Science news

  • January 2024

    A pioneering study in the Kongo Central province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has underscored the critical role of Nature-based solutions in mitigating climate change and biodiversity loss.

  • October 2023

    Provenance research on collections from the Global South in Europe is now unavoidable in the fields of museum studies and cultural policy, yet no scholarly work has scrutinized the collections of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren (Belgium) as a whole.

  • July 2023

    ‘Cahiers africains’ is the successor to the ‘Cahiers du CEDAF’ series (1971-1992) and has been released on a regular basis since 1993 as a joint publication of the Royal Museum for Central Africa and L’Harmattan (Paris). The 100th volume, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the series, focuses on wedding celebrations in Africa.

  • May 2023

    The now extinct St Helena Giant Earwig was the largest earwig in the world. At the request of the St Helena National Trust, the St Helena Government and the St Helena Museum, the AfricaMuseum donated a specimen of this iconic insect to the Museum of St Helena, where it is now on display.

  • April 2023

    In the new book Bushmeat. Culture, Economy and Conservation in Central Africa, Theodore Trefon analyses the environmental, social and economic aspects of bushmeat consumption in the Congo basin.

  • March 2023

    In the new book The bird species from the type collection, ornithologist Michel Louette presents the bird species whose type specimens are kept at the AfricaMuseum. Illustrated with magnificent photos and original artwork, this book presents a rich and varied collection of birds, most of which have seldom been spotted.

  • February 2023

    An international team of researchers led by the University of Helsinki has revised the phylogeny of the Elapoidea, an important group of snakes. By doing so, they discovered a new family of snakes. The study was carried out in collaboration with researchers from the AfricaMuseum and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and was based on specimens from both museums.

  • December 2022

    Frank De Coninck offers us the captivating account of a Belgian ambassador posted to Kigali from October 1994 to August 1997 and to Kinshasa from August 1997 to November 2000.

  • December 2022

    Students and coordinators of the projects AGROVEG, ISeBAF, DISPEST, InsectMOoD and FF-IPM participated to the 11th International Symposium on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance (ISFFEI, 13-8/11/2022) in Sydney, Australia, Macquarie University.

  • December 2022

    New research shows how more than 70 years of urban growth have disturbed the displacements of a large and now densely-inhabited landslide in the city of Bukavu, in eastern DR Congo.