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Emmanuel Tric

Emmanuel Tric

President, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis


E. Tric joined the University of Orsay (Paris 11) to study physics in 1981. He obtained his Master's degree in Fundamental Physics in 1985 and decided to continue his training in geophysics. After graduating with a DEA in this field, he began his Ph. D., which deals with inversions of the Earth's magnetic field during the quaternary period. He obtained his doctorate in 1990. In 1992, he became associated Professor in Physics. He was then attached to the Computer Science Laboratory for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences at the University of Orsay. His research activities include thermal convection in simple or binary fluid in a closed environment, as well as interactions between a subducting tectonic plate and surrounding asthenospheric material. He obtained his “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” in 1998. In 1999, he joined the University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis (UNS) and was attached to the Geoazur Laboratory. His research activities revolve around two themes: the study of subduction and landslides through a dual approach of numerical modelling and geophysical imagery. In recent years, its activity has focused on the influence of fluid-structure interactions in the processes of slope instabilities and damage to geological materials. Emmanuel Tric was appointed Professor of Universities in 2006. After having headed the Earth-Environment-Space Training Department (2005 - 2009), the Master's degree in Geoengineering (2006 - 2010), the College of Doctoral Studies at the University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis (2007 - 2010), and the Geoazur laboratory (, he became President of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in June 2017 (

Field(s) of expertise:

  • Dynamics of Fluids and Transfers (thermal convection in simple or binary fluid in confined environments, rotating or not by numerical approach).
  • Geophysics (Dynamics of subduction and convection by numerical approach, geophysical imagery applied to slope instabilities, aerial and submarine slope instability processes, Paleomagnetism and internal terrestrial dynamics)