VLIZ news | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

VLIZ news


Prowling around in historical maps of the Belgian coast and North Sea

Added on: 2017-02-17
More than 200 historical maps of the Belgian coastal zone and the southern bight of the North Sea, dating back from the 16th to the 20th century, are made freely available on the website HisGISKust (Historical Maps of the Coastal Zone - www.vliz.be/hisgiskust) by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and partners. Highly useful is that all the old maps are georeferenced to compare them in the current coordinate system. They can show precisely how our coastal and marine areas used to look like, and how they were used and named in the past. ...

Thanks to many hands the World Register for Marine Species is becoming more complete

Added on: 2017-02-10
The World register for marine species (WoRMS) aspires to contain all marine species ever described worldwide in one list. With the financial assistance of the project LifeWatch we were able to organize several data grants, meetings and workshops for experts in the course of 2016 designed to further improve this register and continue to complete it. The result? Thousands of new names added, a revision of (tens of) thousands already available names, and the development of new portals and tools, helping the user and editor community in accessing and utilizing WoRMS. ...

Relive CommOCEAN 2016: up-to-date on marine science communication

Added on: 2017-02-06
At the CommOCEAN 2016 conference (6-7 December - Bruges, Belgium) we welcomed 200 delegates of 29 countries worldwide: marine scientist that liked to be speed-trained by experts in the skills of modern ocean science communication and communicators at marine institutes, governmental bodies and NGOs curious to learn about the best of blue science. The conference hosted two days of oral and poster presentations, hands-on exercises, plenty of expertise-sharing, social interaction and fascinating marine science along the way. All materials of the conference and training course are now made available through the conference website. ...

Art to reveal the secrets of algae, their friends and foes!

Added on: 2017-01-17
VLIZ did it before: bring together scientists and artists. And we do it again within the frame of the European research project ALFF (‘Algae microbiomes: Friends or Foes?’) that focuses on innovative research on algae. Fifteen PhD students from all over Europe are investigating how algae co-exist with bacteria, other microbes and algae. Young art students – from the BSc Multimedia & Communication Technology of the Karel de Grote Hogeschool Antwerp as well as textile designers from the high school Sint-Lucas in Ghent – are challenged to incorporate the newly achieved knowledge about algae in a set of creative products. ...

VLIZ recruits: 8 new vacancies!

Added on: 2016-12-20
From 1st January 2017 onwards the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has a renewed mission and expanded strategic objectives. Under its expanded mission, VLIZ will take on additional responsibilities in research and in the provision of policy advice, underpinned by its strong competences in data and research infrastructure. ...

[Add] [Older news... ]