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Our scientists study the past and present societies, biodiversity and geology of Africa.
Our scientists base their research on:
- the museum's unique collections
- world-renowned expertise
- collaborative networks, particularly with African institutions.
Cultural Anthropology and History
Our scientists study the languages, colonial history, ancient societies, political systems, cultural productions, music, etc. of populations from Africa or with African roots.
Our biologists study the biodiversity of various animal groups and help promote the sustainable management of Africa's tropical forests.
Our researchers study mineral resources, geodynamics, surface environments and natural hazards in Central Africa.
Research strategy and ethics
Read about our research principles.
We have published more than 1,800 books, catalogues, etc. In addition to that, our researchers publish some 300 scientific texts each year.
Projects and conferences
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Digitising African musical heritage
PRIMA, an international network of Belgian and African museums from the Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, and Kenya, are working together to digitise their African musical instrument collections. Several of these are already online.
A pioneer in the museum: Olga Boone
Who was the first female scientist working in the RMCA? Historian Eline Sciot has put ethnographer Olga Boone in the spotlights for the first time and traced her career and scientific work.
Landslides in tropical Africa: dangerous but often overlooked
In 2017, hundreds of people perished in landslides in tropical Africa. Alas, we still know very little about the phenomenon in this part of the world. Liesbet Jacobs has just completed her doctoral thesis investigating the processes leading to landslides in wet tropical areas, with hopes that this will help predict when and where these hazards are going to hit.