Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Département GxABT
Biosystems Dynamics and Exchanges (BIODYNE)
Biosystems Dynamics and Exchanges (BIODYNE)

ULiège address
Bât. ABT07 G80 - Biosystems Dynamics and Exchanges
Avenue de la Faculté d'Agronomie 8
5030 Gembloux
ULiège phone number
+32 81 622492
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Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences et Techniques
University degrees
1991: Licencié en Sciences Physiques (Université de Liège)
1991: Agrégé de l'enseignement secondaire supérieur (Université de Liège)
2007: Docteur en Environnement (Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de Gembloux)


Bernard Heinesch holds a degree in Physical Sciences from the University of Liège. After a few years as a teaching assistant at Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech and experience in the private sector, he began a PhD thesis in the team of Pr Marc Aubinet, who was heading the Biosystems Physics Unit, on methodological aspects of eddy-covariance, a micro-meteorological technique that is the central element of flux tower sites, infrastructures that allow the study of gas exchanges between ecosystems and the atmosphere.  He obtained his PhD in Environment in 2007 and is now part-time Professor at GxABT, in the Biosystems Dynamics and Exchanges unit (BIODYNE).

His main research topic is the cycle of elements exchanged by terrestrial ecosystems (mainly temperate) and having an impact on the atmosphere, in terms of climate or pollution. Environmental controls on the fluxes of the compound of interest are evaluated, this knowledge contributing to the improvement of modelling approaches. The ultimate goal is to improve fundamental knowledge of element cycles to help understand the role of ecosystems on climate and/or the impact of climate change on ecosystems. It focuses on greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane) and more reactive gases such as volatile organic compounds and ozone. More specifically, he has acquired expertise on the use of micrometeorological methods for the measurement and interpretation of exchanges at the ecosystem scale and on the use of chambers to work at a smaller scale (leaf/soil). This research is strongly connected to networks at the European or global level (ICOS), allowing international collaborations.

Research field

  • Enseignement des sciences exactes et naturelles
  • Physique du globe

Duties or mandates

  • Agrégé et Professeur part-time

ULiège Course

Electricité, 24h Th, 36h Pr, HEINESCH Bernard

Base des microcontrôleurs, 3h Th, 15h Pr, 6h AUTR, HEINESCH Bernard

Echanges écosystèmes - atmosphère, sous changements climatiques, 14h Th, 40h Pr, 3h AUTR, HEINESCH Bernard, LONGDOZ Bernard, ROTHFUSS Youri

Modélisation de la dynamique des biosystèmes, 14h Th, 31h Pr, LONGDOZ Bernard, MERCATORIS Benoît, Suppl: HEINESCH Bernard

Instrumentation : acquisition de données, 9h Th, 27h Pr, HEINESCH Bernard

Fondements de bioclimatologie, 24h Th, LONGDOZ Bernard, Suppl: HEINESCH Bernard