34 projects

Mobilizing science education: Examining responsive remote methodologies during a time of crisis (...

The MobilSci study will construct a case study of the adaptations of an education research team in response to and during the COVID-19 school closures, with a goal of elaborating a process of adaptation and gaining new understandings on the applicability of responsive pedagogies at a time of crisis. Children, teachers, and families internationally are navigating a new terrain of remote learning and teaching. This extends to the University of Luxembourg's SciTeach Center team, a multidisciplinary group of educators and researchers dedicated to supporting science education. The interactions i...

Boosting COVID-19 protection with metal-free biocompatible antimicrobial coatings

As shown with the Covid-19 pandemic, coronavirus such as SARS-COV-2 are presenting a major threat due to their high transmission efficiency, their long lifetime on solid supports and their strong effect on human health. The deposition of antiviral coatings on surfaces like facemasks or door handles is a promising approach to fight against the contamination and transmission of SARS-COV-2. This idea addresses the field of 'surfaces with antiviral and antibacterial properties' for metal parts and protective facemasks. It is proposed to use metal-free coatings deposited via wet deposition techn...

CoVAlert - Development of an early warning system for the surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic...

Luxembourg recently decided to test the whole population for SARS-CoV-2. The result of this immense effort will deliver 'only' a temporary snap shot and a continuous investigation difficult to. Alternatively, a retrospective investigation of pathogens in waste water enables countries to get a cost-effective and easy-to-obtain information of the country prevalence of Covid-19. First attempts have been made in this respect to identify the virus in urban wastewater as an easily accessible source to catch information of a whole community at one point, i.e. the wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) ...

M-Covid: Mobile phone-based spatiotemporal analysis of population density and movement in the con...

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the government of Luxembourg like in many other countries has implemented social distancing and containment measures. From one day to the next, people's daily lives were disrupted. The aim of this project is to visualize and analyse the evolution of the spatial practices of individuals before, during and after this health crisis. This project is based on mobile phone data provided by a national operator. Based on such datasets, accurate and detailed maps of the population distribution can be produced for a given period of time, while ensuring that ...

Spatio-temporal simulation of COVID-19 spread using a coupled diffusion-SEIRD model

The recent worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 has led to a surge of interest in the modeling and simulation of infectious disease outbreaks. One particular reason of interest is the prediction of the geo-localization of the spikes of the outbreak to allocate promptly medical resources. Classical compartment models based on the Susceptible-Infected-Recovered (SIR) dynamics and their extensions, generally include the space dependence by a discretization of the region of interest related to the geopolitical compartments (counties, provinces, states, countries). In this project, we aim to develop ...

COVID-19, MEntal HEalth, REsilience and self-REgulation (COME-HERE)

Humans are a social species, and their health, life and genetic legacy are threatened by social isolation. Like other animals, humans fare poorly when isolated. The preventive measures to contain the current COVID-19 outbreak limit all forms of physical social contacts to a minimum, more and earlier in some countries than in others. Differences exist also within the same country due to household composition and dwelling location. Social isolation is associated with ill health. In this project we will investigate which factors predict levels of psychological distress and well-being associate...

Covid-19, Politics and Religion

The proposed interdisciplinary research will elaborate on the impact of COVID-19 on the social operation of religion at a Luxembourgish and European level. The research is divided in a theoretical and an empirical part. The theoretical part aims at identifying the place of religion as an element within the dominant discourse on COVID-19.The empirical approach will explore the potential changes in religiosity after COVID-19, as well as their possible reflection in party politics. In particular, it will explore the following research themes: a) The possible effect of COVID-19 on public opi...

Protection against Infection through regulatory law - ProLaw

The pandemic spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus hit the states of liberal democracies unprepared. Medicine lacks both drugs and clinically tested vaccines, and the health system as such quickly proved to be structurally overburdened. Above all, the democratic constitutional states of the West were not legally prepared for the pandemic. In Luxembourg, the measures to contain the virus were initially based on a law dating from 1885, before the regulation of 18 March 2020 was introduced as a legal basis with reference to the establishment of the 'Etat de Crise' in accordance with Art. 32.4 of the ...

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