JAVAUX Emmanuelle

Professeure ordinaire

JAVAUX Emmanuelle

Faculté des Sciences
Département de géologie
Early Life Traces & Evolution-Astrobiology

ULiège address
Bât. B18 Early Life Traces & Evolution-Astrobiology
Quartier Agora
allée du six Août 14
4000 Liège 1
ULiège phone number
+32 4 3665422
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Conseil sectoriel à la recherche et à la valorisation
Sciences et Techniques
Personal website (s)
Early Life
Personal website (s)


Emmanuelle Javaux is a biologist (UNamur, ULiege) with a PhD in Geology (Dalhousie University, Canada, 2000), a postdoc at Harvard University (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, 2000-03) and a Belspo return grant postdoc at ULiege (Department of Astrophysics, 2003-05). Following her nomination as assistant professor in the Geology Department at the University of Liege, Belgium (2005-11), then associate professor (2011-13), she became full professor in 2013. She chaired the Geology department for 7 years (until 2016). She obtained several awards including a prestigious ERC StG ELiTE (2013), the Adolphe Wetrems award from the Royal Academy of Belgium (2010), a Francqui Foundation Research professorship (2013-2016), the Ramon & Cajal award, Centro de Astrobiologia, Madrid (declined) (2003-2008), a Harvard University Postdoctoral fellowship (2000-2003), the Geological Society of America Bleschmidt Award (1995), and Dalhousie University PhD Scholarship (1996-1997) and Izaac Walton Killam Memorial PhD Scholarship, Canada (1993-1996). In 2014, she was elected as a member of Royal Academy of Belgium.

She is the head of the Early Life Traces & Evolution-Astrobiology laboratory, and director of the Unit of Research Astrobiology, with Dr. M Gillon as vice-director, since 2018. She leads or collaborates to research projects in Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Mauritania, RDC, Russia, South Africa, and has several national and international responsibilities, including the presidency of the FNRS Belgian contact group «Astrobiology» that she created with Prof. V Dehant (ROB) in 2006, and the leadership of the Working Group "Evolution and Traces of Early Life and Life under Extreme Conditions" of the European Astrobiology Institute. She is a member of the Board of Governors of ICDP (International Continental Drilling Program). She is also co-I of the CLUPI instrument onboard the Rosalind Franklin rover of the ESA space mission Exomars, and, from august 2022, she is a memeber of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Rock Sample Team, a joined NASA and ESA mission.  

Her research in Astrobiology focusses on the early evolution of life during the first 4 billion years, from its earliest traces to the diversification of complex life (eukaryotes); the fossilization and characterization of biosignatures (including studies of modern microbial analogs) useful for paleobiology and for the search for life in the solar system and beyond, and the conditions for planetary habitability.

ULiège Course

- Théorie, 20h Th, JAVAUX Emmanuelle
- Pratique, 30h Pr, JAVAUX Emmanuelle

Micropaléontologie, Théorie, 20h Th, JAVAUX Emmanuelle

Travaux pratiques de terrain à l'étranger, 10j T. t., BOLLE Olivier, CHARLIER Bernard, DA SILVA Anne-Christine, FAGEL Nathalie, FISCHER Valentin, HATERT Frédéric, HAVENITH Hans-Balder, JAVAUX Emmanuelle, VANDER AUWERA Jacqueline

Astrobiology, 45h Th, DEBAILLE Vincianne, DEHANT Véronique, JAVAUX Emmanuelle, NAZÉ Yaël, WILMOTTE Annick

Géologie et paléontologie
- Théorie et Pratique, 25h Th, 15h Pr, JAVAUX Emmanuelle
- Travaux de terrain, 4j T. t., JAVAUX Emmanuelle

Géologie et paléontologie, Théorie et Pratique, 25h Th, 15h Pr, JAVAUX Emmanuelle

Origin and early evolution of life, 20h Th, 10h Pr, JAVAUX Emmanuelle

Paléontologie, 30h Th, FISCHER Valentin, JAVAUX Emmanuelle, PRESTIANNI Cyrille

Paléobiogéologie du Précambrien, 10h Th, 10h Pr, JAVAUX Emmanuelle