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HS4U is a cross-national 3-year long Research and Innovation Action (01/09/2022-31/08/2025), supported by the European Union within the framework of the Horizon Europe programme.
HS4U aims to develop and demonstrate holistic solutions that will facilitate the early detection, prevention, mitigation, and management of large passenger and cruise ships ensuring healthy ship operations and safe return to port over conditions of a health crisis.
In this project, IMSE is responsible of task 3.1 aiming at building the requirements for sensors and actuators solutions to be used for epidemics management aboard ship, then at developing the corresponding solutions. In addition, IMSE will develop a RNA sensor to be used for waste water analytics.


Adaptation of the LOTUS sensor for DNA/RNA detection: The carbon nanotubes are functionalized with gold nanoparticles, themselves functionalized by DNA or RNA, forming a ternary hybride nanomaterial. Gold nanoparticles: copyright Aleksandar Kondinski — Ternary hybrid: Image reproduced from (Ursu et al., 2017)


  • Lebental, B. (2024). Real-Time, Systematic Disease Detection on Cruise Ships: Feasibility Assessment for Outbreak Prevention. In: Rassia, S.T. (eds) The Blue Book. Springer, Cham.
  • Lebental, B. et al. (2024). Scenarios for Sensors and Actuators Deployment to Prevent and Mitigate Epidemics on Cruise Ships. In: Rassia, S.T. (eds) The Blue Book. Springer, Cham.


  • BérengèreLebental

    MSc, PhD, ICPEF, HDR
    Direction de recherches
    Conseillère scientifique d'Altaroad
    Conseillère scientifique d'Hydroscope
    ORCID : 0000-0001-8985-8203

    MSc, PhD, ICPEF, HDR
    Research direction
    Scientific advisor of Altaroad -
    Scientific advisor of Hydroscope -
    ORCID : 0000-0001-8985-8203