Ineke De Moortel completed a Masters in Mathematics at the KULeuven (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium). Following a brief stay in St Andrews in the autumn of 1996 as an Erasmus exchange student, she returned as a PhD student in September 1997. On finishing her thesis in 2000, she was awarded a PPARC (now STFC) fellowship followed by a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2004. She is currently a Professor in Applied Mathematics at the University of St Andrews. She was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2009 and the RAS Fowler award in 2010. Ineke was elected to the RSE Young Academy of Scotland in 2011. She was Co-Chair of the Young Academy of Scotland from 2012-2014.
Ineke De Moortel’s research focuses on the dynamical processes occurring in the Sun's atmosphere, in particular coronal heating and coronal seismology. Her work investigates the behaviour and interaction of MHD waves and oscillations in 3D geometries, using observations, numerical simulations and analytical modelling. She is particularly interested in developing self-consistent models of coronal heating and forward modelling (creating synthetic observations) to allow robust comparisons between theoretical and numerical results and high-resolution solar observations. She is also an affiliate scientist at the High Altitude Observatory (Boulder, US).