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Master Thesis Award

Every year VLIZ awards two prizes for master theses written at a Flemish university, or written by a Flemish researcher at a non-Flemish institution. Both fundamental and applied research in all branches of marine sciences is taken into consideration.

The annual VLIZ Master Thesis Awards are aimed at recognising and rewarding the work of meritorious young marine researchers. This way VLIZ hopes to encourage them to continue to provide high-quality scientific contributions in the future and to promote marine scientific research in Flanders.

Have you graduated as a marine scientist at a Flemish university in the past academic year, or are you a Flemish master graduate at at a non-Flemish educational institution? Are you proud of your marine or coastal thesis? Then put yourself up for the VLIZ Master Thesis Award!

Every year the best biological and non-biological paper is selected. The prizes amount to EUR 500 each and are reserved for young researchers who have been graduated for no more than two years at a Flemish university or college, or to Flemish young researchers who graduated from an international university or college (graduation in the past two years).

Meanwhile, the deadline for participation and registration for the VLIZ Master Thesis Award 2019 has expired. Keep an eye on the VLIZ news channels in the autumn of 2020 for the announcement of the new edition.

The VLIZ Master Thesis Award 2019 is rewarded to: 

  • Biology
    Van Audenhaege Loïc, student at the UGent (IMBRSea) for his master thesis “High-resolution vertical habitat mapping of a deep-sea cliff offshore western Greenland”.
  • Non-biology
    De Albuquerque Ribeiro Rafaela, student at the VUB (Tropimundo) for her master thesis “Designing climate-proof marine protected areas: a case study in South America”.

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Normally, these prizes would have been presented on Wednesday 18 March 2020 on the occasion of the VLIZ Marine Science Day in De Grote Post in Ostend. However, due to measures being taken to contain the Corona COVID-19 episode, this event was canceled.

Former laureates