We study the biodiversity of tropical African invertebrates.

Our research focuses on:

  • flies
  • spiders
  • parasitic flatworms
  • millipedes
  • sea cucumbers.

We cover several disciplines:

  • taxonomy
  • population genetics
  • phylogenetics
  • biogeography
  • ecology (insect-host plant and parasite-host relationships)
  • insect pest control
  • conservation
  • parasitic diseases.

The museum’s molecular biology laboratory (Joint Experimental Molecular Unit, JEMU) is managed together with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, with which we also handle the BopCo (Barcoding of Organisms and tissues of Policy Concern) project. We are part of the Belgian Network for DNA Barcoding.


Scientific personnel

Technical and administrative staff


Scientific tools

Fruit flies (Tephritidae)



We organize training courses on African fruit flies (Tephritidae) and fly pollinators.

> Learn more about our training courses