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VLIZ Science Symposium: Marine Biodiversity in Belgium

On Wednesday 23 May 2018 the second VLIZ Science Symposium will take place in Ostend, entirely dedicated to the new VLIZ initiative 'BeRMS2020 - An Innovative Census of Belgian Marine Biodiversity'. VLIZ wants to bring together biodiversity researchers to provide the Belgian Marine Species List (BeRMS) with a major update, to develop innovative ways to observe biodiversity, to test hypotheses related to past and present biodiversity and to investigate its importance for the functioning of the North Sea ecosystem. Registration for this free event is possible until 16 May.

By organizing VLIZ Science Symposia on a regular basis, VLIZ wants to bring together scientists around a specific theme from its research framework. Steady on the program are several keynote speakers with extensive experience in their research area. They highlight the theme from different angles. We also offer marine researchers the chance to present the latest scientific developments on the theme. The VLIZ Science Symposia are the opportunity to exchange knowledge, build networks and start collaborations.

On the website of the event you will already find the preliminary program (9:30-16: 00), which will gradually be updated. In the morning session five speakers are programmed and there is a time slot for pitch presentations. In the afternoon there will be break-out discussion sessions to stimulate the exchange of ideas and the initiation of coordinated research actions related to the BeRMS2020 project.

The VLIZ Science Symposium of 23 May is also an opportunity to share your own biodiversity observation and visualization methods, or to discuss your results on marine biodiversity with fellow scientists.

Registration is possible via the online registration form and is free of charge.