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NEWS - Will climate change lead to more sole in the North Sea?

The common sole (Solea solea) is a flatfish with a high economical value (e.g. representing up to 40% of the annual profit of the Belgian fishery in recent years), that is therefore subject to a strong fishing pressure. In order to sustainably manage the stocks of this species, it is necessary to not only consider fishing pressure, but also estimate the impact of climate change on the abundance and distribution of sole. A new study provides the first insights: more larvae will arrive in the North Sea nurseries, but with strong local differences.

Environmental impact of offshore windfarms in Belgium

To monitor the ecological impact of wind turbines at sea, our institute coordinates an extensive monitoring programme that detects the environmental effects. The programme is fully operational since 2008. A new report summarizes the most recent results.

News - Atlas of Life

An international team of researchers has made a catalogue of all reptiles on Earth. It is the last chapter in the ‘Atlas of life’, the first global review of all vertebrates on our planet. The atlas can be an important tool for the conservation of wildlife.

To protect the life on our planet, we must know what and where that life is. That is why scientists created maps with all known land vertebrates on our planet.

MONKEYS - Lecture 09.01.2018 – Tetsuro Matsuzawa

Our temporary exhibition MONKEYS comes with 11 nocturnes! Visit the exhibition from 17.30 to 21.30 and attend a lecture or the screening of a documentary (followed by a debate) from 19.00.

During this fourth nocturne (on 09.01.2018), Tetsuro Matsuzawa will give a lecture entitled Imagination: The evolution of human mind viewed from the study of chimpanzees.

Science Bus 08-10.11.2017

Visit and experience the Science Bus on the Esplanade of the European Parliament on show on 08, 09 and 10 November 2017!!! 

News - First Long-tailed Shrike in Belgium

Our ornithologists have banded a Long-tailed Shrike at the Zwin Nature Reserve in Knokke. Never before was this species recorded in Belgium. It is only the fifth time that this Asiatic bird makes an appearance in Europe.

MONKEYS - Lecture 06.12.2017 - Jane Goodall

Our temporary exhibition MONKEYS comes with 11 nocturnes! 

On December 6th 2017 the famous primatologist Jane Goodall will give a lecture in Tour & Taxis, entiteled Five Reasons For Hope.

In July 1960, Jane Goodall began her landmark study of chimpanzee behavior in what is now Tanzania. Her work at Gombe Stream would become the foundation of future primatological research and redefine the relationship between humans and animals.


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