Programme 2018 | VLIZ Marine Science Day


Registration | Welcome coffee/tea | Mounting of posters

09:00 – 09:05
Welcome address
Jan Mees (VLIZ)

09:05 – 09:30
Towards a better understanding of our marine environment: of habitats, maps and engineering
Veerle Huvenne (NOC, United Kingdom)

09:30 – 10:20
Pitch presentations: pre-doc level (10)

Analysis of the power output and the far-field effects of a 50-WEC farm using a novel coupling technique
Philip Balitsky (UGent-CERG)

The effect of connectivity on productivity and diversity in micro-algae communities
Jonathan De Raedt (UGent-GhEnToxLab)

Prize papers as new sources for maritime historical research: the circulation of knowledge on the sea
Wim De Winter (VLIZ)

The geochemical behaviour of trace metals in the surface water of the Belgian Coastal Zone
Camille Gaulier (VUB-AMGC)

Reef health influences self-recruitment in a meta-population of Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) in the Indian Ocean connected through larval dispersal
Filip Huyghe (VUB-Marine Biology)

Have plasticizers already reached our marine environment?
Steve Huysman (UGent-LCA)

Towards an improved numerical modelling methodology for wave overtopping on a dike with a very shallow foreshore
Vincent Gruwez (UGent-AWW)

Investigating life history toxicity in the copepod Nitocra spinipes by means of a Dynamic Energy Budget model
Josef Koch (UGent-GhEnToxLab)

Does a possibility exist to optimize the fatty acid composition of FAME’s in order to decrease the concentration of NOx and PM in the exhaust gas composition?
Rafael Maes (HZS)  

Food web structure of fouling communities along the ecological zonation of artificial hard substrates in a North Sea offshore wind farm
Ninon Mavraki (RBINS-OD Nature)

10:20 – 10:35
Elevator pitch presentations (part 1)

Meet The Company: Creating land for the future - Manu De Block (DEME)
Meet The Company: From farm to fork, from sea to spoon - Sofie Vandendriessche (ILVO)
Meet The Company: JDN: Innovation, expertise and sustainability  - Kristien Veys (Jan De Nul)
Meet The Company: ADEDE Search & Recovery - Alexander Cattrysse (ADEDE)
Meet The Company: Vacancies@VLIZ - Tina Mertens (VLIZ)
Demo: VLIZ Marine Library - Heike Lust (VLIZ)
Demo: Compendium for Coast and Sea - Steven Dauwe (VLIZ)
Demo: VLIZ Research Infrastructure - André Cattrijsse (VLIZ)
Demo: Maritime research with a green nod at Antwerp Maritime Academy - Geert Potters (HZS)
Demo: JPI Oceans - The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans - Willem De Moor (JPI Oceans)
Demo: VLIZ and social media - Bart De Smet (VLIZ)
Demo: Knock knock, who’s there? - Jan Reubens (VLIZ)
Demo: Building an online and interactive scientific data explorer for LifeWatch observatory data - Stefanie Dekeyzer (VLIZ)
Demo: Arduino in Marine Sciences: Building and controlling sensors for marine research projects - Tim tkint (UGent-MARBIOL)
Demo: VITO remote sensing - Robrecht Moelans (VITO)

10:35 – 11:20
Coffee break | Demo and poster session

11:20 – 12:10
Pitch presentations: pre-doc level (10)

Spatio-temporal variation in contribution of biodiversity and environment to benthic ecosystem functioning in the Scheldt estuary
Sebastiaan Mestdagh (UGent-MARBIOL)

Ecotoxicity testing of environmentally realistic contaminant mixtures using passive samplers: What can we learn from repeating toxicity tests over an extended period of time?
Samuel Moeris (UGent-GhEnToxLab)

The impact of decades of human-induced environmental change on phytoplankton communities in the Belgian part of the North Sea
Anja Nohe (UGent-PAE)

Wave impacts on storm walls: Large scale experiments in the Delta flume
Maximilian Streicher (UGent-CERG)

Dynamic sand: Towards a resilient Belgian coast
Glenn Strypsteen (KU Leuven-BWK)

The BIO-Tide project: The role of microbial biodiversity in the functioning of marine tidal flat sediments (no audio)
Willem Stock (UGent-PAE)

The evolution of burrowing fauna triggered a low-oxygen ocean and global warming
Sebastiaan Van De Velde (VUB-AMGC)

Seabird displacement at offshore wind farms: Effect versus impact
Nicolas Vanermen (INBO)

Development of an innovative two-chamber skin explant model for marine fish
Maaike Vercauteren (UGent-Pathology, bacteriology and poultry diseases)

Habitat suitability modelling of macroalgae with a mechanistic approach
George Westmeijer (VLIZ)

12:10 – 12:25
Elevator pitch presentations (part 2)

Demo: ScheldeMonitor, the online data and information hub for the Scheldt Estuary - Lennert Tyberghein (VLIZ)
Demo: From sample to library: The ZooSCAN pathway unraveled - Jonas Mortelmans (VLIZ)
Demo: VLIZ Philanthropy - Karen Rappé (VLIZ)
Demo: EMODnet: your gateway to marine data in Europe - Lennert Schepers (VLIZ)
Demo: World Register of Marine Species - Thomas Lanssens (VLIZ)
Informative poster: Blue Growth Summer School - Noémie Wouters (GreenBridge/UGent) 
Informative poster: BCCM/DCG - The reliable source and destination for all your microalgae - Peter Chaerle (UGent-BCCM/DCG) 
Informative poster: European Marine Board - Angèl Muñiz Piniella (European Marine Board)
Informative poster: New RV: A new multidiscilinary research vessel to replace the RV A962 Belgica  - Lieven Naudts (OD Nature- RBINS)
Informative poster: A world reference for Maritime Boundaries - Lennert Schepers (VLIZ)
Informative poster: MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management - Karolien Van Puyvelde (VUB-Oceans&Lakes)
Informative poster: ASSEMBLE-Plus: Promoting access to the EMBRC marine station and laboratories - Tim Verstraeten (UGent-MARBIOL)
Informative poster: Join the International Master of Science in marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea) today! - IMBRSea Student (UGent-IMBRSea)

12:25 – 13:25
Sandwich & soup lunch | Demo and poster session

13:25 – 13:30
Introduction to the afternoon programme
Jan Mees (VLIZ)

13:30 – 13:55
Pitch presentations: post-doc level (5)

A novel approach to model 4 decades of marine chemical data
Bavo De Witte (ILVO)

Foraging distribution, habitat preferences and diet of Antarctic petrels, cape petrels and southern fulmars – Inter-specific overlap as a consequence of high environmental variability?
Nina Dehnhard (UA-Biology)

Are we approaching MSY in 2020? Focus on commercial fish stocks important to Belgian fisheries
Sofie Nimmegeers (ILVO)

Ecological effects of marine protected ares: The case of seagrass macrofaunal assemblages
Nicolas Sturaro (ULiège-Océanologie)

Hope for recovery of the soft-bottom ecosystem after cessation of fishery disturbance?
Gert Van Hoey (ILVO)

13:55 – 14:40
The VLIZ Research Framework and the Science Agenda for Flanders
Jan Mees & Michiel Vandegehuchte (VLIZ)

14:40 – 15:40
Coffee break | Demo and poster session | Meet the Company | Networking

15:40 – 16:00
Presentations by the winners of the Brilliant Marine Research Ideas 2017 (4)

Who are the cable bacteria?
Laurine Burdorf (UA-ECOBE)

Ancient marine metabarcoding: A new approach of stomach and microbiome analysis for historical fish
Franz Maximilian Heindler (KU Leuven-LBEG)

Development of a test platform for anti-fouling coatings
Raf Meskens (HZS)

Do marine aerosols improve human health?
Emmanuel Van Acker (UGent-GhEnToxLab)

16:00 – 16:05
Presentation by the winner of the VLIZ Communication Award 2017

Drowned landscapes of the Belgian Continental Shelf
Maikel De Clercq (UGent-RCMG) - animation English and Dutch

16:05 – 16:15
Presentations by the winners of the VLIZ Master Thesis Awards 2017

Potential human health effects of phycotoxins in marine bioaerosols
Emily Lodewijks (UGent-GhEnToxLab)

Roman salt production in the civitas Menapiorum – A study of the implemented technological process on the salt production sites through the analysis of the briquetage from the region Zeebrugge-Dudzele
Michiel Dekoninck (UGent-ARCHAEO)

16:15 – 16:25
Presentation by the winner of the VLIZ North Sea Award 2017

Pacific oysters and parasites: Species invasions and their impact on parasite-host interactions
M. Anouk Goedknegt (NIOZ, The Netherlands)

16:25 – 16:45
Official presentation of the awards:

VLIZ Master Thesis Awards 2017 (2)
VLIZ North Sea Award 2017
VLIZ Communication Award 2018
VLIZ Philanthropy Brilliant Marine Research Ideas 2018 (2)
Best pre-doc presentation (by the public)
Best post-doc presentation (by the public)
Best poster (by the public and a professional jury)

16:45 – 18:45
Network reception