We are very sad to announce that the former Belgian ECORD Council Member, Professor Jean-Pierre Henriet, passed away on 22 April 2017.

Jean-Pierre Henriet was born on 28 June 1945, in Ghent, Belgium where he spent most of his career as a distinguished marine geologist. Jean-Pierre was still Honorary Professor of Ghent University and member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts when he passed away.

Jean-Pierre Henriet was actively involved in the initiation of a European effort to become an active player in scientific ocean drilling. After his move to Ifremer (1990-1995) where he was appointed as Director of the Marine Geosciences Department, and his subsequent return to the Renard Centre of Marine Geology (RCMG) at Ghent University, Jean-Pierre Henriet initiated “CORSAIRES” (Coring Stable and Instable Realms in European Seas), which was the first European concerted action on that matter.

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