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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:

  • A small tree is not always a young tree

    A small tree is not always a young tree

    Forest giants have long been considered the oldest trees in tropical forests. Research now shows that small trees can grow older than the big ones, and therefore hold on to longer-term carbon. This finding has important consequences for forest policy in the tropics.

  • Sardines of Lake Tanganyika Prove One And Indivisible

    Sardines of Lake Tanganyika Prove One And Indivisible

    The sardines from Lake Tanganyika (Africa) form one homogeneous group, according to a genetic study. This implies that the four countries around the lake will have to team up to maintain the overfished sardines.

  • Board game teaches Goma residents about geological hazards

    Board game teaches Goma residents about geological hazards

    The board game ‘Hazagora’ was designed to give players knowledge and strategies to cope with geological hazards. RMCA geographer Caroline Michellier puts it to the test by organizing courses for secondary school teachers in the city of Goma, Nord Kivu.

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