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VLIZ looks back on 2018

Added on: 2019-05-23
The 2018 annual report presents the highlights for VLIZ in 2018 and focuses on the services VLIZ offers to the marine scientific community, policymakers, the industry, 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. ...

WoRMS and the Australian Faunal Directory sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Added on: 2019-05-09
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and the Australian Faunal Directory (AFD) signed an agreement to work together more closely and facilitate the exchange of data. By joining the forces the two registers promote the use of biodiversity information systems for scientific research. ...

Mapping North Sea bottom-dwellers via automated DNA-recognition

Added on: 2019-04-26
VLIZ is one of nine partners who will work together in the Interreg North Sea project GEANS – Genetic tools for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region – to monitor seabeds in the North Sea more accurately and efficiently by DNA barcoding. Instead of the time-consuming manual identifications that are common now, DNA passports of those species known to be sensitive indicators of ecosystem changes, should make it possible to quickly receive alarm signals when monitoring human activities in the North Sea. ...

Looking back at the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2019

Added on: 2019-04-16
The VLIZ Marine Science Day 2019 of 13 March brought together some 400 marine scientists, students and companies in Bredene for a day full of inspiring presentations and demonstrations. The MEC Staff Versluys turned out to be just big enough. Could you not participate? Or do you want to review some things quietly? Just take a look at our VMSD19 retrospective page. You will find all the video of the oral presentations, the abstracts and photos, and all the information about the award winners. ...

Basque delegation for environment visits InnovOcean site

Added on: 2019-03-28
On 26 and 27 March, a Basque delegation paid a visit to Flanders. Visitors could get acquainted with several Flemish internationally renowned institutions active in marine and maritime research and research support. The delegation visited the InnovOcean site, which accomodates VLIZ and a other internationally renowned marine institutions. This two-day working visit was part of the Declaration of Intent Flanders - Basque Country, which was concluded in 2015. ...

VLIZ data centre rewarded with IODE accreditation

Added on: 2019-03-20
The VLIZ data center, or the Flemish Marine Data Center (VMDC), is accredited as an IODE National Oceanographic Data Center. VMDC is only the 10th data center that receives this accreditation for marine data management and services. The IODE accreditation is the result of a collective effort by the entire data center and is a reward for the innovative and service-oriented work that the data center has delivered over the past two decades. ...

Ten most remarkable new marine species from 2018

Added on: 2019-03-19
Every day taxonomists are busy in labs, museums and the field, to collecting, cataloguing, identifying, comparing, describing and naming species new to science. Some 300 taxonomists globally contribute their valuable time to keeping the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS – www.marinespecies.org) up to date. Today 19 March, on World Taxonomist Appreciation day, we wants to celebrate our taxonomic editors for this important task with the publication of a top-ten list of marine species described in 2018. Nominated and voted for by our taxonomists! ...

AQUA-LIT: working with the aquaculture sector to prevent marine litter entering the sea

Added on: 2019-02-22
The aquaculture sector is growing rapidly worldwide, up to 8% per year. When culture activities take place in the sea or the coastal zone, there is a risk that parts of the installations will come loose or that operational materials end up as litter in the marine environment. Completely in line with the European objective to drastically reduce plastics in the sea, the AQUA-LIT project aims to develop a toolbox full of sustainable ideas and methods to reduce the share of marine litter from the aquaculture sector. ...

VLIZ library’s unique marine collection: for and by its users

Added on: 2019-02-01
The VLIZ library has written a new acquisition management plan. Aside from a description of the library’s history, the collection’s content and acquisition strategy are clearly defined. A new classification scheme is also proposed and the services are analyzed. The plan is an important step to professionalize, and to clarify the importance of the marine library for Flemish marine scientific research and ocean literacy. Input of interdisciplinary users is a unique feature in the forming of the collection. ...

Student job vacancies at VLIZ for summer 2019

Added on: 2019-01-29
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 on 30 April 2019 at the latest. ...

Breathing in sea air to combat cancer and cholesterol

Added on: 2019-01-24
Breathing in sea air helps to fight cancer and to prevent high cholesterol. This is shown by research by Ghent University and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) as published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports today. ...

New LifeWatch data loggers for eels are easily retrieved

Added on: 2019-01-16
The new, orange coloured data loggers that are used within the LifeWatch program to gain more insight into the migratory routes of the European eels Anguilla Anguilla are easily found by beachcombers and tourists. By putting all captured temperature and depth data together, we will learn more about the behavior of this critically endangered species during its migration through the English Channel. ...

EMODnet launches Atlas of European Marine Life

Added on: 2018-12-19
The Atlas of European Marine Life presents a range of new and innovative data products on marine life in European waters. The offered tools, models and maps illustrate the diverse range of outputs that can be generated from EMODnet Biology hosted data. The data products help to answer fundamental and policy-driven questions related to managing the natural and anthropogenic impacts in European waters. ...

Compendium for Coast and Sea 2018 and Coastal Portal launched!

Added on: 2018-12-08
With the launch of the Compendium for Coast and Sea 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has reached the third edition of this multifunctional guide for marine experts. Main aim is to encompass the dispersive information from the Flemish-Belgian marine sciences in a scientific and neutral way, but all publications were thoroughly revised – working intensively together with an extensive network of experts. A lot of attention was paid to improving the recognisability and user experience. New is the the Coastal Portal, a web portal for marine experts, where via a map of the Belgian North Sea customised data products and visualisations can be generated on a whole range of marine and coastal themes. ...

North Sea wrecks project kicked-off

Added on: 2018-11-19
The remains of the wars in Europe can still be found on the seabed of the North Sea today. The many wrecks of ships and planes, often with their fuel and ammunition on board, testify to these turbulent times. But in the North Sea a lot of new economic activities (wind farms, aquaculture, coastal defenses ...) unfold in the context of Blue Growth. In order for these new maritime developments to proceed smoothly, it is important to know which wrecks are located where, in what condition they are, and which risks the installation and operation can have on the wrecks and any hazardous content. The European funded North Sea Wrecks project aims to find common solutions to this shared problem. ...

Baltic States and North Sea countries join forces in BANOS CSA

Added on: 2018-11-13
In order to coordinate marine research and innovation even better, the Baltic states and some North Sea countries have decided to work together more closely. The European-funded BANOS coordination and support action (BAltic and NOrth Sea Coordination and Support Action) will outline a joint research and innovation programme for the North Sea and the Baltic Sea over the next three years. The project started on 6 November. The Flanders Marine Institute VLIZ acts as a partner on behalf of the Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the government of Flanders, Belgium. ...

Survey on the Dutch ship wreck ‘t Vliegent Hart in Belgian waters

Added on: 2018-10-26
On Tuesday the 15th of October, a team consisting of Sven van Haelst from the Flanders Marine Institute VLIZ, Jessica Vandevelde from the Flanders Heritage Agency (Onroerend Erfgoed) and Robert de Hoop from the Dutch Maritime Heritage Agency did a survey on the wreck of the Dutch East India Company ship ‘t Vliegent Hart lying in Belgian waters. ...

European culinary contest for young and future professional chefs: opting for sustainable seafood

Added on: 2018-10-26
The 2018 edition of the culinary contest Olivier Roellinger is officially launched now. The competition is open to young and future chefs who want to contribute to the conservation of marine resources and the protection of the seas and ocean. Deadline for submission is due 4 January. The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is partner and hopes to welcome a lot of applications from Belgium and The Netherlands! ...

History students UGent work for a whole academic year on VLIZ Prize Papers project

Added on: 2018-10-23
Earlier this month, 20 history students from Ghent University started their historical research seminar working with material offered by the VLIZ project ' Southern Netherlandish Prize Papers Research'. During the entire academic year, the students will sharpen their research skills and in the meantime contribute to the transcription and interpretation of documents found on ships once privateered by the British Admiralty. We are currently zooming in on price papers from the period of the Spanish Succession War (1702-1714). This information, which has never been disclosed, might change our views on the maritime history of the Southern Netherlands. ...

Call Brilliant Marine Research Idea 2018

Added on: 2018-10-17
VLIZ launches the call for the ‘Brilliant Marine Research Ideas 2019’ intended to inspire and enable PhD students, affiliated to a Flemish university or Flemish university college, to execute a brilliant idea during their PhD within the frame of their research. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 15 December 2018. ...

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