Short CV/Education and training

  • Véronique Dehant works at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, where she is Responsible for the Operational Directorate “Reference Systems and Planetary Science”. She is also Extraordinary Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain. She is Academician (Royal Academy of Belgium; Science class) since 2010 and was awarded with several prizes, including the Descartes Prize of the European Union in 2003. She got an ERC Advanced Grant in 2015.

Selected publications

  • Dehant V., 1987, “Integration of the gravitational motion equations for an elliptical uniformly rotating Earth with an inelastic mantle.”, Phys. Earth planet. Inter., Vol. 49, pp. 242-258.

  • Dehant V. and Defraigne P., 1997, “New transfer functions for nutations of a nonrigid Earth.”, J. Geophys. Res., 102 (B12), pp. 27,659-27,688.

  • Dehant V., Van Hoolst T., and Defraigne P., 2000, “Comparison between the nutations of the planet Mars and the nutations of the Earth.”, Survey Geophys., 21, 1, pp. 89-110.

  • Dehant V. and Mathews M.P., 2007, “Earth Rotation Variations.”, in: Treatise of Geophysics, invited paper, Elsevier Publ., Vol. 3 ‘Geodesy’, eds. T. Herring and J. Schubert, pp. 295-349.

  • Dehant V., Folkner W., Renotte E., Orban D., Asmar S., Balmino G., Barriot J.P., Benoist J., Biancale R., Biele J., Budnik F., Burger S., de Viron O., Häusler B., Karatekin Ö., Le Maistre S., Lognonné P., Menvielle M., Mitrovic M., Pätzold M., Rivoldini A., Rosenblatt P., Schubert G., Spohn T., Tortora P., Van Hoolst T., Witasse O., and Yseboodt M., 2009, “Lander Radioscience for obtaining the rotation and orientation of Mars.”, Planet. Space Sci., 57, pp. 1050-1067, DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2008.08.009.

  • Dehant V. and Mathews M.P., 2015, “Precession, Nutation, and Wobble of the Earth.”, Cambridge University Press, 536 pages, isbn: 9781107092549.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Inter-University Attraction Pole (IUAP) PlaneT TOPERS (Planets: Tracing the Transfer, Origin, Preservation, and Evolution of their ReservoirS) – Belgian federal funding

  • ERC RotaNut (Rotation and Nutation of a wobbly Earth) – European funding

  • PRODEX (PROgramme for the Development of scientific EXperiments) Planet Interior – ESA funding

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member substitute of the COST Action TD1308 ORIGINS (Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth and in the Universe), 2014-present

  • Member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and International Association of Geodesy (IAG) WG on “Theory of the Earth Rotation”, 2012-present

  • Director of the Center for Space Radiations (CSR), 2014-present

  • PI (Principal Investigator) of the Lander Radioscience experiment (LaRa), delta-study, 2013-present

  • Co-I (co-Investigator) of Seismic Experiment (SEIS) and of Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment (RISE) in the frame of the InSIGHT (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport) mission, 2011-present

  • Co-I (co-Investigator) of Mercury Orbiter Radio-science Experiment (MORE) in the frame of the ESA BepiColombo mission to Mercury, 2005-present

  • Co-I (co-Investigator) of BepiColombo Laser Altimeter (BeLA) in the frame of the ESA BepiColcombo mission to Mercury, 2005-present

  • Co-I (co-Investigator) of the VenusExpress Radio science experiment (VeRa) in the frame of the ESA VenusExpress mission, 2004-present

  • Co-I (co-Investigator) of the MarsExpress Radio Science experiment (MaRS) in the frame of the ESA MarsExpress mission, 2003-present

  • Member of the Management Council of FRS-FNRS (Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research, 2011-present

  • Member of the Management Council of Royal Academy of Belgium, 2014-present

  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, 1999-present

  • = non-exhaustive list, for further information see:

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Pincipal Investigation of an instrument on a planetary science spacecraft


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