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See detailAdapting Nitrogen management to the increasing climatic uncertainty
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Bodson, Bernard ULg et al

in Shirmohammadi, Adel; Bosch, David; Muñoz-Carpena, Rafa (Eds.) Proceedings of the 1st ASABE Climate Change Symposium - Adaptation and Mitigation (2015, May)

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See detailLinear and propeller-like fluoro-isoindigo based donor–acceptor small molecules for organic solar cells
Ouhib, Farid ULg; Tomassetti, Mirco ULg; Dierckx, Wauter et al

in Organic Electronics (2015), 20

Two donor–acceptor type fluoro-isoindigo based small molecule semiconductors are syn- thesized and their optical, electrochemical, thermal, and charge transport properties are investigated. The two ... [more ▼]

Two donor–acceptor type fluoro-isoindigo based small molecule semiconductors are syn- thesized and their optical, electrochemical, thermal, and charge transport properties are investigated. The two molecular chromophores differ by their architecture, linear (M1) vs propeller-like (M2). Both molecules present a broad absorption in the visible range and a low optical HOMO–LUMO gap (?1.6 eV). AFM images of solution-processed thin films show that the trigonal molecule M2 forms highly oriented fibrils after a few seconds of solvent vapor annealing. The materials are evaluated as electron donor components in bulk heterojunction organic solar cells using PC61BM as the electron acceptor. The devices based on the propeller-like molecule M2 exhibit a high open-circuit voltage (around 1.0 V) and a power conversion efficiency of 2.23%. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of within-season yield prediction algorithms based on crop model behaviour analysis
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Leemans, Vincent ULg et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2015), 204

The development of methodologies for predicting crop yield, in real-time and in response to different agro-climatic conditions, could help to improve the farm management decision process by providing an ... [more ▼]

The development of methodologies for predicting crop yield, in real-time and in response to different agro-climatic conditions, could help to improve the farm management decision process by providing an analysis of expected yields in relation to the costs of investment in particular practices. Based on the use of crop models, this paper compares the ability of two methodologies to predict wheat yield (Triticum aestivum L.), one based on stochastically generated climatic data and the other on mean climate data. It was shown that the numerical experimental yield distribution could be considered as a log-normal distribution. This function is representative of the overall model behaviour. The lack of statistical differences between the numerical realisations and the logistic curve showed in turn that the Generalised Central Limit Theorem (GCLT) was applicable to our case study. In addition, the predictions obtained using both climatic inputs were found to be similar at the inter and intra-annual time-steps, with the root mean square and normalised deviation values below an acceptable level of 10% in 90% of the climatic situations. The predictive observed lead-times were also similar for both approaches. Given (i) the mathematical formulation of crop models, (ii) the applicability of the CLT and GLTC to the climatic inputs and model outputs, respectively, and (iii) the equivalence of the predictive abilities, it could be concluded that the two methodologies were equally valid in terms of yield prediction. These observations indicated that the Convergence in Law Theorem was applicable in this case study. For purely predictive purposes, the findings favoured an algorithm based on a mean climate approach, which needed far less time (by 300-fold) to run and converge on same predictive lead time than the stochastic approach. [less ▲]

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See detailRocking behaviour of simple unreinforced load-bearing masonry walls including soundproofing rubber layers
Mordant, Christophe ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg; Degée, Hervé

in Proceedings of 5th ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (2015, May)

This paper compares experimental measurements with predictions of different rocking models. These comparisons are carried out on the base of recent experimental results obtained by shake-table tests of ... [more ▼]

This paper compares experimental measurements with predictions of different rocking models. These comparisons are carried out on the base of recent experimental results obtained by shake-table tests of four simple unreinforced load-bearing clay masonry walls that have exhibited a significant rocking behaviour for the highest acceleration inputs. In a first stage, the simple model proposed by Housner is used after slight modifications needed to properly consider the actual mass distribution. Two parameters are identified as governing the model response, namely the criterion defining the initiation of motion and the restitution coefficient. Then, a two stacked blocks model is developed and solved by an event-driven strategy. This two-block model is intended to allow a better description of the behaviour of tested specimens through a more precise modelling of the additional mass. Finally, the pres-ence of rubber layers positioned at the top and bottom of two of the tested walls with the pur-pose of improving their acoustic behaviour required the development of an updated rocking model with viscous and flexible interfaces at the base of the wall and between the two stacked blocks. The properties of these interfaces are deduced from experimental data and their sig-nificant influence on the response is evidenced. [less ▲]

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See detailCeci n’est pas un conseil !
Choffray, Jean-Marie ULg

E-print/Working paper (2015)

La « Grande Récession de 2008 » a un mérite. Un seul ! Elle a rendu public le fait que personne ne savait exactement ce qui s’était passé, ni ce qui se passait. Pourquoi une telle crise de confiance avait ... [more ▼]

La « Grande Récession de 2008 » a un mérite. Un seul ! Elle a rendu public le fait que personne ne savait exactement ce qui s’était passé, ni ce qui se passait. Pourquoi une telle crise de confiance avait-elle vu le jour ? Quelles en seraient les conséquences ? Toutes et tous se sont trompés, y compris les meilleurs. Même celles et ceux qui étaient convaincus d’avoir raison ! Plus que jamais, l’incertitude, la saine et souveraine incertitude, garantit la liberté de l’investisseur... et du professeur ! [less ▲]

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See detailBiscuits et thé à la menthe aux fêtes interculturelles. Entre essentialisation et participation des femmes marocaines en Italie.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

Conference (2015, May)

Cette communication est issue d’une recherche ethnographique autour des pratiques culinaires d’un groupe de femmes marocaines résidentes dans une ville de la province de Milan, en Italie. Le matériel ... [more ▼]

Cette communication est issue d’une recherche ethnographique autour des pratiques culinaires d’un groupe de femmes marocaines résidentes dans une ville de la province de Milan, en Italie. Le matériel collecté au sein des entretiens et des observations a permis d’étudier d’un côté la définition des sujets au travers des pratiques alimentaires, d’un autre côté leur modalité de prendre part à la vie sociale locale. Grâce aux activités de la vie quotidienne, une appartenance culturelle et religieuse peut être affirmée, en permettant ainsi la revendication du « droit à la diversité ». La performance publique des pratiques culinaires permet aux femmes considérées d’exercer une agency à l’intérieur des espaces institutionnellement concédés à l’expression des migrants. Lors des fêtes interculturelles, les rituels d’une sorte de « cannibalisme exogène » se mettent en place : la population majoritaire, en goûtant les plats des Autres, incorpore la diversité afin de la contrôler. Néanmoins, les femmes migrantes en charge des préparations choisissent activement quels ingrédients (du soi et des plats) faire consommer, en présentant ainsi certains aspects qui vont au-delà de la culture alimentaire. Le partage de nourriture leur permet d’assumer un rôle actif dans la communauté locale, tout en affirmant leurs propres spécificités. Les femmes considérées acquièrent une position politiquement importante au sein de la société et sont ainsi légitimées à participer aux débats et décisions autour de certains questions clefs de la pratique de la diversité. [less ▲]

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See detailLa robinsonnade d’anticipation. Sur une forme composite et ses péripéties
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Nineteenth Century French Studies (2015), vol. 43(n°3-4), 250-266

In nineteenth-century French literature, adventure novels and futuristic fictions share various narrative and thematic features which generate an extensive set of “science fiction adventure” novels that ... [more ▼]

In nineteenth-century French literature, adventure novels and futuristic fictions share various narrative and thematic features which generate an extensive set of “science fiction adventure” novels that have not attracted much critical attention to date. However, such hybrid narratives lead us to reconsider a certain kind of futuristic fiction as it is defined as much by a geographical shift as by time travel. The particular and prolific case of the robinsonnade, regarded as a pivotal subgenre of adventure, facilitates highlighting such generic interferences. This paper examines four novels related either to utopian travel literature or to Jules Verne’s literary and editorial paradigm of the “voyages extraordinaires” in order to shed light on the dynamics framing the earliest forms of science fiction built on the topic of remote, flying, or spatial island. (In French) [less ▲]

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See detailLes réseaux scientifiques du Roi en Belgique
Pirot, Pascal ULg

Conference (2015, April 30)

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See detailRepresenting a Minority Group in Multinational Federal Systems: Career Patterns in Catalonia, Scotland and Wallonia
Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

Dans nos démocraties représentatives, comprendre « qui » gouverne et plus précisément « comment » et « pourquoi » certains accèdent aux positions de pouvoir a toujours été un enjeu démocratique majeur ... [more ▼]

Dans nos démocraties représentatives, comprendre « qui » gouverne et plus précisément « comment » et « pourquoi » certains accèdent aux positions de pouvoir a toujours été un enjeu démocratique majeur. Avec les processus de régionalisation et de fédéralisation observés à travers le monde, cette question s’est complexifiée en raison de la multiplication des lieux de décision politique. Dans de nombreux pays, les représentants politiques évoluent désormais dans des systèmes multi-niveaux. L’une des conséquences directes de ces réformes institutionnelles est la transformation des carrières parlementaires, particulièrement dans les régions minoritaires des états plurinationaux comme la Belgique, l’Espagne et le Royaume-Uni. L’objectif de cette recherche doctorale est double. D’une part, elle cherche à définir l’orientation régionale et/ou nationale qui caractérise la carrière des élus depuis l’instauration des assemblées régionales. D’autre part, elle vise à identifier les facteurs qui expliquent l’émergence de ces différents types de carrières. À cette fin, la thèse développe une étude comparée de la Catalogne, de l’Écosse et de la Wallonie qui combine analyses quantitatives et qualitatives. Une des conclusions majeures de cette recherche est que le niveau de pouvoir régional est devenu une arène politique de plus en plus attractive – voire prédominante pour certains acteurs. Toutefois, contrairement à ce qui fut suggéré par des études antérieures, les parlements nationaux espagnol, britannique et belge continuent d’être des arènes politiques attractives pour les élus catalans, écossais et wallons. [less ▲]

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See detailEffondrement culturel à l'île de Pâques ? Ce qu'en dit l'archéologie.
Flas, Damien ULg; Cauwe, Nicolas ULg

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See detailCompétitivité, valorisation des ressources et objectifs de sécurité alimentaire pour la filière sucrière au Maroc
Redani, Latifa ULg

Doctoral thesis (2015)

The general objective of this work is to examine the coherence between food security policies and economic efficiency and valuation of resources policies for the sugar sub-sector in Morocco. A food ... [more ▼]

The general objective of this work is to examine the coherence between food security policies and economic efficiency and valuation of resources policies for the sugar sub-sector in Morocco. A food security policy implies state intervention and thus leads implicitly to market distortions, while a resource valuation policy would imply a free market. To address this issue, I will firstly adopt an approach that involves a sugar market analysis (measuring determinants of demand and changes in international prices against their impact on food security). Then, an economic analysis which attempts at assessing the competitiveness of the various segments of the sugar sub-sector will be undertaken. Finally, an analysis of the relative valuation of resources (capital, labor and irrigation water) by sugar crops compared to different irrigated crops will be led, in order to determine their private and social returns on. The analysis of demand during the period between 2000 and 2010 shows that the trend of domestic consumption witnessed major increases, which lead to the enhancement of food insecurity for sugar in the future. The analysis of volatility of world sugar prices from 1960 to 2010, through the decomposition method of time series, allows the isolation of an accidental effect, which reflects variability due neither to seasonal effects nor to trend. This accidental effect is mainly marked during three periods: 1973-1975, 1980-1981 and 2009-2010. In terms of food security, these fluctuations in world sugar prices have no impact on household access to sugar, yet they have a significant impact on state budget. Any variation in prices in the international market is absorbed by the compensation system since prices are regulated by this system. The food safety policy conducted during the sixties and seventies have mitigated the country's dependence on imports and thus reduce the impact of world sugar price fluctuations. However, this policy has often been criticized in terms of market efficiency and valuation of resources. The economic analysis of the sugar sub-sector in Morocco shows that the different segments of the value chain don’t enjoy the same level of protection. If the production segment of sugar beet doesn’t receive any protection, the processing segment of raw sugar will remain protected. However, the level of this protection has generally declined during the post structural adjustment period. In terms of competitiveness, while the sugar beet crop becomes competitive, the effective competitiveness of the industrial segment, and given the significant distortions in the world market, is difficult to assess. The analysis of the valuation of resources (capital, labor and water) shows that sugar crops, especially sugar beets, value relatively better capital resources and labor than most horticultural crops. They occupy an important position in terms of employment and value added created per hectare. However, the valuation of irrigation water remains low for sugar beet (excluding the region of Doukkala). But the technology trend shows substantial opportunities for improvement. Food security policy for sugar has been efficient since it helped establish a competitive national production which is generally able to value resources better. The distortions introduced by state intervention gave the time to farmers to improve their technical skills and to become competitive in the framework of international market, marked as it was by significant distortions. Finally, a food security policy is in no way inconsistent with a policy of valuation of resources on the condition that when the sub-sector becomes competitive, a way to market mechanisms must be given. [less ▲]

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See detailLa ligne et la boucle : une lecture de Michel Strogoff (1876)
Durand, Pascal ULg

Scientific conference (2015, April 29)

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See detailLa Chine, première puissance économique mondiale : pays développé?
Wintgens, Sophie ULg

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See detailPetite excursion en Cryptozoologie (Mythes - Cryptides - Canulars)
Dauby, Patrick ULg

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See detailFunctions of binary variables
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2015, April 29)

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See detailCochlear supporting cell transdifferentiation and integration into hair cell layers by inhibition of ephrin-B2 signalling
Defourny, Jean; Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Schoonaert, Lies et al

in Nature Communications (2015)

In mammals, cochlear sensory hair cells that are responsible for hearing are postmitotic and are not replaced after loss. One of the most promising strategies to regenerate hair cells is to identify and ... [more ▼]

In mammals, cochlear sensory hair cells that are responsible for hearing are postmitotic and are not replaced after loss. One of the most promising strategies to regenerate hair cells is to identify and inhibit the factors preventing the conversion of adjacent non-sensory supporting cells into hair cells. Here we demonstrate that mammalian hair cells can be directly generated from supporting cells by inhibition of ephrin-B2 signalling. Using either ephrin-B2 conditional knockout mice, shRNA-mediated gene silencing or soluble inhibitors, we found that downregulation of ephrin-B2 signalling at embryonic stages results in supporting cell translocation into hair cell layers and subsequent switch in cell identity from supporting cell to hair cell fate. As transdifferentiation is here a result of displacement across boundary, this original finding presents the interest that newly generated hair cells directly integrate either hair cell layer, then would be likely more rapidly able to fit into functional circuitry. [less ▲]

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See detailLes nains aussi ont commencé petits : autour de quelques figures transgressives
Jousten, Lison ULg

Scientific conference (2015, April 29)

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