Bruno Delvaux

Former President of Université Catholique de Louvain


Born on 10 January 1954 at Buta (Congo, RDC); Belgian, widower, father of three children

Ingénieur agronome, soil science (Université catholique de Louvain, 1978)
PhD in agronomy (Université catholique de Louvain, 1988)
Member of the Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-mer de Belgique (1996)
Member of the Académie d’Agriculture de France (2015)
Member of ‘Kenjin-Tatsujin’ International Advisory Council at Ashinaga, Japan (2014)


Laureate of the European competition COM/A/353 (tropical agriculture), European Union (1983)
Vermeil Medal, Académie d’Agriculture de France (1989)
Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bucarest, Romania (2011)


1978-79 Researcher at Université catholique de Louvain
1979-84  Associate Expert (1979-82) and Expert (1982-84) at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Cameroon
Soil survey and land evaluation; development and in-field validation of a methodology to diagnose soil fertility and limiting factors in cultivated agro systems. Soil fertility and plant nutrition in major cash crops (tea, rubber, oil palm, banana)
1984-86  Expert, Centre de coopération Internationale de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (French West Indies)
Soil fertility and limiting factors to crop production in intensive banana cultivation
1986-88 PhD student at Université catholique de Louvain, scienctific stays at CNRS-Nancy and INRA-Versailles
Physico-chemical and mineralogical mechanisms of the selective retention of potassium in halloysite-rich volcanic ash soils of Cameroon
1988-90 Expert, CIRAD (French West Indies)
Selective retention of potassium in volcanic soils; relation with seasonal dynamics to plan K fertilization in banana cropping systems
1991- Professor at Université catholique de Louvain in soil science


Soil science – agronomy


Relationship between soil constituents and soil properties: soil-plant relationship, soil processes, and biogeochemical cycles: agronomic and environmental impacts; research carried through partnerships of regional, national, European and international level (Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia)


Dean AGRO (Faculté des bioingénieurs de l’Université catholique de Louvain) (2004-09)
Rector, Université catholique de Louvain (2009-14)