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See detailCaractérisation et tests de traitement des déchets ménagers et boues de vidange par voie anaérobie et compostage pour la ville de Kinshas
Mindele Ukondalemba, Léonard ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Dans les pays en développement (PED) en général et en République Démocratique du Congo en particulier, la problématique de l’assainissement (eaux usées et des déchets solides) constitue un enjeu majeur ... [more ▼]

Dans les pays en développement (PED) en général et en République Démocratique du Congo en particulier, la problématique de l’assainissement (eaux usées et des déchets solides) constitue un enjeu majeur pour les spécialistes et les autorités locales. Cette thèse a comme objectif général de faire une évaluation de l’état des lieux et de dégager des pistes possibles de traitements des déchets solides et liquides en vue de protéger les populations et de s’orienter vers des traitements qui respectent au mieux les principes du développement durable. Pour réaliser cet objectif, il a été question de caractériser les déchets municipaux solides, spécialement des déchets ménagers, par une méthode de caractérisation rapide, simple et peu couteuse. Pour ce qui concerne la gestion des eaux usées, spécialement les boues de vidange provenant de l’assainissement non collectif (ANC), par une méthode sociologique mobilisant des techniques d'enquêtes et d'observation sur site, qui a permis de bien comprendre les pratiques d'assainissement non collectif sur terrain dans le contexte de la République démocratique du Congo ; enfin d’un essai de traitement par une digestion anaérobie (ou co-digestion anaérobie) des déchets suivi du compostage (ou co-compostage).Parmi les modes de traitement de déchets, la digestion anaérobie paraît être une option attrayante pour la dégradation des déchets ménagers fermentescibles en produits utiles tels que le biogaz et le compost de haute qualité. De ce fait, nous avons mené une étude expérimentale comparative entre la digestion anaérobie des déchets ménagers fermentescibles uniquement et la co-digestion anaérobie des déchets ménagers fermentescibles et de boues de vidange de fosse septique. L’expérience a été conduite dans deux cuves de 80 litres. La digestion et la co-digestion anaérobies se sont déroulées à la température de 25°C et en deux étapes, de sorte que la première étape dans la cuve de 80 L, s’arrête à l'acidogenèse et que la deuxième étape se passe dans un autre digesteur de 10 L allant de l’acétogenèse à la méthanogenèse. Les résultats ont montré que 1,3 Nm3 de méthane sont produits à partir de la digestion anaérobie des déchets uniquement et 1,8 Nm3 de méthane sont produits à partir de la co-digestion des déchets et des boues de vidange, confirmant l’intérêt de la co-digestion.Les résultats préliminaires trouvés sont encourageants, notamment en matière de gain detemps dans la durée du processus. Le procédé a entre autres avantages de limiter la manipulation du déchet en cours de traitement et de fournir à la fin deux produits directement valorisables : le compost et le méthane. Bien entendu ces résultats préliminaires devront être validés par des essais à une échelle un peu plus grande avant de proposer de passer à des projets en vraie grandeur. Ainsi nous espérons que ce travail pourra contribuer à la relance des digesteurs anaérobies pour favoriser les énergies renouvelables tels que prôné ce dernier temps par la COP21 et ainsi éviter la déforestation intempestives des nos forets. Mots clés : assainissement non collectif, déchets solides fermentescibles, boue de vidange, co-digestion anaérobie, indicateur d'assainissement, digestion anaérobie, compost. [less ▲]

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See detail"Car telle est notre foi par laquelle vous serez sauvés". Les Carolingiens et la défense de l’orthodoxie
Close, Florence ULg

Scientific conference (2016, March 14)

Dès 796, Charlemagne ne se dit plus seulement rector et defensor ecclesiae mais également praedicator. Partant de ce constat, bien établi par quelques solides recherches récentes, Florence Close pose la ... [more ▼]

Dès 796, Charlemagne ne se dit plus seulement rector et defensor ecclesiae mais également praedicator. Partant de ce constat, bien établi par quelques solides recherches récentes, Florence Close pose la question du cheminement qui a amené le fils de Pépin le Bref à affiner au fil des décennies l’aspect religieux de la mission royale franque au point de se considérer comme le défenseur de l’orthodoxie en Occident. [less ▲]

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See detailOpening risk gouvernance with a vigilance system: lessons learned from the Blue Tongue Virus outbreak in 2006
Fallon, Catherine ULg

Conference (2016, March 14)

This contribution results from a field research by a multidisciplinary group of veterinary and political scientists and gives an analyses of the transformations of an epidemiosurveillance governance ... [more ▼]

This contribution results from a field research by a multidisciplinary group of veterinary and political scientists and gives an analyses of the transformations of an epidemiosurveillance governance system dedicated to animal diseases, when confronted to new emerging threats in the wake of global changes (Fallon et al., in Vertigo 12(3) 2012) . The research field refers to the emergence of bluetongue virus serotype 8 in 2006 in Belgium and it mobilises the results of a survey based on Delphi method involving relevant public servants and scientists, which showed that most of the means proposed by the authorities are based on the logic of known risk management. However we can identify attempts for renewal and organisational learning, especially with the proposal of a new vigilance system, which allows open discussion and reporting through the decision process. In terms of prevention and anticipation of the adverse event), these changes are intended to accommodate the surveillance system reactivity against uncertain and unforeseen events. We question the problems faced by this transformation and its potential for enriching and reconfiguring the conceptualisation of risk management which is currently dominant in the sector. Finally the article identifies two drivers for change in the governance network : by admitting the persistence of unavoidable cognitive uncertainty and by recognizing the importance for opening up arenas of expert knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailL’aménagement forestier au Congo engendre-t-il plus de déforestation ?
Karsenty, Alain; Cerutti, P.; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

E-print/Working paper (2016)

Un article publié dans Land Use Policy début 2016 arrive à la conclusion a priori étonnante que la déforestation serait, au Congo, plus élevée dans les concessions forestières avec des plans d’aménagement ... [more ▼]

Un article publié dans Land Use Policy début 2016 arrive à la conclusion a priori étonnante que la déforestation serait, au Congo, plus élevée dans les concessions forestières avec des plans d’aménagement que dans celles qui n’en ont pas. L’analyse d’évaluation d’impact qui a conduit ces chercheurs à un tel résultat se base sur un appariement de parcelles sélectionnées aléatoirement dans des concessions avec et sans plans d’aménagement. Ces chercheurs indiquent que le réseau de routes forestières plus développé dans les concessions aménagées serait un des facteurs explicatifs. L’autre facteur serait le développement local lié aux cahiers des charges des plans d’aménagement, lequel conduirait à une augmentation de la population dans ces concessions et à une déforestation accrue. Notre groupe d’une vingtaine de chercheurs connaissant bien la problématique de l’aménagement forestier en Afrique centrale s’est penché à son tour sur cette question et a analysé la déforestation au niveau des concessions sur le même intervalle de temps. Nos résultats montrent, cette fois, que la déforestation est moins importante dans les concessions avec un plan d’aménagement que dans les autres. Et si l’on compare à production égale la déforestation dans des concessions avec et sans plan d’aménagement, il apparaît que les UFA aménagées sont environ deux fois plus « efficaces », c’est-à-dire qu’on observe deux fois moins de perte de couvert forestier par mètre-cube produit. Nous en concluons qu’il est nécessaire d’analyser précisément la dynamique des différents facteurs de déforestation, et éviter d’imputer mécaniquement à l’aménagement forestier un rôle excessif dans l’évolution dans un sens ou dans l’autre du taux de déboisement. Enfin, toute évaluation doit rappeler que les effets de l’aménagement forestier doivent être mesurés sur le long terme : l’objectif de l’aménagement est de permettre une mise en valeur forestière durable, en conservant l’essentiel du capital productif pour éviter, autant que possible, la conversion à d’autres usages après les cycles de coupe initiaux. [less ▲]

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See detailGetting on Board but How? Conflicting Perspectives on the Role of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Radiation Protection
Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg; Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Perko, Tanja et al

Conference (2016, March 14)

In Europe, science research policy is predicated on the understanding that science and technology (S&T) serve societal needs. Accordingly, European Framework Programs urge scientists and technologists to ... [more ▼]

In Europe, science research policy is predicated on the understanding that science and technology (S&T) serve societal needs. Accordingly, European Framework Programs urge scientists and technologists to give due attention to societal and ethical aspects of S&T, and to engage with social scientists and humanists when doing research and reaching out to society. Starting from these policy prescriptions and from invitations from befriended life scientists to "get on board," we explore the terms of our involvement as social scientists and humanists in a European Joint Program on radiation protection research (EJP-CONCERT). We illuminate recurring tensions between instrumental, normative, and substantive perspectives on the role of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in radioprotection research and nuclear S&T. Our aim is to shed light on the controversial and contingent nature of integrating SSH into nuclear S&T, as actors articulate divergent assumptions and expectations about SSH and society. These expectations pertain to the value of SSH research for S&T, issues of trust and legitmacy, and different perspectives on risk and uncertainty. By rendering these tensions explicit we seek to probe the implications for SSH of developing a separate SSH Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) within radiation protection research. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrieval of HCFC-142b (CH3CClF2) from ground-based high-resolution infrared solar spectra: Atmospheric increase since 1989 and comparison with surface and satellite measurements
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Lejeune, Bernard ULg; Bovy, Benoît ULg et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2016)

We have developed an approach for retrieving HCFC-142b (CH3CClF2) from ground-based high-resolution infrared solar spectra, using its ν7 band Q branch in the 900–906 cm-1 interval. Interferences by HNO3 ... [more ▼]

We have developed an approach for retrieving HCFC-142b (CH3CClF2) from ground-based high-resolution infrared solar spectra, using its ν7 band Q branch in the 900–906 cm-1 interval. Interferences by HNO3, CO2 and H2O have to be accounted for. Application of this approach to observations recorded within the framework of long-term monitoring activities carried out at the northern mid-latitude, high-altitude Jungfraujoch station in Switzerland (46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580 m above sea level) has provided a total column times series spanning the 1989 to mid-2015 time period. A fit to the HCFC-142b daily mean total column time series shows a statistically-significant long-term trend of (1.23±0.08×1013 molec cm-2) per year from 2000 to 2010, at the 2-σ confidence level. This corresponds to a significant atmospheric accumulation of (0.94±0.06) ppt (1 ppt=10-12) per year for the mean tropospheric mixing ratio, at the 2−σ confidence level. Over the subsequent time period (2010–2014), we note a significant slowing down in the HCFC-142b buildup. Our ground-based FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) results are compared with relevant data sets derived from surface in situ measurements at the Mace Head and Jungfraujoch sites of the AGAGE (Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment) network and from occultation measurements by the ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment-Fourier Transform Spectrometer) instrument on-board the SCISAT satellite. [less ▲]

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See detailJean-Jacques Boissard dit le Bisontin : un antiquaire du XVIe siècle
De Marco, Rosa ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2016)

Né à Besançon, Jean-Jacques Boissard (1528-1602) arpente l’Europe. En Allemagne, en Prusse, en Italie, en Grèce, il dessine les reliefs antiques et entretient des échanges savants avec les plus grands ... [more ▼]

Né à Besançon, Jean-Jacques Boissard (1528-1602) arpente l’Europe. En Allemagne, en Prusse, en Italie, en Grèce, il dessine les reliefs antiques et entretient des échanges savants avec les plus grands érudits de son temps en partageant la passion archéologique et l’idéal humaniste. La communication approfondira les voyages romains de Boissard, ses rencontres, ses explorations, sa vision de Rome antique et moderne. En parcourant l’œuvre multiforme de l’antiquaire, collectionneur, faussaire, poète, moraliste bisontin, nous montrerons la manière dont l’auteur appréhende l’Antiquité et ses vestiges : données documentaires, mise en scène antiquisante, ou encore signes et reliques d’un passé supérieur. [less ▲]

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See detailAgeism and communication in oncology
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg; Marquet, Manon ULg et al

Poster (2016, March 11)

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See detailSaisir les transformations des espaces politiques par le prisme des instruments de finances publiques
Piron, Damien ULg

Scientific conference (2016, March 11)

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See detailVirtual Leodium - Modélisation 3D de la ville de Liège - Etat d’avancement mars 2016
Carré, Cyril ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2016)

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See detailFive years on for Fukushima's IDPs: Life with radiological risk and without a community safety net
Hasegawa, Reiko ULg

E-print/Working paper (2016)

On the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident, the article analyses what are at stake in the communities affected by the disaster, based on the result of the field interviews conducted in ... [more ▼]

On the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident, the article analyses what are at stake in the communities affected by the disaster, based on the result of the field interviews conducted in Fukushima. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of DOPA and dopamine coupling on protein loading of hydroxyapatite
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj ULg

in Materials Technology: Advanced Performance Materials (2016)

Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a promising carrier material for oral delivery of biomolecules such as proteins and drugs. Ways to increase the loading of such molecules on HA will lead to better nanomedicine ... [more ▼]

Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a promising carrier material for oral delivery of biomolecules such as proteins and drugs. Ways to increase the loading of such molecules on HA will lead to better nanomedicine. This study reports the surface functionalisation of HA particles using the mussel inspired molecules dopamine (DA) and 3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine (DOPA), in order to increase protein loading. The adsorption mechanisms are discussed based on the adsorption isotherms, zeta potential, thermal analysis and theoretical models. Results show that DA functionalisation enhanced the loading, while DOPA functionalisation was ineffective. [less ▲]

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See detailThe roads of colouring materials: from sources to residues
Pradeau, Jean-Victor; Dayet, Laure; Salomon, Hélène ULg

Conference (2016, March 11)

Economic systems and social relationships gain an increasing complexity in prehistoric periods. Despite their symbolic value and their informative potential in these issues, colouring materials (“ochre” ... [more ▼]

Economic systems and social relationships gain an increasing complexity in prehistoric periods. Despite their symbolic value and their informative potential in these issues, colouring materials (“ochre”, iron oxi(hydrxi)des, cinnabar, etc.) had received scant attention compare to obsidian, flint, metals or igneous rocks. Since the 2000’s, trace elemental analysis (PIXE, XRF, INAA, ICP-MS) and petrographic studies give keys to collect gitological and sourcing data. This methodology has recently improved quantitative knowledge on colouring material’s acquisition modalities and on global technic system itself. Contrasting situations are indeed highlight: archaeological corpus may consist of several raw colouring materials, unequally shared, providing from site range, close diffusion area or far diffusion area. Furthermore, the status of the different geomaterials, the diffusion modalities – direct acquisition, direct or indirect exchanges – and the identity of exporters, transporters and receivers (if any) stay unclear. Two main topics should liven up this session: a fruitful debate on different methodologies depending on geographical contexts and diachronic revue of colouring material procurement through the lens of cultural contexts and site’s status. [less ▲]

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See detailPrincipal static wind loads within a rigorous methodology to the envelope reconstruction problem
Blaise, Nicolas ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Static wind loads are being used for the design of large civil structures such as high-rise buildings, large roofs and long-span bridges. Once static wind loads are known, they are used through the ... [more ▼]

Static wind loads are being used for the design of large civil structures such as high-rise buildings, large roofs and long-span bridges. Once static wind loads are known, they are used through the iterative design process without repeating cumbersome dynamical analyses. In this framework, structural engineers can effectively focus on the structural sizing since static analyses are straightforward. No codified wind loads, however, exist for those large structures with unique shapes and there is no consensual view on how to formally derived them. For each new major project, the challenge consists therefore in deriving a relevant set of static wind loads. Obviously, these loads must provide the actual envelope values of structural responses of interest. This states the objective of the envelope reconstruction problem and constitutes the core of this thesis. The proposed developments to solve this problem are relevant for structures responding with a linear dynamic behavior to the buffeting action of synoptic winds in a stationary framework. The pioneering concept of Equivalent Static Wind Load is normally considered for the design. An extensive review points out two main limitations of the current formulations. They have been originally established in a Gaussian context, are associated with either a nodal or nodal-modal basis and do not have a formal definition. The proposed Conditional Expected Load method overcomes the three drawbacks by defining a Conditional Expected Static Wind Load. This novel approach presents a general rigorous formulation for linear structural behavior, irrespective of the basis used for the analysis and relevant in a non-Gaussian context. The method is particularized for a certain class of non-Gaussian processes through a bicubic translation model. This model covers a large range of non-Gaussianity in the random processes and therefore paves the way for the formal establishment of “non-Gaussian” static wind loads with a physical interpretation. Other kinds of static loads such as the covariance proper transformation loading modes and the modal inertial loads are additionally studied. Unfortunately, both sets of loads are simply relevant for two limit structural behaviors, quasi-static and resonant, respectively. Moreover, they do not adapt to the set of structural responses of interest. From both points of view, one key result from our study is the innovative concept of Principal Static Wind Load as a sound solution for the envelope reconstruction problem. The concept relies upon a robust mathematical foundation. These loads are determined by the singular value decomposition of a large set of equivalent static wind loads. This decomposition can be seen as a way to rank the most relevant load patterns for the envelope reconstruction problem. The principal static wind loads have also the added distinctive advantage to be flexible. They are, indeed, able to naturally adapt to the set of structural responses of interest. Finally, a complete methodology to solve the envelope reconstruction problem irrespective of the structure, its load-bearing system and its susceptibility to vibrations in a Gaussian or non-Gaussian context is rigorously conceptualized. The intrinsic controllability of a set of pertinent parameters provides a smart balance between over and underestimation of the actual envelope. Moreover, combinations of static wind loads are computed to speed-up the reconstruction of the envelope values. The problem of determining these combination coefficients is formulated as a constrained nonlinear optimization. Equivalent and principal static wind loads, covariance proper transformation loading modes and modal inertial loads are implemented within the proposed methodology. Three examples: a four-span bridge, a real-life large stadium roof and a low-rise building demonstrate that the envelope reconstruction accuracy is considerably improved with principal static wind loads and with combinations thereof. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Anonyme de Londres (P.Lit.Lond. 165, Brit.Libr. inv. 137). Un papyrus médical grec du Ier siècle ap. J.-C.
Ricciardetto, Antonio ULg

Book published by Les Belles Lettres - Rééd. (2016)

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See detailPerturbations of interactome networks in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: identification of EXT1 tumor suppressor as a Notch pathway regulator
Daakour, Sarah ULg

Doctoral thesis (2016)

Whole genome sequencing technologies have enabled the identification of mutations implicated in diseases including cancer. Recently, research efforts to compare and categorize mutations, genes expression ... [more ▼]

Whole genome sequencing technologies have enabled the identification of mutations implicated in diseases including cancer. Recently, research efforts to compare and categorize mutations, genes expression and genomic characteristics helped generating literature-curation databases. A large number of databases were developed to address data integration and standardization for human cancers, such as Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer (COSMIC), The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), International Cancer Genome Consortium, Integrative Onco Genomics (IntOGen). Although the identification of these mutations highlights “cancer causative genes”, it does not give a detailed explanation of molecular mechanisms leading to the development of cancer. Though, understanding mechanisms leading to cancer development and progression remains a challenge that requires further investigations. The great majority of mutated genes are found in liquid tumors such as leukemia and lymphomas. In the first part of this study, we reasoned that leukemia associated genes could be extended to additional candidates identified using interactomic approaches. We used protein-protein interaction (PPI) mapping strategies to explore information on cancer genes frequently mutated in Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). We first extracted mutational data associated to ALL, and used interactome mapping analysis for literature-curated interactions and yeast two-hybrid experimental data in order to identify potential novel target genes associated with ALL. We highlighted mutated hub proteins interconnected in an ALL-cancer gene products network and identified novel interacting partners that link key ALL-cancer driver gene products. We identified EXT1 tumor suppressor gene as a novel common interactor for NOTCH1 and FBXW7. In the second part of this study, we experimentally validated EXT1, as a novel player in the regulation of the Notch pathway. Our study thus provides a proof-of-concept on how systematic interactome approaches could allow identification of novel targeted genes and pathways associated to human cancer. [less ▲]

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