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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:

  • Red gold since ancient times

    Red gold since ancient times

    Archaeological research traces 1000 years of copper production in Congo-Brazzaville.

  • 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.

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