Professeur ordinaire


Faculté des Sciences
Département de géologie
Pétrologie sédimentaire

ULiège address
Bât. B20 Pétrologie sédimentaire
Quartier Agora
allée du six Août 12
4000 Liège 1
ULiège phone number
+32 4 3662252
ULiège Fax
+32 4 3662029
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Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences et Techniques
Personal website (s)
Pétrologie sédimentaire
University degrees
1981 : Licence en Sciences géologiques (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
1985 : DEA Sédimentologie (Université de Paris-XI)
1988 : AESS Géographie (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
1990 : Doctorat en Sciences (Géologie) (Université Libre de Bruxelles)


Frédéric Boulvain has stuck to his guns: geology has always been his passion and there has never been any question of him following another path. The proof is his collection of minerals, which he began at the age of ten when Petrofina was giving away a rock sample with every tankful! So he inevitably went to ULB to study geology. As a young graduate, he first worked for an oil company, then specialised in sedimentology in Paris. After briefly working in the private sector, he became an assistant at ULB and finished his thesis in Paris, which was already on reefs. As a researcher, he joined the team of geologists responsible for creating the new geological map of Wallonia, a project launched in 1989.
He then became a geologist with tenure for the Geological Survey of Belgium (an organisation that was part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs) before joining the University of Liège in 1997 to head the Sedimentary Petrology Laboratory. Here, his passion for teaching was completely fulfilled: "We are the only ones to offer so much practical work in the field, with at least one month abroad; this is rare and this is the specificity of our master's degree. It has to be said, we have everything to hand. We can study everything within a radius of a few kilometres around Liège!"
Frédéric Boulvain is a member of The Royal Belgian Academy.

Research field

  • Géologie
  • Sédimentologie

Duties or mandates

  • Professeur ordinaire

Scientific distinctions

  • Membre de l'Académie royale de Belgique (2010)

ULiège Course

Pressions sur le sous-sol
- Partim 1 : Carte géologique, 8h Th, 12h Pr, BOULVAIN Frédéric
- Partim 2 : Eaux souterraines, 18h Th, 12h Pr, ORBAN Philippe

Roches et processus sédimentaires, (partie 1), 30h Th, 4h Labo., BOULVAIN Frédéric

Sédimentologie et pétrologie sédimentaire, 30h Th, 30h Pr, BOULVAIN Frédéric

Processus sédimentaires, 15h Th, 15h Pr, 2j T. t., BOULVAIN Frédéric

Géologie de la Wallonie, 20h Th, 6j T. t., BOULVAIN Frédéric

Diagenèse et dynamique des bassins sédimentaires, 15h Th, 15h Pr, BOULVAIN Frédéric, DA SILVA Anne-Christine

Sciences de la Terre : Du minéral aux géosphères, 30h Th, 16h Pr, 8h EXCU, BOULVAIN Frédéric, CORNELIS Jean-Thomas, Suppl: DINCHER Marie

Environnements carbonatés : de la pétrographie à l'analyse de bassin, 5h Th, 16h T. t., 5h Pr, BOULVAIN Frédéric