque. La présence de cette traduction, qui ne concerne toutefois pas toute la grammaire, mais seulement environ la moitié du texte, singularise ce manuel dans la tradition des artes, même si nous ne pouvons exclure que d’autres traités grammaticaux du même type n’aient pas été accompagnés d’une traduction grecque que nous n’aurions pas conservée. Quoi qu’il en soit, le statut de cette traduction est assez difficile à établir. Essentiellement deux questions se posent à son sujet : quel est son auteur, est-ce Dosithée lui-même ou un utilisateur plus tardif (éventuellement dans le monde occidental), et à quoi sert-elle ? Il apparaît clairement que le grec doit aider à la compréhension du latin, non le remplacer. La traduction grecque n’a donc pas une vocation à l’autonomie. Elle n’a de sens qu’en relation avec le latin. La traduction semble se réduire au fur et à mesure que l’on avance dans la grammaire. Il semble que Dosithée attende de l’utilisateur de la grammaire qu’il ait de moins en moins besoin d’aide à mesure qu’il progresse dans l’apprentissage. J’analyse la nature du grec de Dosithée en vue de mieux comprendre la méthode d’apprentissage mise en œuvre dans ce manuel. Bibliographie Bonnet G., Dosithée. Grammaire latine, Paris, CUF, 2005. --, La version grecque de l’Ars de Dosithée, dans L. Basset-Fr. Biville-B. Colombat-P. Swiggers-A. Wouters (éds), Bilinguisme et terminologie grammaticale gréco-latine, Leuven-Paris-Dudley, 2007, p. 191-199. Dickey E., The Authorship of the Greek Version of Dositheus’ Grammar and What it Tells Us about the Grammar’s Original Use, dans R. Ferri-A. Zago (eds), The Latin of the Grammarians. Reflections about Language in the Roman World, Turnhout, 2016, p. 205-235. --, Learning Latin. The Ancient Way. Latin Textbooks from the Ancient World, Cambridge, 2016. Lenoble M. – Swiggers P. – Wouters P., L’enseignement grammatical entre grec et latin : le manuel de Dosithée, P. Desmet-L. Jooken-P. Schmitter-P. Swiggers (eds), The History of Linguistic and Grammatical Praxis. Proceedings of the XIth International Colloquium of the Studienkreis « Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft » (Leuven, 2nd – 4th July, 1998), Leuven-Paris-Sterling, 2000, p. 3-22. Reichamnn V., Römische Literatur in griechischer Übersetzung, Leipzig, 1943. J. Tolkiehn J., Dosithei Ars Grammatica, Leipzig, 1913. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude descriptive et relationnelle des facteurs de risque d’infécondité et d’infertilité des vaches laitières au sud Viet Nam
Nguyen, Kien Cuong ULiege

Doctoral thesis (2017)

Increasing milk production is a key issue for Vietnam. Improving milk production involves controlling direct or indirect factors responsible for this. These factors are genetics, feed, environment, and ... [more ▼]

Increasing milk production is a key issue for Vietnam. Improving milk production involves controlling direct or indirect factors responsible for this. These factors are genetics, feed, environment, and reproductive performance. The identification and control of individual or collective factors responsible for reproductive performance is therefore an important step in improving milk production. The general objective of our study is to describe the milk and reproductive performances of dairy smallholding in Vietnam and to analyze the effects of risk factors on reproductive performance. The specific objectives are:(1) to describe the physiological and pathological characteristics of genital tract of culled dairy cows in dairy smallholding; (2) to specify the fecundity and fertility of heifers and dairy cows of small dairy farms; (3) to identify the postpartum (PP) reproductive disorders of cows in dairy smallholders (4) to analyze the effects of individual and environmental risk factors on the reproductive performance of heifers and cows; and (5) to analyze the risk factors for the postpartum (PP) reproductive disorders of cows. The first work of our study was conducted from February to August 2012 on 507 culled crossbred Holstein Friesian (HF) x Lai Sind (LS) dairy cows at two slaughterhouses in HCMC. Age and body condition score (BCS) of cows were determined prior to slaughter. A visual examination of vulva region was also performed to identify the presence of eventual discharges. Then, vaginoscopic examination was performed to determine the presence of discharges and pneumovagina or even urovagina. After slaughter, the uterus was incised to examine the contents. Oviducts were observed to identify abnormalities. The ovaries were collected to evaluate eventual structures (number and diameter of follicles, corpus luteum - CL and cysts) using an ultrasound (KX5200, 6.5 MHz linear probe). The results of this study revealed some important pathological characteristics of examined cows. Nearly half (44.4%) of examined cows had a BCS lower than 2.5. The prevalence of pneumovagina and urovagina was 33.1% and 14.7%, respectively; age and BCS have had a significant effect on the prevalence of these pathologies. The frequencies of vaginal discharges and abnormal uterine contents were 12.1% and 5.4%, respectively. 226 out of 507 examined cows (44.6%) were in anœstrus. The frequencies of functional pathological anœstrus, cystic, pyometral and gestation were 37.3%, 2.0%, 0.4% and 4.9%, respectively. Type 0 and I anœstrus have been more often observed in cows with low BCS and in cows aged less than 6 years. The results of the first work reinforced us in the need to set up specific monitoring of small dairy farms at HCMC. The total of 232 heifers and 244 cows (261 lactations) of 35 small farms in Cu Chi district, HCMC were observed during the years 2013 and 2014. The animals are kept permanently indoors. Their diet consists of fodder (Pennisetum purpureum or natural grass and rice straw), concentrates and by-products (spent grain and cassava waste). Each farm was monitored monthly for reproduction of heifers and cows by transrectal palpation, ultrasound (KX5200, 6.5 MHz linear probe) and vaginoscopy. Reproductive data (dates and type of calving, calf sex, complications, results of clinical examinations, date of heat, date of insemination), milk production (daily average milk yield per cow), BCS and weight of heifers were updated at each visit. The reproductive performance was assessed by fecundity and fertility parameters. The fecundity of heifers and cows was calculated by (1) birth to conception interval (heifers) (or age at conception – AC) or calving to conception interval (cows) (or days open - DO), (2) birth to first service (heifers) (or age at first service – AFS) or calving to first service (cows) (or waiting period - WP) and (3) days between first and last service (DFLS). The fertility of heifers and cows was determined by (1) number of services per conception (NSC), (2) conception rate at first service (CRFS) and (3) overall conception rate (CR). The prevalence of PP disorders (dystocia, retained placenta or RP, clinical endometritis, urovagina, cysts and anœstrus) was also determined. The monthly temperature and humidity index (THI) for the years 2013 - 2014 has been calculated. The body weight and average daily gain of heifer at 6, 12 and 16 months of age were 159, 280 and 351 kg and 690, 646 and 705 g/day respectively. The average daily milk yield per cow was 11.6 (± 0.5) kg. The average duration of lactation was 368 (± 100) days. The overall mean of AFS, DFLS and AC of heifers was 479 (± 80), 38 (± 80) and 517 (± 114) days, respectively. The NSC, CR and CRFS was 1.8 (± 1.4), 55% and 58%, respectively. A significant decrease in AFS and AC according to the year of birth and a significant increase in AFS with a heavier weight (> 320 kg) at first AI were observed. CRFS of heifers inseminated in 2013 was higher than that of heifers inseminated in 2014 (64% vs 50%, P <0.05). The monthly CR in heifers was negatively correlated with the monthly THI during observed period (P = 0.003). The overall mean of WP, DFLS, DO of cows was 109 (±52), 133 (±114) and 242 (±129), respectively. The mean for NSC, CR and CRFS was 4.3 (±2.7), 23 % and 14 %. A significant decrease in WP, DFLS, DO and NSC with an increase according to the year of calving was observed in this study. Calving occurring during rainy season was accompanied by a significant increase in WP. The presence of PP disorders was accompanied by an increase in WP (108 vs 98 days), DO (249 vs 216 days) and NSC (4.7 vs 3.9). A decrease in BCS between calving and day 60th (C60) and between day 60th and 120th PP resulted in a significant increase in WP and DO. The decrease in BCS between C60 also leaded to a significant reduction in CRFS (8 vs 18%, P <0.05). The year and season of insemination, and the BCS at insemination had a significant effect on the NSC and CR of cows. There was a negative correlation between monthly CR in cows and THI (r = -0645, P = 0.02). A total of 353 calvings and PP periods of 302 cows were observed. The prevalence of dystocia, RP, clinical endometritis, urovagin, PP anestrus and ovarian cysts was 24.4%, 16.4%, 19.2%, 5.6%, 49.9% and 6.3%, respectively. The primiparous cows had 1.7 times more risk of dystocia than the multiparous cows (29.9% vs 20.4%, P <0.05). Cows that calved in 2014 or in rainy season had 6 or 2.1 times more than risk of dystocia than cows that calved in 2013 (P <0.001) or in dry season (P <0.01), respectively. The frequency of RP was higher in 2014 than in 2013 (21.8% vs. 11.7%, P <0.01). Cows that calved in 2014 or in rainy season showed more frequently clinical endometritis than cows that calved in 2013 (OR = 3.03, P = 0.001) or in dry season (OR = 3.78, P <0.001). Dystocia (OR = 2.8; P = 0.003) and RP (OR = 4.7, P = 0.001) were the major risk factors of clinical endometritis. The difficult calving, clinical endometritis and insufficient BCS at calving (< 3) or day 30th in PP were accompanied by an increase in risk of type I anestrus. In conclusion, the reproductive performance was satisfactory for heifers, but poor for cows. The infertility and PP anestrus are the major factors responsible for this situation. Heat stress and under-nutrition are the major causes of infertility and PP anestrus. Moreover, the frequency of reproductive disorders (dystocia, RP, clinical endometritis and PP anestrus) is also important in this study. Dystocia and RP are the risk factors for clinical endometritis and this disorder also had a negative effect on fertility and resumption of ovarian activity in cows. [less ▲]

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See detailTopological invariants, diametral dimension, and one related question
Demeulenaere, Loïc ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, May 15)

Diametral dimension is a topological invariant for topological vector spaces which appears to be useful to characterize some classical classes of locally convex spaces (Schwartz, nuclear spaces). In this ... [more ▼]

Diametral dimension is a topological invariant for topological vector spaces which appears to be useful to characterize some classical classes of locally convex spaces (Schwartz, nuclear spaces). In this talk, we first introduce the notion of Kolmogorov's diameters to define the diametral dimension of a topological vector space. We also consider some simple properties of these concepts. Then, we focus on an open question concerning the equality of the diametral dimension with one of its variants. [less ▲]

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See detailPreferred Orientation Contribution to the Anisotropic Normal State Resistivity in Superconducting Melt-Cast Processed Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+δ
Dellicour, Aline ULiege; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege; Rikel, M O et al

in Materials (2017), 10

We describe how the contribution of crystallographic texture to the anisotropy of the resistivity of polycrystalline samples can be estimated by averaging over crystallographic orientations through a ... [more ▼]

We describe how the contribution of crystallographic texture to the anisotropy of the resistivity of polycrystalline samples can be estimated by averaging over crystallographic orientations through a geometric mean approach. The calculation takes into account the orientation distribution refined from neutron diffraction data and literature values for the single crystal resistivity tensor. The example discussed here is a melt-cast processed Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+ (Bi-2212) polycrystalline tube in which the main texture component is a <010> fiber texture with relatively low texture strength. Experimentally-measured resistivities along the longitudinal, radial, and tangential directions of the Bi-2212 tube were compared to calculated values and found to be of the same order of magnitude. Calculations for this example and additional simulations for various texture strengths and single crystal resistivity anisotropies confirm that in the case of highly anisotropic phases such as Bi-2212, even low texture strengths have a significant effect on the anisotropy of the resistivity in polycrystalline samples. [less ▲]

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See detailStraightforward prediction of the Ni1−xO layers stoichiometry by using optical and electrochemical measurements
Manceriu, Laura ULiege; Colson, Pierre ULiege; Maho, Anthony ULiege et al

in Journal of Physics : D Applied Physics (2017), 50

In this study, we propose a straightforward method for x determination in sub-stoichiometric nickel oxide (Ni1−xO) films prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis on fluor-tin oxide (FTO) substrates by ... [more ▼]

In this study, we propose a straightforward method for x determination in sub-stoichiometric nickel oxide (Ni1−xO) films prepared by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis on fluor-tin oxide (FTO) substrates by varying the post-deposition thermal treatment. The Ni3+ concentration, the flat band potential (Φfb) and the open circuit potential (Voc) were determined by electrochemical impedance analysis in aqueous media and correlated to the transmission of Ni1−xO films. An x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study was also performed to quantify the amount of Ni3+ in the films and compare it with the one determined by electrochemical analysis. The electrochromic behavior of the Ni1−xO films in non-aqueous electrolyte was investigated as well. With increasing Ni3+ concentration the films became more brownish and more conductive, both Voc and Φfb values increased. Calibration curves of transmission at 550 nm or open circuit potential versus carrier concentration were plotted and allowed the prediction of x in an unknown Ni1−xO sample. The Ni1−xO films characterized by the highest Ni3+ concentration have a darker colored state but lower transmission modulation, due to their reduced specific surface and increased crystallinity. [less ▲]

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See detailEcodesign of a “vapour and air barrier membrane – insulator” system, following a cradle-to-cradle approach – ATISOL C2C
Groslambert, Sylvie ULiege; Léonard, Angélique ULiege; Getlicherman, Michel et al

Poster (2017, May 15)

Buildings account for 40% of the total energy consumption of the European Union. This sector is growing, as its energy demands. The construction sector is also one of the most important contributors of ... [more ▼]

Buildings account for 40% of the total energy consumption of the European Union. This sector is growing, as its energy demands. The construction sector is also one of the most important contributors of waste generated at the EU level (up to one third). The European directive on the energy efficiency of buildings requires the members to put on the market solutions for insulation of buildings that are simple, effective and last-ing, but also respectful of the environment and of the users. A low energy consumption house requires to be thermally insulated and to have an ef-fective ventilation. To reduce energy losses and to guarantee the durability of the thermal insulation, it is necessary to have a vapor and air barrier on the warm side of the building, situated between the thermal insulation and the inside. Hence the passage of moisture in the building is reduced, preventing condensation problems in the insulating material. Cur-rently, the implementation of an insulation system combined with a vapor barrier presents three major problems: an important time for placing, a random durability in time (durabil-ity of tapes of junction, adherence to the existing walls, punching resistance), and finally a low disassembly and re-use level. As part of the improvement of energy performance of buildings, the ATISOLC2C pro-ject aims to develop a complete solution (insulation + vapor barrier + coating), with the lowest environmental impact on its whole life cycle. The solution combines a renewable vapor/air barrier combined with ecological insulation. The solution can be used both in new construction in timber or during renovation. The constructive system will be validated in both existing building and new construction. Compared to the state of the art, the solution that is developed is unique and innova-tive by its simplicity in terms of materials by integration of a vegetal self-adhesive binder to the spunbond reinforcement of the membrane, itself obtained from renewable re-sources. The material is appropriate for application on the different wall coverings exist-ing in a building. Due to the self-adhesive characteristics, the implementation is made easier in both common surfaces (walls, roofs and ceilings) and to the level of detail such as corners and junctions. In addition, the application of a natural top coating on the membrane completes the offer. The constructive system can be dismantled at the end-of-life of the building and the various elements are recovered and valued in a cradle-to-cradle perspective. At the level of the consortium, the development and commercialization of the ATISOL solution is achieved through the close partnership between Derbigum and Sioen Felt & Filtration, and with the scientific and technical support of the University of Liège, Cen-texbel and the Belgian Building Research Institute. A life cycle assessment supports the whole project to quantify the environmental impacts of both raw materials and processes (manufacturing, installation and dismantling). The aim is to ensure that the selected solu-tion is the most sustainable and that it is environmentally better than existing products on the market. This project is supported by the GreenWin Competition Clusters and subsidized by the Walloon Region (BE). [less ▲]

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See detailLes bovins : en faut-il encore dans nos prairies et nos assiettes ?
Beckers, Yves ULiege

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See detailLa maladie du Renard Wallon!
DETRY, Olivier ULiege

Conference (2017, May 13)

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See detailA New Perspective on Mary of Hungary’s Labours of Hercules Tapestries (Patrimonio Nacional, series 23)
Laruelle, Anne-Sophie ULiege

Conference (2017, May 13)

This lecture aims to shed new light on the twelve-piece set purchased in 1535 by the governess of the Netherlands, Mary of Hungary, from the Dermoyen workshop in Brussels. It focuses on four main themes ... [more ▼]

This lecture aims to shed new light on the twelve-piece set purchased in 1535 by the governess of the Netherlands, Mary of Hungary, from the Dermoyen workshop in Brussels. It focuses on four main themes: the existing pieces and their iconography, the manufacture that woven them, the artists who provided the models to the weavers and finally the patron who chose the subject and gave these tapestries a precise function in her interior. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk Assessment of Florists Exposed to Pesticide Residues through Handling of Flowers and Preparing Bouquets
Toumi, Khaoula ULiege; Laure, Joly; Vleminckx, Christiane et al

in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2017), 14(5)

Abstract: Flowers are frequently treated with pesticides and, as a result, florists handling daily a large number of flowers can be exposed to pesticide residues. A study was conducted among twenty ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Flowers are frequently treated with pesticides and, as a result, florists handling daily a large number of flowers can be exposed to pesticide residues. A study was conducted among twenty volunteer florists located in Namur Province and in the Brussels Capital Region of Belgium in order to assess their potential dermal exposure to dislodgeable pesticide residues transferred from flowers to hands. Two pairs of cotton gloves were worn during two consecutive half days while handling flowers and preparing bouquets (from min 2 h to max 3 h/day). The residual pesticide deposits on the glove samples were extracted with a multi-residue Quick Easy Cheap Effective Rugged Safe (QuEChERS) method and analyzed by a combination of gas and liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS) by an accredited laboratory. A total of 111 active substances (mainly insecticides and fungicides) were detected, with an average of 37 active substances per sample and a total concentration per glove sample of 22.22 mg/kg. Several predictive levels of contamination were considered to assess the risk. The potential dermal exposures (PDE) of florists were estimated at the average, for different percentiles, and at the maximum concentration of residues in samples. At the PDE P90 and at the PDEMAX (or worst case) values, three and five active substances respectively exceed the Acceptable Operator Exposure Level (AOEL), indicating risk situations. For the systemic exposure (SE), one active substance (clofentezine) exceeds the AOEL at the P90 predictive level. In the worst case, SEMAX (at the maximum concentrations), four active substances (clofentezine, famoxadone, methiocarb, and pyridaben) exceed their respective AOEL values. Among the 14 most frequently detected active substances, two have SEMAX values exceeding the AOEL. Exposure could be particularly critical for clofentezine with an SEMAX value four times higher than the AOEL (393%). The exposure of florists appeared to be an example of a unique professional situation in which workers are exposed regularly to both a very high number of toxic chemicals and rather high concentration levels. Therefore the priority should be to raise the level of awareness among the florists who must change their habits and practices if they want to minimize their exposure. [less ▲]

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See detailLes statines, cas d'école de surprescrption ?
Henrard, Gilles ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, May 13)

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See detailHow to count leaves in the trees from Tetris?
Vandomme, Elise ULiege

Conference (2017, May 13)

In the world derived from the game Tetris, what is a tree? How many leaves can such a tree can have? What happens if instead, we consider the world derived from the game Minecraft? Can we generalise this ... [more ▼]

In the world derived from the game Tetris, what is a tree? How many leaves can such a tree can have? What happens if instead, we consider the world derived from the game Minecraft? Can we generalise this problem in other worlds? Does there exist an efficient algorithm to determine the maximal number of leaves a tree can have? These are the questions we will answer in this talk, using the point of view of graph theory. To determine the complexity of the problem, we will use some dynamical programming. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian speleothem records Holocene cold events?
Allan, Mohammed ULiege; Deliège, Adrien ULiege; Nicolay, Samuel ULiege et al

Poster (2017, May 12)

Speleothem is now regarded as valuable archive of climatic conditions on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy recorders such as lake sediments and ... [more ▼]

Speleothem is now regarded as valuable archive of climatic conditions on the continents, offering a number of advantages relative to other continental climate proxy recorders such as lake sediments and peat cores. High spatial resolution measurements of Mg, Al, Sr, Ba were realized by using laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry in the Belgian Pere Noel cave. A stalagmite from the Pere Noel (PN) cave representing 12000 years dated by U/Th method. Trace element variations in speleothem are a reflection of hydrochemical conditions. These changes were interpreted as indications of changes in climate in the Han-sur-Lesse region. The similar patterns found in δ 18O, δ 13C and chemical composition along the Pere Noel stalagmite suggests that trace elements in speleothems have the potential to provide high resolution insights into palaeoclimatic variability during the Holocene. A deeper analysis reveals several periods of significant rapid climate change during the Holocene (at 10.7-9.2 ka, 8.2-7.9 ka, 7.2-6.2 ka, 4.8-4.5 ka, and 3-2.4 ka BP), which are similar to the cold events detected from different natural paleoclimate archivers. A comparison between the geochemical analysis of Père Noël speleothem and solar activity (sunspot number) reveals a significant correlation. Spectral analysis methods reveal common solar periodicities (Gleissberg cycle, de Vries cycle, unnamed 500 year, Eddy cycles, and Hallstatt cycle). The geochemical analyses have the potential to prove that PN speleothem is sensitive to changes in solar activity on centennial and millennial timescales during the Holocene. [less ▲]

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See detailControverse : Prétraitement par analogues de la somatostatine avant chirurgie de l'acromégalie
Beckers, Albert ULiege

Scientific conference (2017, May 12)

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See detailRecovering unlawful advantages in the context of EU State aid tax ruling investigations
Van Cleynenbreugel, Pieter ULiege

in Market and Competition Law Review (2017), 1(1), 15-48

The European Commission has recently begun to focus increasingly on the compatibility of Member States’ tax ruling procedures with EU State aid law. In that respect, it has ordered the recovery of ... [more ▼]

The European Commission has recently begun to focus increasingly on the compatibility of Member States’ tax ruling procedures with EU State aid law. In that respect, it has ordered the recovery of unlawfully granted advantages through those procedures. This article examines to what extent the application of EU law principles of legitimate expectations and legal certainty are to take stock in State aid recovery proceedings of this particular legal certainty-enhancing and legitimate expectationscreating tax ruling context. It additionally questions whether recovery in this particular context should be tailored to the specific national ruling framework having resulted in the advantage granted in violation of Article 107 TFEU [less ▲]

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See detailIntrasite spatial analysis based in a Geographic Information System and apply to extensive Middle Palaeolithic open-air sites in northern France. Examples of Caours and Beauvais (France).
Moreau, Gwénaëlle ULiege; Locht, Jean-Luc; Patou-Mathis, Marylène et al

Conference (2017, May 12)

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

During middle Palaeolithic, northern France was occupied only by Neanderthals groups. However, the succession of glacial and interglacial periods explain a complex and discontinuous settlement, which involved complication in the study of the population dynamics at regional scale. Thereby, some aspects of Neanderthals behaviour are still obscure: in many cases, the sites function have to be precise. The intrasite spatial analysis will help us to answer those questions through the description of human activity areas and their interactions. However, for Middle Palaeolithic sites, we can’t see systematically on the field the spatial organisation directly, we sometimes need modelization. Therefore, we started to build a spatial analysis protocol based on a Geographic Information System and rely on sites of Caours and Beauvais (France). They are two open air sites that are exceptionally well preserved and displaying a large amount of faunal and lithic rests. Our protocol’s aim is showing the existence of a spatial organisation in form of artefacts concentration area. We first hypothesize with mesh analysis – or density, widely used in archaeology. Nevertheless, this method is limited by subjective choices like that of the mesh analysis. For that reason, we decided to use another methodology based on artefacts density but also on the distance between each other: The Kernel Density Estimation. Then, we will specified the function of this areas in a life space and their interactions through the spatial distribution of different lithic artefacts and faunal remains. [less ▲]

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See detailTime perspective and emotional future-oriented thoughts
Barsics, Catherine ULiege

Conference (2017, May 12)

Time perspective —the tendency to focus on the past, present, and/or future— has a pervasive influence on many aspects of human cognition and behaviour, such as decision making, planning, motivation, self ... [more ▼]

Time perspective —the tendency to focus on the past, present, and/or future— has a pervasive influence on many aspects of human cognition and behaviour, such as decision making, planning, motivation, self-regulation, and sense of identity. Over the last decade, important progress has been made in understanding the representations and processes that support our ability to mentally explore possible futures. More particularly, many thoughts and mental images that people form about their personal future refer to emotionally significant events. Such emotional future-oriented thoughts (EmoFTs) were studied in natural settings and under laboratory conditions. The results showed that EmoFTs are frequent, occur in various contexts, and are perceived to fulfill important functions, mostly related to goal pursuit and emotion regulation. The phenomenological characteristics of EmoFTs (e.g., representational format) vary according to valence. When distinguishing between anticipatory and anticipated emotions (i.e., emotions experienced in the present versus emotions expected to occur in the future), a positivity bias in the frequency of EmoFTs is found to be restricted to anticipated emotions. These findings shed further light on the properties of future oriented-thoughts, and emphasize the importance of their affective components. [less ▲]

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