Welcome | 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS)

About EMBS53

The 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium will be organized in Ostend by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium between September 17th and 21st, 2018.

EMBS53 aims at linking the history, the present and the future of (European) marine biology. This edition will be special, as 2018 is a celebration year in Ostend: the first marine station ever worldwide was inaugurated exactly 175 years ago, in Ostend, by professor Pierre-Joseph Van Beneden. Since then, the world of marine biology has changed dramatically - both in Belgium and Europe - especially in relation to used technologies and techniques. EMBS53 therefore focuses on the following themes (see flyer):

  • Science from a historical perspective
  • Science in a modern era
  • Citizen science
  • Science in the North Sea

Important Dates

  • Deadline abstract submission (there will be NO extension of the deadline): 15 April 2018
  • Notification on abstract acceptance: 31 May 2018
  • Deadline early bird registration: 15 June 2018
  • Deadline late registration: 31 August 2018
  • EMBS53 conference: 17-21 September 2018
  • Deadline for manuscript submission special issue of JMBA on EMBS53: 7 December 2018
  • Publication of Special Issue of JMBA on EMBS53: October 2019


Themes and Speakers

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Venue and Social programme


EMBS 53 Conference secretariat
Flanders Marine Institute - VLIZ
InnovOcean site - Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende
E-mail: info@EMBS53.org
T: +32 (0) 59 34 21 30