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See detailSystems ecology of microbiomes: a new frontier of discovery in microbiology
Wilmes, Paul UL

Scientific Conference (2017, September)

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See detailEuropean Model Company Act (EMCA)
Corbisier, Isabelle UL

Book published by SSRN (2017)

The EMCA is designed to provide a source of inspiration for company law for European Member States and beyond Available at : https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2929348

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See detailJewish Volunteers in the International Brigades: What Drove Them?
Zaagsma, Gerben UL

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailWir sind Hochstapler
Baudson, Tanja Gabriele UL; Viergutz, Kathrin

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailBecause I need them, because I don’t: Regulation of family relations between adult children and their parents
Barros Coimbra, Stephanie UL; Albert, Isabelle UL; Ferring, Dieter UL

Poster (2017, August)

The world’s demography has evolved requiring policy makers and practitioners all over the world to face in the next years important issues specifically related to the steadily increasing migration. Only ... [more ▼]

The world’s demography has evolved requiring policy makers and practitioners all over the world to face in the next years important issues specifically related to the steadily increasing migration. Only few studies have, however, focused on the regulation of relations between adult children and their ageing parents in host national compared to immigrant families. Migrant families might be confronted with specific tasks. While the acculturation situation might give rise to an increased need for intergenerational support, an acculturation gap between both generations can potentially lead to different expectations. Adult children from immigrant families might, for instance, be subject to the experience of ambivalent or conflictual feelings regarding the desire to become independent from their parents; at the same time, they may feel the urge to conform to parental expectations or to support their parents in accordance to the values of their parents’ culture of origin. However, older parents may also undergo changes in their perception of intergenerational support and lower their expectations in the process of acculturation. A qualitative cross-cultural comparison is conducted of n = 10 Portuguese and n = 10 Luxembourgish dyadic interviews of older parents and their adult children, both living in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. We will focus on different key issues regarding the regulation of intergenerational family relations between first and second generations of host nationals and immigrants focussing on processes such as interdependent and independent selfconstrual comparing both cultural groups and both generations. First analyses show a heightened importance of geographical proximity in Portuguese migrant families compared to Luxembourgish native families for family relations. Likewise, regular interactions appear to be more required, needed and expected in Portuguese migrant families, especially from the parents while this is only to some extent, supported by their children. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom integrated multi-omics to microbial systems ecology: quo vadis?
Wilmes, Paul UL

Scientific Conference (2017, August)

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See detailExtensive and intensive margins and exchange rate regimes
Picard, Pierre M UL; hamano, masahige

in Canadian Journal of Economics (2017), 50(3), 804-837

This paper studies the costs and benefits of fixed and flexible exchange rate regimes in the presence of endogenous intensive and extensive margins of trade. The net benefit depends on the levels and ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the costs and benefits of fixed and flexible exchange rate regimes in the presence of endogenous intensive and extensive margins of trade. The net benefit depends on the levels and volatilities of those margins as well as on their correlation with consumers preferences. A fixed exchange rate regime is preferred for sufficiently high labour supply elasticities and lower love for product diversity. Delays between entry and production make fixed exchange rate regimes less attractive. [less ▲]

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See detailSystems ecology of microbiomes: a new frontier of discovery in microbiology
Wilmes, Paul UL

Presentation (2017, August)

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See detailSystems ecology of microbiomes: a new frontier of discovery in microbiology
Wilmes, Paul UL

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See detailThe effectiveness of return in EU Member States: challenges and good practices linked to EU rules and standards
Sommarribas, Adolfo UL; Petry, David UL; Nienaber, Birte UL

Report (2017)

The impact of EU rules on Luxembourg’s return policies and practices is substantial. This is not least a result of the transposition of Directive 2008/115/EC on return into national law by the Law of 1 ... [more ▼]

The impact of EU rules on Luxembourg’s return policies and practices is substantial. This is not least a result of the transposition of Directive 2008/115/EC on return into national law by the Law of 1 July 2011, which was then further developed through amendments in 2014 following the conclusions of the European Commission that Luxembourg was not fully in line with the directive. With regards to the European Commission Recommendation of 7th March 2017 ‘on making returns more effective when implementing the Directive 2008/115/EC’, Luxembourg did not introduce any specific legal or policy change. Most of the referenced provisions already form part of the national legal and/or policy framework. The government’s efforts to conclude and apply readmission agreements with third-countries to better organise returns have continued throughout 2016. The Benelux Member States concluded a readmission agreement and a protocol of implementation with the Republic of Kazakhstan on 2 March 2015, which was approved by Law of 31 August 2016. As a result of the relatively high influx of asylum-seekers in 2015/2016, a backlog in the processing of applications for international protection occurred and could only be properly addressed by the Refugees and Return Department of the Directorate of Immigration through an increase and a reorganisation of its administrative staff. On the other side, the impact of the migration situation 2015/2016 did not significantly affect the functioning of the Detention Centre nor its maximum occupation limits. However, the Detention Centre took over the management of the SHUK (Structure d’hébergement d’urgence Kirchberg) a new semi-open facility established for Dublin cases (single men) with a view of transferring them to the responsible Member State. Although vulnerable groups are generally not detained in Luxembourg, the permitted period of detention of families with children was recently (March 2017) extended from 72 hours to 7 days with a view to enhancing the organisation of their return. The controversial extension through law amendment was largely criticised by civil society organisations and hence debated in parliament. The definition of guarantees to avoid the risk of absconding remains a major challenge in the field of return and (alternatives to) detention. In most cases, the applicant fails to provide evidence enabling the reversal of the legal presumption of the existence of a risk of absconding, allowing the Minister to use a detention measure instead of another less coercive measure. As long as the concerned third-country national is unable to indicate a fixed address of stay (reception facilities are not taken into account), the competent authorities cannot rule out the existence of a risk of absconding. The practical implementation of ‘home custody’ as an alternative to detention is therefore considered problematic, with most potential candidates not having a fixed address in Luxembourg. The substantial amount of the financial guarantee, 5.000€, make it also difficult to practically implement release on bail as an alternative. Although the Law foresees the possibility of combining home custody with electronic surveillance, the electronic tag has not yet been implemented. [less ▲]

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See detailTRPV1 regulates excitatory innervation of OLM neurons in the hippocampus.
I. Hurtado-Zavala, Joaquin; Ramachandran, Binu; Ahmed, Saheeb et al

in Nature Communications (2017)

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See detailHDAC1 links early life stress to schizophrenia-like phenotypes.
Bahari-Javan, Sanaz; Varbanov, Hristo; Halder, Rashi UL et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017)

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See detailManifesto for integrating DH in the university curriculum
Scagliola, Stefania UL

Presentation (2017, July 08)

[en] This workshop was meant to assess the main obstacles to integrate Digital Humanities practices into the curriculum of humanities faculties

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See detailManifesto for integrating DH in the university curriculum
Scagliola, Stefania UL; Aasman,

Presentation (2017, July 06)

This workshop was meant to assess the main obstacles to integrate Digital Humanities practices into the curriculum of humanities faculties

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See detailLuxembourgish national identity and natives’ perception of immigrants
Barros, Stephanie; Roth, Kiara; Albert, Isabelle UL et al

Poster (2017, July)

Migration is an important issue nowadays even more so in the light of the growing antimigrant attitudes we are currently witnessing all over the world. Luxemburg’s history, as many other countries, is ... [more ▼]

Migration is an important issue nowadays even more so in the light of the growing antimigrant attitudes we are currently witnessing all over the world. Luxemburg’s history, as many other countries, is also shaped by important migration waves as well as a growing national consciousness. It is therefore crucial to delve deeper into the way foreigners are perceived by natives in countries with dense immigrant populations. In the present study, we will have a closer look on the perceived threat from Luxembourgish natives’ viewpoint (N = 227; Mage = 37.2, SD = 14.9; range: 16-74; 59% of girls) regarding immigrants in general that could in a long-term perspective favour hostile attitudes towards foreigners. First analyses have showed that commitment to the own national identity, sense of security, satisfaction with current life and a higher proportion of non-Luxembourgish individuals within the circle of friends and own family are related with a lower perceived threat. [less ▲]

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See detailKMT2A and KMT2B Mediate Memory Function by Affecting Distinct Genomic Regions
Kerimoglu, Cemil; Sakib, M. Sadman; Jain, Gaurav et al

in Cell Reports (2017)

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See detailLe regroupement familial des ressortissants de pays tiers en UE: pratiques nationales
Jacobs, Sarah UL; Petry, David UL; Sommarribas, Adolfo UL et al

Article for general public (2017)

Cette note de synthèse présente les principaux résultats de l’étude réalisée en 2016 par le Point de contact luxembourgeois du European Migration Network intitulée «Le regroupement familial des ... [more ▼]

Cette note de synthèse présente les principaux résultats de l’étude réalisée en 2016 par le Point de contact luxembourgeois du European Migration Network intitulée «Le regroupement familial des ressortissants de pays tiers: pratiques nationales» ainsi que du rapport de synthèse, élaboré par la Commission européenne à parti r des études nationales de 26 points de contacts nationaux du EMN (AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DE, EE, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, HU, IE, IT, LV, LT, LU, MT, NL, NO, PL, SK, SI, SE, UK). L’étude vise à comparer les politiques et pratiques nationales en matière de regroupement familial entre les différents États (membres). Plus précisément l’étude examine les: • critères d’admissibilité des membres de famille; • conditions pour le regroupement familial, ainsi que les mesures d’intégration avant et après l’admission; • aspects procéduraux de la demande de regroupement familial; • droits accordés aux ressortissants de pays ti ers réunis en famille dans l’Union européenne; • conditions de non-renouvellement ou de retrait du titre de séjour «membre de famille». L’étude se réfère à la situation telle qu’elle s’est présentée depuis 2011 et jusqu’à la fin de l’année 2016. Elle ne porte pas sur les ressortissants de pays tiers membres de famille d’un citoyen de l’Union ou d’un pays assimilé, tombant dans le champ d’application de la libre circulation des personnes. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of residual transceiver impairments on MMSE filtering performance of Rayleigh-product MIMO channels
Sharma, Shree Krishna UL; Papazafeiropoulos, Anastasios; Chatzinotas, Symeon UL et al

in Proc. IEEE International Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC 2017) (2017, July)

ecent studies have demonstrated the presence of residual transceiver hardware impairments even after employing calibration and compensation techniques in different wireless systems. The effect of these ... [more ▼]

ecent studies have demonstrated the presence of residual transceiver hardware impairments even after employing calibration and compensation techniques in different wireless systems. The effect of these impairments becomes more severe in the systems involving a large number of inexpensive Radio Frequency (RF) chains such as massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) systems due to the requirement of cost-efficient implementation. However, most of the existing studies consider ideal transceivers without incorporating the effect of residual hardware impairments. In this regard, this paper studies the impact of additive residual transceiver hardware impairments on the Minimum Mean Square Error (MMSE) filtering performance of Rayleigh-Product (RP) MIMO channels. Using principles from Random Matrix Theory (RMT), the MMSE filtering performance of the RP channels is analyzed and a tight lower bound is derived by taking the effects of residual additive transceiver impairments into account. Moreover, some useful insights on the performance of the considered system with respect to various parameters such as the transmit Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR), the number of scatterers and the severity of impairments on both the transmit and receive sides are provided. [less ▲]

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See detailCompeting for space in an already crowded market: a mixed methods study of why an online community of practice (CoP) for alcohol harm reduction failed to generate interest amongst the group of public health professionals at which it was aimed
Korjonen, Maria Helena UL

in Implementation Science (2017), (12), 91

Background: Improving mechanisms for knowledge translation (KT) and connecting decision-makers to each other and the information and evidence they consider relevant to their work remains a priority for ... [more ▼]

Background: Improving mechanisms for knowledge translation (KT) and connecting decision-makers to each other and the information and evidence they consider relevant to their work remains a priority for public health. Virtual communities of practices (CoPs) potentially offer an affordable and flexible means of encouraging connection and sharing of evidence, information and learning among the public health community in ways that transgress traditional geographical, professional, institutional and time boundaries. The suitability of online CoPs in public health, however, has rarely been tested. This paper explores the reasons why particular online CoP for alcohol harm reduction hosted by the UK Health Forum failed to generate sufficient interest from the group of public health professionals at which it was aimed. Methods: The study utilises online web-metrics demonstrating a lack of online activity on the CoP. One hundred and twenty seven responses to an online questionnaire were used to explore whether the lack of activity could be explained by the target audience’s existing information and evidence practices and needs. Qualitative interviews with 10 members describe in more detail the factors that shape and inhibit use of the virtual CoP by those at which it was targeted. Results: Quantitative and qualitative data confirm that the target audience had an interest in the kind of information and evidence the CoP was set up to share and generate discussion about, but also that participants considered themselves to already have relatively good access to the information and evidence they needed to inform their work. Qualitative data revealed that the main barriers to using the CoP were a proliferation of information sources meaning that participants preferred to utilise trusted sources that were already established within their daily routines and a lack of time to engage with new online tools that required any significant commitment. [less ▲]

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