Welcome on the website of RASAB

The association without lucrative purpose "The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium" was founded in 2001 by the Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (ARB) and the Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten (KVAB). The association is located in the old royal stables of the Palace of Academies in Brussels.


The Royal Academies of Belgium work to promote science and art in Belgium. In order to meet this demand, the Academies organize scientific and cultural activities, they try to promote interuniversity cooperation in Belgium, they provide representation in international and European organizations, they offer a platform for researchers to formulate recommendations to the government, industry, education and research.


RASAB is responsible for coordinating the activities carried out at national as well as international level by both Academies, for the coordinating the National scientific Committees and the representation of Belgium in international scientific organisations such as ICSU, IMU, IUPAC, ... and in federations of academies such as IAP, EASAC and ALLEA ... 


General Secretariat of IAU

Since its foundation, the International Union of Academies has its headquarters at the Palace of the Academies, in Brussels. The Académie royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique is in charge of the General Secretariat of the Union, and RASAB, as department of international relations, through its experience, is involved in the management of the IUA Secretariat.

Project BESTOR

Since 2008, the National Committee for Logic, History and Philosophy of Science coordinates the project Bestor - Belgian Science and Technology Online Resources  - a bilingual online database on Belgian science over the past three centuries.