Science

BE-TAF 

BE-TAF stands for ‘BElgian Taxonomic Access Facilities’ and is made up of the three major institutions that conduct taxonomic research: the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Royal Museum for Central Africa and the Botanic Garden Meise.

SYNTHESYS, a European science project that arose from CETAF, enables access to 337,204,000 specimens that are conservated and managed at the major European Institutes of Natural Sciences. 

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King Leopold III Fund for Nature Exploration and Conservation

The King Leopold III Fund aims to promote the study and conservation of nature. On a practical level, the King Leopold III Fund contributes primarily to financing expeditions outside Europe. These explorations are designed to study extant biodiversity, as well as people who are intensely related to nature. The registered office of the association is located in the RBINS.

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ARABEL

ARABEL (ARAchnologia BELgica) was established on the 27th of October 1976 during a meeting at the RBINS in Brussels. Initially it was just a working group without a clear structure, whose members exchanged ideas and data, helped each other with difficult identifications and sometimes organised excursions. In 1986 ARABEL became a non-profit organisation with a formal statute, chair, etc. The current chair is the RBINS scientist and arachnologist Léon Baert.
At present, ARABEL is involved in developing the Belgian Arachnofauna Database

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Royal Belgian Entomological Society

The Royal Belgian Entomological Society is a non-profit organisation that was established on the 9th of April 1855 and based in the RBINS. It aims to stimulate the study of insects through events, publications and pedagogical activities. The Royal Belgian Association for Entomology publishes the journals Bulletin of the Royal Belgian Association for Entomology and the Journal of Entomology

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Geologica Belgica

Geologica Belgica is a Belgian bilingual non-profit association established in Brussels, whose aim is to contribute to the development of earth sciences and related areas, and to facilitate the exchanging of knowledge and scientific research. The RBINS is represented in its board, as are all the major universities and other institutes involved in earth sciences in Belgium.

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Belgian Group for Underwater Scientific Research

The GBRS was established in 1955 as a scientific diving association. The members of the GBRS actively contribute to underwater scientific research by organising training courses and expeditions. The association is active in Louvain-la-Neuve and Brussels.

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Royal Belgian Society for Zoology

The Royal Belgian Zoological Society is a non-profit organisation that aims to stimulate zoological research in Belgium. Every year it organises the 'Benelux Congress of Zoology' and the 'Biology Master Day', a free event intended to encourage final year students to choose further study in biology. In collaboration with the RBINS it also publishes the Belgian Journal of Zoology, which covers a broad range of zoological disciplines. The organisation is based in the RBINS.

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Royal Belgian Society of Anthropology and Prehistory

The Royal Belgian Society of Anthropology and Prehistory brings both Belgian and foreign, professional and non-professional researchers together, who specialise in prehistoric archaeology, physical anthropology, genetic anthropology and human palaeontology.

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The Belgium-Luxembourg Union of Geologists

The BLUG is a professional association that represents professional geologists and geology students from Belgium and Luxembourg in the various government authorities. The BLUG also aims to promote the study of geology among the general public. The RBINS is represented in the BLUG Board.

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European Federation of Geologists

The European Federation of Geologists is an NGO that was established in 1981. It is a professional organisation that aims to contribute to safer and more sustainable use of our natural environment, by informing the public and promoting more responsible use of natural resources.  The EFG is based in the Belgian Geological Service, one of the departments of the RBINS.

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BeWiSe - Belgian Women in Science

BeWiSe promotes equal participation for women in all scientific disciplines and at all levels in Belgium. Its members belong to various scientific Belgian institutions, including the RBINS. Among the members working at the RBINS are: Frida Decraemer (biologist), Mietje Germonpré (palaeontologist), Justine Jacquemin (biologist), Carole Paleco (international relations and current Vice-President), Marianne Schlesser (biologist) and Isa Schön (biologist, BeWiSe first president and one of the founding members).

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Studia Praehistorica Belgica

Studia Praehistorica Belgica is an association that has been publishing the journal Notae Praehistoricae and monographs, among which Studia Praehistorica Belgica (hence the name of the association). Historically, its activities are focused on the transregional contact group ‘Prehistory’ of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). Notae Praehistoricae reports on recent studies in archaeology and prehistory in Belgium and neighbouring European countries. Studia Praehistorica Belgica discusses specific themes, often as a result of colloquia. Both publications are edited at the RBINS.

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