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Interuniversity attraction poles 5 (IAP)


  • Responsible(s) Federal Science Policy:
    Feys Veronique, Lejour Corinne
  • Final decision of the Ministers Council: 22/12/2000
  • Duration of the research: 1/1/2002 - 31/12/2006
  • Budget: 111,638,000.00 EUR
  • Research projects: 36

Accompanying committee:

Members of the Federal Authority, Flemish Community, French Community, VLIR, CREF, 2 foreign experts


The "Interuniversity Attraction Poles" (IAP) Programme aims to provide support for teams of excellence in basic research that belong to Belgium’s various (linguistic) Communities and work as part of a network in order to increase their joint contribution to general scientific advances and, where applicable, to international scientific networks.

The programme’s objectives are to:

- award teams already recognised in the international scientific community additional human and material resources in order to put together a sufficient critical mass;
- encourage interactions between Belgium’s Communities and consolidate ties between universities belonging to these Communities in order to form lasting networks;
- develop or create collaborations between teams from different institutions and promote complementarity and interdisciplinarity between these teams;
- enable young teams to benefit from the environment of excellence constituted by a network and its international influence in order to ensure continuity in the excellence of basic research in Belgium.


The 36 research networks are classified into different categories: biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, applied sciences, historical sciences, social sciences and humanities.

Research projects:

P5/01: Quantum size effects in nanostructured materials

P5/02: Angiogenesis and vessel wall diseases

P5/03: Supramolecular chemistry and catalysis

P5/04: Dynamic sensory processsing, learning and visual cognition

P5/05: Transmembrane transport and protein phosphorylation in the regulation of cell function

P5/06: Advanced mechatronic systems (AMS)

P5/07: Exotic nuclei for nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics

P5/08: From microstructure towards plastic behaviour of single- and multiphase materials

P5/09: Urban and rural transformation in de western and eastern Roman Empire. Interdisciplinary archaeology of late antique and early medieval times

P5/10: Urban society in the Low Countries (late Middle Ages - 16th century)

P5/11: Mobile multimedia communication systems and networks

P5/12: Molecular and cellular mechanisms of inflammation and cell death

P5/13: Growth and development of higher plants

P5/14: The land of Sumer and Akkad. Reconstruction of its environment and history

P5/15: Human rights of children. Standard setting, implementation, social reality: evaluation of the emancipatory character of human rights instruments

P5/16: The loyalties of knowledge. The positions and responsabilities of the sciences and of scientists in a democratic constitutional state

P5/17: Molecular and cellular basis for beta cell therapy in diabetes

P5/18: Photons and photonics: from basic physics to system concepts

P5/19: Molecular genetics and cell biology

P5/20: Neuro-endocrine interactions in the gastro-intestinal tract under normal and pathological conditions

P5/21: Equilibrium theory and optimisation for public policy and industry regulation

P5/22: Dynamical systems and control: computation, identification and modelling

P5/23: Theory of the norm and democratic governance

P5/24: Statistical techniques and modelling for complex substantive questions with complex data

P5/25: Molecular pathogenesis of genetic diseases

P5/26: Universities and firms: a comparative analysis of the interaction between market processes, organizational strategies and governance

P5/27: Fundamental interactions: at the boundary of theory, phenomenology and experiment

P5/28: Regulation of immune responses: from fundamental immunology to anti-tumoral immunity

P5/29: Cell signalling and differentiation during host-parasite interactions: the trypanosome model

P5/30: G protein-coupled receptors: functional genomics, molecular pharmacology, structure-function studies

P5/31: Identification and functional analysis of key genes in hormone-sensitive human epithelial tumors

P5/32: The law of European integration: the internal dimension and the external dimension

P5/33: Protein structure and function in the post-genomic and proteomic era

P5/34: Computational electromagnetics for electrical power applications and interactions with information technology devices

P5/35: Paracrine and transcriptional control of embryogenesis in vertebrates

P5/36: Modern aspects of theoretical and observational (ground-based and space-borne) astrophysics


Jouer avec les atomes : la nanotechnologie acquiert ses lettres de noblesse
(Revue Mens n°27)
  Malines : Mens, 2003 (SP1133)
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Spelen met atomen : nanotechnologie wordt volwassen
(Mens n°48)
  Malines : Mens, 2003 (SP1134)
[To order

Interuniversity attraction poles : phase V   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1279)

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