Curriculum Vitae

Personal Details:

Education and Employment History:

  • 1.4.2013 - present
    Scientist and coordinator of the operational Space Weather Services at the Solar Influences Data analysis Centre (SIDC) of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), Brussels, Belgium
  • 1.1.2012 - 31.12.2012
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow: Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • 1.1.2011 - 31.12.2011
    International Outgoing Marie Curie Fellowship: CSAM - Coronal Seismology and Magnetoseismology
    Return Phase Host institution: Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • 1.11.2008 - 31.10.2010
    International Outgoing Marie Curie Fellowship: CSAM - Coronal Seismology and Magnetoseismology
    Outgoing Phase Host institution: Centre for Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics (now Monash Centre for Astrophysics), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1.11.2007 - 31.10.2010
    Post-doctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (Belgium)
    Extension
    Host institution: Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, Leuven
  • 01.10.2004 - 31.10.2007
    Post-doctoral Fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (Belgium)
    Host Institution: Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, Leuven
  • 01.12.2003 - 30.09.2004
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, Leuven
  • 01.09.1999 - 30.11.2003
    Ph.D. student at the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics, Leuven, under supervision of Prof. Marcel Goosssens.
    Title of the thesis: 'Damping and Amplification of MHD Quasi-modes in Coronal Plumes and Loops'
  • 01.10.1995 - 31.06.1999
    Academic Studies of  Mathematics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. Obtained the degree (Licentiaat) in Mathematics (specialization: Mathematical Physics and Astronomy) magna cum laude.
    Title of the thesis: 'Kelvin-Helmholtz instabilities and resonant flow instabilities of coronal plumes'
  • 01.09.1989 - 31.06.1995
    General Education at the Sint-Gummaruscollege, Lier, Belgium. Specialization: Latin-Mathematics

Refereed Publications

1000+ citations, including several 100+ cited articles of which 3 as first author, H-index = 17.

International Workshop and Conference participation/organisation:

C = contributed talk, I = invited contribution, S = SOC member, L = LOC member
  • (C) SIDC products in ESA-SSA Space weather service network, 13th European Space Weather Week, November 14-18, 2016, Ostend, Belgium
  • IBUKS workshop on Waves and oscillations in the solar atmosphere, June 16-17, 2016, Leuven, Belgium
  • (I) Conclusions for the Solar Weather ESC from the SSA-SWE Thematic Workshop, May 10-12, 2016, Darmstadt, Germany
  • (C) Learning from 15 years of operational Space Weather Forecasting, 12th European Space Weather Week, November 2015, Ostend, Belgium
  • (I) The ESA-SSA Solar Weather Expert Service Centre, 12th European Space Weather Week, November 2015, Ostend, Belgium
  • (C) SIDC space weatgher services, contribution to STCE workshop on Natural hazards for aviation, June 2, 2015, Brussels, Belgium
  • (I) The ESA-SSA Solar Weather Expert Service Centre, 11th European Space Weather Week, November 2014, Liege, Belgium
  • (I) Workshop report at STCE Annual Report: Alfven Waves and Turbulence in Solar and Space Plasmas STCE Annual Meeting, June 7 2013, ROB, Brussels
  • (S) BUKS Workshop on MHD waves and seismology of the solar atmosphere 2012, Crete
  • (I) UK-MHD meeting, 2012, Sheffield
  • (C) National Astronomy Meeting, 2012, Manchester
  • (S) Joint 1st SWIFF meeting and celebration of 20 years CPA, 2012, Leuven
  • (I) Advanced Magnetohydrodynamics Workshop 2011, Lorentz Centre Leiden
  • (I) Royal Society International Wokshop on "Wave heating of the Solar Corona revisited" 2011, Chicheley Hall, Kavli Centre, Milton Keynes
  • (C) BUKS Workshop on MHD waves and seismology of the solar atmosphere 2010, St. Andrews
  • (L)(C) Melbourne Astrophysics Days 2010, Melbourne
  • (C) Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting 2010, London
  • (L) Leuven Mathematical Modelling and Computational Science Centre (LMCC) Workshop 2009, Leuven
  • (L)(C) BUKS Workshop on MHD waves and seismology of the solar atmosphere 2009, Leuven
  • (C) ISSI Workshop 2008, Bern
  • (L)(C) Dutch Astrophysics Days 2008, Leuven
  • (I) IAU Symposium 247, waves and oscillations in the solar atmosphere: heating and magneto-seismology 2007, Porlamar
  • (C) Soho19/GONG 2007 Seismology of Magnetic Activity, Melbourne
  • (C) ISSI workshop 2007, Bern
  • (C) Soho17: 10 years of SoHO and beyond 2006, Sicily
  • (I) Workshop 2006, Palma de Mallorca
  • (L) 11th European Solar Physics Meeting 2005, Leuven
  • (L) Wiser Meeting 2005, Leuven
  • (I) Fundamentals of Magnetohydrodynamics Workshop 2005, Lorentz Centre Leiden
  • (C) PLATON Workshop 2004, Strassbourg
  • (C) Belgian Physical Society Meeting 2004, Mons
  • (C) Soho13: Waves, oscillations and small scale transient events in the solar atmosphere: A joint view of SOHO and TRACE 2003, Mallorca
  • (C) INTAS Workshop on MHD waves in Astrophysical Plasmas 2001, Palma de Mallorca
  • (C) Workshop 2000, Leuven
+ several poster contributions and seminar talks

International Research visits during PhD.

  • University of Chicago, USA, 27.03.2000-23.04.2000
  • University of Natal, Durban, South-Africa, 15.02.2001-05.03.2001
  • ESMN/PLATON Spring school on "Solar magnetism", Dwingeloo, The Netherlands, 02.04.2002-06.04.2002

Teaching experience:

  • 2011-2012
    1BSc Bio-engineering: Lecture course: Calculus and Analysis
    2BSc Bio-engineering: Lecture course: Differentialequations
  • 2010-2011
    3BSc Maths: supervsion of Bachelor project: 'Deconvolution of breath test analysis for gastric emptying' (in cooperation with laboratory 'Digestie en Absorptie' University Hospital Gasthuisberg)
  • 2008-2010
    Honours Maths and Physics (Monash University): Lecture course: Continuum damping in Plasma Physics
    (co)supervision of Honours essay: Shelley Hansen (The Solar Coronal Heating Problem), Christopher Hanson (MHD waves and mode conversion in the solar atmosphere)
  • 2007-2008
    3BSc Maths: Lecture course: Mathematical Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
  • 2006-2007
    co-supervision of Master thesis: 'Trasient growth in shear flows' (An van Schepdael)
  • 2005-2007
    3BSc Maths: Example Classes: Mathematical Introduction to Fluid Dynamics
  • 1999-2004
    1BSc Bio-engineering: Example Classes Calculus, Analysis and Linear Algebra

Community Service:

  • Jury-member for the PhD of Xia Fang under the title: “Filamentation and dynamics in coronal Loops”. Preliminary defense August 16, 2016. Public Defense September 16, 2016
  • Regular Reviewer for The Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Solar Physics, Space Science Reviews, Canadian Journal of Physics, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Builletin of the Astronomical Society of India, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia.
  • Member of the International Astronomical Union, Commission C, Division E.
  • Public Outreach: Main contributor to CPA involvement in the `Science week' (`Wetenschapsweek') an event promoting science to secondary school students, seminar for amateur astronomers (observatory Brugge 2008)
  • Interdisciplinary engagement 'Deconvolution of breath test analysis for gastric emptying' (in cooperation with laboratory 'Digestion and Absorption' University Hospital Gasthuisberg)