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




2019-Present - Assistant professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles for the Bachelor in Geography, Master in Environmental Sciences and Management, Master in Geology, and Master in Chemistry: Climate archives and recent Earth’s climatic history; Matter and Energy in the Environment: Analysis, transport and instability; In-depths questions in glaciology-atmosphere-climate; Master thesis learning; Stage; field excursion in geography

2015-2020 - Visiting professor at ULiège for the Master in Oceanography: Dynamic of nutrients nutrients in marine environment, part I: Chemical and biogeochemical aspects

2013-2014 - Teaching assistant at VUB for the Master in Chemistry (Prof. P. Claeys): Environmental Chemistry

2010-2011 - Teaching assistant at ULB for the Master in Environmental Sciences and Management and the Master in Geology (Prof. L. André): Isotope geochemistry applied to the environment

Co-directed Ph.D. and Ms. Thesis

2018-2022 - Co-promotor of the Ph.D. thesis of Sarah Wauthy (ULB; Prof. J.-L. Tison and Prof. F. Pattyn as promotors) “Ice core evidence of surface mass balance and sea ice extent changes across the Anthropocene transition in East Antarctica”

2016-2020 - Co-promotor of the Ph.D. thesis of Caroline Jacques (ULB-ULiège; Prof. J.-L. Tison and B. Delille as promotors) “Using isotopes to understand the role of sea ice in the biogeochemical cycle of methane”.

2016-2020 - Co-promotor of the Ph.D. thesis of Florian Deman (VUB-ULiège; Prof. M. Elskens and Prof. B.  Delille as promotors) “Nitrous oxide and nitrogen cycling in Antarctic sea ice covered zone”

2013-2018 - Co-promotor of the Ph.D. thesis of Arnout Roukaerts (VUB; Prof. F. Dehairs as promotor) “Novel insights in nitrogen and carbon biogeochemistry of Antarctic sea ice: the potential role of a microbial biofilm”

2013-2020 - 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’)


Participation in research network:

2017-Present - Co-chair of the SCOR (Scientific Committee for Oceanographic 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 IPY, GOSHIP and GEOTRACES .

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 - Co-Chair of the SCOR 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)

2013-2016 - FWO postdoctoral fellowship (PI) (Re-assessing the significance of nutrient cycling by the marine pelagic and sympagic microbial community based on nitrogen and silicon isotope dynamics), Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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

2010-2013 - FNRS postdoctoral fellowship (PI) (Nitrogen and silicon isotopic signatures in the sea ice and surface waters of the polar ocean), Université Libre de Bruxelles

2010 - COST short-term scientific mission (PI) “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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