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7-11 November 2016
North Sea Open Science Conference 2016

The North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 is open to fundamental and applied research, lessons-learnt from both successes and failures in marine management, and innovative measurement and data handling concepts from within and beyond the North Sea. The conference will equally cover biodiversity and physico-chemical environmental aspects of the North Sea. The conference will make use of innovative formats, encouraging other types of presentations than traditional powerpoints and promoting participatory methodologies (i.e. Fish bowls) stimulating real dialogue amongst participants.
From 7 – 10 November 2016, OD Nature of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform, organise the North Sea Open Science Conference 2016 in Ostend, Belgium. The call for Abstracts for this conference is now open and runs until May 15th 2016. Early bird registration runs until June 30th 2016.
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Conferences, symposia and education activities
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 01.10.2016 | State Archives of Belgium

Atelier interactif concernant le moteur de recherche
Vous souhaitez optimiser vos recherches dans les 315 km d’archives conservées aux Archives de l’État? Besoin de conseils pour exploiter au maximum les moteurs de recherche des Archives de l’État? Besoin d’un coup de pouce pour réaliser votre arbre généalogique? Généalogiste ou chercheur chevronné, vous rencontrez des problèmes, souhaitez poser des questions ou faire des suggestions spécifiques? Vous voulez faire la connaissance des administrateurs ou d’autres utilisateurs du moteur de recherche?
Zoeken in het Rijksarchief = zoeken in 315 km archief...

Op zoek naar tips om het maximale uit de zoekrobotten van het Rijksarchief te halen? Duwtje in de rug nodig om aan je stamboom te beginnen? Ervaren genealoog of onderzoeker met specifieke problemen/vragen/suggesties? Zin om kennis te maken met de mensen achter de zoekrobot of met andere gebruikers? Wees welkom op zaterdag 1 oktober 2016 voor een interactieve workshop rond de zoekwebsite!

> 10.10.2016 | State Archives of Belgium

International congress “Right to be forgotten versus right to remember”
In May 2016, the European Parliament adopted a new regulation intended to enhance the natural persons’ protection with regard to the processing of their personal data. At this end, a “right to be forgotten” has been introduced. What are its implications for the archives sector and how will personal data have to be dealt with in public archives? And what about the right to remember? In order to make a first assessment, the State Archives in Belgium are organizing on October 10th 2016 an international congress on the “Right to be forgotten versus right to remember”. On May 4th 2016 the European Parliament adopted a new Regulation on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation (gdpr)). The gdpr introduces some new individual rights, such as the right to erasure or “right to be forgotten” (art. 17). Archivists and everyone re-using archival documents for research purposes – such as historians, jurists, investigation journalists, staff of study and documentation centers, representatives of family and local history associations and many more – are worried about the impact of the “right to be forgotten” on their activities and they actually wonder to which extent archives still will be able to meet criteria such as accessibility, reliability, authenticity, completeness, etc. On October 10th 2016, the State Archives will make a first assessment of these issues during the international congress “Right to be forgotten versus right to remember” (Academy Palace, Brussels).

> 14.10.2016 | Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society

Young historians with talent ! An 11th edition with multiple accents
On 14 October 2016, CegeSoma will once more give the floor to young and talented historians who graduated in 2015, authors of Master theses concerning the two World Wars and their aftermaths. The day will be organized around a number of key points: a series of debates with experts on the questions concerned; a focus on a selection of archive funds with promising research possibilities and, finally, an analysis of the subjects of contemporary history theses presented in Belgium over the last ten years.

> 16.10.2016 | Cinquantenaire Museum

La peinture sous verre: un art ancien toujours
La nouvelle présentation de trois chefs-d'oeuvre de la peinture sous verre appartenant aux MRAH, est l'occasion de découvrir les techniques très diversifiées de cet art et d'évoquer sa longue histoire. Pratiquée dès l'Antiquité puis réservée surtout à l'Eglise durant le Moyen-Âge, la peinture sous verre se diversifie et est adoptée par les classes nobles et fortunées dès la Renaissance.
À partir de la fin du XVIIIe siècle, elle se démocratise sous une forme naïve, supplantée vers la fin du XIXe siècle par les lithographies en couleur. Redécouverte par les peintres du Blaue Reiter (Cavalier bleu), puis par de nombreux artistes des XXe et XXIe siècles, elle connaît aujourd'hui une nouvelle vie et une grande diversité d'expression.
Conférence donnée par Jeannine Geyssant, inspecteur général honoraire de l'Education nationale à Paris. Historienne du verre et de la peinture sous verre.

> 19|21.10.2016 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

EECHB2016 International Conference
We are pleased to announce the 2nd International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Comfort of Historic Buildings (EECHB 2016) of which Hilde De Clercq, Head of the Laboratories department of the KIK-IRPA, is member of the Organizing Committee and International Scientific Committee. This event will take place in the city of Brussels (BE) from the 19th until the 21st of October 2016. International experts and stakeholders will be invited to share the latest developments and experiences for improving the energy efficiency and comfort of historic buildings while preserving their historic character, inherent values and integrity.

> 27|28.10.2016 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

Relics @ the Lab Workshop
On 27 and 28 October the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) organises the international workshop Relics @ the Lab. The workshop will be held in English. Over the past decade the scientific interest in relics and kindred artefacts has grown enormously. Without any doubt relics as well as relic shrines and associated objects have played a prominent role in European history since the introduction of Christianity. While in the past primary, secondary as well as tertiary relics were merely studied in relation to their religious and (art) historical background, recently the rise of a more scientific and archaeological approach is noticed. Nowadays researchers become more interested in the origin and nature of these sacred objects and ask different questions:
· What information can relics give us about the people buried in the shrines? Who were these people? What do we know about the way they lived? When did they live? What about diseases and other disabilities?
· What information can be retrieved from the objects kept with the relics and made of textile, wood, stone or metal. What was their purpose? Are they contemporaneous to the relic or are they older or younger additions? Why would they have been added? How should we preserve them?
Scientists of many different disciplines are involved in the study of relics and kindred artefacts, but till now there was no real forum for these people to exchange ideas and discuss methods. Therefore the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) is organising a two-day workshop on the scientific study of relics. During this meeting we want to give analytical scientists, textile specialists, conservators, anthropologists, historical researchers, people involved in 3D-reconstruction as well as radiocarbon dating specialists a forum to exchange ideas about relics.

> 2016 | Planetarium

Activities at the Planetarium - Film: The Blind Man with Starry Eyes.
New film: Solar Superstorms.

of the Federal Scientific Institutes

2016 | Royal Museum for Central Africa - Pop-up Museum

During the closure for renovation, we become a pop-up museum: you can find us at various locations with exhibitions and activities for everyone.

> till 26.02.2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Gao Xingjian - The awakening of consciousness
Six monumental works by Gao Xingjian, especially created for the room they are displayed in. In his 'awakenings of consciousness', the artist invites the wanderer to cross the image and to encounter, beyond the ink, the idea itself in its existential nudity… a space where the museums (re)devote themselves to contemplation.
Nobel prize in Literature winner in 2000, Gao Xingjian, Frenchman of Chinese descent, considers himself a 'go-between' between the Oriental world which forms the basis of his identity and the Occidental world of which he discusses the idea of modernity. His work also constitutes a gateway between painting and writing.

> till 16.03.2020 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Bruegel. Unseen Masterpieces
When art meets technology

Drawing on a wide spectrum of virtual and on-site experiences, this unique initiative offers everyone the chance to immerse themselves in Bruegel’s works by honing in on the details of each painting and accessing expert knowledge. By delving deeper into the artist’s world, the viewer will discover the unexpected elements in Bruegel’s works which constitute the pinnacle of the Flemish master’s craft. The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium launched this project jointly with the Google Cultural Institute in anticipation of the 450th anniversary of Bruegel’s death, in 2019. The project brings together major international museums, many of which are European, around the focal figure of Bruegel the Elder. This innovative concept is the fruit of in- -depth thinking on current transformations in the field of museology as it adapts to the digital era.depth thinking on current transformations in the field of museology as it adapts to the digital era.

Future Exhibitions
of the Federal Scientific Institutes

> 29.09.2016 > 22.01.2017 | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

14-18. Rupture or Continuity?
Focus Exhibition - Digital Experience
Belgian art is in full swing in the early 20th century. Along with World War I, the occupation, the horror of battlefields and the exile of more than a million Belgians have a significant impact on the country’s artistic production. Nobody is indifferent to the life-altering experiences related to this war; while being a consolidation of style for some, they constitute a revolution for others. The exhibition 14-18. Rupture or Continuity? delves into the vast collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and explores changes and constants of Belgian Art between 1910-1925. Artists and artistic movements with a significant influence, like Constant Permeke’s Expressionism, Jules Schmalzigaug’s Futurism, or even Jozef Peeters’ Pure Plastic, are shown side by side in this display, immersing the visitor in an era of artistic and political upheaval. Digital Experience, the brand new multimedia cylinder, provides an interactive context for the works of art on display. The innovating device offers a global vision of Belgian artistic creation in the days of World War I, via historic documents, videos, audio recordings and artwork reproductions.

> 07.10.2016 > 22.01.2017 | Royal Museum of Central Africa

Congo Art Works
L’exposition révèle pour la première fois en Belgique une partie de la collection de l’historien Bogumil Jewsiewicki (Université Laval, Canada), récemment acquise par le MRAC. Il s’agit de peintures collectionnées entre 1968 et 2011. L’exposition vise à mettre en valeur la peinture populaire en République Démocratique du Congo comme expression artistique à part entière, au même rang que la musique, la danse ou le théâtre.

> 07.10.2016 > 03.09.2017 | Royal Museum of Central Africa

The exhibition with a sting in its tail!
The snakes, lizards, frogs, spiders, insects and other venomous creatures in the POISON exhibition are live and spread throughout more than twenty terrariums. A trained specialist looks after their health. With a bit of luck you can even observe him working (through the window of our secure laboratory)!
During your visit please try to move slowly, don’t knock on the tanks and make as little noise as possible: (sound) vibrations disturb the animals and could make them hide away in a corner where you will not be able to see them.
A Grupo Atrox exhibition

> 12.10.2016 > 28.05.2017 | Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage

In 2012 the restorers of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA, Brussels) started treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck brothers. No one expected this restoration to turn into a revelation: the real Van Eyck proved to have been hidden underneath overpaint for centuries! The temporary exhibition Restoration/REVELATION in the provincial cultural centre Caermersklooster in Ghent brings the tale of this spectacular intervention. An exploration journey through the old varnishes and overpaint… leading to the original work of Van Eyck. Unique images from before, during and after restoration address all your questions: how did the restorers proceed? What scientific techniques did they use to confirm their observations or discover new elements? And – most of all – in what way did the overpaint transform the art work and what does it look like now? The exhibition climaxes in a life-sized video projection of the outer wings where 4 years of restoration are condensed in a few minutes… The whole evolution of the paintings visualized: a progressive revelation. Feel like a restorer, go on exploration and experience the outer wings of the Ghent Altarpiece as (n)ever before!

> 21.10.2016 > 12.02.2017 | Cinquantenaire Museum

Ukiyo-e - Les plus belles estampes japonaises
À partir du 21 octobre 2016, le Musée du Cinquantenaire vous invite à découvrir sa prestigieuse collection d’estampes japonaises lors d’une exposition de haut niveau, la première de cette envergure depuis le festival Europalia Japon de 1989. L'exposition est organisée dans le cadre des célébrations du 150e anniversaire des relations belgo-japonaises, dont elle constituera un des points d'orgue.
416 estampes ont été sélectionnés parmi les plus belles de la collection du Musée du Cinquantenaire, qui est internationalement réputée. En raison de leur sensibilité à la lumière, les estampes seront exposées en deux phases (changement le 19/12/2016).
Les estampes exposées offriront un aperçu de l’art japonais de l’estampe, depuis ses débuts en noir et blanc (vers 1720) jusqu’au début du XXe siècle. L’accent sera mis sur les sublimes œuvres polychromes (XVIIIe et XIXe siècles) qui faisaient le ravissement des collectionneurs et des artistes occidentaux dès la fin du XIXe siècle. Les estampes ont été sélectionnées au sein même de la collection japonaise du Musée du Cinquantenaire, qui compte plus de 7.500 pièces et jouit d’une réputation mondiale en raison de la grande quantité de celles-ci possédant toujours leurs couleurs d’origine.
Ukiyo-e - De mooiste japanse prenten
Vanaf vrijdag 21 oktober 2016 kunt in het Jubelparkmuseum terecht voor een prestigieuze tentoonstelling van Japanse prenten uit eigen bezit. Het is sinds 1989 geleden, in het kader van Europalia Japan, dat zo’n uitgebreide tentoonstelling wordt georganiseerd voor eigen publiek. De tentoonstelling wordt georganiseerd in het kader van de 150ste verjaardag van de diplomatieke betrekkingen tussen België en Japan.
De 416 meesterwerken die u te zien zult krijgen, onderstrepen de wereldfaam van de verzameling. Wegens de lichtgevoeligheid van de prenten en hun uitzonderlijk goede staat van bewaring wordt vanaf 19 december 2016 de eerste selectie vervangen door een tweede.
De tentoonstelling brengt een overzicht van de Japanse prentkunst vanaf de eerste stappen in zwart-wit (omstreeks 1720) tot aan de verderzetting van de traditie aan het begin van de 20ste eeuw. De nadruk ligt op de sublieme ontwerpen in polychromie (18de en 19de eeuw) die al aan het einde van de 19de eeuw de westerse verzamelaars en kunstenaars in vervoering brachten. Hiervoor werd geselecteerd uit de Japanse prentencollectie van het Jubelparkmuseum zelf, die meer dan 7500 exemplaren telt en dankzij de grote hoeveelheid prenten in de oorspronkelijke kleuren, wereldfaam geniet.

And also...

> 01.09.2016 > 15.10.2016 | National Botanique Garden of Belgium

Indiginous tree walk
Discover the Belgian indiginous trees at the Botanic Garden with a free leaflet in Dutch or French.
Les arbres de nos regions
Partez à la découverte des arbres de nos régions ! Ces verts amis qui nous semblent si familiers recèlent en fait bien des secrets. Il y a chêne et chêne, le savez-vous ? Ou voulez-vous savoir distinguer le saule blanc du saule marsault ? Un dépliant offert avec le ticket d’entrée du Jardin botanique vous guide dans une agréable promenade fléchée en vous contant des anecdotes liées aux ormes des montagnes, cornouillers sanguins et autres aubépines : leur usage médicinal ou industriel, quelques traits historiques, leurs caractéristiques,...
Inheemse bomenwandeling
Een ontdekkingstocht tussen de bomen uit onze streken? Tuurlijk, deze groene bondgenoten waarvan de namen ons zo bekend in de oren klinken hebben nog heel wat geheimen te onthullen. Zeg niet zomaar eik tegen eender welke eik! Wil je het verschil weten tussen een boswilg en een schietwilg? Aan de kassa ontvang je de gratis wandelfolder. Hiermee kan je op eigen tempo het uitgestippeld parcours afleggen tussen berken, elzen en kornoeljes. De folder bevat leuke anekdotes en weetjes over de kenmerken, het gebruik en de geneeskracht van onze bomen.

> 15.10.2016 > 16.10.2016 | National Botanique Garden of Belgium

Exposition d'Ikebana
C'est une belle tradition: depuis des années, les artistes d'Ikebana exposent régulièrement leurs plus beaux travaux au Jardin botanique. Ikebana n'est pas seulement un arrangement floral. Issu des rituels bouddhistes, cet art floral présente des montages où l'accent est mis sur l'asymétrie, la vacuité et la forme naturelle des matériaux utilisés : branches, feuilles, herbes, mousses, fruits, fleurs....
Expo Ikebana herfst
Het is een mooie traditie waar de Plantentuin aan vasthoudt: al jaren stellen de ikebana-artiesten geregeld hun mooiste werken tentoon. Ikebana is niet zomaar bloemschikken. Het is een kunstvorm die eeuwen geleden ontstond uit een boeddhistisch ritueel waarbij bloemen werden geofferd aan de geesten van de overledenen. Bij het maken van een bloemstuk wordt alles uit de natuur gebruikt: takken, bladeren, gras, mos, fruit en bloemen.



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