New Atlas shows where to find Critical Raw Materials in Belgium


A team of Belgian geologists has mapped out where critical raw materials, such as lithium for batteries, rare earths for wind turbines, and copper for power grids, can still be found in Belgium. “It’s time to explore our subsoil further,” says geologist Sophie Decrée.


Marine mammals and sea turtles in Belgium in 2023


The new report 'Marine mammals and sea turtles in Belgium in 2023' summarizes the results of the monitoring and research on these animals in Belgium in 2023.

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Biodiversity loss is a reality that can no longer be denied


This is why it’s essential to act for its protection as of today.” Says our conservation biologist René-Marie Lafontaine. During more than 40 years on the field, he witnessed the staggering biodiversity loss in Belgium, Europe and worldwide first-hand.


Aerial observations over the North Sea in 2023


In 2023, the aerial surveillance aircraft detected 17 cases of operational marine pollution from ships, and suspicious sulphur and nitrogen levels in the smoke plumes of 24 and 42 ships. Other activities included monitoring of oil and gas installations, marine mammal counts and broader maritime surveillance.


Summers warm up faster than winters, fossil shells from Antwerp show


In a warmer climate, summers warm much faster than winters. That is the conclusion of research into fossil shells by earth scientist Niels de Winter.


Starved young minke whale in Ostend


A young male minke whale that washed ashore in Ostend on May 13 most likely died of starvation. Although sightings of dead and living minke whales have become more frequent in recent years in the south of the North Sea, their washing up on a Belgian beach remains an exceptional event.


35e édition du Colloque du Groupement des Anthropologistes de Langue Française (GALF) 2024 - 16-19.10.2024


L'invisible révélé : L'apport de l'imagerie & des analyses chimiques et moléculaires à l'anthropologie biologique. 35e édition du Colloque du GALF. Ce colloque s'articulera autour de quatre thématiques principales et une séance varia consacrée à l'actualité de la recherche.


New and richly illustrated book about the Bernissart Iguanodons


Paleontologist Pascal Godefroit tells the complete story of the Iguanodons of Bernissart in a hefty and beautifully illustrated book: from the discovery in the mining village to the latest insights into their cause of death. 


Mass Extinction Conference - 30.05.2024


Today more than 42,100 species are threatened with extinction (IUCN) and more than 150,300 species are on the IUCN Red List including 41% of amphibians, 37% of sharks and rays, 36% of reef building corals, 34% of conifers, 27% of mammals, 16% of selected insects, and 13% of birds.


Nocturnes 2024


Once again this year, the Institute of Natural Sciences opens its doors for the 23rd edition of Brusselsmuseums' Nocturnes. We are expecting you on Thursday 23 May from 5pm onwards!  Visit our wondrous exhibits and discover an array of exciting activities curated exclusively for this evening.