10th VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day - anniversary edition

On Friday 27 November we welcome all scientists from Flanders and surroundings on the 10th edition of the VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day. For once not in Bruges, but because of our 10th anniversary celebration in Oostende (Thermae Palace). By means of an XL poster session and 30 selected pitching presentations this special edition (*) of the Young Scientists' Day we want to attract the attention to the large diversity in Belgian marine science.

In July 2009 we launched a call to submit abstracts for a poster presentation participating in the poster competition. We received a 150 entries that are now compiled into a Book of Abstracts. This publication and the poster session will succeed in demonstrating the diversity, quality and relevance of the coastal and marine research in Belgium!

Thirty abstracts were chosen out of the submissions. The selected authors are challenged to present their work in a short (max. 5 minutes!) 'pitching' presentation. Special focus should go to the way of communicating about marine science results and its social relevance towards a broad public of scientists, policy makers, funding agencies and journalists. The speakers will be evaluated by a professional jury of science communicators and journalists.

Afterwards everyone will be given the opportunity to examine and judge the 150 posters and meet with the scientists behind the presented science during a one and a half hour lasting poster session and competition.

We conclude this Young Scientists' Day with the presentation of the VLIZ scientific awards: the North Sea Award and the Thesis Awards. Hoping to see you then!

PROGRAMME
09:30-10:00Registration & poster set up
Welcome coffee
10:00-12:10Pitching presentations series 1 (20x)
12:10-13:00Sandwich lunch
13:00-14:00Pitching presentations series (10x)
14:00-15:30Poster session and competition
15:30-15:45Presentation by the laureate of the ‘VLIZ North Sea Award 2009’
Presentation by the laureate of the ‘VLIZ Thesis Award Marine Sciences 2009’
15:45-16:00Awards ceremony for the best posters, oral presentations, North Sea Award and Thesis Awards
Followed by the academic ceremony (for invitees only)

PRACTICALLY
Date: Friday 27 November 2009
Location: Hotel Thermae Palace, Koningin Astridlaan 7, 8400 Oostende
(parking -paying- in the neighbourhood)

INSCRIPTION and INFORMATION
Admission is free, but subscription is necesarry by filling out the online registration form.
More information can be obtained at info@vliz.be or 059 34 21 30.

(*) The VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Days are traditionally held in spring in Brugge. This Scientists' Day on 27 November 2009 replaces the one of spring 2010. The next forthcoming VLIZ Young Marine Scientists' Day is to be expected in spring 2011.