Prof. Francois Fripiat

Laboratoire de Glaciologie
Department Geosciences, Environment and Society

Université Libre de Bruxelles
Av. F.D. Roosevelt, 50, CP160/03
1050 Brussels, Belgium

Research appointments

2019-present                       Assistant Professor, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

2016-2019                            Research associate, Max-Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany

2013-2016                            Postdoctoral fellowship (FWO), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium

2011-2013                            Postdoctoral research associate, Princeton University, Princeton, USA

2010-2013                            Postdoctoral fellowship (FNRS), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

2006-2010                            Research assistant, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium



Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

2010                                       Ph.D. Geosciences

2005                                       M.A. Geosciences



2015-Present         Visiting professor at ULiège for the Master in Oceanography: OCEA0025-1, Dynamic of nutrients in                                          marine environment, part I: Chemical and biogeochemical aspects (2nd year Master, 12 hours/year)

2013-Present         Reader and mentor of several Ms. Thesis (n = 12) at ULB (‘Geosciences, Environment & Society’ and                                        ‘Ecole interfacultaire de Bioingénieurs’), VUB (‘Ocean & Lakes’), ULiège (‘Astrophysics, Geophysics and                                      Oceanography’) and UCLouvain (‘Faculté des Bioingénieurs’)

2013-2014             Teaching assistant for the Prof. Philippe Claeys, VUB

2010-2011             Teaching assistant for the Prof. Luc André, ULB


Participation in research network:

2017-Present                      Co-chair of the SCOR (Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research) working group ECV-ice:                                                            Measuring Essential Climate Variables in sea ice. 

2016-Present                      Steering committee of the research community BEPSII (SOLAS and CLIC). 

2015-Present                      Associate member of the Belgian National Committee on Antarctic Research. 

2013-2016                           Associated member of the SCOR (Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research) working group                                                      BEPSII: Bieogeochemical Exchanges Process at the Sea-Ice Interfaces.

2007-Present                      Participation to projects related to the International Polar Year and GEOTRACES ‘An                                                                      international study of the marine biogeochemical cycles of trace elements and their isotopes’.

Reviewer: “Biogeochemistry”, "Biogeosciences", “Deep-Sea Research II”, “Earth and Planetary Science Letters”, “Geochemical Journal”, "Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta", "Geology", “Global Biogeochemical Cycles”, “Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry”, “Journal of Plankton Research”, "Limnology & Oceanography", "Marine Chemistry", “Nature Geoscience”, “Paleoceanography”, “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society”, “Polar Biology”, “Quaternary Science reviews” and "Silicon"

Reviewer for research project: Italian Antarctic Program (Italy), National Science Foundation (USA) and National Research Foundation (South Africa)


2017-2020           SCOR (Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research) working group ECV-ice: Measuring Essential Climate                                    Variables in sea ice. Co-Chair with Prof. D. Nomura (Hokkaido University) and Prof. B.G.T. Else (University                                of Calgary)

2016-2019           Principal Investigator of OCEANIC project (nitrous oxide and nitrogen Cycling in Antarctic sea ice                                              Covered zone), funded by BELSPO (Belgian Science Policy)

2010-2014           Principal investigator of BIGSOUTH project (BioGeochemical cycles in the SOUTHern Ocean: Role within                                 the Earth System), funded by BELSPO (Belgian Science Policy) to promote China-Belgium Research                                           Cooperation.

2010                    COST short-term scientific mission “Nitrogen and Silicon isotopic signatures in Arctic sea ice (Greenland                                 coastal area)”, in collaboration with Dirk Notz from the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg,                                  Germany)

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