Science news

  • December 2022

    Does the movement of a landslide change when a city is built on it? 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.

  • November 2022

    Compilation of texts written by renowned experts about the history of the rotunda and its statues, as well as the semantic and artistic analysis of RE/STORE.

  • November 2022

    Those who study the reproductive behaviour of invertebrates, say small animals, fall from one surprise to another.

  • August 2022

    On 22 May 2021, the Nyiragongo volcano (DR Congo) erupted. Lava flows destroyed part of the city of Goma and thousands of people fled. In a study published in Nature, an international team of researchers shows that this eruption could not be predicted.

  • August 2022

    The Botswana Post Office has designed a series of postal stamps on the country's myriapods.

  • July 2022

    For the first time, a new study has mapped the full scale of a vast region of peatland in the heart of the Congo Basin. These peatlands store huge amounts of carbon and their preservation is therefore essential in the battle to tackle global warming. However, a large proportion of the peatlands are under threat, particularly from oil exploitation.

  • July 2022

    A scientific expedition led by the AfricaMuseum in Mayotte has collected for the first time the male of a spider species described over 130 years ago.

  • May 2022

    In the new book The Congo Free State: What Could Archives Tell us? New light and research perspective, international historians and archivists delve into little-known or unpublished archives produced during the Congo's Free State (1885-1908). Through fine analysis, they demonstrate that the history of this period is far from having revealed all its facets. Published by Peter Lang, the book is co-edited by Patricia Van Schuylenbergh and Mathilde Leduc-Grimaldi, two historians from the AfricaMuseum.

  • May 2022

    The presence of Swahili-Arab traders in the eastern part of present-day DR Congo had a lasting impact on the populations of the region. However, this legacy and related objects that are now in Belgian collections, remain largely unstudied. Provenance and object biography research aims to provide a more nuanced historical understanding and to enable a dialogue with source communities on this Congo-Swahili-Arab history and heritage.

  • April 2022

    A team of Belgian researchers has described ten new species of small predatory fish from Lake Edward. Scientists have long suspected that this lake between the DR Congo and Uganda is home to exceptional fish diversity.