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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
  • 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


    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

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Science news:

  • Artificial lakes, a paradise for parasites?

    Artificial lakes, a paradise for parasites?

    A tiny North American freshwater snail, found in large numbers in Lake Kariba (Zimbabwe), can fuel the spread of infectious diseases. Artificial lakes are especially vulnerable to invasive species, which travel the world thanks to globalization.

  • European Journal of Taxonomy volume 500 is now online!

    European Journal of Taxonomy volume 500 is now online!

    Since its launch in 2011, EJT has published 1791 new taxa (1602 new species). Taxonomic research enables biologists to better understand and study biodiversity and evolution.

  • 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.

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