"When I was little, I wanted to be an inventor." Instead, he became a discoverer. In the hope of fulfilling his dream, Denis Grodent began studying physics at the University of Liège. After a dissertation on molecules of pharmaceutical value, he continued in 1991 with doctoral studies in biochemistry. A small advertisement published by ULg’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Planetary Physics ( LPAP) made him change direction and begin a PhD in planetology, combining computer modelling with Hubble Space Telescope observations. At the beginning of 2000, he defended his thesis on the study of Jupiter’s atmosphere, in particular, the aurorae that occur there.
In 2000-2001, he continued his postdoctoral studies at the University of Michigan, which led him to take part in one of the most important series of Jupiter observations with Hubble’s STIS camera. "It was a study in which we established the foundations of Jupiter’s complete auroral morphology." Denis Grodent has since returned to the University of Liège and is continuing his research, mainly on the magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn. Starting out as an FNRS research associate, then a lecturer at ULg, he teaches atmospheric and magnetospheric physics, as well as lecturing on the formation of the solar system. In the next few years, his research could take him even further than Saturn, because of his interest in detecting the magnetospheres of the exoplanets.