Business to Science to Business in EMR+

The final objective of the BusyBee project is to transform more innovations into new products and bring them to market in order to strengthen the commercial activity of SMEs and to have a direct economic impact within the Euregio Meuse-Rhine area.
In order to achieve this objective, the main challenge that the project partners wish to address is to improve the cross-border valorisation of technologies and ideas currently pending in university laboratories or SMEs. In this regard, university technology transfer offices (TTOs) must adapt to the new environment of innovation and commercialization, leading more SMEs into laboratories and bringing these innovations to the market through open innovation and cross-border public-private collaborations.
The project is positioned in a triple helix strategy, connecting scientific institutions, industry and public authorities.

Contacts : Michel MORANT

Healthy Ageing

Healthy ageing

The purpose of our research project is to investigate the biomarkers of ageing in the respiratory tissue in chronic airway obstructive disease such asthma and COPD. To this end we will take advantage of our large cohort of patients recruited in our ambulatory care polyclinic and in whom we routinely performed detailed investigation including, complete lung function test, induced sputum and for some of the bronchoscopy. The focus will be placed on the assessment of the role of TGF-b1  and Advanced Glycation End (AGE) in connective tissue remodelling. Biochemical and histological analyses will be correlated with lung function and for some of the patients with lung imaging assessed by chest CT scanner.
Probiotics have been claimed to be important immunoregulators that may influence the gut microbiome. Some authors have suggested that gut microbiome may play a critical role in controlling mucosal immunity including distant sites from the gut such as airway mucosal immunity.

Contacts : Renaud LOUIS


International Meeting in Performing Arts & Creative Technologies

The field of contemporary artistic creation is one of those sectors in which the culture of innovation and disruptive strategies find favourable ground for their development. At the same time, there are currently relatively few structured initiatives aimed at integrating this major field of activity with the dynamics of economic redeployment based on the development of innovation and new technologies.
However, the fundamentally transdisciplinary nature of contemporary creation, and the performing arts in particular, leads us to believe that they can set an example for the development of a global strategy for cross-sectoral innovation.
Moreover, artists have, by their positioning and their ability to think differently, a force for innovation that is still largely unexploited.

Contacts : Michel MORANT


Contacts : Yves BEGUIN


Contacts : Patrizio LANCELLOTTI


The new generation is well-known as a strategic strength for innovation and entrepreneurship. A recent study shows that, although students, young graduates and researchers have a positive attitude towards entrepreneurship, only 2% of them create a startup before turning 30 years old. Launching a company among this population#s group remains very limited; especially with an international dimension. In order to change that, a broad range of knowledge and network is required. Finally, the importance of building internationalteams in order to support startups with high growth potential has been proven. However, very few startups are created by teams within the Euregio, despite regional proximity.
The key objective of the project is to address the gap between entrepreneurship intentand entrepreneurship action amongst the new generation and integrate an international dimension in their project from the very beginning.
The project is built around 3 key-actions which all reinforce one and another.

Contacts : Bernard SURLEMONT


Contacts : Michel MORANT


Neighbourhood empowerment

The Europe 2020 strategy promotes a 'smart, sustainable and inclusive economy'. Yet more and more urban territories and their populations are excluded from the mainstream economic growth dynamics. Especially at the level of the city and even in cities considered as 'successful', observations show that without any public intervention, inequalities between neighbourhoods (environmental, economical and social inequalities) tend to increase. The main objective of N-POWER is to support innovative "neighbourhood development policies" enabling the EMR cities to effectively reintegrate their 'excluded' neighbourhoods and populations in a creative, inclusive and sustainable development pathway. To reach this objective, the project partners, 7 EMR Cities and 3 key research and education partners, will implement 3 main WPs.

Contacts : Jacques TELLER

Terra Mosana

Enhancing the connectivity of Euregio Meuse-Rhine urban and architectural heritage by means of digital storytelling

Contacts : Roland BILLEN


Virtual Institute for Lipid Research (VIRIL)

Fat related compounds ("lipids") are of major importance in human life. These substances are involved in the genesis and progression of cardiovascular, renal, cancer and brain diseases. They are essential for health, responsible for diseases causing 80% of human mortality. Lipids play an important role in the functionality and tolerability of biomaterials. EURLIPID aims to set up a regional cross-border teaching, technology and innovation platform to combat this number one health problem. This will create a "Lipid Valley", an attractive environment for local talent, leading scientist, specialized SME's which will boost local economy.

Contacts : Edwin DE PAUW


Light Vehicle 2025

Contacts : Pierre DUYSINX


Training for InteGrating Refugees in Euregio

The objective of this project is to prepare and provide field operators and volunteers with the necessary tools to welcome, accompany and train refugees in the Meuse-Rhine Euregio.
At the end of the project, a training system, based on an in-depth analysis of the situation, needs and existing situation, with resources and tested in the 5 regions and 3 languages, will be operational. It may be adopted by other operators in the Euregio and beyond.

Contacts : Marianne POUMAY


www.EUR.Friends - w(orking) w(ith) w(eb).Eur(egional)/(opean).Friends

The project meets the objectives and project categories mentioned in the Interreg VA programme by supporting actions fostering language learning and in-company placements, revaluating vocational education, cross-border mobility, students', workers' and job seekers' training. The core idea of this project is to create a sustainable network within the EMR by stimulating professional mobility and improving communication skills (languages and interculturalism).

Contacts : Marie MAWHIN


EMR Connect

The EMR Connect project essentially aims to improve cross-border mobility and create a stronger network within the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion (EMR). In the public transport sector in particular, numerous barriers still exist which, despite the improvements that have already been made, hamper international accessibility. Hence, cross-border public transport faces both new and existing challenges in the fields of ticketing, pricing, infrastructure and the respective transport services. The aim, is therefore to avoid creating new barriers, to systematically remove current obstacles and to improve cross-border mobility for EMR citizens, visitors and businesses step-by-step.
In the "Ticketing and Sales" division, the partners will take on the interoperable implementation of e-ticketing in order to prevent creating new barriers in cross-border public transport. The international use of e-ticketing presents a new problem for which highly innovative solutions must be found.

Contacts : Mario COOLS

In Flow

Innovative flow chemistry for sustainable formulations

Contacts : Christine JÉRÔME


International Knowledge and Information Centre in public safety

This project aims to improve the resilience during crises and disasters within the Euregion Meuse Rhine (EMR) by offering educationto rescue personnel, citizens and public servants. As disasters don't halt at the border, this should, in border regions,commencein a cross-border manner. Citizens, public servants and rescue personnel should be aware of the risks in their own and neighbouring regions and know how to responds during a crisis or disaster. New threats such as terrorism should be taken into account, together with questions related to nuclear safety.
Educating and training citizens and the cross-border exchange of knowledge and educationof rescue personnel and public servants are key terms. To be able to offer scientifically sound and didactical education, universities, research institutes and education institutes will bundle their power and form a consortium. All knowledge that is available inand outside of the EMR on risks and how to deal with these risks will be bundled.

Contacts : Isabelle BRAGARD


Innovatie- en Implementatieversneller voor Complexe RevalidatieTechnologie

Contacts : Jean-François KAUX


Creating an area of excellence for the development of precision medicine by building an European Clinical SIgnal detection facility COnsortium.

Contacts : Marianne FILLET

euPrevent SNA

Contacts : Benoît PÉTRÉ


Wheat bran valorization into surfactants

Two research units from URCA will be involved in the project: FARE (Agro-Resources Fractionation and Environment) which is a joinedunit between URCA and INRA; ICMR (Institute of Molecular Chemistry from Reims) which is a joined unit between URCA and CNRS.
Researches developed in FARE unit concern the the valorization of lignocellulosic biomass. In this context biotechnological ways to transform polysaccharides (cellulose and hemicelluloses) from biomass are largely studied in FARE unit. New enzymes of interest are produced from microorganisms and tested for their abilities to hydrolyze efficiently various lignocellulosic biomasses to produce fermentescible sugars and phenolic molecules. Furthermore, UMR FARE develop, in collaboration with ICMR, original enzymatic processes to functionalize sugars obtained after fractionation of lignocelluloses.

Contacts : Laurence LINS


New strategies for the production and formulation of low toxicity biopesticides

In the context of the use of more environmentally friendly pesticides, lipopeptides are very promising molecules. The main objectives of the BIOPROD project are to remove the brakes related to the industrial production of these new biopesticides and microorganisms producers. Multidisciplinary and collaborative work will be carried out on both sides of the border by specialized operators in their respective fields.

Contacts : Frank DELVIGNE


Cross-border development of polymer-natural fibers composite materials. Consideration of emissive and sensory aspects

The COMPOSENS project aims at the cross-border development of high-performance polymer-wood composite materials or natural fibres with low environmental impact, using regional renewable resources (wood, hemp and flax) to produce light and recyclable biocomposites.

Contacts : Aurore RICHEL


Contacts : Marc DUFRÊNE


Design and production of biosensors for sustainable and efficient agriculture

Contacts : Claude Jacqmin


Integrated solutions for increasing reuse of C&D wastes : transnational approach for circular economy

Construction and Demolition Wastes (CDW) are considered by the European Union to be a "priority waste stream" on the basis of the importance of the flows produced (1.09 tonnes / year / capita in Europe in 2011) and high potential for reuse and recycling of recovered materials. The project initially aims to develop a mobile deconstruction unit to separate material flows on site, near the building to be demolished. The main flows (in mass) are concretes and fine materials (<5 mm) generated on site. Secondary flows (glass, terra cotta, wood, plastics, plaster, cellular concrete, metals, insulation) will also be upgraded if possible. The materials and sectors proposed will be validated from a technical and environmental point of view (Life Cycle Analysis) for the purposes of labeling / acceptability for market access.

Contacts : Luc COURARD


Contacts : Bernard TYCHON


Contacts : Philippe JACQUES


Contacts : Marc ONGENA


Contacts : Bernard BODSON


Valuing the Social Impact of Social Entrepreneurship

The VISES project is a 4-year project that brings together 21 partners to highlight what social and solidarity enterprises bring tothe dynamism of territories and the well-being of their inhabitants. It aims to design, test and disseminate a system to promote the social impact of social entrepreneurship. 1) Design: Researchers, representatives of SSE federations and social enterprises work for several months to develop an approach for identifying, analysing, measuring and enhancing social impact. Starting from an analysis of existing initiatives and a synthesis of the theory on the subject, the partners will co-construct an initial approach. 2) Testing: For 2 years, this approach will be tested by the partners with social enterprises. Throughout this support phase, meetings with partners and companies will be organised to refine the approach. 3) Disseminate: After this experimentation, the partners will offerother companies training and short support in order to disseminate the approach.

Contacts : Sybille MERTENS DE WILMARS

A-P / Réseau-Service

Helping carers of people aged 60 and over with a loss of autonomy: developing a Franco-Belgian service offer and building a cross-border exchange network for professionals and carers. On the basis of existing medico-social arrangements between the Nord Department and Wallonia, the AP / RESEAU-SERVICE project aims to create a Franco-Belgian professional network. It would be specialized in assisting carers of elderly people with loss of life. autonomy andliving at home. It would alos offer quality care services to caregivers.

Contacts : Stéphane ADAM


Contacts : Aurore RICHEL


Contacts : Anne-Claude ROMAIN


Contacts : Marianne SINDIC


Contacts : Haïssam JIJAKLI


Contacts : Gilles COLINET


Ardenne Grande Région, Eco-Tourisme et Attractivité (AGRETA)

Developing the attractiveness of the Ardennes in the Greater Region centered on the eco-tourism strategy, the mobilization of ambassadors and a marketing focused on innovation, Internet and social networks.

Contacts : Marc DUFRÊNE


Aerial Robotics Greater Region

Creation of a cross-border network based on the development of knowledge, experiments, technological and scientific resources and training cycles relating to air UAVs oriented environmental monitoring. Target sectors: agriculture, forestry, security, waste, logistics,...

Contacts : Anne-Claude ROMAIN


Integration of the Biogas industry into the new Bioeconomy

The main objective of the project is to position biomethanisation in the bio-economy and the circular economy. Perséphone has the will to bring a new added value to the existing agricultural units in order to perpetuate them on the horizon 2020-2030. Future unitswill also be able to integrate these new data into their business plans.
To achieve this primary objective, Pérsephone's partnership proposes to act mainly at the level of the valorization of the products of the biomethanization process, little or badly valorized today.

Contacts : Anne-Claude ROMAIN


Transport, storage and shaping of powders of industrial interest

The PowderReg project aims to boost the competitiveness and attractiveness of the Greater Region, and is part of a plan to optimise processes applicable to industrially relevant powders within the highly developed sectors of the Greater Region (agrifood, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, construction). These sectors are continually looking for the latest technological advances made through basic and applied research in order to increase their ability to innovate in the production and processing of high-added value products involving these materials (steel, medicines, ceramics, plastics, refractories). This project is founded on a rich combination of cross-disciplinary scientific and technological skills within the various universities of the Greater Region (Universities of Lorraine, Saarland, Liège, Luxembourg and Kaiserslautern) and is joining forces with industrial partners (NovaCarb, Granutools) to create a new sector of excellence.

Contacts : Nicolas VANDEWALLE


Cross-border teaching and research centre in industrial robotics

The objective of the project is the creation in GR of a common platform called "Robotix-Academy" which stimulates cooperation between participating universities and companies. The Academy's objective is to develop know-how and new technologies in SMEs. Thus several GR higher education institutions are working together on the theme of industrial robotics. The advantage of Robotix-Academy lies in the broad coverage by research partners of topics concerning industrial robotics and man-robot cooperation as well as in the centralization of requests via a shared contact portal and an own identity. The sharing of the most modern equipment and innovative technologies in a cross-border research cluster makes it possible to develop excellence in research and teaching and to exploit an important potential in R&D and innovation in RG.

Contacts : Olivier BRULS


Interreg project developing new bioMaterials for PROliferation and in vitro Expansion of STEM cells

Stem cells are a major step forward in medicine but usual cell cultures methods do not provide sufficient amounts for clinical studies nor clinical application. The upscaling process is therefore essential.
So far, the most promising technique is based on the use of microbeads that provides a large adhesion surface. Those microbeads are suspended in a stirred bioreactor allowing stem cells to grow at their surface. This technique presents special issues for stem cells that need to be harvested without being damaged.
Improve-Stem project aims to develop an integrated set of tools required for mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) amplification.
The achievement of this goal involves 3 aspects:
- The development of microcarriers with optimized surface design for stem cells culture allowing control of adhesion and detachment after multiplication.
- The design of an adapted bioreactor with operating conditions whichpromotes efficient stem cells multiplication.
- The development of standardized protocols.

Contacts : Dominique TOYE


Development of a transborder space of international protection of childhood

Project INTERREG V EUR&QUA starts from a report backed up by 3 projects INTERREG carried out before: many children having to benefit from care or social follow-up individuals live transborder situations. The International conference of the Children's rights (known as convention of New York), the treaties of the Conference of The Hague, the regulation of Brussels II (a) have as a finality to treat these situations, to bring solutions in contexts sometimes very different like the parental abductions, international filiations, the international family reception, international protection measurements...
We could however note that the passages of borders can involve many delays of execution, to even compromise the measures taken on a slope to the detriment - sometimes irreversible - of the situation of the child.

Contacts : Laurent NISEN


Establishment of a value chain for brewery waste in a circular economy context

The valorization of renewable resources and industrial co-products, coupled with the production of bio-sourced molecules that can replace synthetic products generally derived from petrochemicals, have now become key concepts for charting the axes of sustainable development in Europe. In this context, the brewing sector generates large volumes of co-products in the Grande Region which are currently undervalued. Through the use of technologies derived from green chemistry and white chemistry, the BIOVAL project aims to develop new products and formulations with high added value for the food, chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors and aims to establishment of a cross-border valorization of brewery grains.

Contacts : Aurore RICHEL


Patient Care Partner approach in the Greater Region

The prevalence of chronic disease involves new ways of managing health care, giving patients a more active role in their disease based on their expertise. The APPS implies a change in positioning and aims to encourage patient involvement at all levels of the health system: direct provision of care, organization of services in health institutions, policy development. Initiatives are being developed with reference to the APPS in the Greater Region (GR) and need to be analysed and compared, so that the most promising ones can be extended. The objectives of the project are to: make a diagnosis of existing initiatives to identify those that are most promising, implement and evaluate promising actions in RM, and finally develop recommendations and communicate them in RM.

Contacts : Benoît PÉTRÉ


Power to Heat for the Greater Region's Renewables Integration and Development

The final aim of the project is to propose a new organisation of the electricity and energy market for the Greater Region. This new organisation will involve technical, economic and sociological aspects.

Contacts : Philippe ANDRÉ


Contacts : Stéphane HOUBION

CBS - Border Studies

UniGR Center for Border Studies

Contacts : Jacques TELLER


The RCC project aims at creating a cross-border platform allowing connection of equipment, hardware and infrastructures between theresearch centers and laboratories of the GR (in the field of thermal and building energy).
Emphasis is placed on networking to provide a wider range of test conditions for research units that would not have some equipment. The aim is to enhance the research skills on the territory of the GR through a pooling of resources both material and human.
The aim is to create an "emulation platform" between laboratories. Technically the term "emulation" means the replacement of a system by another able to reproduce the same behavior. It is then possible to virtually connect the physical implantations and allow a "system" (building, HVAC, storage, etc.) physically implanted in one place to be virtually connected and influenced by another system physically located on another site.

Contacts : Philippe ANDRÉ


Contacts : Sabine LIMBOURG


Program of excellence in surgery / radiotherapy at the faculties of medicine of Nancy, Hombourg / Saarland and Liège

The Greater Region (GR) has 3 faculties of medicine. Their challenge is to ensure the most efficient training of future practitioners. The health system of the four GR countries are partitioned and there are few medical collaborations. In addition, the learning of technical skills is classically based on the direct participation of the patient, which implies certain risks. The objectives of the project are to develop academic and scientific collaborations between the GR faculties of medicine and to develop innovative pedagogical alternatives such as e-learning, high fidelity medical simulation, training on in vivo models as well as virtual reality andaugmented reality. We targeted two fields of training in this project: surgery and radiotherapy. To our knowledge, this is the first cross-border structured medical training project. It will enable the University of Liège and, more specifically, the Department of Public Health to be at the forefront in this highly technological field.

Contacts : Isabelle BRAGARD

Regiowood II

This project aims to strengthen sustainable management in private forest for the benefit of the whole Big Region and its natural heritage

Regionwood II, through 3 complementary actions, aims at implementing a cross-border strategy to register the the Great Region's private forest in the sustainable management. The first action aims at creating a permanent tool for forest monitoring, the second action will focus on the resilience of forest stands, to anticipate or limit the consequences of the global warming, the pressure of thegame and the maintaining of biodiversity. The third action will study the possibility to create and maintain a cross-border fund to help the replanting, to impulse and motivate owners to a sustaiable management of their property.

Contacts : Philippe LEJEUNE


Contacts : Olivier LISEIN


Contacts : Mario COOLS


Additiion Manufacturing using wire deposition

As part of this project, we are developing a laser additive manufacturing process (AF) that covers the entire value chain from design to the manufacture of an industrial prototype with high added value. The solutions developed in the project will be validated by the realization of a demonstrator dedicated to the aeronautics sector and will be deployed in the existing FA platform at the Welding Institute in order to establish an international show case. The platform will facilitate the integration of FAFIL technology within SMEs in the Great Region. To do this, this project will bring together the key resources and skills in welding, metallurgy, robotics, topological optimization, digital simulation and finishing available in the Great Region. Beyond the solutions developed, this project will promote cohesion and cross-border cooperation, in the field of FAFIL, through the creation of a sustainable network of excellence.

Contacts : Pierre DUYSINX


Contacts : Grégoire LÉONARD


Contacts : Henri-Jean GATHON


Contacts : Philippe ANDRÉ

B4H Boost4Health

Boost4Health - The Life Sciences Hub of NWE

The NWE life science sector is not exploiting its full potential due to the fragmented market and limited critical mass of its clusters. To grow sustainable new business, innovative NWE life science SMEs need to focus on international markets, but are held back by: (i) Lack of knowledge on internationalisation, (ii) Big differences in health care systems, cultures, re-imbursements etc., (iii) Product validation under different regulations
Various studies show that as a result European SMEs often remain small or sometimesprefer to move their business to the less complex US market to grow.
In Boost4Health, a partnership of 11 leading life science SME support organisations with strong business networks, will address this market failure by setting up a transnational support programme to help NWE SMEs grow internationally by bringing their life science innovations to European markets.

Contacts : Michel MORANT


Secondary Raw Materials for Concrete Precast Products (introducing new products, applying the circular economy)

About 50% of primary raw materials in the EU are used in the building sector, which is also responsible for about 1/3 of all wastes. Within the construction and demolition wastes (CDW), components like concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics (CBTC) have high potential to be applied as recycled aggregates and sands. However, until now, recycled materials are mostly down-cycled to be used as filling materials in infrastructure projects. Although the recycling quota of CBTC is more than 70% in DE, BE, FR, NL and LU, less than 4% are re-used for the original purpose: concrete production.
The project aims to increase the use of CDWs (mainly CBTC) as secondary raw materials for cement and concrete production in NWE. It is necessary to start a high-quality recycling of CBTC, which then enables the re-use of the materials for concrete precast products (CPP). In addition, the project will show how fines (<2mm) from CDW can be used in cement (CM) manufacturing .

Contacts : Luc COURARD


Phosphorus Recovery from waste water for your Life

PHOSforYOU (P4U) addresses the phosphorus (P) challenge. P is a nutrient essential for all living organisms. Though it is a finite resource on earth, P is largely wasted today. The EU acknowledged this by adding phosphate rock to its list of critical raw materials in 2014. There is a need to boost the use of secondary raw P.
The project addresses rural, urban and port areas in NWE. P is needed in rural areas as fertilizer or feed additive (often produced in port areas). P is transferred within food to urban areas where 82% of NWE-citizens live in, and wasted there (via sewage and waste). P4U specifically targets recovery from municipal WWTP. It is complementary to INTERREG-NuCy. 2015 NWE imports 100% of its mineral P-need. 45% of the demand could be supplied by circular economy. The project will exploit the recovery potential of P in municipal sewage water (113,000 t/y P), estimated to cover 26% of the mineral P-demand in NWE.

Contacts : Angélique LÉONARD


Greenhouses to Reduce CO2 on Roofs

Contacts : Haïssam JIJAKLI


Supporting a new circular economy for RAW materials project was approved with technical requirements byrecovered from landFILLs

According to EU Landfill Mining Consortium EURELCO NWE region has ~ 100,000 landfill (LF) sites. Most of these sites lack state-of-the-art environmental protection systems, leading to local pollution, land-use restrictions & global impacts. Fortunately, this problemcan be transformed into an opportunity, as large volumes of resources (materials, energy & land area) in these LF can be recovered through LF Mining (LFM). In order for LFM to be widely implemented in the NWE region RAWFILL tackles the remaining barriers. The main challenge for stakeholders is the profitability risk due to the lack of reliable data on the recovery potential of LF. Even in the NWE region, inventories of the 100,000 LFs are inadequate, as they lack relevant data on LFs economic potential (quantity, quality & value of materials). Furthermore, traditional LF exploration methods are prohibitively expensive as they require analysis of multiple excavated waste samples.

Contacts : Frédéric NGUYEN

Green WIN

Greener Waterway Infrastructure

Contacts : Benjamin DEWALS


Space TEchnology with Photonics for market and societal challenges

Space technologies based on photonics are considered as one of Europe's areas of key industrial competence. They have huge potential to address a number of today's grand societal challenges, in particular health and wellbeing, climate action and secure societies. However, this potential will be wasted if public polciy fails to address the gap between space research and its application on the ground. A long­term challenge is to ensure that R&I investments exploit the opportunities offered by space (e.g. huge availability of data and signals) by ensuring that applications and services are produced to address societal challenges and that they reach the market.
Recognising the role played by EU regions in space policy, both in strategic development and territorial impact, STEPHANIE brings together 8 partners from 7 areas to exchange knowledge on how to ensure that Policy is designed to guarantee real benefits from space technology based on photonics, particularly in space and earth observation.

Contacts : Claude Jacqmin

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