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Call Brilliant Marine Research Idea 2018

Added on: 2017-10-17
VLIZ launches a new call for ‘Brilliant Marine Research Ideas’ 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 2017. ...

Ecodesign Challenge stimulates ideas to tackle the plastic soup

Added on: 2017-10-16
How can we get rid of the plastic soup? One hundred and forty students tried to answer this question during the OVAM Ecodesign Challenge 2017, a 2-day event at which students brainstormed on a creative solution for a challenge posed by OVAM. ...

EMODnet Biology workshop in London identifies need for data products essential for users

Added on: 2017-10-13
What data products can we develop based on marine biological data pumped into EMODnet Biology? Which tools are essential for management, policy, planning and education? The EMODnet Biology workshop in London (10 October 2017) held a brainstorm on these two questions with representatives of high level data users, such as the four European regional sea commissions, various global and transatlantic initiatives, industry, nature conservation and management organizations. ...

Marine Citizen Science: towards an engaged and ocean literate society

Added on: 2017-10-13
Citizen Science is a new research approach that is rapidly gaining interest, especially in marine and maritime sciences. On a voluntary basis, citizens help scientists by gathering and analyzing data in a scientifically sound way. With regard to the ocean, Citizen Science has a special role to play. The vastness of the ocean and the lack of connection most people feel with the blue part of our planet, make Marine Citizen Science a vital tool to promote ocean literacy and engage citizens in coastal and ocean research. ...

Looking back at the first VLIZ Science Symposium: the Ocean and Human Health

Added on: 2017-10-10
The first VLIZ Science Symposium of 6 September has been passed for a couple of weeks. The presence of the two laureates of the Delcroix Prize, which were presented on a previous day, in Ostend was the direct reason for the organization of a scientific symposium on ‘the Ocean and Human Health’. Ten excellent speakers working in this multidisciplinary research theme gave insight into their research results. You were not able to be present on 6 September? No worries! Relive the interesting morning session through the materials made available online. ...

The ROV Genesis for everyone

Added on: 2017-09-11
Did you know that VLIZ puts the ROV Genesis at the disposal of the entire marine research community? As a marine scientist, you can make use of the Remotely Operated Vehicle for your research, both nationally and internationally. A brand-new animated film illustrates the working and functions of the ROV. ...

Birdcage at VOC Ostend with the financial support of VLIZ

Added on: 2017-08-25
A new block of birdcages is operational at the Wildlife Rescue Centre Ostend. This infrastructure has been realized with the financial support of a.o. VLIZ. The birdcage serves for birds to recover, but functions as well as an enclosed environment to conduct research on birds. ...

Strandvondsten: a practical field guide

Added on: 2017-07-18
A Dutch-language written field guide focuses on what can be found on the Belgian/Dutch North Sea coast. ...

VLIZ Annual Report, for those who like to look back at our activities in 2016

Added on: 2017-07-18
Once more the 2016 Annual Report reviews all highlights for VLIZ in the past year and focuses on the VLIZ activities carried out for the purpose of third parties. Performance indicators, loads of numbers and lists all together aim to give an overview of the functioning of the institute. ...

A science-art connection: students explore the world of algae

Added on: 2017-06-27
What are algae? And why are they so important to us? These are questions rarely asked to students in Multimedia Technology at the Karel de Grote College (KdG) or the High School of Arts Sint-Lucas in Gent. Yet these were the subjects they digged in to during the past few months. Earlier this year both groups of students were introduced into the world of ‘algology’ and were challenged to make educational animation videos, textile and juwellery designs and 3D prints. The best 25 animation movies were showcased in the UGC cinema in Antwerp. A jury of both scientists and multimedia professionals evaluated the works and elected the work of Shana Martens as the best creation of 2017. On several occasions the art designs of the high school students were exhibited to the general public in Sint-Lucas Ghent. ...

Towards a better data transfer to and from the maritime economy

Added on: 2017-04-20
The COLUMBUS project published the document ‘'Use and sharing of marine observations and data by industry' that addresses the specific needs, bottlenecks and challenges regarding the use of marine data by the industry. The publication contains a number of recommendations and some good practices in order to obtain a better data flow from and to the maritime economy, and to enhance Blue Growth. ...

Marine recreational fishermen will voluntarily register catches from April 2017 onwards

Added on: 2017-03-30
How many fish do Belgian marine recreational fishermen actually catch? Until today no exact answer can be given to this question so far, as data are lacking. However, this will change soon. From 1 April 2017 onwards, numerous recreational fishermen will contribute by reporting their catches on a voluntary basis to the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO). This close cooperation between both institutes and the recreational fisheries sector is unique, and based on mutual trust and transparency. The catch data, in combination with other monitoring activities, will finally result in the first scientifically underpinned catch estimation for the Belgian marine recreational fisheries. ...

Laureates scientific awards VLIZ 2016 presented

Added on: 2017-03-29
On the occasion of the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2017 in the beginning of March the winners of all VLIZ scientific awards were announced. Every year VLIZ awards two Master Thesis Awards to graduation theses in marine sciences. The North Sea Award gives the recognition to innovative marine research. The laureate of the VLIZ Communication Award wins a year-long personal communication coaching. New this year were the scholarships for Brilliant Marine Research Ideas, funded through our philanthropic activities. On the spot the public can vote for the best oral and poster presentation. We put all the winners in a row and look forward to the continuation of their projects! ...

Looking back on the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2017. Share your appreciation with us!

Added on: 2017-03-17
It is over again ... our VLIZ Marine Science Day 2017. We want to thank the 320 attendees to take part of this exciting event! On the website you find all the materials to relive the day. Besides the abstract book, photo gallery and information on all award winners, a link to the VMSD17 YouTube channel is given with the videos of all speakers. In case you missed something. To make the next editions even better, we ask the participants to share their findings - both good and improvements - in the online survey. ...

Student job vacancies in VLIZ for summer 2017

Added on: 2017-03-09
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 of activity or department before 17 April 2017. ...

Sea&Science collection of VLIZ with the sea as a good cause

Added on: 2017-03-02
VLIZ presents its first gadget line with the sea as a good cause. Buy a sweater, a t-shirt or a cotton bag of the Sea&Science collection and support the sea. The profit goes for 100% to the philanthropy of VLIZ and is invested in coastal, marine and ocean research worldwide. ...

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. ...

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