Thierry Fichefet - Curriculum Vitae#

Long CV(info)(2017)


Master Degree in Physics (UCL, 1983), Special Master Degree (DEA) in Physics (1985) and Ph.D. in Sciences (UCL, 1988)

Professional appointments
  • 2008-present : Full Professor at UCL
  • 2016-present : President of the School of Physics of UCL
  • 2010-2012 : Head of TECLIM and of the Earth & Climate Research Division (ELIC) of ELI
  • 2004-2008 : Associate Professor at UCL
  • 2004-2010 : Head of the Georges Lemaître Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (ASTR) of the Department of Physics of UCL
  • 2004-present : Honorary Research Associate of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) at TECLIM
  • 2003-2004 : Part-time Associate Professor at UCL
  • 1998-2003 : Part-time Lecturer at UCL
  • 1995-1998 : Invited Part-time Lecturer at UCL
  • 1989-2004 : Research Associate of the FNRS at ASTR
  • 1989 : Senior Research Assistant of the French National Centre for Scientific Research at Météo-France, Toulouse.
  • 1988-1989 : Research Assistant at ASTR
  • 1984–1988 : Research Assistant of the FNRS at ASTR

Research interests
  • Large-scale sea ice modelling (leader of the Louvain-la-Neuve sea ice modelling – LIM – group)
  • Modelling cryosphere–climate interactions
  • Modelling climate variability and changes at the global scale, with focus on polar regions

Research experience
  • Principal investigator in 38 research projects funded by UCL, FNRS, the French Community of Belgium, the Belgian Science Policy, several French agencies and the European Commission
  • Author or co-author of 123 scientific papers published in refereed journals/books, 67 scientific papers published in non-refereed journals/books and 269 conference abstracts (6399 Scopus citations ; h-index : 40)
  • Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 1 Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports
  • 130 oral or poster presentations in conferences (57 invited)
  • Invited seminars in 20 research institutions worldwide
  • Long stays abroad : Météo-France, Toulouse (1989)
  • Supervisor or co-supervisor of 24 Ph.D. theses (5 of them are under way) and 15 postdoctoral researchers
  • Member of 45 Ph.D. thesis review committees (8 outside UCL)

Honours and awards
  • Member of the Academia Europaea
  • Adolphe Wetrems Prize (Mathematical and Physical Sciences) of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (2005).
  • Nobel Peace Prize 2007, awarded to the IPCC
  • Gérard Mégie Prize 2008 of the Academy of Sciences of the Institute of France
  • Louis Agassiz Medal 2016 of the Division on Cryospheric Sciences of the European Geophysical Union

  • Holder or co-holder of 9 courses in basic physics, meteorology-climatology, physical oceanography, glaciology and climate modelling at UCL in 2016–2017.
  • Supervisor or co-supervisor of 8 DEA theses and 56 Master theses

Membership in scientific and academic societies

Belgian Royal Society of Astronomy, Meteorology and Earth Physics ; European Geosciences Union ; American Geophysical Union ; International Glaciological Society ; International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (Belgian representative) ; Belgian National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics ; Belgian National Committee for Antarctic Research ; Alumni College of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium.

Participation to scientific working groups
  • Member of the Belgian National Advice Research Council on Climate Change (1991–1993)
  • Member of the Euroclivar Committee (1996–1999)
  • Participation in the development of the implementation plan of the Research Programme on Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) (1996–1998)
  • Belgian representative at the International CLIVAR Conference (1998) and Belgian representative in CLIVAR (since 1999)
  • Invited expert in the Numerical Experimentation Group of the Research Programme on Arctic Climate System Study/Climate and Cryosphere (ACSYS/CliC) of the WCRP (1998–2005)
  • Member of the ACSYS/CliC Scientific Steering Group (1999–2007)
  • Chairman of the working group in charge of updating the sea ice model of the French climate modelling community (1999-2003)
  • Member of the PRISM Scientific Steering Group and System Specification Working Group (2001–2005)
  • Member of the European Network for Earth System Modelling (ENES) (since 2001)
  • Member of the SCOR/IMAGES Working Group on Past Ocean Circulation (2003-2007)
  • Member of the Developers Committee of the Nucleous for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO) System (since 2004)
  • Member of the COMBINE (Comprehensive modelling of the Earth system for better climate prediction and projection) Governing Board (2009–2013)
  • Member of the EMBRACE (Earth system model bias reduction and assessing abrupt climate change) Governing Board (2011–2016)
  • Member of the PRIMAVERA (Process-based climate simulation : Advances in high resolution modelling and European climate risk assessment) Executive Board (since 2015)
  • Member of the APPLICATE (Advanced prediction in polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and linkages associated with Arctic climate change) Executive Board (since 2016)

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the French National Programme on the Study of Climate Dynamics (2002–2005)
  • Member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the International Polar Foundation (since 2003)
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Modelling Division of the Pierre Simon Laplace Institute, Paris (2005–2009)
  • Member of the Commission of Astrophysics, Geophysics and Climate Dynamics of the FNRS (2005-2009)
  • Member of the Commission of Earth and Environment Sciences of the Fund for the Research Formation in Industry and Agriculture (since 2005)
  • Topic editor of Ocean Science and referee for 15 international scientific journals
  • Reviewer of research projects for several international funding agencies, including the European Commission and the European Research Council
  • Participation to the organization of 26 international scientific meetings and sessions in symposia
  • Organizer of several study days on meteorology and climatology at UCL ; participation to several information and vulgarization activities organized by UCL and to the design of several exhibitions on climate and climate change with the Belgian Science Policy and the International Polar Foundation
  • Presentation of 3 popular conferences on climate and climate change per year, on average, in universities, high schools and societies
  • Numerous interviews on the issue of climate change given to the printed press, radio and television
  • Member of several councils and committees dealing with research policy, appointments/promotions and teaching at UCL
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