Press release on the COVID-19 crisis - Wallonia and Brussels mobilise with more than 190 research projects and business initiatives, gathered on a new platform: WWW.COVID19-WB.be.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, a large number of scientific research projects and business initiatives have been rapidly set up in Wallonia and Brussels to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on health and society as a whole. A very large number of skills and expertise, in all fields of science, have been associated with these projects.
At the initiative of the Royal Academy of Medicine and the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium, supported by the universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the #FNRS was asked to draw up an inventory and to disseminate it on the Internet.
This is now done, with a first version of this inventory published this Wednesday morning on www.COVID19-WB.be. The site currently brings together nearly 250 initiatives developed to help combat the pandemic and its consequences: scientific research (universities and FNRS) is represented by more than 160 projects, in addition to some thirty business initiatives, as well as the reference of some fifty expertises in various scientific fields.
This site has been designed with a view to constant improvement: other projects may be added to the current version on a regular basis.
The site can be consulted in English and constitutes a unique database demonstrating the richness, dynamism and diversity of our scientific research (fundamental and applied).
applied) and our companies.
The themes are about :
- Fundamental research in Life and Health Sciences
- Tests and diagnostics
- Therapy and care
- Vaccines and prevention
- Big data and e-health
- People and society
- Economics, ethics and law
- Public policy
- Information and communication
The initiatives can come from the 6 universities of the FWB, the FNRS, university hospitals, universities, federal institutions, research centres or companies.