International collaborations

Group training sessions

Currently, the RMCA organises several group training sessions:



  • Initiation in wood biology (Lwiro, DR Congo)
    This training includes an introduction in forest ecology and tree growth, basics on wood anatomy, microscope observations, dendrometry, forest botany and mechanisms insuring sustainable forest management, legal timber exploitation and international trade regulations.

    The course will be given in French and is open for participants from DR Congo, Rwanda or Burundi.

    When? 20 March until 3 April 2016 (to be confirmed).
    Where? Centre de Recherche en Sciences Naturelles de Lwiro (South-Kivu, DR Congo).

    Full details:
    - call for applications (pdf 246 Kb, in French).
    Apply before 21 February 2016:
    - application form (word doc 76 Kb, in French).


  • Conservation and computerization of the zoology and geology collections
    The RMCA possesses one of the most important collections regarding Central-Africa. They are extremely varied and of an exceptional scientific value.

    The RMCA organizes a training on aspects related to the conservation and computerization of the collection data  and on the conservation of collection objects/specimens in two specific fields: zoology and geology (rocks, minerals and fossils).

    Session 2014: 3 - 28 November 2014, in French
    Full details:
    - call for applications (pdf 60Kb, in French)
    Apply before 30 May 2014:
    - application form (word doc 188Kb, in French)
  • Immersion in Historical Archives and Collections
    Every two years, the Colonial History Section organizes an archive immersion programme for young researchers to study the Museum’s collections and historical archives from a new perspective. This programme will enhance knowledge of methodology and theory and immerse participants in the archives and libraries of the RMCA and other federal institutions.

    The programme offers several grants to researchers under 45 years old possessing a master’s degree in human sciences and registered in a pre-doctoral, doctoral or post-doctoral university programme. During the programme, the RMCA provides a grant to the chosen candidates. The grant covers transport, housing and subsistence allowance.

    Session 2014: 15 September 2014 until 24 October 2014.
    Full details of the call for applications (criteria, procedures, etc.):
    - appel à candidature (pdf 210kb - in French)
    Apply before 18 April 2014:
    formulaire de candidature (word doc 258kb - in French)

    > read about the participants of this archive immersion programme since 2007.
  • Georisks: Formation régionale interuniversitaire en géorisques (Bukavu)
    The course will train participants in georisks and show them how to produce information that can be used to raise awareness, advise, and help regional authorities and civil society take these factors into account in their regional development policies for the benefit of the population.
    This is a 2-year post-university non-degree programme, with 210 course hours and practical work in the first year (October 2013-February 2014) and research work with a written dissertation in the second (October 2014-February 2015). It shall be taught at the Université Officielle de Bukavu (UOB) by professors from partner institutions for the most part, with the support of expert geologists and under the RMCA's supervision. 

    2013-2014 session: from 21 October 2013 until 28 February 2014
    Full details of the call for applications (criteria, procedures, etc.):
    - Appel à candidatures (pdf - 310 kB, in French)
    Apply before 12 September 2013:
    - Formulaire de candidature (word doc - 75 kB, in French).
  • FishBase and fish taxonomy
    This training session in the use of FishBase (an online fish encyclopaedia) and its various tools has been offered since 2005. It also includes training on the taxonomy of African freshwater fish.
    The course lasts three months, is taught in French or English, and is limited to five participants.
    More about the Fishbase training...

    English-speaking session 2017: from 06 March 2017 until 26 May 2017
    Full details of the call for applications (criteria, procedures, etc.):
    Call for applications (pdf 144 Kb)
    Apply before 05 December 2016:
    Application form (word doc 187 Kb)  
  • Fruit flies
    There is a long-standing relationship between the Invertebrates Service of the RMCA and the Sokoine Pest Management Center (SPMC) at the Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania. Over the last decade, collaborative projects (funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation) have resulted in the development of a regional centre of excellence at SUA with regard to fruit fly research.

    The objective of this group training is to ensure, for the sake of the African scientists or the persons confronted with the problem, a basic training on the identification and ecology of African fruit flies that have an economic impact on agriculture.

    The course will take place at the Sokoine Pest Management Center in Tanzania over 13 working days and be taught in English from 4 May 2015 until 20 May 2015:
    - Call fruit flies 2015 (pdf, 70Kb)
    Apply before 27 February 2015:
    - Application form fruit flies 2015 (word doc, 82Kb)





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