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publications every year

15+

scientific disciplines

Our scientists study the past and present societies, biodiversity and geology of Africa.

Our scientists base their research on:

  • the museum's unique collections
  • fieldwork
  • world-renowned expertise   
  • collaborative networks, particularly with African institutions.

  • Cultural Anthropology and History

    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.

  • Biology

    Biology

    Our biologists study the biodiversity of various animal groups and help promote the sustainable management of Africa's tropical forests.

  • Earth sciences

    Earth Sciences

    Our researchers study mineral resources, geodynamics, surface environments and natural hazards in Central Africa.

 


  • Research strategy and ethics

    Read about our research principles.

  • Publications

    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

    Read about the projects carried out by the museum's scientists.

  • Staff directory

    Find a member of staff.

 


Science news:

  • First summer course for history professors from Flanders organized in RMCA

    First summer course for history professors from Flanders organized in RMCA

    RMCA historians and archaeologists joined forces for the first summer course for Flemish history professors, with a focus on Belgian colonization in Congo.

  • DNA of exotic mosquitoes under scrutiny

    DNA of exotic mosquitoes under scrutiny

    Summer is mosquito (bite) season, and it is important to know which mosquitoes are doing the biting. Globalization and climate change have made it necessary to monitor the arrival of exotic mosquito species. With the help of DNA research, RMCA biologists can identify mosquitoes quickly and reliably.

  •  Algae and echinoderms off the coast of Mozambique

    Algae and echinoderms off the coast of Mozambique

    In April and May of 2018, a team of researchers from Belgium and Mozambique studied algae and echinoderms from different sites in Mozambique. This mission was the first phase of a project whose objective is to study the taxonomy of these two groups in a region neglected by research.

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