Tapestries from the era of Charles V Fri 22-05-2015 - Sun 30-08-2015
Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100
During the summer of 2015, the Cinquantenaire Museum is organising a small but exceptional exhibition of Brussels tapestries around one of the best known works held in its collection. This tapestry represents a scene that is associated with the legend of the statue of Notre-Dame du Sablon, a legend which is at the origin of the Brussels Ommegang (religious procession). The work shows several members of the archducal family that ruled the Lowlands at the start of the 16th century, surrounded by a sumptuous courtly household.
JPI Oceans publishes its first Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100
The first copies of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda were handed over to Norwegian State Secretary Dilek Ayhan, Belgian State Secretary Bart Tommelein and, Director General of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission Robert-Jan Smits.
Belgian Archaeological Mission to Elkab discovers important fragment of unique Old Kingdom royal statue
Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:00 +0100
Since 2009, the Belgian Archaeological Mission to Elkab, directed by Dr. Dirk Huyge of the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, has focused its research on the settlement area of Elkab. Excavation campaigns in 2009, 2010 and 2012 have revealed the presence of a vast habitation area, situated within the Late Period Great Walls, immediately north and west of the temple zone.
The latest test trenches executed at the site in February-March 2015 have allowed the mission to better document both the important 2nd Dynasty habitation layers,including substantial rectangular buildings with large walls and stone foundations, as well as the late Predynastic (Naqada III period) occupation. The most exceptional find of the 2015 campaign, however, was that of a fragment (base and lower part of legs) of an Old Kingdom royal statue. The preserved height is 21.7 cm. The inscriptions on the fragment have been independently verified and read by Egyptologists Prof. John Coleman Darnell (Yale University, New Haven, US) and Dr. Luc Delvaux (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels, Belgium). They give the almost complete titulary of king Sahure (ca. 2458-2446 BC), an illustrious pharaoh of the 5th Dynasty (the text was probably inscribed identically on either side of his legs). The statue, executed in fine-grained sandstone, undoubtedly represents the king seated on a throne. Its original height can be estimated at about 70 cm. Sahure is the second king of the 5th Dynasty. He is best known for his vast funerary complex, including a pyramid and its mortuary and valley temples, at the royal cemetery of Abusir just north of Saqqara.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change: Nominations
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:00:00 +0100
Nominations for the position of the IPCC Chair, as well as members of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau (TFB). A new Bureau of the IPCC and the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories is to be elected at the 42nd Session of the Panel. The 42nd Session is scheduled to take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 5 to 8 October 2015. Your application should be submitted to a member of the IPCC.
UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation 2015
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0100
The purpose of the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Preservation , is to afford recognition to outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment, consistent with the policies, aims and objectives of UNESCO, and in relation to the Organization’s programmes in this field. Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2015 Prize is 15 June 2015.
ESA: Johann-Dietrich Woerner to be Director General of ESA
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Today, the Council of the European Space Agency announced the appointment of Johann-Dietrich Woerner as the next Director General of ESA, for a period of four years starting on 1 July 2015. He will succeed Jean-Jacques Dordain, whose term of office ends on 30 June 2015. Mr Woerner is currently Chairman of the Executive Board of DLR, the German Aerospace Center.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: BRUEGEL - New insights on a Masterpiece
Fri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 +0100
On Friday December 12, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium will present the results of several years of research on the works of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Museums own the second largest Bruegel collection in the world, including the "Fall of the Rebel Angels". It is thus fitting to launch a new book about this masterpiece on these premises. The book will be released on December 5.
Royal Observatory of Belgium : Véronique Dehant, Doctor Honoris Causa of the Paris Observatory
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Véronique Dehant, scientific researcher of the Royal Observatory of Belgium has been nominated Doctor Honoris Causa of the Paris Observatory on November 13, 2014. Véronique Dehant works at the Royal Observatory of Belgium, where she is responsible for the Operational Directorate “Reference Systems and Planetary Science”. She is also Extraordinary Professor at the Université Catholique de Louvain. She was or is involved as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I) of several radioscience space experiments aiming at planetary geodesy and at physics of the interior of terrestrial planets.
Belgian Teenagers run Microgravity Experiment at ESTEC, ESA’s European space research and technology centre.
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Eleven Belgian teenagers recently made a special visit to ESA’s European space research and technology centre, ESTEC, in The Netherlands. Their visit was to use a unique facility that simulates the microgravity conditions of outer space. ESA’s Education Office is dedicated to help engage students of all ages in the work of the space sector. One teenager said, “This experiment was very constructive. It gave me the motivation to continue studying sciences.”
UNESCO - Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB): Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management 2015
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0100
This prize is awarded every two years in memory of Dr Michel Batisse for excellence in the management of the biosphere reserves in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy. All case studies must be submitted through, and have the endorsement of, the respective MAB National Committees, and/or the UNESCO National Commissions of the country concerned. The application form for the Michel Batisse Award (see link below), sent by mail, should reach Federal Science Policy no later than 3rd November 2014.
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium: Rubens - sketches and silverware
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100
The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are welcoming two exceptional pieces of silverware, silver water jug and plate (1635-36), inspired by Rubens! This loan from the Colette and Pierre Bauchau Fund managed by the King Baudouin Foundation is accompanied by the new hanging of painted oil sketches, beautiful first drafts of some of the greatest works of the artist. Exposition from October 21st 2014 until January 25th 2015.
SPACE DAYS 2014
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Wallonie Espace is proud to announce the organization of the fifth edition of their SPACE DAYS to be held in Transinne (Redu), Belgium, on 13-14 October 2014. Every actor involved in the Space business, whether from agencies, industry, universities, or governmental institutions, is warmly invited to participate in and actively contribute to the not-to-be-missed biennial event for the Space community. Under the theme ‘Space Value on Earth’, SPACE DAYS 2014 will focus on a very topical issue: “Galileo & Copernicus: Boosting Business and Innovation”.
ESA: ROSETTA Europe's comet chaser
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0100
In November 1993, the International Rosetta Mission was approved as a Cornerstone Mission in ESA's Horizons 2000 Science Programme. Since then, scientists and engineers from all over Europe and the United States have been combining their talents to build an orbiter and a lander for this unique expedition to unravel the secrets of a mysterious 'mini' ice world – a comet. During a circuitous ten-year trek across the Solar System, Rosetta will cross the asteroid belt and travel into deep space, more than five times Earth’s distance from the Sun. Its destination will be a periodic comet known as Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Press release (15-09-2014): 'J' marks the spot for Rosetta's lander.
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (KBIN-IRNSB): Fossils found in Siberia suggest all dinosaurs had feathers
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100
The first ever example of a plant-eating dinosaur with feathers and scales has been discovered in Russia. Previously only flesh-eating dinosaurs were known to have had feathers so this new find indicates that all dinosaurs could have been feathered. The new dinosaur, named Kulindradromeus zabaikalicus as it comes from a site called Kulinda on the banks of the Olov River in Siberia, is described in a paper published today in Science. Our colleague (KBIN-IRNSB) and lead author of the article, palaeontologist Pascal Godefroit presents this discovery in short videos.
CEGESOMA: Exhibition at the Royal Palace: "Albert and Elisabeth: Filming the Life of a Royal couple"
Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Like every year, the Brussels Palace will open its doors during the summer months for the public to discover the “Science and Culture at the Palace” exhibition, starting on Tuesday 22 July 2014. 25 years of the lives of the sovereigns were portrayed through a selection of partly unseen footage. The visitor will discover a modern couple who came gladly in contact with the people, and how technological progress shed a new light on the reality of the royal function. The First World War is the hinge of the exhibition, but equally much attention is given to the many journeys of Albert and Elisabeth, the visits of foreign head of states, and more intimate moments of the royal family.
Royal Institute of Natural Sciences: AperoDino 2014
Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Come and have a nice cool drink in the garden of the Museum of Natural sciences, which will be exceptionally open on Thursday 26th of June 2014 from 17:30 to 22:00. Admire one of the most beautiful and richest Dinosaur galleries in Europe. You can also discover as one of the first, our newest temporary exhibition ‘Brain Twisters’. You can be sure to have a splendid evening, in an extraordinary setting, with some jazzy music, refreshing drinks and tasty snacks.
30 years RV Belgica: How big is Belgica?
Wed, 14 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100
The Belgian oceanographic research vessel “RV A962 Belgica” celebrates her 30th anniversary in 2014. To celebrate this event and to promote the RV Belgica to the general public, the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) launches a campaign on the weekend of 17 and 18 May 2014 with an animated movie, a symposium, and open doors during the Brussels Harbour Day.
Biodiversity in 2020: Discover de result of the public consultation on the National Biodiversity Strategy
Mon, 05 May 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Biodiversity in 2020, the updating the update of Belgium's National Strategy was adopted on November 13, 2013 by all competent ministers. The text takes into account the comments received during the public consultation which ran from 14 May to 12 July 2013. The result of the consultation, and all documents relating to the Strategy, are available online. The National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity invites the stakeholders to participate in a "networking event" on Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels to learn all about the updated national strategy, available means of action and to meet the key players in Belgium.Registration until 12 May 2014 included.
Belgian Teenagers run Microgravity Experiment at ESTEC
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100
Eleven Belgian teenagers recently made a special visit to ESA’s European space research and technology centre, ESTEC, in The Netherlands. Their visit was to use a unique facility that simulates the microgravity conditions of outer space.
Publication GreenFacts: Climate Change IPCC 2013 Update
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0100
The Physical Science Basis" is a comprehensive assessment of the physical aspects of climate change and puts a focus on the elements that are relevant to understand past, document current, and project future climate change. The report covers observations of changes in all components of the climate system and assess the current knowledge of various processes of the climate system. The present assessment uses a new set of new scenarios to explore the future impacts of climate change under a range of different possible emission pathways.
Competition "FameLab Benelux": Let’s talk science…in just 3 minutes!
Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 +0100
FameLab aims to discover charismatic, up-and-coming scientists who inspire people to see the world from a new perspective… in just three minutes. If you think you can explain a concept in science, technology, engineering, medecine or mathematics, armed with only your wits and a few props, then FameLab is for you. The competition is open to anyone in the Benelux aged between 21 and 40 working in or studying science, technology, engineering, medicine or maths. Register before 10 March 2014. You could win: Expenses paid 2-day FameLab Master Class on 24 and 25 April 2014 in Amsterdam to develop your public engagement skills; Expenses paid trip to the UK in June 2014 to attend Cheltenham Science Festival and compete in the FameLab International competition
Musical Instruments Museum: Opening concert 1 for SAX200: Bl!ndman
Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100
This first opening concert for the SAX200 exhibitioin features Eric Sleichim on Tubax, a modern version of the bass saxophone, and his Bl!ndman saxophone quartet in a rather spectacular program. 08/02/2014 - 20:00 - 21:00 - free live music
The comet chaser Rosetta and the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy
Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +0100
If everything goes according to plan, the comet chaser Rosetta will wake up from hibernation the 20th of January 2014, and start the last phase of its 10-year journey to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The Rosetta space mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) will for the first time study a comet up close during its journey around the Sun. The Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BISA) has helped to build the ROSINA (Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis) instrument on board of the satellite.
Royal Museum for Central Africa: Closing Weekend to Go Down in Museum’s History ! 30 November and 1 December 2013.
Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0100
On 1 December 2013, the Royal Museum for Central Africa will close for renovation works lasting several years. The museum would like to make this last weekend a milestone in its long history. Varied activities for all ages are on the programme: concerts, dance and music workshops, plays, creative workshops in the ‘African village’ Nianga, storytelling sessions, video booths, and more.
The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA): Symposium: Art nouveau revisited: trends and peculiarities
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0100
As part of the European Partage Plus project, on the 13th and 14th February 2014 KIK-IRPA will hold a symposium dedicated to the study of art nouveau. It will be the 15th art history seminar, an initiative of the Documentation department of KIK-IRPA.
CINEMATEK: International Conference: Our images. our future. Securing cinema’s past and future in the digital era (26-27/11/2013)
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +0100
Cinema is strongly impacted by the complete transition to digital which imposes profound changes to the whole production, distribution and exhibition sectors, questions long established business models, multiplies access channels and platforms, and requires new strategies for long term sustainability and conservation. After many occasions to discuss the problems and the danger of this transition, this 3-day program aims at defining the opportunities offered to Belgian and European cinema and the policies that will make them possible. Registration (before 20/11).
Royal Museum for Central Africa: 305 new animal species in two years!
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100
Over the 2011-2012 period, scientists at the Royal Museum for Central Africa described 305 animal species hitherto unknown to science! Spiders, fishes, moths, millipedes, sea cucumbers… some of them were discovered during scientific expeditions in Africa, but many others were discovered in the museum collections. The sheer number of specimens collected during expeditions means that it can take decades before they can all be studied in detail.
IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) - Working Group I Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2013 - The Physical Science Basis
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100
The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific analyses from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives, theoretical studies of climate processes and simulations using climate models. It builds upon the Working Group I contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), and incorporates subsequent new findings of research.
Museum of Natural Sciences: Shedding more light on a diverse dark abyss
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100
The latest results published in the journal PLOS ONE by Charlotte Havermans and colleagues from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, in collaboration with German researchers, has highlighted the presence of a highly diversified, endemic and specialized deep-sea fauna.
EU Prize for Women Innovators 2014
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 +0100
The European Commission has launched the 2nd edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators. The competition is open until 15 October 2013! The EU Prize for Women Innovators aims to raise public awareness about the need for more innovation and more women innovators. It will reward three women who have developed outstanding innovations and brought them to market.
UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation 2013
Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:00:00 +0100
The purpose of the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Preservation , is to afford recognition to outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment, consistent with the policies, aims and objectives of UNESCO, and in relation to the Organization’s programmes in this field. Deadline for submitting nominations for the 2013 Prize is 10 September 2013.
UNESCO MAB Young Scientists Awards: helping young people help the planet
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100
The MAB Young Scientists Awards targets young researchers carrying out interdisciplinary research in line with UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. Priority is given to projects carried out in biosphere reserves. All case studies must be submitted through, and have the endorsement of, the respective MAB National Committees, and/or the UNESCO National Commissions of the country concerned. The Applications for the 2014 MAB young Scientists Award (see link below), sent by mail, should reach Federal Science Policy no later than 1st October 2013.
UNESCO - Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB): Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management 2014
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0100
This prize is awarded every two years in memory of Dr Michel Batisse for excellence in the management of the biosphere reserves in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy. All case studies must be submitted through, and have the endorsement of, the respective MAB National Committees, and/or the UNESCO National Commissions of the country concerned. The application form for the Michel Batisse Award (see link below), sent by mail, should reach Federal Science Policy no later than 1st October 2013.
European Research Network on Illicit Drugs, launched
Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100
Today ERANID, the European Research Area Network on Illicit Drugs, a project funded by the European Union, has been launched. ERANID can be considered as a first fundamental step towards long-term co-operation in the field of scientific research on illicit drugs. BELSPO, the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, will particularly be in charge of setting the priorities for common calls, in close collaboration with the stakeholders in the field: scientists, civil society, funding agencies, administrations... The key goal is to fund topics for which scientific results will make a change for society.
Grande conférence au Mundaneum à Mons le mardi 4 juin à 20 heures par le philosophe Bernard Stiegler
Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 +0100
Une organisation du Mundaneum et de Belspo, en collaboration avec technocité: "Les chemins numériques vers la connaissance" - Bernard Stiegler. Connu pour axer sa réflexion sur les enjeux des mutations (sociales, politiques, économiques) actuelles portées par le développement des technologies et plus spécifiquement les technologies numériques, Bernard Stiegler est philosophe. Il dirige l'Institut de Recherche et d'Innovation (IRI) basé au Centre Pompidou à Paris, et préside l’association Ars Industrialis.
UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Awards For Women in Life Sciences - 2014
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0100
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership was created to recognize and promote women in science. Its programs reward established women scientists whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge and of its benefits to society and provide support to promising young women scientists with worthy viable projects. The deadline for submission is 17 May 2013.
Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage: Open Day around science and art (21 April 2013)
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0100
On Sunday 21 April IRPA-KIK opens its doors at the occasion of the Erfgoeddag. You can explore the different services at your own pace while keen specialists elucidate their work.
MuséeOldmastersMuseum (The Ancient Art Museum): Museum Night Fever on Saturday 2 March 2013 (19.00 > 1.00)
Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0100
Twenty Brussels choreographers pay homage to four centuries of contemporary paintings (picture). A real spectacle of dance and live music! An incredible living sculpture embodies the poetry of sign language. Budding actors and guides animate the works of Rubens and Brueghel. An entertaining evening guaranteed!
Call for nomination: The Holberg International Memorial Prize 2014
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0100
The Board of the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund calls for nominations of candidates for the Holberg International Memorial Prize 2014. It is an international prize for outstanding scholarly work in the fields of the arts and humanities, social science, law and theology. The prize winner must have had a decisive influence on international research, either within these fields or through interdisciplinary work. The nomination deadline is 15 June 2013.
Royal Institute of Natural Sciences: 250 Years of Natural Sciences
Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0100
The history of the museum is filled with amazing tales. Discover how an 18th century cabinet of curiosities was transformed into a modern research centre and innovative museum. This historical monastery wing next to the Dinosaur Gallery features a path which you can follow via 20 milestones to discover 14 splendid specimens, each of which has a remarkable story to tell about the history of the Museum and its Institute.
UNESCO - Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB): Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management 2013
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0100
The efforts of Dr Michel Batisse to manage biosphere reserves in line with the recommendations of the Seville Strategy are internationally recognized and rewarded periodically. The application form for the Michel Batisse Award (see link below), sent by mail, should reach Federal Science Policy no later than 10 January 2013.
Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society: Belgian War Press soon available online. Result of digitisation project will be presented on 14 December 2012
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0100
From 14 December onward, no one will need to travel in order to consult Belgian clandestine papers of both world wars. La Voix des Belges, De Werker, België Vrij and La Libre Belgique…are only a few of the several hundred titles that are now available via a new website. On 14 December, the new website on war press will be presented to the public. An interesting study day, with contributions by six specialists in the field, will accompany the launch.
Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage: Open day on Sunday 25 November
Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0100
On Sunday 25 November IRPA-KIK opens its doors at the occasion of the Flemish Community’s Dag van de Wetenschap (Science day). You can explore the different services at your own pace while keen specialists elucidate their work.
Ninth European Space Weather Week from 5 till 9 November 2012
Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100
The Ninth European Space Weather Week will take place at the Académie Royale de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium between 5 and 9 November 2012. This meeting is being jointly organised by the Belgian Solar-Terrestrial Center of Excellence (STCE), the COST ES0803 communities, ESA and the Space Weather Working Team. The local organisation is done by the STCE. This event will build on the advances made during previous European Space Weather Weeks and preceding ESA Space Weather Applications Workshops.
Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy: Belgian Operations Center gets the ISS rotated
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100
For the very first time, the International Space Station (ISS) will be rotated for science objectives in December 2012. It was the Belgian Operations Center B.USOC that managed to get this scoop. B.USOC is responsible for the SOLAR platform, which is mounted on the exterior of the European Columbus Module. SOLAR carries three Sun observing instruments, of which one, SOLSPEC, was developed at the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) in collaboration with the French LATMOS.
Publication GreenFacts: Scientific Facts on Diethylhexyl phthalate
Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 +0100
Diethylhexyl-phthalate (DEHP) is a substance that is mainly used as an additive in plastics to make them more flexible. Its widespread use in everyday and medical products has raised some concerns about its safety. Does DEHP pose a risk to health or the environment?
MUMM-IRSNB-KBIN: Monitoring of the effects of windmills at sea: report 2012
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 00:00:00 +0100
With the installation of already 91 windmills, the first two offshore wind farms on the Thorntonbank (C-Power project) and the Blighbank (Belwind project) are nearing completion. Since such major constructions are known to affect the marine environment, a mandatory monitoring programme keeps a close eye on possible major impacts. This year’s integrated report, written by the Management Unit of the Mathematical Model of the North Sea (of the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences), in cooperation with the Marine Biology Research Group (UGent), INBO and ILVO, confirms wind farms to be hotspots for biodiversity and to be affecting seabirds and marine mammals.
Call for nomination: The Holberg International Memorial Prize 2013
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100
The Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund invites nominations for the Holberg International Memorial Prize for outstanding scholarly work in the academic fields of the arts and humanities, social science, law and theology. The prize is awarded to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology, either within these fields or through interdisciplinary work. The prizewinner must have had a decisive influence on international research. The winner of the 2013 Holberg International Memorial Prize will be announced in March 2013. The award ceremony takes place in Bergen in June 2013.
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences: Discovery of unique insect fossil near Namur
Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0100
Together with a team of paleontologists, our museum‘s researchers Sébastien Olive and Cyrille Prestianni discovered a complete fossil belonging to an insect from the Late Devonian. The insect, which was named Strudiella devonica, was discovered in a quarry in the Belgian village of Strud, near Namur. The is one of the most promising paleontological sites of the Late Devonian.
Federal Science Policy (BELSPO): Management Agreement 2012-2015
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0100
Royal Observatory of Belgium: The 1st of July 2012, 02h 00m 00s Belgian time, all clocks will be delayed by one second.
Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100
The time scale in the world is officially UTC (Universal Time Coordinated). This time scale is performed using the average of about 400 atomic clocks in the world, 5 of them are at the Royal Observatory of Belgium.UTC must occasionally be delayed by one second to be consistent with the rotation of the Earth when it slows. It will be the case on the 30th of June 2012 at 23h 59m 59s UTC.
European Commission: On-line consultation on the future rules on the entry and residence of non-EU researchers and students
Tue, 05 Jun 2012 00:00:00 +0100
The EU recognises the mutual benefits and importance of increased mobility of talent. For instance, the EU has set up special programmes which stimulate mobility of non-EU students and researchers from outside the EU, like the Erasmus Mundus or Marie Curie programmes. EU support for mobility, scholarships and for promoting the EU as an attractive venue for education and research, will continue in future programmes. In order to support this reflection, your views, experience and concerns are vital. We would like to know about any obstacles faced by non-EU nationals concerned when trying to access the EU. You are kindly invited to propose ideas about how to remove these obstacles and further develop the EU as a place to study, carry out research, volunteer, and participate in school pupil exchanges or unpaid training. The consultation is addressed to the broadest public possible, as it is important to get the views and input from all stakeholders. Deadline to respond is 23 August.
Biodiversity research back on the agenda
Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100
The European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform are pleased to announce the release of two videos that aim to put biodiversity research back on the agenda: - Biodiversity Research, a key to our future: Video featuring prominent biodiversity scientists explaining how and why biodiversity research should be back on the agenda of the Heads of States and European institutions (Script of the video). - Biodiversity Research, an answer to societal issues: Video on concrete examples of how biodiversity research can help solving societal issues such as resources management, public health, climate change, species adaptation and poverty reduction (Script of the video).
Solar Annular Eclipse: Not visible in Belgium but observed by Belgian space instruments onboard PROBA2. May 20-21, 2012
Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100
On Monday May 21, between 00:10 and 03:36 Belgian time, the shadow of the Moon swept over the Earth. An observer in this shadow band could see for several minutes the Sun partially covered by the Moon. If you were in the center of the shadow band, you could watch an annular eclipse: the Moon covers the solar disk, but not completely; the outer ring of the solar disk will still be visible. In Belgium, we were not able to watch the solar eclipse since the Moon’s shadow did not pass over Belgium. It was nighttime and we were on the backside of the Earth at the time of the eclipse. But, PROBA2, an ESA micro-satellite with Belgian instruments onboard observed the solar eclipse, up to 4 times!
European Museum of the Year Award 2012 to be announced at a Ceremony in Penafiel, Portugal
Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 +0100
As a leading stakeholder in promoting high museum standards throughout Europe, European Museum Forum (EMF) is dedicated to the encouragement of innovation and exchange of best practice amongst European museums. Operating under the auspices of the Council of Europe, EMF fosters excellence in museums through a scheme of annual awards of which the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) and the Council of Europe Museum Prize are the main awards. This year’s winners will be named at the EMYA 2012 Ceremony, which is to be held in Penafiel, Portugal, on 19 May 2012, as part of the 35th EMF Assembly starting its work on 16 May.
Publication GreenFacts: Products that resemble foods and appeal to children - Potential risks of accidental ingestion
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100
Some consumer products on the European market are packaged to imitate food or appeal to children. This is for instance the case of certain shower gels, shampoos, body lotions, soaps, liquid soaps and dish-washing liquids. It is reasonable to expect that the closer a product resembles food and the more attractive it is to children, the more likely it is to be confused with food and swallowed. Who runs the greatest risk and what properties and circumstances might increase the likelihood of serious poisoning?
ERA-ENVHEALTH’S Final Conference: Sharing a vision for Environment and Health research in Europe
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 00:00:00 +0100
You are an active stakeholder in E&H in Europe? Join us at the ERA-ENVHEALTH final conference to share experiences and take part in high-level discussions on Environment and Health (E&H) research and policy in Europe. Banner
Ceges/Soma: Prosecution files of Nazi heads in Belgium only accessible
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 +0100
At the end of 2005, as part of the large digitization project of the federal scientific institutions the Ceges/Soma started the describing and digitization of the judicial files with regard to the persecution of a number of important representatives of the German occupation authorities. The project has now been concluded and the inventory and digital images can be consulted in the reading room of the Ceges/Soma. In view of the protection of privacy, the documents cannot be put on the web.
Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage: Launching of the website 'Closer to Van Eyck'
Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0100
Unprecedented Imaging Project supported by the Getty Foundation reveals master work in minute detail—online. It is now possible to zoom into the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece.
International Workshop on Water Governance: New opportunities and challenges in water governance - February 16th 2012
Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0100
This seminar is a joint organization of VUB CROSSTALKS and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in the framework of the European Project Places. The management of water and water-related issues will become central to sustainable adaptive actions. Hence CROSSTALKS, in her own interdisciplinary and bottom up way, uses its network and open exchange platform to build bridges between the sciences and society. Through the exchange of academic and corporate research, CROSSTALKS wants to bridge the gap between the perils for our Earth and the priorities on the political agenda.
First "Museum Policy Talk"
Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0100
First 'Museum Policy Talk', a joint organization of ICOM Belgium/Flanders and FARO, Flemish Interface for Cultural Heritage. Theme: Museums matter! Monday 19 March 2012, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. FARO, Priemstraat 51, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
Seminar ‘Estimating social inequalities in Healthy Life Expectancy: Challenges and opportunities’, Brussels
Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0100
On the 10th of February 2012, the Federal Public Service Social Security and the Scientific Institute of Public Health are organising a seminar on the challenges and opportunities of estimating the indicator Healthy Life Years by Socio-Economic Status (HLY by SES). The occasion for the seminar is the finalization of a research project on HLY by SES by the Scientific Institute of Public Health, financed by the Federal Administration for Science Policy and proposed by the Federal Public Service Social Security. Registration
REStARTS Workshop 2012 - ECOLE ROYALE MILITAIRE - 29 February 2012
Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 +0100
Raising European Students Awareness in Aeronautical Research Through School-Labs’ is the main objective of the project REStARTS. The objective of the project is to contribute in reversing the current trend of disinterest of young people towards aeronautics. In this project,the partners of the aeronautical research and training institutes develop informative material about current research topics in aeronautics including basic aerodynamic fundamentals like ‘How does an airplane fly?’ or special challenges the aeronautical research is facing like ‘How greening air transport?’ or ‘How to ensure satisfaction, safety and security of the passengers?’
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