EOS programme: ULB involved in 22 projects

Belgium's FNRS has just published the list of projects that will be supported by the Excellence of Science (EOS) programme. ULB is involved in 22 of the 38 projects selected, including 5 projects that it coordinates.

Belgium's FNRS has just published the list of research projects that will receive support from the Excellence of Science (EOS) programme. This new four-year research programme is funded by F.R.S.-FNRS for the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and by FWO for the Flemish community; its total budget is around 120 million euros.

With the EOS programme, research groups from the country's two linguistic communities can work together on joint projects dealing with fundamental research in all scientific disciplines.

For the 2017 campaign, 38 projects were selected from the 269 applications sent. ULB researchers contribute to 22 of these projects, including 5 which they are in charge of.

See the full list of projects involving ULB research teams

Remembering the Great War in Brussels

Some three years after commemorations began for the hundredth anniversary of World War I, the Brussels Studies Institute is publishing a retrospective analysis of the activities that were held in Brussels.

Several researchers from ULB's Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Psychology and Education have taken part in the study. They looked into the commemorative events in Brussels, what topics they tackled, who organised them, how they were funded, and what their effects were on the public.

One of the main takeaways of these events is that the Brussels-Capital region is emerging as having a major role in memorial celebrations. Other entities, whether at the federal, regional, or municipal level, as well as the civil society, have also held their own events around the capital, often jointly but sometimes concurrently.

Most events in Brussels dealt with one of two topics: everyday life in Brussels during the war, and Belgium's place within the global war. The study highlights the fact that the past has often been used as a tool to promote cohesion and integration, encourage debates and reflections on topical issues such as refugees, everyday life in an occupied country, perceptions of homosexuality, etc. This diverse commemoration reflects the diversity of Brussels.

Lastly, researchers have noted that the public reappropriates, to an extent, memorial events and therefore part of its own history. They call for a more direct and original dialogue between researchers and the public.