ULB researchers are involved in a number of international collaborations, including with G3 and close partners.

G3

G3 consists in the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Geneva (UniGe), and the Université de Montréal (UdeM). The group has an impulse fund dedicated to launching collaborations between teachers and researchers from the three universities.

In terms of research, these interactions result in sharing expertise, launching new research projects, organising symposia, producing joint publications, etc.

Research projects selected in 2018-2019 (ongoing until July 15, 2020):

Movement of people and scientific knowledge

Co-constructing knowledge on the movement of people and scientific knowledge between the ‘North’ (Europe and North America) and the ‘South’ (Africa).

The project examines all forms of movement of people (cross-border movements, migration, tourism, people retiring abroad, trips made by businesspeople, artists, scientists, etc.) from the North to the South, from the South to the North, and between countries in the South, with the term ‘South’ referring here to African countries.

ULB: Andrea Rea - Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migrations, and Equality (GERME), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Partners: France Houle (UdM), Sandro Cattacin (UniGe)

Law on unfair competition

Are laws on unfair competition the hidden side of intellectual property law?

The project tackles interactions between laws on unfair competition on the one hand, and the traditional legal area of intellectual property law on the other. This topic is of concern to all society, starting with creators (artists and scientists), universities, and the public. The project’s goal is to raise awareness among these actors and offer them training.

ULB: Andrée Puttemans - Centre for Studies on Private Law, Faculty of Law and Criminology

Partners: Ysolde Gendreau (UdM), Jacques de Werra (UniGe)

Qualitative methods in healthcare

Movement of knowledge: North–South communities of practice on qualitative methods in healthcare.

The precision of qualitative methods (QM) has been tested in the areas of human and social sciences, but their potential is still underutilised in health sciences. This project aims to develop the appropriation of these methods, by creating a community of practice between researchers, students, and practitioners active in QM in 4 universities (G3 + the University of Dakar).

ULB : Céline Mahieu, Yves Coppieters, Philippe Donnen - Healthcare Policies and Systems & International Healthcare, School of Public Health
Partners: Abdou Salam Fall (Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar), Christina Zarowsky (UdM), David Béran (UniGe)

Therapeutic photochemistry

Complexes that form covalent bonds with DNA and prevent it from being transcribed are currently effective as cancer drugs, but many challenges must still be addressed. This project aims to bring together three teams active in the photochemistry of coordination complexes, with an emphasis on current topics related to therapeutic photochemistry.

ULB: Cécile Moucheron - Organic Chemistry and Photochemistry, Faculty of Sciences
Partners: Christian Reber (UdM), Andreas Hauser (UniGe)

Representing movements in Africa

Materiality and representation of movements in Africa: research support and training.

The goal of this project is to offer two workshops in Brussels and Ouagadougou dedicated to training researchers on two methodological tools used to analyse movement phenomena: cartography, which can provide a spatial representation of movements in a given place and time; and research interviews, which provides insight into the history and background of people as well as into the representations that are associated with movements of people and objects.

ULB: Olivier Gosselain - Centre for Cultural Anthropology & CReA-Patrimoine, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Partners: Isabelle Ribot (UdM), Anne Mayor (UniGe).

Research projects selected in 2017-2018 (ongoing until July 15, 2019):

Managing migration in the face of identity affirmations and safety challenges

This project aims to create a research hub unlike any other in the French-speaking world, dealing with urgent issues that nations are attempting to tackle each in their own way and taking into account their own context. The three partner universities, each located in the heart of a city grappling with migration, are ideally equipped to provide a significant contribution to the study of identity and safety challenges that arise as a result of migration; in doing so, they must also look beyond a number or traditional dichotomies such as freedom vs. control, nationalism vs. diversity, or voluntary vs. forced immigration.

The project’s goal is to create a joint interdisciplinary research agenda, organised around cross-cutting axes and offering a comparative study of the issues it tackles.

ULB: Andrea Rea - Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migrations, and Equality (GERME), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Partners: France Houle (UdM), Sandro Cattacin (UniGe)

Female genital mutilation

'Action FGM/C' – Female genital mutilation

The project consists in an interuniversity working group against female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) in Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, and Africa.

ULB: Sophie Alexander - Healthcare Policies and Systems & International Healthcare, School of Public Health
Partners: Élise Dubuc (UdM), Jasmine Abdulcadir (UniGe)

Perinatal care for migrants

With the increase in international migration and the high number of migrant women, the issue of health during the crucial time of pregnancy and childbirth has become a priority. The relationships between migration trajectories and health at this time of women’s lives take on a variety of forms, and understanding the interrelations between them is essential. This will enable the three universities to share their expertise on research and practices in this area, in order to gain insight into these interrelations.

ULB: Judith Racapé (Faculty of Medicine) and Myriam De Spiegelaere - Healthcare Policies and Systems & International Healthcare, School of Public Health
Partners : Marie-France Raynault (UdM), Nathalie Auger (UdM), Sophie Durieux-Paillard (UniGe)

ULB-UNIL

ULB and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) have been close partners since 2013. Among other things, this partnership includes an impulse fund dedicated to supporting ‘tandems’ of teachers and researchers from ULB and UNIL who are seeking to launch joint research or teaching projects between the two institutions.

Research projects selected in 2018 (ongoing until June 30, 2020):

Reconstructive or cosmetic genital plastic surgery

Project for research and a seminar on the sociological determiners of supply and demand of genital plastic surgery: reconstructive for women who have undergone FGM vs. cosmetic on an intact vulva.

ULB: Sophie Alexander - Healthcare Policies and Systems & International Healthcare, School of Public Health
Partner: Cynthia Kraus (UNIL, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences)

Immunity of the newborn

Early life immune responses to infection.

ULB: David Vermijlen - Department of Pharmacotherapy and Galenic Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy
Partner: Eric Giannoni (UNIL, Faculty of Biology and Medicine)

Professional football

The challenges of going pro in football: interdisciplinary perspectives based on case studies in Belgium and Switzerland.

ULB: Jean-Michel de Waele - Centre for the Study of Politics (CEVIPOL), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Partner: Grégory Quin (UNIL, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences)

Rhetoric, argumentation, communication

Rhetoric, argumentation, communication: progymnasmata throughout history.

ULB: Emmanuelle Danblon - Research Group on Rhetoric and Linguistic Argumentation, Faculty of Letters, Translation, and Communication
Partner: Danielle van Mal Maeder (UNIL, Faculty of Arts)

Retroviruses and epigenetics

Analysis and impact of epitranscriptomic modifications on life cycle of retroviruses.

ULB: Carine Van Lint - Molecular Virology Unit, Faculty of Sciences
Partner: Angela Ciuffi (UNIL, Faculty of Biology and Medicine)

Tourism

Critical tourism studies: theory, methodology and empirical problems

ULB: Anya Diekmann - IGEAT, Faculty of Sciences
Partner: Mathis Stock (UNIL, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment)

Research projects selected in 2017 (ongoing until June 30, 2019):

French language ‘bande dessinées’: theories and cultural practices

La bande dessinée francophone : théories et pratiques culturelles.

ULB: Laurence Brogniez - Literary, Philological, and Textual Studies (Philixte), Faculty of Letters, Translation, and Communication
Partner: Philippe Kaenel (UNIL, Faculty of Arts)

Studies on religion and secularism

Joint development of studies on religion and secularism.

ULB: Jean-Philippe Schreiber - Interdisciplinary Centre for Religious and Secular Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Partner: Jacques Ehrenfreund (UNIL - Faculty Theology and Sciences of Religions)

Gender Studies

Summer doctoral school in gender studies

ULB: David Paternotte - Research Unit on Gender and Sexuality, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Partner: Marta Roca Escoda (UNIL, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences)

Fertility and polymorphism in ants

Male fertility and social polymorphism in ants.

ULB: Serge Aron - Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences
Partner: Michel Chapuisat (UNIL, Faculty of Biology and Medicine)

Political participation and democracy

Summer school – Political participation and democracy

ULB: Jean-Benoit Pilet - Centre for the Study of Politics (CEVIPOL), Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences
Partner: Oscar Mazzoleni (UNIL, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences)

Antioxidant response pathway in the thyroid gland

An interspecies platform for the study of the roles of the antioxidant response pathway in thyroid pathophysiology

ULB: Sabine Costagliola - IRIBHM, Faculty of Medicine
Partner: Gerasimos Sykiotis (UNIL, Faculty of Biology and Medicine)

Transition through transdisciplinarity

TRAnsItioN through TRAnsdIscipliNarity

ULB: Jean-Michel Decroly - IGEAT, Faculty of Sciences
Parner: Céline ROZENBLAT (UNIL, Faculty of Geosciences and Environment)

Updated on February 25, 2019