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European Marine Board calls for more coherent biological ocean observations in Europe

Added on: 2018-08-08
The latest Future Science Letter No. 3 from the European Marine Board (EMB) - entitled "Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observations" - reflects the vision of a strategic pan-European forum on the current (and future) capacity and relevance of biological observations in the European seas. In contrast to chemical and physical observations, observation networks on biological parameters in Europe do not appear to be highly organized. There is often a lack of coordination between measurement systems and observations can not be integrated optimally. A multifunctional, well-integrated biological ocean observation system will strongly promote the biological knowledge of seas and oceans - in Europe and worldwide. Something of great importance for maintaining a healthy ocean for a healthy society. ...

4DEMON project combines data Belgian part of the North Sea over the past four decades

Added on: 2018-07-06
Scientists and data managers from KBIN, UGent, VLIZ, ILVO and ULiège have succeeded in saving a lot of old still analogue datasets on the Belgian part of the North Sea for loss (data archeology). In combining these with more recent measurement results, they obtained a data series spanning over a period of 40 years, which revealed interesting insights. For example, the nutrients phosphate and nitrogen were observed to decline in the southern North Sea. The seawater temperature on the other hand has risen by an average of one degree °C. The data analysts also see a shift in the species composition of the phytoplankton - the small water floating organisms that rely on photosynthesis for their energy supply - accompanied with the risk of harmful species turning up. Since 1985 the sea water in the Belgian part of the North Sea has become more acidic. ...

The VLIZ annual report: 2017 in a nutshell

Added on: 2018-06-13
The 2017 annual report presents the highlights for VLIZ in 2017 and focuses on the services VLIZ offers to the marine scientific community, policymakers, educators and the general public. Performance indicators (KPIs), numbers and lists all together give a transparent overview of the organization and functioning of the institute. ...

20 years support by Flanders for sustainable ocean projects worldwide

Added on: 2018-06-05
Since 1998, Flanders has supported UNESCO's activities in the field of science in various disciplines; like some important projects relating to the ocean and coastal areas by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). During the FUST OCEAN event in the week of 14 to 17 May, this collaboration was put in the spotlight. For those who could not attend and still want to get an overview of the UNESCO projects sponsored by Flanders on the sustainable use of ocean and coasts, please visit the FUST website. The event was organized with the support of VLIZ. ...

Your opinion counts: help us to improve the Compendium for Coast and Sea 2018

Added on: 2018-06-04
The marine landscape in Belgium is large and rapidly evolving, however the knowledge is very widespread. The Compendium for Coast and Sea is the integrated knowledge platform for the professional user and bundles the most relevant scientifically based information. An updated version of the Compendium for Coast and Sea is prepared every three years and new information products are created. The Compendium secretariat want to ask for your opinion and input for the new edition, which will be published in December 2018. ...

Prof. Dr. Carlos Duarte receives the first Carlo Heip Award for biodiversity research

Added on: 2018-05-17
At the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Montreal (Canada), Prof. Dr. Carlos M. Duarte received the first Carlo Heip International Award for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science. Carlos Duarte is a worldwide leading authority on the ecology of seagrasses and is considered one of the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation. ...

Blue Accelator test platform near Oostende, Belgium as test lab for new developments in blue energy

Added on: 2018-05-11
With the approval of the Blue Accelerator project by the Flemish government, the starting shot was given to the development of a maritime test platform in the Belgian part of the North Sea, 500 meters outside the port of Ostend. This new innovation and development platform will serve as a 'living lab' to perform tests in the context of the expansion of Blue Energy projects (offshore wind energy, and wave and tidal energy) and the broader blue economy. After all, for the efficient research on technological developments it is extremely necessary to be able to scale up and test these in real-life sea conditions. The Blue Accelerator platform meets these needs of scientific institutions and maritime companies. ...

New animation shows story behind prehistoric drowned landscapes and fossils in the Belgian North Sea

Added on: 2018-05-11
The latest VLIZ animation film shows how our coastal zone and the North Sea must have looked like in a far and very distant past, which animals lived there and to what extent these landscapes were used by humans. The short film also indicates the marine research that is being carried out to unravel the story behind these submerged prehistoric landscapes and buried fossils. Also how this knowledge can guide the maritime industry and policy makers during major infrastructure works to prevent damage to the archaeological interesting material. ...

Go-ahead for new spearhead cluster on blue economy

Added on: 2018-04-20
The Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship agency gave the green light to a new spearhead cluster on "blue economy". This Blue Cluster must focus on partnerships between knowledge institutions, government institutions and companies, and develop innovative projects that appeal to the economic potential of our North Sea. VLIZ played its role as a contact point for the marine research landscape and was responsible for ensuring the scientific substantiation of the application. ...

Exhibition "1914-18 - The Battle of the North Sea" takes a look at submarine warfare from WWI

Added on: 2018-04-19
On Monday 23 April the long-awaited exhibition “1914-18 - The Battle of the North Sea” opens its doors to the public. This expo commemorates the U-boat peril from World War Iand the British response to it – the raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend. Housed in the Provincial Palace in the historic heart of Bruges (Belgium) the exhibition brings the gripping story of the U-boat threat on the North Sea. On display will be many special artifacts, among others a previously undisplayed collection of Victoria Crosses (medals awarded for bravery) and unique remains of the recently-discovered wreck of the German submarine UB-29. ...

High-tech LifeWatch observatory unravels marine life in North Sea

Added on: 2018-03-07
LifeWatch Belgium, as a part of the European LifeWatch infrastructure, can be considered as a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research. With the support of Flanders to LifeWatch, VLIZ has a.o. developed a Marine Observatory. It aims to collect scientific data with innovative technology in an automated manner, and to make these data freely available to all potential users. On the one hand, several innovative devices to map phytoplankton (Flow Cytometer) and zooplankton (Video Plankton Recorder) are used during monthly campaigns in the Belgian part of the North Sea. On the other hand, four passive networks register and detect the presence of larger organisms (birds, porpoises, bats and fish) with a minimal human effort. ...

MarineRegions.org launches update register worldwide maritime borders and names

Added on: 2018-02-26
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has been investing for more than 10 years in an open source system for making maritime borders available and names underwater locations worldwide: MarineRegions.org. The download of shapefiles (polygons or polylines) and checklists of maritime and underwater locations is free for academic and educational users*. In the latest version of Marine Regions (v10), new treaties were added and the disputes known from the earlier version addressed to us were addressed. ...

Student job vacancies at VLIZ for summer 2018

Added on: 2018-02-13
Each year VLIZ recruits several students working for us in the months of July, August or September. Interested student employees may send a CV, letter of motivation and preference for period and activity or division before 16 April 2018. ...

Winners of the VLIZ Awards 2017 announced

Added on: 2018-02-13
Every year the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) honors the work of meritorious marine researchers. In this way we aim to encourage them to continue to provide high-quality scientific contributions in the future and to promote marine scientific research in Flanders and the North Sea.The winners of the North Sea Award and the Thesis Awards edition 2017 have just been announced. They will receive their prize at the VLIZ Marine Science Day on 21 March 2018. ...

Missed the EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon? Watch the aftermovie

Added on: 2018-02-09
From 15 to 17 November 2017, the very first EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon took place in the Startup Village in Antwerp. The event was organized by EMODnet, together with the R&D and innovation hub IMEC and VLIZ. Seven international teams participated in this bootcamp and competition. They were challenged to discover the potential of the open data offered by EMODnet. All of them developed innovative applications useful for citizens and companies active in the blue economy. Experience the excitement, enthusiasm and creativity during this three-day event! ...

VLIZ launches its research framework

Added on: 2018-02-06
Since 2017, VLIZ has been mandated to initiate and perform research, at the service of, in collaboration with or complementary to the Flemish and international Marine Research Groups. In order to organise the marine research, VLIZ established a new Research division, which now presents its research framework. Through this research framework, VLIZ aims to strengthen the Flemish marine research community and contributes to its mission: promoting the accumulation of marine knowledge and excellence in marine research in Flanders. ...

VLIZ establishes a Marine Robotics Centre

Added on: 2018-01-17
The Flemish government invests 3 million euros into a Marine Robotics Centre, exploited by VLIZ from 2018 onwards. The intension of this Marine Robotics Centre is to grant Flemish scientists and their (inter)national partners, as well as other Flemish actors in the marine robotics scene, access to the latest technologies in the marine research field. To accomplish this goal, VLIZ will acquire two robotic devices which are complementary to the already available remotely operated vehicle ROV Genesis. ...

Inventory of the marine research landscape in Flanders and Belgium: who, what, where and evolution

Added on: 2018-01-16
Every year the compendium secretariat of VLIZ reports a policy informing brief on the current state of marine research in Flanders and Belgium. This in the framework of the Compendium for Coast and Sea. The inventory touches upon the marine research capacity and the scientific output, but also looks at international partnerships, the geographical focus of the study areas and the use of research vessels among various other things. The inventory shows that marine research is growing in Belgium and is firmly internationally anchored. ...

Call for abstracts VLIZ Marine Science Day 2018

Added on: 2017-11-22
The VLIZ Marine Science Day has become an established event for all marine and coastal scientists in Flanders and its neighbouring regions. Would you like to present your marine research or activities on 21 March 2018 at the MEC Staf Versluys center in Bredene? Send us an abstract before 14 January and indicate if you want to participate in the competition of oral and poster presentations, or rather give a demo. Marine and maritime companies can introduce themselves at the 'Meet the Company' event.

Call VLIZ Marine Science Awards 2017

Added on: 2017-11-21
Each year, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) organizes its marine scientific prizes. Discover here what prizes you qualify for. New this year is the VLIZ Bachelor Thesis Award. ...