First BeNCoRe Conference:

State of the Art and Future of Belgian Coastal Research

-BeNCoRe and its relation to the Green Paper on a future European Maritime Policy-

Download Flyer

Click here for powerpoint presentations

Click here for conference pictures

Objectives and scope

Since the establishment of the Belgian Network for Coastal Research, more than 50 institutes across Belgium agreed on becoming partner of the network, which aims at initiating and facilitating knowledge sharing and cooperation between Belgian institutes involved in coastal and marine science, policy and practice. This conference, which takes place the 26th of April 2007 in Leuven provides for the first time the platform to meet the BeNCoRe network and exchange ideas on the future of coastal and marine research in Belgium.

During this one-day conference the BeNCoRe Network Ambassadors will introduce, provide a Belgian State of the Art and give their ‘personal view’ on ten coastal thematic issues related to Coastal Engineering and Observation Techniques, the Natural System, Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Marine and Coastal Spatial Planning.

The ten thematic issues will be discussed during four sessions. Each session will additionally focus on issues raised in the Green Paper on a future European Maritime Policy. This document is at the moment under consultation till the end of June 2007 outlining a European Maritime Policy aimed at developing a thriving maritime economy in an environmentally sustainable manner. Possible outcomes or suggestions from this First BeNCoRe Conference will be communicated through ENCORA to the Green Paper on Maritime Policy.


8.30-9.00: Registration and Coffee

9.00-9.25: Prof dr. ir. Jean Berlamont, Coordinator BeNCoRe
Hydraulics Laboratory (KUL)
Welcome and introduction; BeNCoRe activities
9.25-9.50: Prof dr. Job Dronkers
Coordinator ENCORA
RIKZ, Den HaagRole of BeNCoRe in European Network

Session 1: Coastal engineering and observation techniques
(Chair: Dr. Marilaure Grégoire - Laboratory of Oceanology, ULg) Prof dr. ir. Jaak Monbaliu
Hydraulics Laboratory, KUL
Sustainable coastal engineering techniques
Chemical Oceanography Unit, Ulg
Assessment of field observation techniques


Session 2: ICZM Implementation and Stakeholder Participation (Chair Rudy Herman - Ministry of Flanders, Department Economy, Science and Innovation)
11.10-11.35: Kathy Belpaeme
Coordination Centre for Integrated Coastal Zone management
ICZM Participation and Implementation
11.35-12.00:Annemie Volckaert
Ecolas n.v.
Social and economic aspects of ICZM; functionality and Valuation
12.00-12.25: Nathalie Beenaerts
Capacity building, training andeducation in ICZM

12.25-13.25: Lunch

Session 3: The Natural System and Human Impact
(Chair Prof dr. Magda Vincx - Marine Biology Section, UGgent)
13.25-13.50:Prof dr. Jean-Marie Beckers
Geohydrodynamics and Environment Research, ULg
Pollution, prevention, detection and mitigation
13.50-14.15: Dr. ir. Véronique Rousseau
Ecology of Aquatic Systems Unit, ULB
Marine Ecology and Biodiversity
14.15-14.40:Dr. Vera Van Lancker
Renard Centre of Marine Geology, UGent
Effect of Development and Use on Eco-morphology and Coastal Habitats

14.40- 15.05:Coffee

Session 4: Land-sea interface and Marine Spatial Planning
(Chair David Cox – Belgian Science Policy)
15.05-15.30: Miguel Berteloot
Agency for Maritime and Coastal Services, Coastal Division
Coastal geo-morphological Change and land-sea interface
15.30. 15.55: Prof dr. Frank Meas
Maritime Institute, UGent
Marine and Coastal Spatial Planning

15.55-16.30:Discussion, synthesis and conclusions



The conference will be be held in the 'Provinciehuis' in Leuven. This building recently constructed by the Portuguese architect Gonçalo Sousa Byrne is only a five minutes walk from the train station of Leuven. How to get there (in dutch)

By Train:
Leaving the main entrance of the Leuven train station, the Provinciehuis is on your left hand side about 300m up. You simply follow the promenade.

By Car:
From highway E40 take exit E314-Leuven, then immediately exit Leuven. Follow the road, pass two traffic light till you arrive at the Ring of Leuven, take a left and follow the ring. After the third traffic lights, you take a right. This road will lead you to the parking behind the Provinciehuis.

Background information and key issues of the Green paper that will be addressed during the First Bencore Conference

Web site hosted and maintained by Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Number of visitors: 574515 - Total hits: 5225613 (since 2006-01-17)