29 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 ...

Evaluation of potential impact of previous contact with dog and cat hosted coronavirus species in...

The majority of Sars-Cov-2 infections are self-limiting but the role of patient immune response in the evolution of the infection is unknown. The severity of infection is at least partially related to host factors including immune response. The aim of this study is to investigate the potential impact of previous contact with dog and cat hosted coronaviruses in the outcome of the disease in PCR COVID-19 tested patients. For this reason investigating i) the potential relation between the disease and its outcome in PCR tested patients and the presence of a dog or cat in the household as we...

Organizing detection of Covid-19 through mobile app and web portal

In order to prevent new waves of Covid-19 epidemic infections, detection of the virus among the population appears as a strong tool. This would allow to identify active cases (with or without symptoms) that would stay isolated, not-yet infected people that could still be infected, and recovered patients that would be protected against a new infection. This clustering of population by detection, which is essential in an exit strategy, has to be supported by efficient logistic structures and information to population. We propose the creation of a web portal coupled to a public application tha...

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...

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