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Cooperation agreements

Since the foundation of VLIZ, its central task has been to support marine scientific research in the broadest sense and make it visible. Cooperation with universities, research institutions and individual research groups in Belgium and abroad is therefore continuously enhanced.  

VLIZ has approximately thirty cooperation agreements with universities, individual research groups, scientific institutes, network organisations and public bodies, some of which have been in force since the start-up of VLIZ. These cooperation agreements collect practical arrangements and action items to support data management, research result dissemination, the documentation of the activities and contact information of research groups, the use of research infrastructure, etc. 

At regular intervals, a team of VLIZ employees visits these research groups so that they can better detect the needs and wishes and review the current cooperation agreements. In addition, various other scientific groups are visited to exchange information concerning activities and services as well as to stimulate possible cooperation proactively.

National cooperation agreements

National cooperation agreements have been concluded with:

Research performing organisations

KU Leuven:

In 2006 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and KU Leuven, mainly with regard to databases, hydrodynamics, sediment mechanics and marine and estuarine biology.

University of Antwerp:

In 2010 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and the University of Antwerp, mainly with regard to environmental effects in the Scheldt Estuary (OMES).

Ghent University:

In 2012 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and the inter-faculty marine research cluster Marine@UGent. In addition, cooperation agreements have been concluded with individual research groups or professors, mainly with regard to marine biodiversity data. In 2015 a cooperation agreement was concluded with Ghent University and the Wildlife Rescue Center Ostend for the realisation and exploitation of an experimental flight cage for the research of birds.

Hasselt University:

In 2013 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and Hasselt University, mainly with regard to biodiversity and taxonomic databases.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel:

In 2007 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and VUB, mainly with regard to mangroves.

Université libre de Bruxelles:

In 2008 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and ULB, mainly with regard to mangroves.

 

Governmental organisations

Flanders Heritage Agency:

In 2004 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and the Flanders Heritage Agency, mainly with regard to maritime archaeology and nautical heritage.

Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services (MDK):

Acooperation agreement has been concluded with the Coastal Division of MDK,  with regard to the Flemish Banks Monitoring Network.

Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models and the Scheldt estuary (MUMM):

An operational cooperation agreement has been concluded between VLIZ and MUMM with regard to the operational coordination of RV Simon Stevin and RV Belgica.

Policy area of Mobility and Public Works (MOW):

In 2003 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and MOW, mainly with regard to the disclosure and exchange of scientific information and the use of measurement data of tidal systems.

Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), Animal Science Unit, Fisheries Research Area:

In 2006 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and ILVO, mainly with regard to monitoring data and fisheries biological data.

Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO):

In 2007 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and INBO, mainly with regard to information exchange and data management of marine and coastal research.

Province of West Flanders:

In 2014 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and the Governor of West Flanders with regard to the repository management within the framework of the implementation of the law on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.  

Flemish Environment Agency (VMM):

In 2009 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and VMM, mainly with regard to databases relating to monitoring of transitional and coastal waters.

VLOOT dab:

VLIZ has concluded a cooperation agreement with VLOOT dab which regulates the deployment and management of the research vessel ‘Simon Stevin’. In 2014, an addendum was signed for the optimisation of sailing time with the RV Simon Stevin. A second addendum was signed in 2015 for a more flexible availability of the research vessel (outside the availability schedule), the use of the research vessel at public events and the involvement of the ship in ESFRIs (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) and other international partnerships for coordinated marine research.

 

Network organisations

Flanders' Maritime Cluster

In December 2014 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and Flanders' Maritime Cluster, mainly with regard to promote cross-fertilization between marine science and the marine and maritime industry.

 

International cooperation and pooling of efforts

International cooperation and pooling of efforts are also an important strategy of VLIZ to tackle the major challenges the seas and oceans are facing. Cooperation with foreign experts provides a significant impetus to support excellent and innovative scientific research.

At present, VLIZ has four bilateral cooperation agreements with internationally renowned research institutions. These cooperation agreements collect practical arrangements and action items to support data management, research result dissemination, the documentation of the activities and contact information of research groups, the use of research infrastructure, etc.

Bilateral international cooperation agreements have been concluded with:

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) – Mombasa, Kenya

In 2012 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and KMFRI to promote collaboration in marine sciences as well as the exchange of data, expertise and information. A website, dedicated to this renewed but also to the historic collaborations (e.g. the Kenya-Belgium Project in marine sciences), offers an extensive collection of marine publications, a photo gallery and the recent developments in this cooperation.

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) – Texel and Yerseke, the Netherlands

In 2013 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and NIOZ to strengthen the development of knowledge with a view to socially relevant issues. Within this scope, the availability and use of data for scientific research, management and policy development are promoted, common research initiatives are developed and the use of each other’s facilities is optimised.

SeaWeb Europe - Paris, France

In 2014 a cooperation agreement was concluded between VLIZ and SeaWeb Europe in the framework of their “Guide des espèces à l’usage des professionnels”, undertaking joint actions, exchange of knowledge, data and information and  jointly producing derived products.

L’Institut des Sciences de la Mer de Rimouski (UQAR-ISMER) - Québec, Canada

A cooperation agreement was concluded in 2015 between VLIZ and UQAR-ISMER, mainly with regard to cooperate in the field of marine research. Joint research projects, training programs or funding applications can be part of this collaboration. In addition, exchange of students, professors and scientific personnel between the two institutions will be facilitated.

NingBo University - NingBo, China

In 2016 a cooperation agreement was concluded  between VLIZ and Ningbo University (NBU) promoting mutual understanding and academic cooperation based upon the principle of reciprocity. General areas of interest for cooperation are the exchange of staff, joint research projects, exchange of information, academic materials and publications and finally the participation in academic conferences and seminars, or organization of academic conferences and seminars.

 

In addition, VLIZ has international cooperation agreements with:

 

Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) – Hanoi, Vietnam

National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) – Sevastopol, Ukraine