Curriculum Vitae of Stefaan Poedts

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Name, address, etc.

Surname: POEDTS
Forename(s): Stefaan (Maria Willem)
Private address: Regastraat 29
3110 Rotselaar (Belgium),
Tel. (016) 25 72 74, GSM: 0486 / 94 86 55
Work address: Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics
Department of Mathematics, KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 200 B
3001 Leuven (Belgium)
Tel. (016) 32 70 23, Fax. (016) 32 79 98,
E-mail:
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Place of birth: Etterbeek (Belgium)
Date of birth: October 13, 1962
Nationality: Belgian


Studies and awards

Diploma's:

  • MSc in Applied Mathematics, 3/7/1984, summa cum laude, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Teaching qualification (for secondary school), 3/7/1984, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • PhD in Sciences (Applied Mathematics), 9/6/1988, summa cum laude, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Awards and grants:

  • Research Assistant grant of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (1/10/1984 - 30/9/1988)
  • Laureate of the 'Travelling Scholarship Contest 1988' of the Ministry of the Flemish Community (Belgium)
  • 'Sectorial grant' of the European Commission (DG-XII) (1/10/1989 - 30/9/1991)
  • Laureate of 'The Outstanding Young Persons 1996 award' (Category: Scientific and Technological Developments) of the Junior Chamber Belgium (member of Junior Citizen Internationals)
  • Laureate of the '1999 Outstanding Performance Award' for 'Outstanding Publication' of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, U.S.A.
  • EPS Fellow, elected by the EPS Executive Committee and Council, April 2012
And the ones I value the most (although they are perhaps less prestigious):
  • "Gouden Krijtje" (Gold Chalk) voor "Beste bordschema/beste presentatie" (best presentation), from the students of Master of Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics KU Leuven, 18 March 2003
  • Best professor (general courses), from the students of bachelor bio-engineering KU Leuven, 4 May 2007
  • Best and most sympathetic professor, from the students of the first year bachelor bio-engineering KU Leuven, 4 May 2007
  • Best and most sympathetic professor, from the students of the second year bachelor bio-engineering KU Leuven, 22 April 2008
  • Best and most sympathetic professor (category 'General courses'), from the students of the second year bachelor bio-engineering KU Leuven, 30 April 2009
  • Most student-like professor, from the students of Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics KU Leuven, 1 April 2010
  • "Gouden Krijtje" (Gold Chalk) for 'Best lecture notes', and nominated for both Best professor and Most sympathetic professor, from the students of bio-engineering KU Leuven, 22 May 2013
  • "Gouden Krijtje" (Gold Chalk) for 'Best professor', from the students of bachelor bio-engineering KU Leuven, 15 May 2014
  • "Gouden Krijtjes" (Gold Chalks) for 'Most charismatic professor' and for 'Most stylish professor', from the students of bio-engineering KU Leuven, 17 May 2018


Doctorate thesis

Title: Heating of the solar corona by resonant absorption of magnetic waves
Period of completion: October 1, 1984 - June 9, 1988
Place where completed: Astronomical Institute KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200 B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
Supervisor: Prof.Dr. Marcel GOOSSENS


Employment history

1/10/1984 - 30/9/1988: Ph.D. studies as Research Assistant of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research at the Astronomical Institute of the KU Leuven.
1/10/1988 - 30/9/1989: Post-doctoral researcher at the Astronomical Institute of the KU Leuven.
1/10/1989 - 30/9/1991: Post-doctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (Boltzmannstraße 2, 8046 Garching bei München, Germany).
1/10/1991 - 30/9/1995: Scientific collaborator at the FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics (P.O. Box 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein, the Netherlands).
1/10/1995 - 30/9/1996: Senior scientist at the FOM-Institute for Plasma Physics (P.O. Box 1207, 3430 BE Nieuwegein, the Netherlands).
1/10/1996 - 30/9/2000: Research associate (Onderzoeksleider) of the National Fund for Scientific Research Belgium at the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics of the KU Leuven (Celestijnenlaan 200 B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium). Since 1/10/1997 also 'Deeltijds hoofddocent' at the KU Leuven.
1/10/2000 - 30/9/2003: 'verZAPt' on 1/10/2000 to 'Hoofddocent' and promoted on 1/11/2000 to 'Hoogleraar' (equivalent of 'Reader' in UK and 'Associate Professor' in USA) at the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics of the KU Leuven (Celestijnenlaan 200 B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium).
1/10/2003 - now: 'Gewoon hoogleraar' (equivalent of 'Professor' in UK and 'Full Professor' in USA) at the Centre for Plasma Astrophysics of the KU Leuven (Celestijnenlaan 200 B, 3001 Leuven, Belgium).


Other responsibilities

From 1 August 2014 to 31 July 2017: Associate Editor of Astrophysics and Space Science
Since March 2014: Member of the Belgian National Committee for Astronomy
Since June 2013: Vision2020 champion of the KU Leuven for the Space cluster of Vision2020.
Since April 2013: External expert of the jury for the career of scientific personnel of the Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB).
Since June 2012: Chair of the ESA Space Weather Working Team (SWWT). Member of the SWWT since 2002.
Since October 2008 Member of the board of the Solar Physics DIVISION of the European Physical Society (EPS)
Since July 2007 President of the Leuven Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science Center (LMCC)
Former responsibilities
From September 2009: to July 2014 (elected) Member of the Board of the Faculty of Sciences of the KU Leuven.
From June 2010: to October 2013 Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Intel ExaScience Lab.
From May 2008: to October 2013 Promotor/Spokesman of the Hercules 3 project 'Flemish Supercomputer Centre' (Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum - VSC).
From September 2008: to September 2014 Adjunct Professor and Member of International Advisory Council of the National Centre for Physics (NCP), Quaid-i-Azam University Campus, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Jun 2007 - Oct 2008: President of the Board of the Solar Physics Section of the Joint Astrophysics Division (JAD) of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the European Physical Society (EPS).
Jan 2008 - Jan 2010: Member of the ESA Solar System Working Group.
Oct 2008 - Sep 2011 President of the Solar Physics DIVISION of the European Physical Society (EPS).
2005 - 2011 President of the KU Leuven HPC Steering Committee
Sep 2002 - Oct 2008: Member of the Board of the Solar Physics Section of the Joint Astrophysics Division (JAD) of the European Astronomical Society (EAS) and the European Physical Society (EPS).
2006 - 2008: Coordinator of the Belgian IHY2007 activities
2003 - 2008: Belgian representative in the Management Committee of COST Action 724 ("Developing the scientific basis for monitoring, modeling and predicting Space Weather")


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