2-3 May 2017
CET timezone
Scientific programme (oral sessions) available ! Deadline abstract submission for posters: 7 April 2017 !


The First ALTIUS Symposium will take place in the prestigious Museum for Natural Sciences in Brussels.

Address: Rue Vautier, 29, 1000 Brussels

How to reach the Museum ?

The Museum of Natural Sciences is situated in the heart of Brussels, close to the European District. It is easily accessible from the Brussels International Airport by train, via a direct connection with the Brussels Luxembourg Station, at walking distance of the Museum (10 min). The total duration of this travel is about 30 min, and there is such a connection every 30 min.



Many other connections are available via other stations in Brussels (e.g. Brussels North, Brussels Central Station, Brussels South). Please use the route planner of the Belgian Rails to find the best connection.

More information on how to get to the Museum by public transportation, by car (please note that the parking area of the Museum is small), or by bike can be found here. Specific information for visitors with reduced mobility is also available (see "Accessibility").


Some words about the Museum of Natural Sciences

The Museum is part of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (IRSNB-KBIN). This Museum is very popular by its outstanding permanent and temporary exhibitions on several topics related to Natural Sciences, and by the numerous scientific activities intended to a large public, and more particularly to kids and jung people. Their most famous collection is presented in the Dinosaur Gallery, the largest room (over 3000 m2) in Europe entirely devoted to dinosaurs, their discovery, lives and evolution, and exhibiting dozens of specimens of this species.


Courtesy Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences


Research at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Like the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), the IRSNB-KBIN is one of the 10 Belgian Federal Scientific Institutes.

The Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences emplois about 250 scientists and scientific collaborators, working on research themes covering a wide range of disciplines from biology to geology, oceanography to taxonomy and palaeontology to ecology. The Institute owns vast collections which contain more than 37 million specimens. Amongst the numerous tasks endorsed by the royal Institute for Natural Sciences provides support national and international decision-makers based on their scientific expertise and regularly published scientific papers and reports. More information about the science and research activities can be found here.


Left: The research vessel Belgica used by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Right: Spectroradiometer onboard the Belgica (Courtesy Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences)


By organising our event in the Museum of Natural Sciences, we help children to discover the Museum and its collections, we contribute to the knowledge of biodiversity, and we finance new galleries and certain research projects.