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See detailThe Paradox of Incentives: Scientific Impact and Societal Relevance of Academic Research in the Walloon Science System
MELON, Steve; Fallon, Catherine ULg

Conference (2014, September 06)

Bibliometric indicators might be inappropriate tools to evaluate public funded research whose aim is to deal with the socio-economic challenges endured by a nation. By the means of a bibliometric analysis ... [more ▼]

Bibliometric indicators might be inappropriate tools to evaluate public funded research whose aim is to deal with the socio-economic challenges endured by a nation. By the means of a bibliometric analysis (Web of Science, period 1981 – 2011 for Belgium) combined with qualitative material, it has been argued that the kind of research that is more likely to address societal issues (based on its language, its type of collaboration and its type of research) is the one with the least scientific impact as measured by bibliometric measurements. The outcome of this study helped us realise that there exists a paradox of incentives for academic researchers due to an inadequacy between the production of knowledge that address societal issues and its evaluation: (1) traditional evaluation methods do not produce enough incentives to address societal challenges and that (2) scientists are intensifying their effort to produce valuable results for their evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailTeaching ethics of prevention while defining fields of activities in GP/FM, a success of WICC.
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

Conference (2014, September 06)

Teaching ethics of prevention while defining fields of activities in GP/FM, a success of WICC. Marc Jamoulle, Département universitaire de médecine générale. University of Liège. Belgium marc.jamoulle ... [more ▼]

Teaching ethics of prevention while defining fields of activities in GP/FM, a success of WICC. Marc Jamoulle, Département universitaire de médecine générale. University of Liège. Belgium marc.jamoulle@doct.ulg.ac.be Context When presented in Durham during the 1995 WICC workshop, the concept of quaternary prevention, born in 1986, has attracted the consensus of the whole audience. In 2003 it has been discretely published in the Wonca dictionary of general practice. Method Since this time, medicine has changed. The diffusion of knowledge and the sagacity of some researchers has shown that medicine could become dangerous for health. The concepts of overinformation, overdiagnosis, overtreatment and overscreening are now the bread and butter of numerous medical journals and the themes of numerous books and disputes throughout the world. Quaternary prevention encompasses all those domains and supersedes them by putting the relationships between patient and doctor at the center of the ethical reflection. Result WICC has been instrumental in the genesis and dissemination of the concept of quaternary prevention. This concept is now known and distributed worldwide under the acronym P4. Family physicians form interlinked P4 groups in various countries. It is the theme of many congresses and was propelled to the forefront of the recent Wonca Europe Congress. This concept could induce profound changes in the role of the family physician in health care. Moreover, the combination of the four definitions of prevention provided an amazing view of the activity of family physicians and could renew basic job description in GP / FM. [less ▲]

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See detailContent analysis of abstracts of communications of GP during congresses, a step forward.
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

Conference (2014, September 06)

Département universitaire de médecine générale. University of Liège. belgium marc.jamoulle@doct.ulg.ac.be Context To succeed to have an accepted communication in a congress is a quite challenging and time ... [more ▼]

Département universitaire de médecine générale. University of Liège. belgium marc.jamoulle@doct.ulg.ac.be Context To succeed to have an accepted communication in a congress is a quite challenging and time consuming process. The gathered knowledge will often remain an ephemeral work as more than 50% of abstracts of Wonca congresses never reach the step of publication. Despite the effort to publish online the abstracts of Wonca Europe congresses, those remain largely useless as they are not indexed. Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) are often recommended, but in fact they are not convenient to index family doctor’s works. Methods Following the seminal idea of the late Henk Lamberts, the author has proposed to index the abstracts of communications of GPs with ICPC while using the letter Q for indexation of non-clinical matters. The opening of the letter Q for coding Wonca 2007 abstracts has given rise to a proposal for a classification called Core Content Classification of General Practice (3CGP/FM). 3CGP encompasses 8 domains and a rag bag. The 8 domains are open in categories and subcategories. Remained dormant during several years the project kind of woke up in Portugal during the 2013 APMGF congress. Two congresses of the French association of teacher (CNGE 2013 & 2014) have been submitted to careful content analysis using the Atlas.ti software and ICPC and 3CGP as coding items. Results The analyze of 998 abstracts in Wonca 2007, 125 in APMGF Covilha 2013, 205 CNGE in Clermont 2013 and the ongoing process to code the CNGE Lille Nov. 2014 submitted abstracts has provoked the evolution of 3CGP and demonstrates the interest to combine ICPC and a non-clinical classification for indexing Family doctor’s work. Next phases of the projects will be to link 3CGP to Wonca dictionary definitions, to corresponding MeSH terms if any, and to edit the whole product in Protégé, the semantic web editor. Indeed, semantic knowledge technology is waiting for general practice and will permit indexing congresses automatically or in a helped way, rising to the need of knowledge management for the family medicine of the future. Discussion The collaboration of WICC will be asked for further work. [less ▲]

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See detailCARACTÉRISATION DE LA DIVERSITÉ GÉNÉTIQUE DE CULTIVARS D’OIGNON (ALLIUM CEPA L.) DU NIGER EN VUE DE LEUR CONSERVATION IN SITU ET DE LEUR AMÉLIORATION
Abdou, Rabiou ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

Plante monocotylédone, allogame, entomophile, avec un cycle cultural annuel pour la production des bulbes, bisannuel pour celle des graines, l’oignon est l’un des légumes le plus important au Niger en ... [more ▼]

Plante monocotylédone, allogame, entomophile, avec un cycle cultural annuel pour la production des bulbes, bisannuel pour celle des graines, l’oignon est l’un des légumes le plus important au Niger en raison de son utilisation en alimentation et en médecine. Le semis en pépinière suivi d’un repiquage des planches est le mode de culture le plus fréquent chez les producteurs nigériens. Cette étude explore la diversité génétique des cultivars d’oignon du Niger. La diversité est à comprendre ici au sens de la diversité nommée, la diversité morphologique et la diversité moléculaire. Cette thèse se propose d’utiliser ces trois approches complémentaires pour identifier et caractériser les variétés et écotypes selon la perception des producteurs, de caractériser la diversité morphologique et agronomique à partir des descripteurs du genre Allium établis par Bioversity International, et d’analyser la diversité moléculaire des variétés et écotypes d’oignon du Niger à partir des marqueurs moléculaires microsatellites. Cinquante-deux écotypes nommés ont été inventoriés, mais après analyse et regroupement des synonymes, il ressort que dix-sept écotypes sont cultivés au Niger. Les principaux critères des paysans pour caractériser un écotype local sont la couleur des bulbes et la zone de provenance. Les variables quantitatives et qualitatives les plus distinctives entre les écotypes d’oignon sont la longueur et le diamètre des feuilles, le poids des bulbes, la couleur des feuilles, la forme et la couleur des bulbes, l’uniformité de la forme et de la couleur des bulbes. La distance génétique est plus grande, d’une part, entre les écotypes les plus éloignées géographiquement, et d’autre part, entre les écotypes les plus différents au niveau des caractères morphologiques. Le nombre de morphotypes varie de un à neuf par écotype testé. Les analyses moléculaires confirment la forte variabilité à l’intérieur des écotypes et les conclusions relatives à la distance génétique observée à partir des données morphologiques. A l’issue de ces travaux de caractérisation génétique de l’oignon, il est donc utile de combiner des stratégies de conservation in situ et ex situ, et l’exploitation de ces ressources génétiques pour améliorer la production et la rusticité des cultivars d’oignon du Niger. [less ▲]

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See detailRegards sur la "Wallonie prussienne" et la Première Guerre mondiale
Brüll, Christoph ULg

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See detailCannabis use initiation among adolescents: the predictive role of peers, alcohol, expectancies and internalizing factors.
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Mathys, Cécile ULg; Quertemont, Etienne ULg

Conference (2014, September 05)

Theoretical background: Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug among teenagers. Initiation is influenced by environmental factors and personal characteristics, events or experiences. An early ... [more ▼]

Theoretical background: Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug among teenagers. Initiation is influenced by environmental factors and personal characteristics, events or experiences. An early initiation increases the risks of problems related to cannabis use (e.g. negative psychosocial effects, delinquent behaviors, mental disorders). Prevent initiation, through the identification of risk/protective factors and their interaction, seems crucial in terms of public health. Research question and significance: This study aimed to examine the progression of use, to identify protective and risk factors of cannabis initiation (including peers, alcohol, expectancies and internalizing factors) and to specifically focus on the influence of social anxiety and its moderators/mediators. Methods: A questionnaire was administered twice to 877 teenagers (49.94% female, M=15.61) with one year interval. Sex, age, demographic variables, peer cannabis use, cannabis-related variables (lifetime, frequency, problems and expectancies), alcohol use, social anxiety, trait-anxiety and depression were assessed through validated scales. Logistic regressions, mediation and moderation analyzes were performed. Results: During the follow-up period, 12.89% of the young participants initiated cannabis use. Several factors significantly predict initiation: alcohol use, peer users, perceptual enhancement and craving effect expectancies. Others factors significantly protect from initiation: negative behavioral effect expectancies and social anxiety. Gender, age, relaxation/social facilitation and cognitive impairment effect expectancies, trait-anxiety and depression do not significantly influence cannabis use initiation. In moderated mediation model, after controlling for relevant variables, social anxiety protected from initiation trough the mediating role of perceptual enhancement and craving effect expectancies. The number of peer users and alcohol use do not moderate this mediation. Negative behavioral effect expectancies do not significantly mediate the relation between social anxiety and cannabis initiation. Interpretation of findings: Through low positive expectancies, adolescents with social anxiety symptoms are less likely to initiate cannabis use than the others, whatever the number of peer users and the alcohol use. Findings are discussed in terms of risk and protective characteristics of relevant factors, in an overall and evolutionary approach including internalizing factors. Results support the identification of internalizing profile of adolescents concerned by prevention or treatment and the importance of social anxiety and expectancies in intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Geometallurgy Teachable? A challenge for the new Erasmus Mundus EMerald
Pirard, Eric ULg

Conference (2014, September 05)

designate any kind of advanced ore characterisation prior to mineral processing operations while in fact it should clearly refer to a multidisciplinary integration of geological, mining, metallurgical ... [more ▼]

designate any kind of advanced ore characterisation prior to mineral processing operations while in fact it should clearly refer to a multidisciplinary integration of geological, mining, metallurgical, environmental and economic information into a single orebody model. In order to instil the best available geometallurgical practices in the professional world, it seems essential to break the traditional cleavages among disciplines and educate a new generation of engineers. The Erasmus Mundus EMerald “Master in Georesources Engineering” program initiated by four European universities under the coordination of University of Liege, has been designed to exactly tackle this challenge. It is not surprising that this program has been set up by universities having a long tradition in mixing a double perspective of geology and engineering (Nancy; Lulea; Liege and Freiberg). Geometallurgy requires both an excellent understanding of the natural variability and complexity of an ore and a comprehensive overview of the techniques available to extract and concentrate any valuable material. The course program has been designed to achieve a right balance between knowledge of mineral resources (geology, resource characterisation, reserve estimation, modelling) and processing (comminution, preconcentration, leaching, waste disposal,...). It also includes a broader view on life cycle analysis and urban mining. A series of professional seminars, suggested by an industrial advisory board, shed light on strategic issues, economic and environmental challenges, corporate social responsibilities, etc. Mobility and multicultural experience is an added-value of the Erasmus Mundus experience which definitely contributes to breeding engineers for tomorrow. [less ▲]

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See detailObservational signatures of past mass-exchange episodes in massive binaries
Raucq, Françoise ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

Poster (2014, September 05)

Mass and momentum exchanges in massive binaries can produce several observational signatures, such as asynchronous rotation and altered chemical compositions, which remain once the stars detach again. We ... [more ▼]

Mass and momentum exchanges in massive binaries can produce several observational signatures, such as asynchronous rotation and altered chemical compositions, which remain once the stars detach again. We have started to investigate these effects for a sample of detached massive O-star binaries that are thought to have previously experienced a Case A Roche lobe overflow. Using phase-resolved spectroscopy, we perform the disentangling of the spectra of the two stars. The reconstructed primary and secondary spectra are then analyzed to determine a range of stellar effective temperatures and gravity, as well as rotational velocities. Using model atmosphere codes we also constrain the chemical composition of the components. In this contribution, we present the first results of our analyses of HD149404 (O7.5If + ON9.5I, P = 9.81 days). [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-period Stochastic Optimization Problems in Transportation Management
Pironet, Thierry ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The topic of this thesis in management science is to propose a methodology to tackle multi-period decision problems including stochastic forecasts and to apply it to the field of transportation management ... [more ▼]

The topic of this thesis in management science is to propose a methodology to tackle multi-period decision problems including stochastic forecasts and to apply it to the field of transportation management. This methodology relies mostly on a sequence of numerical experimentations based on a set of algorithms to assess the value of the multi-period setting and the interest to use the stochastic information contained in the forecasts. Moreover, a statistical validation method to compare the performances of algorithms enables us to rank them meaningfully. From theory to practice, the thesis is structured into four parts. Firstly, we define the thesis subject and content. Then, based on a literature review, we present the past and present issues within the research field: "Optimization in Transportation". Mainly, we define the differences between multi-period stochastic models and classical deterministic mono-period ones. We explain how dynamism and stochasticity are taken into account within transportation problems. Secondly, our methodology, which is our main contribution, is exposed from a generic point of view in the theoretical research field: "Multi-period Stochastic Optimization Problems". On the one hand, temporal parameters and computational issues in multi-period optimization are detailed; on the other hand a summary of optimization techniques and algorithms for stochastic optimization problems is provided. Afterwards, the statistical validation of algorithmic performance is discussed. Then, part three contains two applications that lead us to set up the methodology, following an inductive method. The first problem, based on an industrial application at the start of the research, investigates a "multi-period vehicle loading problem with stochastic release dates". The second application, based on a more generic approach for the deployment of the methodology, deals with a "multi-period vehicle assignment problem with stochastic load availability". Finally, in the fourth part, we conclude on the thesis contributions and propose some perspectives. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidance on current good radiopharmacy practice for the small-scale preparation of radiopharmaceuticals using automated modules: a European perspective
Aerts, Joël ULg; Ballinger, james; Behe, Martin et al

in Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals (2014), 57

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See detailExperimental replication of Australian grinding stone implements
Hayes, Elspeth; Cnuts, Dries ULg; Fullagar, Richard et al

Conference (2014, September 05)

Introduction: Until recently, lithic tool-use experiments in Australia were dominated by flaked stone with relatively few studies of ground-stone. This paper reports on a workshop, during which tool-use ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Until recently, lithic tool-use experiments in Australia were dominated by flaked stone with relatively few studies of ground-stone. This paper reports on a workshop, during which tool-use experiments were designed to document the wear traces associated with grinding various materials, different processing techniques and sandstones of different hardness. The specific variables were selected to build a use-wear and residue reference library applicable to archaeological grinding implements proposed for detailed functional analysis. Materials/Methods: Experimental sandstone grinding implements were used primarily to process organic and inorganic materials, documented ethnographically. Other materials were processed to investigate characteristics of seeds that were unavailable locally. Upper and lower stones were used together to grind seeds and bone; and abrading stones were used to file bone, stone and wood, and to grate haematite. The experimental stones came from five geographic regions in Australia, each associated with the archaeological assemblages proposed for study. Usewear was sampled with polyvinyl siloxane peels, which were examined under a stereomicroscope and a metallographic microscope. Residues were extracted with two solvents (water and a tri-mixture of acetonitrile, ethanol and water), and subsequently mounted on slides and examined under transmitted light microscopy. The slide preparations were stained to highlight constituent plant and animal tissues. Results: The hardness/softness of the sandstone and the degree of grain cementation have a strong influence on the development and appearance of use-wear. On the hard sandstone, the processing time affected polish formation. Use-wear patterns were distinctive of the broad categories of processed material (seed, bone, stone, haematite and wood). Key use-wear features relating to activity and processed material are reflected in the degree of grain rounding and grain levelling, the presence of macroscopic surface striations and the occurrence of micro-fractures, polish and striations observed at high magnification. Residues included collagen and cellulose fibres, starch granules, phytoliths, resins, bone fragments and pigment crystals. As for use-wear, the residues were also distinctive of the broad categories of processed material. Staining was particularly useful to distinguish plant and animal tissues. Conclusions: The experiments provided insights into the wear formation on sandstones of different hardness and degree of cementation. Stained cellular structures provide a reliable basis for distinguishing the investigated plant and animal tissue subjected to mechanical damage, resulting from grinding and pounding. Studies are underway to further test the viability of residue identification on ethnographic specimens of varying ages, and experimental grinding stones greater than 30 years. The residue and usewear experiments build on previous studies and help form the basis of a systematic and collaborative use-wear and residue reference library for ground-stone tools in Australia. Future experiments will focus on the wider range of plant taxa processed by grinding and documented ethnographically. [less ▲]

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See detailThe PLATO 2.0 Mission
Rauer, H.; Catala, C.; Aerts, C. et al

in Experimental Astronomy (2014)

PLATO 2.0 has recently been selected for ESA’s M3 launch opportunity (2022/24). Providing accurate key planet parameters (radius, mass, density and age) in statistical numbers, it addresses fundamental ... [more ▼]

PLATO 2.0 has recently been selected for ESA’s M3 launch opportunity (2022/24). Providing accurate key planet parameters (radius, mass, density and age) in statistical numbers, it addresses fundamental questions such as: How do planetary systems form and evolve? Are there other systems with planets like ours, including potentially habitable planets? The PLATO 2.0 instrument consists of 34 small aperture telescopes (32 with 25 s readout cadence and 2 with 2.5 s candence) providing a wide field-of-view (2232 deg 2) and a large photometric magnitude range (4–16 mag). It focusses on bright (4–11 mag) stars in wide fields to detect and characterize planets down to Earth-size by photometric transits, whose masses can then be determined by ground-based radial-velocity follow-up measurements. Asteroseismology will be performed for these bright stars to obtain highly accurate stellar parameters, including masses and ages. The combination of bright targets and asteroseismology results in high accuracy for the bulk planet parameters: 2 %, 4–10 % and 10 % for planet radii, masses and ages, respectively. The planned baseline observing strategy includes two long pointings (2–3 years) to detect and bulk characterize planets reaching into the habitable zone (HZ) of solar-like stars and an additional step-and-stare phase to cover in total about 50 % of the sky. PLATO 2.0 will observe up to 1,000,000 stars and detect and characterize hundreds of small planets, and thousands of planets in the Neptune to gas giant regime out to the HZ. It will therefore provide the first large-scale catalogue of bulk characterized planets with accurate radii, masses, mean densities and ages. This catalogue will include terrestrial planets at intermediate orbital distances, where surface temperatures are moderate. Coverage of this parameter range with statistical numbers of bulk characterized planets is unique to PLATO 2.0. The PLATO 2.0 catalogue allows us to e.g.: - complete our knowledge of planet diversity for low-mass objects, - correlate the planet mean density-orbital distance distribution with predictions from planet formation theories,- constrain the influence of planet migration and scattering on the architecture of multiple systems, and - specify how planet and system parameters change with host star characteristics, such as type, metallicity and age. The catalogue will allow us to study planets and planetary systems at different evolutionary phases. It will further provide a census for small, low-mass planets. This will serve to identify objects which retained their primordial hydrogen atmosphere and in general the typical characteristics of planets in such low-mass, low-density range. Planets detected by PLATO 2.0 will orbit bright stars and many of them will be targets for future atmosphere spectroscopy exploring their atmosphere. Furthermore, the mission has the potential to detect exomoons, planetary rings, binary and Trojan planets. The planetary science possible with PLATO 2.0 is complemented by its impact on stellar and galactic science via asteroseismology as well as light curves of all kinds of variable stars, together with observations of stellar clusters of different ages. This will allow us to improve stellar models and study stellar activity. A large number of well-known ages from red giant stars will probe the structure and evolution of our Galaxy. Asteroseismic ages of bright stars for different phases of stellar evolution allow calibrating stellar age-rotation relationships. Together with the results of ESA’s Gaia mission, the results of PLATO 2.0 will provide a huge legacy to planetary, stellar and galactic science. [less ▲]

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See detail'What is an incident?': Conceptual Boundaries under the Microscope
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg

Scientific conference (2014, September 04)

Within the context of a nuclear facility, how can an event be qualified as an incident or not, depending on different definitions, either formal or corresponding to actors' own representations? In this ... [more ▼]

Within the context of a nuclear facility, how can an event be qualified as an incident or not, depending on different definitions, either formal or corresponding to actors' own representations? In this presentation, we show how different those definitions are, and we elaborate on the reasons why such a focus on conceptual boundaries is interesting in the context of "incident reporting". [less ▲]

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See detailTeaching Practices in Science: a Survey of Primary Teachers in the French Speaking Community of Belgium
Quittre, Valérie ULg; Meyer, Coralie; Monseur, Christian ULg

Conference (2014, September 04)

Since PISA 2000, the performance of 15 year-old students from French speaking Community of Belgium (FWB) in science is largely below the OECD average (OECD, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013). This low ... [more ▼]

Since PISA 2000, the performance of 15 year-old students from French speaking Community of Belgium (FWB) in science is largely below the OECD average (OECD, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013). This low level of performance is not really unexpected as it was already observed at grade 7 and grade 8 in TIMSS 1995 (Harmon, Smith & Martin, 1997). In mathematics and in reading, the average performance of the 15 year-olds do not significantly differ from the OECD mean. Can these differences in performance in comparison with the OECD means be partly attributed to the emphasis and importance of the respective intended and implemented curricula? Does the relative importance of science teaching differ between primary and secondary education? In this investigation, we make the assumptions that the problem already exists in primary education and persists in secondary education. Therefore, we will focus on primary education. Data will be mainly collected on opportunities to learn (OTL) for science education and on professional knowledge and teaching practices More precisely, these study intents to question teachers at grade 3 and grade 4 about their beliefs and practices in science. Do the primary teachers feel confident and comfortable with science knowledge and science teaching? What’s the effective learning time of our pupils in science? Can we identify patterns of teachers that current international research has shown to have a significant role in science education of pupils? [less ▲]

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See detailLes allergies alimentaires et le point sur l'oesophagite à éosinophiles
GADISSEUR, Romy ULg

Conference (2014, September 04)

Les allergies alimentaires et le point sur l'oesophagite à éosinophiles

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See detailConstruction d’une capitale : les ressources ligneuses exploitées pour le bâti bruxellois
Weitz, Armelle ULg; Charruadas, Paulo ULg; Cremer, Sarah et al

Conference (2014, September 04)

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