Emmanuel Hanert graduated with a Physics degree from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium in 2000, and then obtained in 2004 a Ph.D. from the same university. After a one-year post-doc, he then spent three years as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Meteorology of the University of Reading, UK. In 2008, he went back to UCLouvain as an Assistant Professor, and became an Associate Professor in 2013 and Full Professor in 2019. Since 2021, he has been heading UCLouvain's Environmental Sciences Research Center.
Emmanuel's research group is interested in the development and application of different types of ocean models to simulate the dynamics of currents and waves, and the transport of oil, larvae and other biological materials. They are developing a multi-scale coastal ocean model SLIM that has been used extensively to simulate marine connectivity in topographically challenging areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Florida Reef Tract.
Emmanuel has published more than 50 papers on the broad topic of marine biophysical modelling.