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Leuvensesteenweg 13
3080 Tervuren - Belgium
Tel. (+32) 02 769 52 11
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Mitochondrial metagenomics: theory and practice

Workshop, 11-12 December 2017, at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

This workshop will demonstrate basic techniques for mitochondrial genome assembly and annotation, and illustrate the power of mitogenomes in phylogenetics, biodiversity research and population genetics.

Instructors for this Workshop are:

  • Prof. Alfried P. Vogler (Imperial College London, UK),
  • Dr. Thomas J. Creedy (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Dr. Massimiliano Babbucci (University of Padova, Italy).

The first day will consist of a plenary lecture on the topic, while the second day will be dedicated to two practical hands-on sessions. Full programme

Practical information:

  • When? 11-12 December 2017
  • Where? CAPA Building, Royal Museum for Central Africa: Leuvensesteenweg 17, 3080 Tervuren
  • Registration is free but mandatory. To register, please send an email to info@physalia-courses.org, with your name, affiliation and your interest: talk only / hands-on session only / both. Please register as soon as possible and please consider that attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

This workshop is organised within the framework of the Belgian Network for DNA barcoding (BeBoL), which is financially supported by a FWO research network grant.




Previous conferences


Lupa Lupa Ingat Imperial Zombies, Modern Vampires and Contemporary Ghosts

19 October 2017, at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

The symposium will seek to enrich and deepen an understanding of Indonesian modern and contemporary art and its internationalism. The terms of engagement, exchange of ideas and practices of art are all overlaid and confronted with colonialism, modernity and nationalism. Critical dialogues are still needed to reexamine these histories and connect them together, and artistic works are often useful keys to uncovering links across time and space that are not immediately apparent.

The subsequent history of post-colonial and contemporary conditions in four countries (ID, DRC, BE, NL) will be touched on through a limited number of artists projects. The symposium will suggest that mainstream narratives still leave many issues neglected or unread—for various reasons and interests—and will try to outline ideas for future research.

This symposium is an initiative of Europalia, in collaboration with the Royal Museum for Central Africa. It is organised in the framework of Europalia Arts Festival Indonesia.

Detailed Programme:

Art, Colonialism, Modernity — Indonesia, Congo (Comparative Perspective)

10:00 – 10:15: Welcome speech by the Director RMCA, Mr. Guido Gryseels and the Artistic Director of EUROPALIA, Dirk Vermaelen

10:15 – 11:15: David Van Reybrouck

11.15 – 13:00: Artist Panel - Looking Back on Colonialism: Lifepatch, Antariksa, Antje Van Wichelen, Octora Chan, Matthias de Groof, Anne Reijniers and Rob Jacobs moderated by Enin Supriyanto and Bambi Ceuppens

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30: Nicolaas Pieneman & Raden Saleh by Koen Peeters

14:30 – 16:15: Artist Panel - Independence and After: Agung Kurniawan, Dea Widya, Mella Jaarsma, Renzo Martens, Tom Nicholson and Aimé Mpane moderated by Enin Supriyanto and Bambi Ceuppens

16:15 – 16:30: Coffee break

16.30 - 17.30: Curatorial reflection by Riksa Afiaty and Charles Esche

17:30 – 18:00: Short conclusion and plenary session with Q&A

18:00 – 19:30: Meet and drink


Practical information:



The Congo Free State across Languages, Media and Cultures : What archives and collections have to say

18 October 2017, at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

This workshop explores the Congo Free State under Leopold II (1885-1908) as a space of transnational encounter through an analysis of its representation across languages, media and cultures. As such, the collections and archives focusing on this period of time, or revisiting its memory bring to light new considerations, and help to better envision the impact memory and history may have across Europe and Northern America. This workshop offers the audience a key opportunity to discuss specific issues, and discuss various types of collections including manuscript archives dating prior 1908, movies, photographs, paintings, sculptures etc. connected to the Congo Free State period.

This workshop is organized by the History and Politics Service of the Royal Museum for Central Africa. It is co organized with the Centre “Ecritures”, Université de Lorraine and is part of the NWO project, a research initiative funded by the NWO (the Netherlands), with Open University, Amsterdam; Uppsala University, the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, and Leeds Beckett University.

Speakers and chairs will include among others:

  • L.-A. Bernardo y Garcia (State Archives of Belgium)
  • R. Burroughs (Leeds Beckett University, UK)
  • B. Ceuppens (RMCA, Belgium)
  • S. de Mul (Open University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • G. De Wolf (Open University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
  • S. Donovan (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • D. Gordon (Bowdoin College, USA)
  • P. Halen (Université de Lorraine, France)
  • M. Leduc-Grimaldi (RMCA, Belgium)
  • D. Silverman (UCLA, USA)
  • P. Van Schuylenbergh (RMCA, Belgium)
  • J. Volper (RMCA, Belgium).

Download the full program

The organization of this workshop has been made possible thanks to a grant from BELSPO.

Practical information:

  • When: 18 October 2017.
  • Where: Royal Museum for Central Africa, Capa Building, ground floor seminar room. Access & map
  • Registration to attend the workshop is mandatory before 15 October 2017. Please register strictly through the internet form.

Leaflet about the workshop



European Conference of Tropical Ecology

6-10 February 2017, at the VUB in Brussels

More information on the conference website.


Conférence/Présentation des ouvrages ‘Conjonctures congolaises et Monographies des nouvelles provinces de la RDC’

28 July 2016, in Kinshasa

The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and the Centre de référence pour l'Afrique centrale (CREAC) organize the second Conférence/Présentation des ouvrages ‘Conjonctures congolaises et Monographies des nouvelles provinces de la RDC’, on 28 July 2016 at the Espace TEXAF-BILEMBO (Avenue Marie-Ange Lukiana, Kinshasa/Ngaliema).

During the conference, the following publications will be presented:


09.00-09.30      Enregistrement et accueil
09.30-09.45      Mots d’ouverture de M. Herman De Croo, Ministre d’Etat, Président du CRE-AC
09.45-10.00      Mots d’ouverture de M. Daniel Ngoma-ya-Nzuzi, Professeur et Recteur de l’Université de Kinshasa
10.00-10.15      Mots d’ouverture de M. Guido Gryseels, Directeur général MRAC 

Partie I : Les nouvelles provinces en place
10.15-10.45      La décentralisation : entités administratives et espaces fonctionnels, par Guillaume Léonard, Chercheur au MRAC
10.45-11.15      Les implications budgétaires du passage de onze à vingt-six provinces, par Evariste Mabi Mulumba, Sénateur et Professeur à l’Université de Kinshasa
11.15-11.45      Nouvelles provinces mais anciens défis : la décentralisation à l’épreuve des réalités locales, par Emmanuel Kasongo Mungongo, Professeur à l’Université de Kinshasa
11.45-12.15      Questions & échanges avec le public.

12.15-13.30      Collations

Partie II : Conjonctures congolaises à la croisée de l’économique et du politique
13.30-14.00      Les Parcs agro-industriels et l’agriculture familiale; Les défis du secteur agricole en RDC, par Eric Tollens, Professeur émérite. Dr. Ir. à la KU Leuven (Belgique)
14.00-14.30      Histoire du politique au Congo-Kinshasa. Lignes de force d’un ouvrage, par M. Gauthier de Villers, Sociologue et chef de Section honoraire au MRAC
14.30-15.00      Questions & échanges avec le public

15.30                 Réception


European Libraries in African Studies meeting

17 June 2016, at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

The 2016 European Libraries in African Studies network took place at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, on Friday 17 June 2016.

More info


Workshop: New methods for old DNA

2-3 June 2016, at the Royal Belgian Institue for Natural Sciences, Brussels

The molecular lab JEMU (common to the Royal Museum for Central Africa and the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences) organises the scientific workshop 'New methods for old DNA'. This workshop takes place at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences on 2 and 3 June 2016.
DNA from old specimens coming from museum collections is hard to study. During this workshop, international experts present new methods for extracting and analysing DNA from old specimens.
This workshop is an initiative of the Belgian Network for DNA Barcoding (BeBol).
More info about the workshop


Wood science underpinning tropical forest ecology and management

26-29 May 2015, at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren
International closing symposium of the XYLAREDD project
More information: http://xylaredd2015.africamuseum.be


1st International Conference on the Biodiversity of the Congo Basin

6-10 June 2014, Kisangani, DR Congo

This conference is an initiative of the Consortium Congo 2010 (the University of Kisangani, the Royal Museum for Central Africa, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the National Botanic Garden of Belgium) and the ‘Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité’ in Kisangani to facilitate interactions and collaborations among Congolese, Belgian and international teams and experts involved in various fields of biodiversity-related research in the Congo Basin.
More info...

We anticipate the participation of more than 120 experts, 60-70 % of which from the DR Congo and countries within the Congo Basin. We count on the presence of scientists as well as representatives of organizations involved in this topic.

Financial support is provided by the Belgian Science Policy.

Practical information:
Date: 6-10 June 2014
Location: Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité at Kisangani, DR Congo
We kindly request you to indicate your interest and willingness to participate at this conference by sending an e-mail with your contact details to info@congobiodiv.org.

Organizing committee:

  • Prof Dudu Akaibe, Director of the ‘Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité’
  • Prof Upoki Angenong’a, Prof Oleko Woto, Prof Kahindo Muhongya, Prof  Ulyel Ali-Patho, Dr Kaswera Kyamakya, Prof Lomba Bolsombo, all Board members of the ‘Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité’
  • Prof Jos Snoeks, (Royal Museum for Central Africa and KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Dr Erik Verheyen, (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • Dr Piet Stoffelen, (National Botanic Garden of Belgium)
  • Ms Hilde Keunen, (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium)

Full details:


Africa Beyond Africa: The Future of Cultural and Scientific Research

16-17 May 2014, Atlanta, USA

The Royal Museum for Central Africa and Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts organize the international conference 'Africa Beyond Africa: The Future of Cultural and Scientific Research', which will take place in Georgia Tech Global Learning Center and Student Center, Atlanta, on 16-17 May 2014.

The conference will address several challenges that museums face today, including:

  • The changing roles of museums in communities and relationships to communities, local and worldwide.
  • Linkages and relationships of museums to research across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
  • Uses of science and technology in exhibitions relative to presentation and representation.

More information on the conference

The conference will be preceded by the opening of the ‘Kongo Across the Waters’ exhibition at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. This exhibition is curated by The Harn Museum and the RMCA and includes 111 RMCA objects.

The conference is organized in the framework of Africa Atlanta 2014, a series of cultural, commercial, academic and scientific events in Atlanta to strengthen the links with Africa.


Active Volcanism & Continental Rifting (AVCOR 2013)

12-15 November 2013, Gisenyi (Rwanda)

AVCOR-2013 is a scientific conference on active volcanism and continental rifting which will be organized in Gisenyi (Rwanda) from 12 to 15 November 2013 by the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA), the European Center for Geodynamics and Seismology (ECGS), the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the Goma Volcanologic Observatory (OVG).

This workshop intends to gather together scientists from different disciplines (geology, geography, volcanology, geodesy, geodynamics, seismology) to share their knowledge and discuss the complex relationships between continental rifting and magmatism, as well as the potential impact on societies.

A special training course on hazard assessment and decision making during disasters will be organized following the conference (15-17 November 2013).

Deadline for abstracts and registration (conference and training course) is 30 September 2013. Registration is free and some grants are available.



Norms in the Margins and Margins of the Norm.The Social Construction of Illegality

Conference from 25 to 27 October 2012 in the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA Tervuren), the Université libre de Bruxelles and KU Leuven. 
Read more: http://illegality.africamuseum.be



Third study day of the Groupe de contact FSR-FNRS "Belgique et mondes contemporains" 

New Congolese studies. Presentation of current research

In collaboration with the Université catholique de Louvain and the Université de Liège, the Royal Museum for Central Africa  will organise the third study day of the Groupe de contact FSR-FNRS "Belgique et mondes contemporains". This meeting will  offer a venue for presentations, debates and information on current research on Congo's history.

Practical information:
Date:  Saturday 4 February 2012
Location: Royal Museum for Central Africa. Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren
Room 18 - Geology (entrance:  green gate, Leuvensesteenweg  side)
Registration mandatory: before 25 January 2012
Contact: Patricia Van Schuylenbergh, Pierre-Luc Plasman

Presentation and full program (pdf 328 kb, French)


International meeting on the theme 'Migrant subject / Object' 

13 and 14 October 2011 at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren

The meeting addresses the representation and status of the ‘Other’ in European ethnography museums and the patterns of thought behind its production. To museums, this ‘Other’ is both an object of study and exhibition, to the extent that it is represented by its material heritage, and a subject encouraged to take part in the production and transmission of knowledge that seeks to grasp what it is. Ethnography museums are increasingly committed to taking a critical look at colonial heritage and, in this vein, initiate or strengthen collaborations with ‘diaspora’ associations, ‘source communities’, or both. Read more... (pdf 114 kb)

This meeting is organized within:
- the european project Read-Me II (Réseau européen des associations de diasporas et de musées d’ethnographie, European network of diaspora associations and ethnography museums);
- four research laboratories : UFR de Paris-8 (France), Doctoral School of Copenhagen (Denmark), Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes contemporains (Belgium), and the Ethnography section of the RMCA Tervuren.

Practical information
Registration necessary : contact Isabelle Van Loo.
Number of places is limited.
Free (lunch included).
Translation French-English.
Adress: Royal Museum for Central Africa, Leuvensesteenweg 13, 3080 Tervuren.
Access: Central Museum Buidling, green gate side Chaussée (in front of parking lot).
Program (pdf 144 kb) 

Annual meeting of the International Committee of Musical Instrument Museums and Collections (CIMCIM)

August 29th - September 3rd, 2011

Nowadays collections of musical instruments have largely evolved to become in an increasing manner museums including larger musical and cultural dimensions. Scientific research includes more and more the sounding aspect of a musical instrument, including of course the question of playability, whereas educational programs and devices are meant to respond to the public's growing need for musical content and contextualisation.
At the same time, other museums (Fine Arts or Historic museums) also include the musical dimension in their exhibitions, which in return questions our own identities.

The 'African' part took place at the RMCA on Sepember 2.

Full program: CIMCIM program (pdf, 56 kb).
Report of the meeting.

"La Quête des Ressources naturelles 2 : Evolution and perspectives in the mining sector of the DRC”

(original title : La « Quête des Ressources » en Afrique Centrale (2) : Le secteur minier en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) - État des lieux et perspectives)

International conference organized by the University of Lubumbashi (RDC) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA)
December 1-3, 2010  in Tervuren (Belgium)

The University of Lubumbashi (DRC) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) organize, from December 1 to 3, 2010, an international conference on the theme of mineral resources in Central Africa, and more specifically in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Tervuren (Belgium).

As in the first meeting on this theme organized in Tervuren in December, 2008, a wide range of themes will be tackled in plenary session or in workshops, such as to give a detailed overview of the mining sector: the international and regional contexts, the Congolese actions and the international support, the legal and social aspects, geology, public health, environment and the cultural heritage management.

In the framework of the activities of the programme Geology for an Economic Sustainable Development (GECO) & the Task Force Mineral Resources in Central Africa (MIRECA)
Under the auspices of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Practical Information
- Programme Conference (in French and Dutch - pdf 780 kb)
- Registration form (in French - pdf 43kb)
- 1 to 3 December 2010 in the RMCA (CODA - CERVA building)
- by invitation only
- How to access the CODA - CERVA building? (doc.45kb) / map of hotels in Tervuren (pdf- 150 kb)

Africa Europe Archives.
Requirements? Collaborations? Plans?
DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and Belgium.


Colloquium organized by the State Archives in Belgium (STAB) and the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA)
December 15-17, 2010

Archival heritage is essential to facilitating reform and modernization in the public sectors and
societies of the DRC, Burundi, Rwanda and Belgium.
The archives of former colonial mother
countries can also be crucial, especially to matters of filiation, the provision of evidence,
migration, borders, resource management or data for international research... more (pdf 650 kb)

Practical Information
- Programme Colloquium (pdf 650 kb)
- 15 -16 December 2010 in the RMCA (Tervuren - Colonial Palace)
- 17 December 2010: workshop on new research themes and archives - STAB (Brussels)
-  Registration until 12 November 2010 :  registration form in French  or registration form in Dutch (doc. )
-  More information? Contact : Colarch@africamuseum.be


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