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VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day 2015

Flanders Marine Institute organises on 20 February 2015 its 15th edition of the VLIZ Young Marine Scientists’ Day. This event is an established event for all marine and coastal scientists in Flanders/Belgium and its neighbouring regions. Now the detailed programme has been announced. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Bruges! Since the number of seats is limited we kindly ask you to register asap if you intend to participate.





Registration – Welcome coffee – Setting up of posters


Welcome and introduction to the programme - Jan Mees (Flanders Marine Institute, VLIZ)


Ocean Space Exploration: key to our future - Jan Stel (Prof. Dr. Em. ’Ocean Space & Human Activity’)



  • Metagenomics@sea: a floating house in a marine environment - De Tender Caroline
  • Buried beneath the sea - mapping the prehistoric landscapes of the Belgian Continental Shelf - De Clercq Maikel
  • The future of sand extraction in the Dutch part of the North Sea - de Jong Maarten F.
  • The combined temperature and nutrient load effects do not explain the development of harmful algal blooms - De Rijcke Maarten
  • Why not eat wild mussels? - De Witte Bavo
  • Seasonality in concentration, size and settling velocity of muddy marine snow in the southern North Sea and their effects on the the sea bed - Fettweis Michael
  • VALDUVIS, a new way of assessing and communicating the sustainability of fishing activities - Kinds Arne
  • One wavy day at the beach - Komjani Homayoon
  • Marine dinoflagellate cysts as tools in palaeoecology - Mertens Kenneth Neil
  • Influences of blubber composition and profile in the assessment of POPs levels in free-ranging cetaceans - Pinzone Marianne





  • Response of morphology and tissue properties of tidal marsh plants to wave activity - Schoutens Ken
  • Long-chain hydrocarbon degraders from deep-sea - Scoma Alberto
  • Estuarine behaviour of european silver eel (Anguilla anguilla) in the Scheldt Estuary: a slippery path - Verhelst Pieterjan
  • The costs of being cosmopolitan: a long term study on the human-dependent population of Lesser Black-backed gulls in Belgium - Sotillo Alejandro
  • Do marshes attenuate storm surges? Observations of peak water levels along channelized marsh transects - Stark Jeroen
  • Long-term studies make sense: 50 years of beached bird surveys suggest a strong decrease in oil pollution in Belgian marine waters - Stienen Eric
  • Competitive interactions between pulse and beam trawlers in the North Sea - Sys Klaas
  • Towards a Ship Manoeuvring Model in Shallow Water Waves - Tello Ruiz Ruiz Manases
  • Revealing the internal anatomical development of mangrove seedlings using Computed Tomography and microtomy - Tonné Nathalie
  • Unraveling the sources of marine microplastics: your daily contribution? - Van Cauwenberghe Lisbeth


Sandwich lunch




Introduction to the afternoon programme - Jan Mees (Flanders Marine Institute, VLIZ)



  • Electrical cooperation by cable bacteria has large impact on coastal sediments - van de Velde Sebastiaan
  • Genetic structure and variable connectivity in the stony coral Acropora tenuis in Kenya and Tanzania - van der Ven Rosa
  • Sediment dynamics in the Belgian coastal zone observed from space - Vanhellemont Quinten
  • Exploring the diversity of methane-oxidizing bacteria in marine ecosystems - Vekeman Bram
  • Electrifying a Benthos Release Panel to retain sole - Soetaert Maarten


Looking beyond your microscope: contributing data and information to the global community - Peter Pissierssens (Head, IOC Project Office for IODE & IODE Programme Manager - Coordinator, IOC Capacity Development)



  • A guide to funding instruments for marine research and innovation projects – Compendium for Coast and Sea - Pirlet Hans
  • Planeetzee@work, how to survive a day of students in your marine lab - Copejans Evy
  • EMODnet regional gridded abundance products: a tool to facilitate ecosystem assessments - Claus Simon
  • The secret life of gulls revealed with high-tech GPS tags - Stienen Eric
  • Improved technology facilitates new scientific opportunities: Implementation of an on-board flow cytometer as part of the LifeWatch marine observatory - Tyberghein Lennert
  • The acoustic receiver network: a sea of opportunities - Reubens Jan
  • Creation of long term BCP zooplankton data series as part of the LifeWatch marine observatory - Mortelmans Jonas
  • The Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure - Dekeyzer Stefanie
  • OceanTeacher Global Academy: sharing expertise in a coordinated way - Delgado Claudia (tbc)
  • Library@vliz.be: an information ocean at your fingertips - Haspeslagh Jan
  • The sea as a good cause - Seys Jan
  • Research at the Operational Directorate Natural Environments (RBINS) - Roose Patrick


  • Poster presentations and competition (>80!)
  • Meet the Company
  • Demonstrations of marine science activities by the VLIZ Marine Data and Information Centre (VMDC) and others


Public votes best oral/best poster presentation
Tick your top three on both forms and turn in the forms by 15:30 at the very latest.


Presentations by the two winners of the ‘VLIZ Thesis Award Marine Sciences 2014’ and by the winner of the ‘VLIZ North Sea Award 2014’

  • Habitatbeschikbaarheid voor migrerende vogels in West-Griekenland en Noord-Cyrenaica (Libië)
    Evelien Deboelpaep (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Vakgroep Biologie, Laboratorium voor Algemene Plantkunde en Natuurbeheer)
  • De maritieme toegankelijkheid tot de haven van Zeebrugge: problematiek, kadering en mogelijke oplossingen
    Thibaut Van Zwijnsvoorde (Universiteit Gent, Vakgroep Civiele Techniek)
  • How and why the Dutch fished for cod 1818-1911
    Christine Rosenørn Overgaard (University of Southern Denmark, Department of History)


Presentation of the awards by Carl Decaluwé, Governor of West-Flanders

  • Best oral award (by the public)
  • Best poster award (by the public)
  • VLIZ North Sea Award 2014
  • VLIZ Thesis Awards Marine Sciences 2014




20 February 2015


Hogeschool VIVES
Campus Brugge
Xaverianenstraat 10B
8200 Brugge
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Here: www.vliz.be/jcd/en/registration

More information

On this and former editions on www.vliz.be/jcd