Manuel Sintubin (°1964) is Professor of Geodynamics in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the KU Leuven. His main research activities focus on the deformation history of slate belts, qualitative and quantitative aspects of anisotropy development in argillaceous rocks, sediment deformation, the interaction between fluids and deformation, intracrystalline microstructural evolution in quartz, and the brittle-plastic transitional behaviour of natural rocks.

His field-based research concentrates on the Palaeozoic belts in Europe and North Africa, and the Neoproterozoic belts in Central Africa. He is also active in earthquake geology and active tectonics, in particular in earthquake archaeology. His interest in applied geology focuses on geomechanical behaviour of argillaceous rocks in the framework of radioactive waste disposal.

He is currently vice-chair of the Commission on Structural Geology & Tectonics of the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). At UNESCO he is member of the Scientific Committee on Geohazards in the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP).

He teaches different courses in the field of field mapping, structural geology and tectonics at bachelor and master level. He is strongly committed to science outreach and innovation in higher education. In 2010 he was the first laureate of the KU Leuven Education Council Prize with his integrated field course on continental tectonics in Brittany, France.