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Hélène Hainaut

Research project leader

Prof. Nicolas J. Vereecken's research group at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium.

Tel: +32 (0)2 650 60 79


Profile & curriculum

MSc in Bioengineering - Agricultural Sciences (2011-2013)

Research interests

  • Agricultural models combining performing food production systems and biodiversity conservation such as organic diversified micro-farms (“land sharing” strategy)

  • Agroecological innovations and the evolution of alternative agricultural production systems

  • Impacts of land-use changes on wild bee community structure

  • Urban green spaces management for biodiversity

Research project

My research project aims to contribute to a demonstration of the ecological and economic efficiency of organic diversified micro-farms in the Brabant Walloon province of Belgium.


This study focuses on the role of functional biodiversity of wild bees and hoverflies in fruit-based agroforestry cropping systems and examines the importance of this functional biodiversity for ecosystem services such as pollination. At the same time, we attempt to explore the full economic dynamic of an organic micro-farm located in Tourinnes-Saint-Lambert in Belgium (investment costs, working hours, profitability...).


In parallel, I am also involved in another project that aims to develop the Atlas of wild bees of the Brussels Capital Region based on historical and contemporary databases. 


Hélène M. Hainaut, Timothy Weekers, Nicolas Leroy, Julien Boedts, Paul Emptaz, Victoria De Meue, Xavier Festré, Jean-Marc Molenberg, Yannick Hostie, Jérôme Henreaux, Marc Kerckhove, Alain Pauly, Laurent Jamar, Marc Lateur & Nicolas J. Vereecken, 2017. Can organic arable and silvoarable micro-farms contribute to biodiversity conservation? A survey of wild bees community structure in the Brabant Wallon province (Belgium). Conference Proceedings of the 2017 Belgian Agroecological Meeting (BAM), at Gembloux, Belgium, Volume: 6: 35-38