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Film and debate The Vervet Forest

During the nocturne on 08.02.2018, we will show you the movie The Vervet Forest (in English), the story of five orphan baby monkeys and the struggle to save their home, followed by a debate (in English, French and Dutch)
With Josie Du Toit, co-director and rehabilitator at the Vervet Monkey Foundation (Tzaneen, nothern South Africa).

Job Opportunity: DARIAH Is Seeking to Appoint a Part-Time Member of the Board of Directors

DARIAH, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, is a pan-European organization, which aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the humanities and arts. DARIAH is formally an ERIC, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium and is one of only 29 Landmarks on the Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures. To date, 17 countries – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Serbia and Slovenia have become Members, while we also have a growing number of Cooperating Partners. DARIAH is therefore both an ambitious and still expanding organization, with six further candidate countries due to become members in 2020.
We are looking to appoint a part-time member of the Board of Directors from 01 September 2018, who will work closely with two other Board members, including the Chair of the Board. The Board of Directors is the executive body of DARIAH and its legal representative, also providing strategic leadership for our activities.

The Royal Observatory of Belgium and EMXYS receive go for participation in planetary defence Hera space mission

The Royal Observatory of Belgium and EMXYS (Spain) have been selected by the European Space Agency to provide a gravimeter for the Juventas spacecraft that will land on asteroid Dimorphos as part of the European Space Agency’s planetary defence programme.
The Royal Observatory of Belgium with EMXYS will provide the GRASS instrument that will make measurements on the gravity field of the asteroid Dimorphos. The gravimeter is part of the Juventas CubeSat, manufactured by GomSpace Luxemburg, that will land on the asteroid in 2027, after travelling onboard the ESA’s Hera spacecraft to its vicinity. GRASS will be the first gravimeter ever on an asteroid.

Altius: a New Satellite « Made in Belgium » with SPACEBEL Software

A major Contract with ESA Ranks SPACEBEL among the Key Players in a Promising Earth Observation Mission
Already involved since 2018 in the Altius (Atmospheric Limb Tracker for the Investigation of the Upcoming Stratosphere) stratosphere observation mission at several levels, the software engineering company SPACEBEL is ending the year 2020 in style. The European Space Agency (ESA) has now officially awarded the SME a new contract to supply the payload data ground segment. This operational ground infrastructure will be located in Redu and Uccle will process the data produced by the on-board instrument before their transmission to the various users.
As part of the European "Earth Watch" programme, with Belgium as the main contributor accounting for 94% of the budget, Altius is a micro satellite dedicated to the operational monitoring of stratospheric ozone profiles. This new ESA mission, initiated by the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (IASB), will detect the composition of the atmosphere and changes in the stratospheric ozone layer. In addition to greenhouse gases, the satellite will measure other traces of atmospheric gases such as aerosols that are damaging the quality of air on Earth.
In view of the current environmental challenges, Altius will also provide a response, for a minimum period of 3 years, to the imminent shortage of satellites capable of monitoring the presence of the atmosphere components. From a technological point of view, Altius is characterised by a sightline on the horizon that should establish ozone profiles with the required resolution. In keeping with the Proba family, the development and operation of the future Belgian satellite will go along with cost optimisation. Its launch is scheduled for the end of 2023 from Kourou.

IPCC Government and Expert Review of the Working Group II Contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.

Period from 4 December 2020 – 29 January2021, 23:59 (GMT+1)
Expert Reviewers can register until 22 January 2021, 23:59(GMT+1). If you would like to participate or for more information, contact: Martine.Vanderstraeten@belspo.be, IPCC Focal Point.
For more information about the IPCC products and the assessment process: www.ipcc.ch

DIGICOLJUST - Colonial Violence, Subaltern Agency and Shared Archival Heritage: A Digital Platform of Colonial Judiciary Sources

The research project ‘DIGICOLJUST - Colonial Violence, Subaltern Agency and Shared Archival Heritage: A Digital Platform of Colonial Judiciary Sources’ has launched its blog. DIGICOLJUST is a two-year (2020-2022) digitizing and research program led by a team of historians and archivists from the State Archives of Belgium (AGR/ARA), the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The project starts from a poorly-known archival collection of fundamental significance for the history of colonial violence and of African agency under Belgian colonialism: the archives of the trial records of the military tribunals of the Congo Free State (1885-1908) and of the Belgian Congo (1908-1960). At the crossroad of heritage science, digital humanities and scholarly expertise, DIGICOLJUST aims to make a significant part of this archival collection accessible to researchers and citizens and to explore new historical questions about colonial repression. DIGICOLJUST’s blog will follow the development of the project and the challenges it raised i.a. about the contested heritage of displaced Belgian public colonial archives, about our understanding of colonial violence or about the topicality of the history of military justice in the light of current international debates about soldiers’ impunity in present-day Central African contexts.

Researchers to make an inventory of human remains in the Belgian collections

A team of researchers coordinated by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) are carrying out a survey to make an inventory of human remains in Belgian museums, research institutes and private collections, which will include human remains from colonial times. The research team wants to discover the historical, scientific and ethical background of the human remains. The project will also investigate a legal framework for the repatriation of human remains.

Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of Detail

This exhibition will open its doors for the first time on Tuesday 1 December 2020.
Facing Van Eyck. The Miracle of Detail looks at Jan van Eyck’s extraordinary works through a contemporary lens. Thanks to pioneering digital techniques and new scientific research at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA), you can get closer to Van Eyck and his secrets than ever before. Take an immersive dive into Van Eyck’s pictorial microcosmos by zooming in on landscapes, architecture, textiles, human figures and everyday objects, and unveil fascinating details hardly visible to the naked eye. Benjamin Glorieux composed a Van Eyck-inspired piece especially for the exhibition - a sensory experience that fascinates both the eye and the ear.
A richly illustrated film focuses on Jan van Eyck’s devotional images and links him to the Byzantine icon. By delving deeper into the reception and appropriation of Byzantine models in Van Eyck's work the film explores the religious and artistic exchanges between East and West in the 15th century. ​​​​​​​
A new way of looking at Jan van Eyck's oeuvre through 20 digitized works that show you the radicality and freshness of his fascinating visual language!

SURA – Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels

The research project ‘SURA – Unlocking the Photographic Archives of the Pioneering Years of Egyptology at the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels’ has launched its website.

SURA is a joint project (2020–2022) between the Royal Museums of Art and History (RMAH) and the Department of Archaeology of KU Leuven and will valorise a historical collection of ca. 7000 glass plate negatives kept in the famous Egyptological library of the RMAH. These images date to the first half of the 20th century and document the pioneering years of Egyptology in Belgium from the perspective of Jean Capart, first curator of the Egyptian department of the RMAH and founding father of Belgian Egyptology, and his collaborators. The archaeological sites where the RMAH excavated, and from which objects entered into the museum's collection, are featured among these glass negatives, as are photographs of sites and excavations by other teams. Images of objects in various museum collections worldwide, of the Egyptian landscape, flora, and population are part of the collection as well.

SURA is supported by BELSPO as part of the research program BRAIN-be 2.0 (2018–2023).

UNESCO-MAB Young Scientists Awards 2021

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. Until 2025, implementation of the UNESCO MAB Programme is guided by the MAB Strategy and Lima Action Plan for UNESCO’s MAB Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves (LAP), which contributes to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
MAB Young Scientists Award applicants are strongly encouraged to take into account the priorities of the LAP, and to identify in their applications how their research contributes to the research-related actions of the LAP and to the SDGs.
Deadline for applications: 15 January 2021.

INDIA Space-Astronomy: DOT Call for proposals - Cycle 2021-C1

DOT Online Proposal Submission and Evaluation System (DOPSES) is opened now for proposal submission for Cycle 2021-C1.
The deadline for submitting the proposals is 2020-11-30 17:00:00, Indian Standard Time (UTC + 5:30).

Will T. rex STAN remain accessible to the public and to science?

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences has followed the auction of the skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex STANTM at Christie's in New York with interest, on October 6th 2020. The fact that this iconic fossil was acquired by a private person or company is of great concern to us: it is in everyone's interest that STANTM remains accessible to the general public, but also to the scientific world. On October 13th 2020, we will also closely follow the auction of the skeleton of an Allosaurus, another large predatory dinosaur discovered in the United States. The auction is organized by Binoche and Giquello in Paris.

Soapbox Science: women scientists in Belgium speak about their research live on social media

On Saturday October 10, from 2 p.m. to 5:10 p.m., seven women scientists in Belgium will tell you about their research during the first Soapbox Science event in Brussels, which will be exceptionally held online due to COVID-19.

Soapbox Science is a science outreach initiative that aims to promote the visibility of women scientists and their research by bringing them on the streets to reach the public. Soapbox Science events transform public areas in discussion forums based on Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner where women scientists, on their soapboxes, talk about their research to the people passing by. Why women scientists? Even today, women scientists constitute a minority in the research field, and their relative number dwindles as the seniority in the field increases. Recent research shows that women face a lot of obstacles from a very young age, notably due to strongly held stereotypes and biases related to the image of the scientist.

For those reasons, Soapbox Science aims at tackling stereotypes, and shows to the public that science is not an “old white man’s” business and that anyone has the opportunity to enjoy science in an interactive way.