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.


Taxonomy Recognition Day - 23.05.2024


The Institute of Natural Sciences and the CETAF are celebrating on 23rd May 2024 the Taxonomy Recognition Day, which covers the diversity in nature, preservation of nature and knowledge sharing on nature !


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.


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. 


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.


Scheldt Delta officially recognized as UNESCO Geopark


The region of the Belgian-Dutch Scheldt Delta has been officially recognized as a UNESCO Global Geopark. The world heritage organization thereby acknowledges that the area is exceptional in terms of its geological, cultural-historical, and landscape features.


Amateur paleontologists donate rich collection of fossil shark and ray teeth to our Institute


Citizen scientists have donated tens of thousands of fossil shark and ray teeth to the Institute. They were excavated at the clay quarry of Egem in West Flanders, and bear witness to the rich diversity in the shallow tropical sea around 50 million years ago in our regions.


A third victim from Bois du Cazier identified thanks to DNA analysis


On August 8, 1956, 262 miners died in the fire at the Bois du Cazier mine in Marcinelle (Charleroi). In 2023, a multidisciplinary team of researchers formally identified two of the 14 victims who couldn't be identified at the time. In March 2024 the team announced the identity of a third victim.


Belgian geologists test mining robots


Geologists from the Institute of Natural Sciences tested the sensors of their bio-inspired mining robot, which can detect thin veins of metal in the rock.