Science news

  • December 2018

    Plate tectonics played an important role in the evolution of our planet. A study conducted by an international team of researchers, including geologist Daniel Baudet of the RMCA, has now found the earliest evidence known for the modern-style plate tectonics at 2.2-2.1 billion years ago (2.2-2.1 Ga).

  • November 2018

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

  • October 2018

    RMCA historians and archaeologists joined forces for the first summer course for Flemish history professors, with a focus on Belgian colonization in Congo.

  • October 2018

    An online video platform with training videos for farmers, mobile healthcare campaigns through gaming and an app for mobile money. These are the three winners of the Prize 'Digital for Development (D4D)' 2018.

  • September 2018

    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.

  • August 2018

    In April and May of 2018, a team of researchers from Belgium and Mozambique studied algae and echinoderms from different sites in Mozambique. This mission was the first phase of a project whose objective is to study the taxonomy of these two groups in a region neglected by research. This project also aims to train young scientists in the collection, preservation, and study of algae and echinoderm specimens.

  • July 2018

    At WWF Belgium’s request, the RMCA Wood Biology service analysed charcoal sold in different stores around the country. Half of the examined bags contained tropical wood – and sustainable forest management certificates or mentions of origin were often missing.

  • July 2018

    PRIMA, an international network of Belgian and African museums from the Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, and Kenya, are working together to digitise their African musical instrument collections. Several of these are already online.

  • May 2018

    Who was the first female scientist working in the RMCA? Historian Eline Sciot has put ethnographer Olga Boone in the spotlights for the first time and traced her career and scientific work.

  • March 2018

    In 2017, hundreds of people perished in landslides in tropical Africa. Alas, we still know very little about the phenomenon in this part of the world. Liesbet Jacobs has just completed her doctoral thesis investigating the processes leading to landslides in wet tropical areas, with hopes that this will help predict when and where these hazards are going to hit.