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#WeChangeForLife, also BIRA-IASB scientists testify

May 13, 2019 - We are experiencing a period in which the population is crying out for 'Action for the Climate'. We believe that it is our role as scientists to support the debate with objective scientific information, and also that it is our role, as a conscientious citizen, to contribute to the reflections on how we can adapt our lifestyle and our way of working to contribute to a climate-neutral society, and to translate these reflections into action.

The #WeChangeForLife initiative brings testimonials from over 250 Belgian scientists with expertise in the field of climate and environmental sciences. In these personal testimonies they tell how their expertise inspires them to make small but essential changes in their lives, but also what social or political solutions they believe can make a big difference. They tell what they are most concerned about and how they personally try to do their bit to protect our planet. In this way they hope to be a source of inspiration for everyone and to wake up the political world.

Some scientists from the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB) also took part in the initiative. Read their testimonials on

At the Space Pole level (which unites the Royal Observatory of Belgium, the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium and the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy), a working group has been set up to reflect on the concrete actions that we can undertake within our Institutes to contribute to a climate neutral future.

NOMAD on board ExoMars reveals its first secrets

10 april 2019 - Today, the prestigious journal Nature publishes two papers describing the first results of the Belgian NOMAD instrument on board ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. New evidence of the impact of the recent planet-encompassing dust storm on water in the atmosphere, including the first vertical measurements of semiheavy water on Mars, and a surprising lack of methane, are among the scientific highlights of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter’s first year in orbit. Principal Investigator of the NOMAD instrument, Ann Carine Vandaele at the Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy is delighted with these results.


Press release: NOMAD on board ExoMars reveals its first secrets



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