Prof. Philippe De Maeyer was designated by the members of the Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences (RAOS) as the new permanent secretary of the Academy as of January 1st 2021. His appointment was endorsed by royal decree.
The RAOS is a federal Belgian institution. It is an independent, multidisciplinary, national and international forum supporting science in overseas countries. It contributes to the promotion of research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning overseas countries both in these countries and in Belgium.
The Academy’s specificity is multidisciplinary since it is made up of three sections which group Belgian and foreign specialists in "Human sciences" (Section 1), "Natural and Medical Sciences" (Section 2) and applied sciences called "Technical Sciences" (Section 3).