Joint Projects


Projects 2020

Upon recommendation by the CELSA Evaluation Committee, the CELSA Board selects yearly 10-12 collaborative research projects that are financed with means of the CELSA Research Fund. The purpose is to set up new scientific collaborations between researchers from the CELSA partners. Projects are funded for two years and serve as a leverage towards European Commission competitive funding programmes, such as Horizon 2020.

  • Transparency Reforms and the Allocation of Public Funds by Kristof De Witte (KU Leuven/Fac. Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen/ALO FEB Leuven) and Petr Janský (CUNI/Fac. of Social Sciences/Institute of Economic Studies)

  • Musical Interactions between the Low Countries and Central Europe, 1400-1650 by David Burn (KU Leuven/Fac. Letteren/OG Musicologie Leuven) and Lenka Hláková (CUNI/Fac. of Arts/Musicology)

  • Analysis of the supportive environment of new entrants in farming by Erik Mathijs (KU Leuven/W&T/Afd. Bio-economie), Irma Potocnik Slavlc (UL/Fac. of Arts/Dept. of Geography) and Sara Uhan (UL/Fac. of Arts/Dept. of Geography)

  • Ferroptosis: a novel paradigm in the neurodegenerative pathology of Wolfram syndrome by Anton Terasmaa (UT/Fac. of Medicine/Institute of Bio- and Translational Medicine), Godelieve Moons (KU Leuven/Groep Wetenschap & Technologie/Afd. Dierenfysiologie en Neurobiologie), Lies De Groef (KU Leuven/Dept. Biologie/Afd. Dierenfysiologie en Neurobiologie) and Mario Plaas (UT/Fac. of Medicine/Laboratory Animal Centre)

  • CO2-FIX: CO2 as a Sustainable Building Block in Photoredox Catalysis by Erik Van der Eycken (KU Leuven/W&T/Afd. Moleculair Design en Synthese) and Zoltán Novák (ELTE/Institute of Chemistry/”Lendület” Catalysis and Organic Synthesis Research Group)

  • Self-assembling Multi Layer Enzyme Network for Flow Biocatalysis by Simon Kuhn (KU Leuven/Groep Wetenschap & Technologie/Afd. Procestechnologie v. Duurzame Syst.), Diána Balogh (BME/Dept. of Organic Chemistry and Technology/BioOrganic Research Group)and Igor Plazl (UL/Fac. of Chemistry and Chemical Technology/Chair of Chemical Process, Environmental and Biochemical Engineering)

  • Design methods and computational tools for delay-based vibration suppression of mechanical systems by Wim Michiels (KU Leuven/Groep Wetenschap & Technologie/Afd. NUMA) and Tomáš Vyhlídal (CTU/Fac. of Mechanical Engineering/Dept. of Instrumentation and Control Engineering)

  • Development of custom micro-structured surfaces for improved lubrication in shoulder implants by Kathleen Denis (KU Leuven/Groep Wetenschap & Technologie/TC Werktuigk.Industr.Ing.techn. GroepT), Brecht Van Hooreweder (KU Leuven/Dept. Werktuigkunde/Afd. MaPS), György Kocsis (Semmelweis/Dept. Of Orthopaedics/Bionics) and Gábor Szebényi (BME/Fac. of Mechanical Engineering/Dept. of Polymer Engineering)

  • Towards continuous combustion of gasified municipal solid waste by Maarten Vanierschot (KU Leuven/Groep Wetenschap & Technologie/TC Werktuigk.Industr.Ing.techn. GroepT) Jo Van Caneghem (Dept. Materiaalkunde/TC Materialentechnologie Groep T), Tomaž Katrašnik (UL/Fac. of Mechanical Engineering/Dept. of Energy Engineering/Laboratory for internal combustion engines and electromobility) and Tine Seljak (UL/Fac. of Mechanical Engineering/Dept. of Energy Engineering/Laboratory for internal combustion engines and electromobility)

  • SMARt biomaterials for bioprinting of vascularized TISsues (SMARTIS) by Heidi Declercq (KU Leuven/Fac. Geneeskunde/Fac. Geneeskunde Kulak), Brigita Tomšič (UL/Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering/Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design) and Andrzej Kotarba (Jagiellonian/Faculty of Chemistry/Department of Inorganic Chemistry)

  • A complementary in vivo-in silico approach to optimize nanomaterial delivery in solid tumors by Stefaan Soenen (KU Leuven/Groep Biomedische Wetenschappen/Dept. Beeldvorming & Pathologie), Barjouhi Manshian (KU Leuven/Dept. Beeldvorming & Pathologie/Biomedische MRI), Kaido Tämm (UT/Department of Chemistry, Chair of Chemical Physics) and Luri Sikk (UT, Department of Chemistry, Chair of Chemical Physics)

  • Generation of nanobodies against immunomodulating checkpoint receptors in glioblastoma tumor cells by

    Frederik De Smet (KU Leuven/Groep Biomedische Wetenschappen/Translationeel Cel- en Weefselonderzoek), Ivana Jovchevska (UL/Faculty of medicine/Institute of biochemistry) and Robert Roškar (UL/Faculty of pharmacy/Department of biopharmaceutics and pharmacokinetics)

  • Drug solubility in human intestinal fluids: multi-objective analysis and modelling by Patrick Augustijns (KU Leuven/Groep Biomedische Wetenschappen/Farmacotechnologie en Biofarmacie) and Uko Maran (UT/Institute of Chemistry/Chair of Molecular Technology)

Projects 2019

  • Intratumoral DNA-based immunomodulatory antibody therapy as a single or combined treatment with irradiation: A pre-clinical proof-of-concept study by Paul Declerck, Kevin Hollevoet (KU Leuven) and Gregor Serša (University of Ljubljana)
  • Treating cognitive decline by targeting energy production in the central nervous system by Lutgarde Arckens, Matthew Holt (KU Leuven) and Robert Zorec (University of Lubljana)
  • Deciphering biochemical molecular signalling by gases via MD simulations and QM/MM calculations by Jeremy Harvey (KU Leuven) and Julianna Oláh (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

  • CELL: ContExtual machine Learning of Language translations by Marie-Francine Moens (KU Leuven) and Jan Hajič and
    Pavel Pecina (CUNI) 

  • Chemically similar but physically different: Investigation of phase behaviour and granulation of amorphous solid dispersions prepared with electrospinning and spray drying by Guy Van den Mooter (KU Leuven) and György Marosi (BME)

  • Towards a typology of clausal prolepsis by Jeroen Van Craenenbroeck (KU Leuven) and Marcel den Dikken and Krisztina Szécsényi (ELTE)

  • Searching for the basis of symbolic number understanding by Bert Reynvoet (KU Leuven) and Attila Krajcsi (ELTE)

  • The impact of nutrient pollution and mycorrhizal type on soil biodiversity and functionality by Hans Jacquemyn (KU Leuven) and Leho Tedersoo (University of Tartu) and Petr Kohout (Charles University)

  • The impact of nutrient pollution and mycorrhizal type on soil biodiversity and functionality by Martin Zobel (University of Tartu) and Olivier Honnay (KU Leuven).

  • Polarization In wireless CommuNICations (PICNIC) by Nobby Stevens (KU Leuven) and Stanislav Zvanovec and Jan Bohata (Czech Technical University in Prague)

  • FAT-metBC: Facing increased Adiposity in Treating metastatic Breast Cancer by Christine Desmedt (KU Leuven) and Janina Kulka and A. Marcell Szasz (Semmelweis University)

  • Discovery of CCR7 small molecule inhibitors by virtual screening andhit-to-lead optimization by Dominique Schols (KU Leuven) and Stanislav Gobec (University of Lubljana)

Projects 2018 

  • Project title: The content analysis perspective of sovereign credit ratings and corporate spillover effects 

Rosanne Vanpée (KU Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen/OG Finance Brussel) - Bart Baesens (KU Leuven, Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfswetenschappen OG LIRIS Leuven) - Igor Lončarski (UL, Faculty of Economics, Dept. of Money and Finance)


  • Project title: The landscape setting of the pyramids of Abusir (Egypt) 

Harco Willems (KU Leuven, Faculteit Letteren/OG Archeologie Leuven) - Marleen De Meyer (KU Leuven, Faculteit Letteren OG Archeologie Leuven) - Miroslav Bárta (CUNI, Faculty of Arts, Czech Institute of Egyptology) - Martin Odler (CUNI, Faculty of Arts, Czech Institute of Egyptology)


  • Project title: Historical Canons and Canonization in Belgium and Hungary: a comparative analysis with a European perspective from the late 18th century to the early 21st century (COMPAIR) 

Tom Verschaffel (KU Leuven, Faculteit Letteren/OG Cultuurgesch. vanaf 1750 Kulak) - Gábor Sonkoly (ELTE, Faculty of Humanities, History Institute)


  • Project title: Challenging the European Monoculture: Towards a Policy on the Diversification of the European Literary Field. 

Elke Brems (KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, Translation Studies) - Orsolya Réthelyi (ELTE, Faculty of Arts, Dutch Studies)


  • Project title: Purposefully Controlling Mediated Architecture 

Andrew Vande Moere (KU Leuven, Fac. of Engineering Science, Dept. of Architecture) - Henri Hubertus Achten (CTU, Faculty of Architecture, Dept. of Architectural Modelling)


  • Project title: Autoantibodies in autoimmune-mediated thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura: from mechanistic insights towards the first steps in targeted therapy 

Karen Vanhoorelbeke (KU Leuven, Fac. of Sciences, Dept. Of Biochemistry) - Nick Geukens (KU Leuven, Dept. of Chemistry, PharmAbs) - Zoltán Prohászka (Semmelweis, Dept. of Medicine, Research Laboratory)


  • Project title: Models of Pathological Speech for Diagnosis and Speech Recognition 

Hugo Van hamme (KU Leuven, Fac. of Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering) - Klara Vicsi (BME, Fac. of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Dept. of Telecommunication and Media Informatics)


  • Project title: Bacillus as potential agent for control of pathogenic foodborne infections by Salmonella 

Hans Steenackers (KU Leuven, Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems (M²S), Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics)

- Ines Mandic Mulec (UL, Biotechnical Faculty, Dept. of Food Science and Technology)


  • Project title: Copper clusters as model catalysts for carbon dioxide hydrogenation to methanol 

Ewald Janssens (KU Leuven, Fac. of Science, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy) - László Nyulászi (BME, Dept. Of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry) Tibor Höltzl (BME, Dept. Of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry)


  • Project title: Harmonization of the use of cone-beam computed tomography for developmental disorders in the maxillofacial Harmonization of the use of cone-beam computed tomography for developmental disorders in the maxillofacialregion


Reinhilde Jacobs (KU Leuven, Biomedical Sciences Group, Dept. of Imaging & Pathology) - Krisztián Nagy (Semmelweis, 1st Dept. of Pediatrics, Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery)


  • Project title: Molecular mechanisms underlying Ca2+-signaling dysregulation in Wolfram Syndrome 

Allen Kaasik (UT, Inst. of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine, Dept. Of Pharmacology, Mitochondrial medicine) - Geert Bultynck (KU Leuven, Dept. Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Lab.  Cellular & Molecular Signaling) - Tim Vervliet (KU Leuven, Dept. Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Lab.  Cellular & Molecular Signaling) - Eero Vasar (UT, Inst. of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine, Dept. of Physiology)


  • Project title: Molecular basis of keratinopathies 

Sergei Strelkov (KU Leuven, Dept. Of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences, Biocrystallography) - Mirjana Liovic (UL, Fac. of Medicine, Mecical Center for Molecular Biology, Inst. for Biochemistry) - Petr Novak (CUNI, Fac. of Science, Loboratory of biomolecular structure and function).


Projects 2017


The CELSA Research Fund Evaluation Committee selected the first 10 CELSA collaborative research projects. The Fund’s purpose is to setup new scientific collaborations between the CELSA partners. Projects are funded for two years and serve as leverage to European Commission competitive funding programmes, such as Horizon 2020.


  • Project title: Structure-based design of new antitubercular medicines. 

KU Leuven (Arthur Van Aerschot) - Charles University in Prague (Dolezal Martin)

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KU Leuven (Dirk De Vos) - Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) (László Poppe)

  • Project title: Time Dependent Combinatorial Optimization.  

KU Leuven (Frederik Spieksma) - Eotvos University (Tibor Jordan)

  • Project title: Discovery of new leads modulating voltage gated potassium ion channels as emerging cancer targets  

KU Leuven (Jan Tytgat) - University of Ljubljana (Lucija Peterlin Mašič)

  • Project title: Firm-level hubs and impact of granularity on the propagation of shocks and aggregate output fluctuations in a small open economy  

KU Leuven (Joep Konings) - Ljubljana University (Joze Damijan)

  • Project title: Uncertainty monitoring in autism: From basic research in young children and dogs to early diagnosis 

KU Leuven (Johan Wagemans) - Eötvös Loránd University (Adam Miklósi)

  • Project title: Metagenomic analysis of the virome of the honeybee (Apis mellifera) in the Czech Republic 

KU Leuven (Marc Van Ranst) -  Charles University in Prague (Ruth Tachezy)

  • Project title: DRASTIC: Dynamically Reconfigurable Architectures for Side-channel analysis protecTIon of Cryptographic DRASTIC: Dynamically Reconfigurable Architectures for Side-channel analysis protecTIon of Cryptographicimplementations


KU Leuven (Nele Mentens) - Czech Technical University in Prague (Martin Novotny)

  • Project title: SfS++: Efficient & Robust Structure from Semantics  

KU Leuven (Tinne Tuytelaars) - Czech Technical University in Prague (Ondrej Chum)

  • Project title: HIDUCTION: Privacy preserving data and knowledge fusion in personalized biomedicine  

KU Leuven (Yves Moreau) - Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Peter Antal) – Semmelweis University (Gabriella Juhasz)

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