From January 15th to February 3rd 2018, Mr. Thien Huynh, a researcher of SIE participated in training at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Brussel, Belgium. This is the result of approving research proposal sent to RBINS to support SIE in improving fish specimen collection management with the aim of serving research and education activities in the future.

This training is sponsored by GTI (Global Taxonomy Initiative) through National Focal Point located at RBINS. In this training, Mr. Thien had studied at Vertebrates Department under guidance of Dr. Olivier Pauwels.

The content of this training included accessing specimen collections (fish and other vertebrates) at Belgian museums; learning information transforming methods of specimen from traditional labels through electronic data; visiting taxidermy department and computerized tomography department.

Moreover, several freshwater fish specimens originated from Asian (RBINS) and Vietnamese fish samples at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) had been photographed and recorded.

Besides that, Mr. Thien had an opportunity to visit Dr. Filip Volckaert at Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Genomics (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) to explore research directions in the laboratory and cooperative opportunities in ecology and conservation of fish and aquatic environment in southern Viet Nam.  

Also in this training, Mr. Thien had visited Mr. Nguyễn Phúc Thưởng (Faculty of Fisheries, Nong Lam University) who is currently a PhD candidate at Laboratory of Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates (Gent University). This laboratory is fully equipped for the research directions of functional morphology.

The following is some photos took at the Brussels capital and the vicinity. 

Dinosaur statue is always an attractive gathering point for kids (RBINS, Brussels)


The whale skeleton is also a highlight of RBINS (Brussels).


Vertebrate Department’ hallway with the skulls of animal attached, information shelves are below (RBINS, Brussels).


Specimen’ information has been kept traditionally in paper cards (RBINS, Brussels)


Fish collection (RBINS, Brussels).


Selected fish specimens for study (RBINS, Brussels)


Lake view of Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Tervuren).


A set of Vietnamese fish specimens deposited at RMCA (Tervuren).


Specimens checking at RBINS (Brussels).


Thien Huynh and Dr. Olivier Pauwels at RBINS, Brussels.

Thien Huynh/SIE

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