Programma 2017 | VLIZ Marine Science Day


Registration - Welcome coffee/tea - Mounting of posters

Welcome address
Jan Mees (VLIZ)

Making the past visible for the future: Challenges in unraveling the archaeology of the continental shelf
Tine Missiaen (Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Ghent University) - EXCUSED

The European Marine Board, advancing seas and ocean science for Europe
Jan Mees (VLIZ)

Pitch presentations: pre-doc level

  • Carbon-neutral silviculture in Matang Mangrove Forest Reserve (Malaysia): a becoming reality?
    Africa Barrios Trullols (Systems Ecology and Resource Management Research Unit, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  • Mercury stable isotopes discriminate different populations of common Seabass around Europe and provide insight on mercury cycle
    Alice Cransveld (Laboratory of Oceanology, MARE, University of Liège)
  • Diving response: an argument for the Aquatic Ape Theory in human evolution?
    Sander De Bock (Department of Movement and Sport Sciences, Ghent University)
  • Late Pleistocene palaeogeographical evolution of the southern North Sea
    Maikel De Clercq (Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Department of Geology, Ghent University)
  • A meta-analysis of isotopic compositions of North Sea marine mammals
    France Damseaux (Laboratory of Oceanology, University of Liège)
  • Phaeocystis blooms in the Belgian coastal zone - Routine phytoplankton monitoring with the cytosense flowcytometer
    Reinhoud De Blok (Laboratory of Protistology & Aquatic Ecology, Department of Biology, Ghent University)
  • Numerical modelling of wave interaction with coastal and offshore structures using a CFD solver
    Brecht Devolder (Department of Civil Engineering, Ghent University)
  • Development of the first standardized biotic challenge model for Dover Sole (Solea solea) and its validation by assessing the protective potential of probiotic candidates
    Evelien De Swaef (Department of Morphology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University)
  • With a pinch of salt: microplastics and trace elements in sea salts for human consumption
    Lisa Devriese (Aquatic Environment and Quality, Animal Sciences Unit, Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO))
  • The relationship between oysters and microscopic benthic algae revealed by satellite remote sensing
    Caroline Echappé (Laboratory MMS, University of Nantes & Laboratory of Protistology and Aquatic Ecology, Deparment of Biology, Ghent University)
  • Evaluation of the sand extraction impact on the seabed and the water column at short time and space scale in an intensively dredged area of the Belgian part of the North Sea by using multibeam echosounder bathymetric, backscatter strength and water column data
    Nils Lowie (Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Ghent University)
  • Detection and degradation of environmental DNA (eDNA) in the marine environment: a lab and field approach using plaice
    Tara Grosemans (Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology, Environmental Toxicology Unit - GhEnToxLab, Ghent University)

Elevator pitch presentations: demos & companies

  •, the one-stop-shop for marine and maritime training – Thibaud Mascart [abstract]
  • Apply for IMBRSea: International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources – Thibaud Mascart [abstract]
  • The LifeWatch infrastructure – Stefanie Dekeyzer [abstract]
  • LifeWatch GPS bird tracking network – Eric Stienen [abstract]
  • LifeWatch studying plankton diversity in the Belgian continental zone – Jonas Mortelmans [abstract]
  • LifeWatch fish acoustic receiver network – Jan Reubens [abstract]
  • Philanthropy by VLIZ: the sea as a good cause – Tina Mertens
  • MarTERA ERA-NET Cofund Maritime and Marine Technologies of JPI Oceans – Willem De Moor
  • HisGis Kust: Historical maps of the coastal zone – Hans Pirlet
  • The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet), bridging the gap between marine data and application – Simon Claus [abstract]
  • A new European Marine Board Science Commentary: The ticking time bomb of climate change and sea-level rise – Angel Muniz Piniella [abstract]
  •, maritime boundaries geodatabase – Paula Oset Garcia [abstract]
  • Meet the company: Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering NV (DEME Group) – Tomas Sterckx
  • Meet the company: Jan De Nul Group – Bernard Malherbe
  • Ocean Edge Directory at – Mieke Sterken


  • Coffee/tea break
  • Demo and poster session

Pitch presentations: pre-doc level

  • Survival in a feast-famine environment: Resource utilization, storage and recycling in cold-water coral reefs
    Sandra Maier (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ))
  • Automatic monitoring of birds in marine video content
    Roeland T'Jampens (Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ))
  • The impact of dredging on the geochemical cycling in coastal ecosystems
    Sebastiaan Van de Velde (Department of Analytical, Environmental and Geochemistry, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB))
  • Phycotoxins in sea spray aerosols: friend or foe?
    Emmanuel Van Acker (Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology, Ghent University)
  • Patterns of regional- and local- scale genetic connectivity in Eastern Atlantic mangroves
    Magdalene Ngeve (Ecology and Biodiversity, Department of Biology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Interactive effects of next-century ocean acidification and warming on the common cockle Cerastoderma edule
    Ee Zin Ong (Marine Biology Research Group, Biology Department, Ghent University)
  • Tracking a marine predator to design flexible boundaries of marine protected areas for an ecosystem approach to fisheries
    Brigitte Heylen (Avian Ecology and Evolution group, Terrestrial Ecology Unit (TEREC), Ghent University)
  • Visualization of small lesions in skin of fish using fluorescein dye
    Maaike Vercauteren (Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University)
  • Coupling methodology for modelling the near field and far field effects of an array of Wave Energy Converters
    Philip Balitsky (Department of Civil Engineering, Ghent University)
  • First steps to rear Crangon crangon larvae successfully in captivity
    Benigna Van Eynde (Fisheries and Aquatic Production, Animal Sciences Unit, Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO))
  • Determining nutritional quality and chemical changes during storage of fish silage produced using different combinations of undersized quota species
    Mike Van 't Land (Fisheries and Aquatic Production, Animal Sciences Unit, Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO))


  • Sandwich lunch
  • Demo and poster session

Introduction to the afternoon programme
Jan Mees (VLIZ)

Pitch presentations: post-doc level

  • Modeling mangrove propagule dispersal trajectories using high-resolution estimates of ocean surface winds and currents
    Tom Van der Stocken (Ecology and Biodiversity, Biology Department, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Increased sea ice cover disrupts food web structure in coastal Antarctica
    Loïc Michel (Laboratory of Oceanology, FOCUS Research Unit, University of Liege)
  • Extremely loud and incredibly close: in situ exposure of Atlantic cod to pile driving
    Annelies De Backer (Aquatic Environment and Quality, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO))
  • Angelshark-ID: Photo-identification as a non-invasive monitoring tool
    Filip Osaer (ELASMOCAN, Asociación Canaria para la Investigación y Conservación de los Elasmobranquios)
  • The community structure of deep-sea macrofauna in an area of interest for deep-sea mining
    Bart De Smet (Department of Biology, Marine Biology Section, Ghent University)

Future of the Sea/Sea of the Future: About marine spatial planning & a long-term vision on the Belgian Part of the North Sea
Philippe De Backer (State Secretary for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and North Sea) 


  • Coffee/tea break
  • Demo and poster session
  • Meet the Company
  • Speed networking (15:00-15:45) 

Presentations by the two winners of the VLIZ Master Thesis Award 2016

  • Reconstruction of the seismic history of Aysén fjord (South Chile)
    Katleen Wils (Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Ghent University)
  • Groundwater flow in freshwater tidal marshes: a comparison of a natural and a restored marsh
    Niels van Putte (Ecosystem Management Research Group, Antwerp University)


Presentation by the winner of the VLIZ North Sea Award 2016

  • The “Alcanivorax paradox”: Mild hydrostatic pressure impacts deep-sea oil bioremediation
    Alberto Scoma (Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology, Ghent University)

Presentation by the winner of the VLIZ Communication Award 2016

  • The importance of acoustic telemetry for restoring fish stocks
    Pieterjan Verhelst (Marine Biology Research Group, Ghent University)

Presentation of the awards by Carl Decaluwé, Governor of West-Flanders and Chairman of the Board of Directors of VLIZ

  • Best oral pre-doc award (by the public)
  • Best oral post-doc award (by the public)
  • Best poster award (by the public and a professional jury)
  • VLIZ North Sea Award 2016
  • VLIZ Master Thesis Awards 2016
  • VLIZ Communication Award 2017
  • VLIZ Philantropy Brilliant Marine Research Ideas

Network reception