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Brilliant Marine Research Idea laureates

VLIZ launches yearly a call for ‘Brilliant Marine Research Ideas’ intended to inspire and enable PhD students affiliated to a Flemish University or Flemish University College to execute a brilliant idea during their PhD within the frame of their research.


Sarah Maes
KU Leuven - Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Genomics
Microbiome and diet turnover as a predictor of rapid environmental change in the Arctic Ocean
Luna van der Loos
UGent - Research Group Phycology
Algal microbial interactions: beyond bacteria, let’s go viral
Bert Teunkens
UAntwerpen - ECOBE  Ecosystem Management Research Group
Tracking marked plastic items on their journey through the Scheldt estuary, using the Permanent Belgian Acoustic Receiver Network



Marlies Monnens
UHasselt - Centre for Environmental Sciences - Zoology: Biodiversity & Toxicology
Small worms and their problematic mitochondrial genomes: a long-range PCR approach
Loïc Piret
UGent - Department of Geology
Fjord sedimentary signature of an advancing glacier
Ilias Semmouri
UGent - GhEnToxLab
Biomonitoring of a zooplankton population via in situ real-time RNA sequencing on the Simon Stevin



Marieke Paepen
UGent - Hydrogeology and applied geology lab
Delineating the area where submarine groundwater discharge occurs in the Belgian coastal area

Sebastiaan van de Velde
VUB - Analytical, Environmental and Geochemistry
Counteracting anthropogenic CO2 emissions by microbial stimulation of silicate weathering


Emmanuel Van Acker
UGent - Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology
Do marine aerosols improve human health? - An exploratory "holistic" approach

Laurine Burdorf
VUB - Departement Chemie
Who are the cable bacteria?

Raf Meskens
Hogere Zeevaartschool Antwerpen
A dynamic testing platform for anti-fouling coatings

Franz Maximilian Heindler
KU Leuven - Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Genomics
Refugia of Antarctic Icefish