Lleida, Spain
Lleida, Spain

The University of Lleida is a university based in Lleida , Spain. It was the first university in Catalonia and the whole Crown of Aragon. It was founded between 1297 and 1301, probably with the name of Estudi General in the style of other Universities founded at that time , and closed down through a royal law or "Real Cédula" in 1717 along with the banning of the rest of Catalan Universities and the original political institutions of Catalonia. Felipe V founded a university in Cervera, a town 70 km. east of Lleida whose authorities had supported his side in the Spanish War of Succession in 1713, which replaced all Catalan universities.It was refounded on December 12, 1991 after a few hundred years parentheses by a law passed by the Catalan Parliament, and since then, besides the historical central edification located in Rambla d'Aragó, in what is nowadays the town district called Universitat, new buildings have been added to it. Wikipedia.


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The present invention is directed to a diagnostic method for adrenoleukodystrophy in a subject based on the determination of the levels of different markers. The invention also provides a method for monitoring the progression of an adrenoleukodystrophy, a method for monitoring the effect of an adrenoleukodystrophy therapy and fingolimod, an analogue, metabolite or derivative thereof, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, for use in the treatment and/or prevention of an adrenoleukodystrophy.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-RISE | Phase: MSCA-RISE-2014 | Award Amount: 1.04M | Year: 2015

The objective of the Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal project is to examine cultural production and cultural practices in periods of societal crisis at the turn-of the 20th Century on both sides of the Atlantic. The overarching aim of the project is to investigate the role of cultural production, not just as a vehicle to elaborate cohesive narratives in moments of crisis, but as a space to create alternative imaginaries for social renewal. We need to explore the changing nature of our societies and the reconfiguration of regional and/or national cultural landscapes into globalized real (and virtual) spaces that erode the cultural frontiers of the nation-state. The project aims to address the scarcity of scientific research on cultural narratives elaborated around conjunctures of crisis and renewal, from the 1970s transition to neoliberalism in Latin America, to the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis in Spain. The analysis of cultural narratives and production in periods of societal crisis will lead us to identify underlying sets of values, beliefs, and practices: the way people think and act; who those people are and why they operate in a given cultural set (Cardoso and Jacobetty 2012). The programme will bring together researchers specialized in Hispanic and Latin American culture from 4 universities in Europe (Newcastle University (UNEW), Amsterdam University (UVA), Universitat de Valncia (UV) and Universitat de Lleida (UDL)) and 4 universities in Latin America (Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH), Pontificia Universidad Catlica del Per (PUCP), Universidad Nacional de Crdoba (UNC: Argentina), and Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF: Argentina)). The project will support international networking, high quality academic publications (including at least 3 edited volumes, and 6 collaborative articles in international peer-reviewed journals), and knowledge transfer through research and training events, conferences, and exhibitions.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SFS-03a-2014 | Award Amount: 6.64M | Year: 2015

EMPHASIS is a participatory research project addressing native and alien pests threats (insect pests, pathogens, weeds) for a range of both natural ecosystems and farming systems (field crops, protected crops, forestry, orchards and amenity plants). The overall goal is to ensure a European food security system and the protection of biodiversity and of ecosystems services while developing integrated mechanisms of response measures (practical solutions) to predict, to prevent and to protect agriculture and forestry systems from native and alien pests threats. The specific objectives are the following: 1.Predict, Prioritize and Planning: pest management challenges and opportunities will be evaluated according to stakeholder-focused criteria and through pathway analysis; 2.Prevent: practical solutions for surveillance in different pathways to enhance preparedness will be provided to end-users, and monitoring tools following outbreaks and eradication will be developed; 3.Protect: practical solutions for managing native and alien pests in agriculture, horticulture and forestry will be developed, their technical and economic feasibility will be demonstrated and their market uptake will be enhanced. 4.Promote: a mutual learning process with end-users will be developed, and the solutions identified by the project will be promoted through training and dissemination. The project is in line with EU policy framework (Plant Health Dir. 2000/29/EC, EU Biodiversity strategy to 2020, Dir. 2009/128/EC on sustainable use of pesticides, Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe) and its future developments (Reg. on protective measures against pests of plants, Reg. on Invasive Alien Species). The project is not focused on a single management systems but the plant/pest ecosystems dealt with are treated with a multi-method approach to design true IPM methodology that will be developed for key systems with portability to other similar systems, thereby having a large impact.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SFS-01a-2014 | Award Amount: 9.93M | Year: 2015

Feed-a-Gene aims to better adapt different components of monogastric livestock production systems (i.e., pigs, poultry and rabbits) to improve the overall efficiency and to reduce the environmental impact. This involves the development of new and alternative feed resources and feed technologies, the identification and selection of robust animals that are better adapted to fluctuating conditions, and the development of feeding techniques that allow optimizing the potential of the feed and the animal. To reach this overall objective, the project will: - Develop new and alternative feeds and feed technologies to make better use of local feed resources, green biomass and by-products of the food and biofuel industry. - Develop methods for the real-time characterization of the nutritional value of feeds to better use and adapt diets to animal requirements. - Develop new traits of feed efficiency and robustness allowing identification of individual variability to select animals that are more adapted to changes in feed and environmental conditions. - Develop biological models of livestock functioning to better understand and predict nutrient and energy utilization of animals along their productive trajectory. - Develop new management systems for precision feeding and precision farming combining data and knowledge from the feed, the animal, and the environment using innovative monitoring systems, feeders, and decision support tools. - Evaluate the overall sustainability of new management systems developed by the project. - Demonstrate the innovative technologies developed by the project in collaboration with partners from the feed industry, breeding companies, equipment manufacturers, and farmers organisations to promote the practical implementation of project results. - Disseminate new technologies that will increase animal production efficiency, whilst maintaining product quality and animal welfare and enhance EU food security to relevant stakeholders.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: LCE-20-2014 | Award Amount: 4.30M | Year: 2015

Following the EC SET-Plan Education and Training Roadmap, the concept of this proposal is to develop a joint PhD programme between universities and research centres, on the topic of Thermal Energy Storage (TES). The goal of INPATH-TES is to create a network of universities and research institutes to implement a joint PhD programme on TES technologies. The final result of such a network is to educate professionals on these technologies for the European research and industry institutions. The consortium includes 14 universities that will implement the joint PhD programme, two research institutions (AIT and PROMES-CNRS), three companies and two SME (Arcelik, Abengoa Solar NT, KIC InnoEnergy, UFP and LAIF), that will cooperate in defining the programme and in its implementation and deployment. The specific objectives of the project will lead to the qualification of professionals for the European research and industry institutions, bringing Europe to continue being leaders in these technologies. The partners in the proposal will be the core of a future larger network of excellent R&D institutions, and industries for co-funding and industrial placement, sharing infrastructure capacities, and enhancing mobility of students. The overall approach of the project involves a work plan divided in six work packages, being either coordination or support activities. Coordination activities: WP1 Management and coordination; WP3 Developing, maintaining and updating a PhD programme in TES; and WP4 Implementation of the PhD programme in TES. Support activities: WP2 External communication and dissemination; WP5 Stakeholder involvement and extension of partnerships; and WP6 Framework for monitoring and evaluation of INPATH-TES as well as IPR and regulatory issues.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-25-2015 | Award Amount: 3.37M | Year: 2016

The aim of STREAMS is to bring Europe into the new leading thermal management paradigm and maintain EU position at the forefront of ICT development. With a focused consortium gathering complementary experts, STREAMS will develop a generic active cooling thermal management solution (reaching TRL4), to keep nanoelectronic devices and systems performances at their best, while meeting IC future challenges. To successfully integrate Versatile microfluidic actuation, Anticipating thermal map and Thermal energy harvesting in a Si-based interposer, STREAMS will: - Lay-out advanced functionalities for the power efficient cooling control of application use-cases with critical heat load spatial distributions including hotspot areas (150 to 300 W/cm2) and background areas (20W/cm2) and temporal heat load variation in typical sub-second time scale - Develop self-adaptive and controlled micro-fluidic actuators to decrease by 25% both the pressure loss and the fluid flow rate, while controlling the temperature distribution within 15% below the acceptable limits of each component for spatial and temporal heat flux variation scenarios - Integrate IC compatible passive heat flux sensors (sensitivity up to S=100mV/K) at the interposer level to anticipate thermal map variation (time response~200ms, lateral spatial resolution=500m) - Take advantage of existing thermal gradients to embed high performance nanostructured thermoelectric generator (harvested power up to 10mW) to power local functionalities (microfluidic valves, power management and read-out circuits, control ASIC) - Integrate the developed functionalities into a Si based interposer to demonstrate a smart, adaptable and embedded active cooling thermal management solution with reduced footprint (70% thickness reduction) and reduced consumption (-50%) - Assess reliability and performances of STREAMS thermal management solution in real future high performance applications in micro-servers (P=50W) and network use cases (P=200W)


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EE-04-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 4.00M | Year: 2016

Rapid expansion of utilisation of solar thermal energy for increasing energy efficiency of buildings have been adopted in short/medium- and long-term Energy Strategies of EU countries in line with regional actions with the European climate energy objectives as defined in the European Unions 20-20-20 targets and in the European Commissions Energy Roadmap 2050. The overall objective of this project is to develop an innovative high performance and cost effective 2-kWel/18-kWth solar heat and power system for application in individual dwellings and small business residential buildings for on-site electricity and heat generation using solar thermal energy at temperature levels of 250-280 deg.C. The proposed technology will be laboratory validated and undergo filed tests on a demonstration site. The project will utilise the expertise of the consortium members in the development of small Organic Rankine Cycle plants, linear Fresnel mirror solar energy concentrating collectors; advanced heat pipe technologies for the thermal management; high performance Thermal Energy Storage systems on the basis of Phase Change Materials; smart control units for integration of solar thermal and boiler heating circuits. Also participants of this Project are experienced in integration of Renewable energy technologies into buildings, optimisation of complex plants and in analysis and predictions of socio-economic impact and in commercialisation of new Renewable energy products. It is estimated that the proposed technology will deliver 60% of domestic energy requirements and provide 20% reduction in energy costs and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions compared to the best existing low carbon energy technologies. In this way the project will also assist in improving the quality of life of population within and outside the EU and provide clean, efficient and secure energy to dwellings.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-19-2015 | Award Amount: 3.77M | Year: 2016

In video veritas, if we divert the old Latin saying: In video, there is truth! The digital media revolution and the convergence of social media with broadband wired and wireless connectivity are bringing breaking news to online video platforms; and, news organisations delivering information by Web streams and TV broadcast often rely on user-generated recordings of breaking and developing news events shared by social media to illustrate the story. However, in video there is also deception. Access to increasingly sophisticated editing and content management tools, and the ease in which fake information spreads in electronic networks requires reputable news outlets to carefully verify third-party content before publishing it, reducing their ability to break news quickly while increasing costs in times of tight budgets. InVID will build a platform providing services to detect, authenticate and check the reliability and accuracy of newsworthy video files and video content spread via social media. This platform will enable novel newsroom applications for broadcasters, news agencies, web pure-players, newspapers and publishers to integrate social media content into their news output without struggling to know if they can trust the material or how they can reach the user to ask permission for re-use. It will ensure that verified and rights-cleared video content is readily available for integration into breaking and developing news reports. Validated by real customer pilots, InVID will help protecting the news industry from distributing fakes, falsehoods, lost reputation and ... lawsuits. The InVID platform and applications will be validated and qualified through several development and validation cycles. They will be pilot-tested by three leading institutions in the European news industry ecosystem: AFP (the French News Agency), DW (Deutsche Welle), and APA (the Austria Press Agency), and will create new exploitation possibilities for all consortium members.

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