Bertrand Bonfond


Bertrand Bonfond has always been fascinated by space. As early as the fourth grade, he made a presentation on the planets. Later on becoming a devoted listener to the Astronomical Society of Liege (SAL), he followed the advice of his professors and opted to study Engineering Physics.

After being awarded a degree from the University of Liege in 2005, he began a DEA in astrophysics and geophysics with a view to commencing a doctoral thesis in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics of the University of Liege (LPAP). His DEA thesis, which he defended in 2007, focussed on the observation of Jupiter’s aurorae with the Hubble telescope. He fine-tuned this research during a doctoral thesis which he defended in 2009, in which he focussed particularly on the auroral imprint of the moon Io.  

During the following year, Bertrand Bonfond went to the University of California in Los Angeles where he worked on the data gathered by the space probe Galileo. After returning to Liege briefly, he left for another year, this time to the Southwest research Institute in Colorado. He developed tools for optimizing future observations of the Juno space probe by drawing maps of different objects attainable in accordance with the different phases of the mission and by simulating future missions as realistically as possible.

In 2013, he came back to ULg, as a postdoctoral researcher at the FNRS. There he continues his work mainly by observing the still unknown regions of the Jovian aurorae.

Bertrand Bonfond's researches are now financed by a PRODEX contract from BELSPO, the Belgian federal science policy.


Consult the list of publications on ORBI


See article(s) and video(s)

Spotlight on Jupiter’s aurorae
Surprise discovery related to the polar auroras of Jupiter