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Belgica Society International - lecture Patrick De Deckker

The brand new Belgica Society International (BSI) and Watererfgoed Vlaanderen vzw want to tear your attention to the very first Belgica expedition with a series of lectures. The Belgica left from Antwerp 120 years ago for an expedition to Antarctica. The ship was forced to overwinter, a period accompanied by a lot of human deprivation. Prof. Patrick De Deckker of the Australian National University is the invited speaker at the lectures held in Ostend, Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven and Ghent.

On Wednesday 25 October (13:30) Prof. De Deckker will speak at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend with the lecture "The extraordinary scientific achievements behind the Belgica expedition and a story of human endeavor". In his lecture he will focus on the scientific program that took place on board and the importance of the archiving of the scientific data for contemporary research on the Antarctic Peninsula. Register (free of charge) for the lecture at VLIZ via the online registration form.

In the same week the lecture is given in Brussels, Antwerp, Leuven and Ghent, each time with a slightly modified point of view on the theme. On Tuesday 24 October (12:00) the event will take place in the RBNS in Brussels. More information and free registration can be obtained from Dr Isabelle Schön ( In the evening of 25 October (20:00) Patrick De Deckker speaks for the audience and friends of the Belgica Society International at the clubhouse of the RYCB in Antwerp. Contact Eddy Stuer (+32 476 86 12 00) to subscribe. On 26 October the lecture is organised at the Arenberg Campus of the KU Leuven in Heverlee (16:00). Contact person is Prof. Robert Speijer ( On 30 October (19:00) you can go to the Ghent University Science Museum on campus De Sterre. More information with Prof. David Van Rooij (