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Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research


One of VLIZ’s most important tasks is to network with people from different backgrounds who are active in marine and coastal sciences. Every year VLIZ organises numerous events and consultations to achieve this. VLIZ is also active in numerous national and international formal networks.  

National networks

The most important national networks in which VLIZ participates are:

Province of West Flanders ‘Integrated coastal zone management’ (twice a year meeting concerning ICZM)
Kustkompas 2012 Coastal Compass 2012 working group

Science Information Network of the Government of Flanders

Vlaamse Baaien

Flanders Bays steering committee

Flanders' Maritime Cluster vzw Flanders' Maritime Cluster vzw
Vlaams Aquacultuur platform Flemish Aquaculture Platform
Mariene Biotechnologie Platform Vlaanderen

Flemish Marine Biotechnology Platform

Vlaams Algen platform Flemish Platform for Algae Research

The local group of Axis 4 of the Belgian Operational Programme for the Fisheries Industry and Steering Committee of Fish2know, Fish2know for Professionals, VALDUVIS, A l’Ostendaise, North Sea Chefs & vissers, Het Grote Noordzeeviskookboek

ANB - Advisory Committees

Advisory Committee of Nature and Forest Agency (ANB) Knokke-Heist and West Coast

Stel je

‘Stel je’ consortium (RBINS)

VVBAD Flemish library and archives association
EWRS surveillance, early warning and rapid response – Invasive Alien Species (IAS)


International networks

The most important international networks in which VLIZ participates are:

IODE NODC IODE oceanographic data centre network (UNESCO/IOC)
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
UNESCO Science Programme (FUST) Steering Committee of the Flemish UNESCO Trust Fund (FUST)
IAMSLIC/IODE GE-MIM Joint IODE/IAMSLIC Group of Experts on Marine Information Management
IODE - GE-BICH IODE Group of Experts on Biological and Chemical Data Management and Exchange Practices
POGO Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans
POGO - News & Information Group News & Information Group van het Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans
EMB European Marine Board (representative of the Research Foundation – Flanders and the EMB communication panel)
EMBCP European Marine Board Communications Panel
JPI Oceans Joint Programming Initiative of Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans

CSA Oceans

Coordination and Support Action for JPI Oceans
EurOcean European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology
MARBEF+ European network of Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
MARS European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Station
ERVO European Research Vessel Organisation
IRSO International Research Ship Operators
EURASLIC European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres
NMEA National Marine Educators Association (US)
EMSEA European Marine Science Educators Association
EuroCoML European Census of Marine Life
ERMS Executive committee of the European Register of Marine Species
ICES - WGBIODIV ICES Working Group on Biodiversity Science
ICES - DIG ICES Data and Information Group
ICES - WGHIST ICES Working Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries
WoRMS Steering committee of the World Register of Marine Species
SeaDataNet II Sea Data Network
ICAN International Coastal Atlas Network
GLOSS Global Sea Level Observing System Network
VNSC Flemish-Dutch Scheldt Commission - EIA Committee
ICSU - WDS World Data System (WDS) van het International Council for Science (ICSU)
LifeWatch - LiNC Lifewatch National Centers netwerk
EMBOS European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System
Species 2000 Species 2000
INSPIRE INSPIRE Thematic Working Group on Biogeographical Regions, Habitats and Biotopes and Species Distributions
Coastal Wiki Coastal Wiki Editorial Board

Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG) within the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet)

Hogeschool Zeeland Occupational Fields Advisory Committee of Hogeschool Zeeland
SeaWeb jury Concours Olivier Roelinger
Catalogue of Life Catalogue of Life Global Team, Editorial Board, Board of Directors


VLIZ employees furthermore participate in various guidance groups and end-user committees of several research projects such as LECOFISH, CLIWATBEES - ECOPLAN, WAKO-II.