Call for abstracts | VLIZ Marine Science Day


In order to present your research to a wider and multidisciplinary public of marine scientists, please submit an abstract timely. You can apply for either: 

  • an oral presentation (pre-doc or post-doc),
  • a poster in the competition,
  • a place in the demo sessions,
  • companies can register to present their organisation in the ‘Meet the Company’ event.

Click here to apply

The deadline to apply is set on 14 January 2018.

Please note that the mentioned date is the final deadline. There will be no extension of this deadline. Late applications for oral and poster presentations in competition will not be considered.


Oral presentation & Poster in competition

Please note that we make a distinction between pre-doc and post-doc entries for oral presentations, you can specify this on the form. If you only wish to present a scientific poster, this can also be specified. Abstracts that are not selected for an oral presentation, will automatically be accepted to participate in the poster competition.

A jury, composed of VLIZ staff and members of the VLIZ Scientific Committee, will read all the applications carefully and will make a selection of 30 abstracts (25 pre-doc and 5 post-doc) to be presented on the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2018. To increase the probability that your abstract is selected for an oral presentation, write it in a language that is easy to understand and sounds fascinating for the evaluators. If your research is in progress or ended, this increases your score. Abstracts on planned future research are generally less likeable to be selected. 

On the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2018, a professional jury as well as the public will judge the oral and poster presentation. The winners will be awarded a prize at the closing session of the event.

Demo session & Informative poster

A demo session is the most suited way of sharing new data and information tools or products with the participants during the open sessions. Tick the box “I want to apply for an interactive demonstration booth” or “an informative poster setup in the demo area”.

Meet the Company

If your company wants to take part in ‘Meet the Company’, please contact mentioning your interest in this event. We will contact you to discuss the possibilities.


What should your abstract look like?

The form to submit your abstract is divided in separate fields:

  • Title: give your abstract an appealing title that arouses curiosity and encourages to read the full abstract.
  • Abstract: write an abstract on your work, containing no more than 650 words including references. Only plain, bold and italic text is allowed, as well as subscript and superscript. All other layout will not be exported. Images are not allowed. Please note that this abstract must be camera-ready, i.e. VLIZ does not foresee any editing, the author is fully responsible for the contents and language.
  • Keywords: well thought out keywords – embedded in the full text - make sure your abstract is easily detected by interested readers.
  • Authors: for each author, the full name and affiliation must be submitted. The order in which you submit, is the order in which they will be published in the book of abstracts. If an author has multiple affiliations, please submit a new author submission for each affiliation.




The book of abstracts of the 18th VMSD will be available a few weeks before 21 March 2018. You will be able to download the pdf here to prepare your visit to VMSD18.