Programme 2020 | VLIZ Marine Science Day

We are very sad to announce that the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 episode.

We want to thank the 500+ staff and participants that have invested a lot of energy in this event. We will finalize and publish the book of abstracts and will communicate about the awards.

Announcement of the next edition of the VLIZ Marine Science Day will follow.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

 


 

 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME  -  EDITION 2020

08:30 – 09:00
Registration | Welcome coffee/tea

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

09:05 – 09:35
Keynote presentation | Sigi Gruber (Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission)

09:35 – 10:35
Pitch presentations: pre-doc level

  • Long-term monitoring of phytoplankton in the Belgian part of the Scheldt estuary | Luz Amadei Martínez (Ghent University)
  • Southern-Netherlandish Prize Papers as unexplored sources on maritime warfare, mercantile risks, and colonial commodity flows, c. 1702-1783 | Stan Pannier (VLIZ)
  • Developing an innovative method to map turbidity in the North Sea | Nore Praet (VLIZ)
  • Carbon assimilation by offshore wind farm fouling communities | Ninon Mavraki (RBINS - OD Nature)
  • Elucidating flatfish distribution patterns around windfarm turbines using visual diving transects | Jolien Buyse (ILVO)
  • The importance of the spatial configuration of marram grass (Ammophila arenaria) on dune functioning and biodiversity | Ruben Van De Walle (Ghent University)
  • How do different human activities affect functional diversity in soft-bottom macrobenthos? | Felien Festjens (ILVO)
  • Linking microbial biodiversity to the functioning of marine tidal flat ecosystems | Rita Bogorad (Ghent University)
  • Climate change modifies faunal effects on seafloor nutrient cycling and metabolism | Ellen Vlaminck (Ghent University)
  • Advances in understanding the mobilization of trace metals and dissolved sulfide in Belgian coastal and Gotland basin sediments | Chunyang Zhou (VUB)
10:35 – 11:05
Coffee break

11:05 – 12:20
Parallel interactive session I

  • Post-it in One Minute | If you want to get a flavor of the diversity in marine research at our institutions, this is the place to be: about 25 posters in pitch (1’) presentations; your votes and those of a professional jury will decide who wins the best poster award.
  • Food from the Sea | Students from all over the world will share their experiences with you about their 'food from the sea', and also give you more info on 
    ecosystem services and protection of biodiversity in their specific country, region, town... They will tell you about how local marine resources are used, and what the effect is on the local ecosystem.
  • Sea-nema | Remarkable marien scientific and other ocean footage will be presented in a continuous loop, introduced by the VLIZ librarian.
  • Speakers Corner on Cool Ocean Tools | Showcase a contemporary, innovative or historical tool useful for marine scientists, present an app you discovered on the internet or made yourself, explain about a beach find or interesting phenomenon ... and share it with an audience of peer marine scientists. Questions and suggestions by the audience allowed!
  • Inspiring Session: European Marine Board Science-Policy Game | Do you want to learn about the EU marine science policy landscape and how decisions are made? Who would you need to target as a young marine scientist to promote your work and to increase the impact of your research? What arguments can you use to inform policy makers, industry players, scientific peers and representatives of society on which decision should be taken? Join us for a fun interactive, and informative game to put theory into practice!
  • Inspiring Session: Marine @ UGent | Interactive session that focusses on the human expansion into ocean space (blue accelaration) and the potential impact on the sustainable development goals. As the blue economy thrives, the demands for ocean space are increasing: windfarms, aquaculture, shipping, marine protected areas, tourism. The goal of the session is to summarize the views of young marine scientists on the opportunities and threats of the blue accelaration. Your views will be queried via Slido, so don’t forget your smartphone.
  • Inspiring Session: CREST | Design your climate resilient coast  -  In the coming years, many coastal areas worldwide will experience extreme flooding, sea-level rise and erosion as a result of a rapidly changing climate. While hard engineering infrastructure may be the most feasible or cost-effective approach in some contexts, building and maintaining hard infrastructure across all exposed coasts is not financially viable, and in some cases, may be technically impossible. Are nature-based solutions the answer to enhance coastal resilience? Be a coastal manager and design in group your own climate resilient coast based on knowledge gained from scientists in the field and compete against others to win the prize for most innovative solution!
  • Inspiring Session: VLIZ Marine Data Centre | The renowned data centre of Flanders Marine Institute proposes this interactive, engaging session for new and not-so-new marine scientists. Data management becomes more and more important, and we want to let the audience bring up their own issues, derive best practices and at the end of the workshop we will let them pledge to adopt at least one (preferably all) of the best practices.
12:20 – 13:20
Sandwich & soup lunch

13:20 – 13:25
Introduction to the afternoon programme | Jan Mees (VLIZ)

13:25 – 13:45
Keynote presentation: Shaping the future of the blue economy: you, me and all of us | Jana Asselman (Ghent University)

13:45 – 14:45
Pitch presentations: pre-doc level

  • Population dynamics of Noctiluca scintillans in the Belgian part of the North Sea and its relation with small gelatinous plankton | Anouk Ollevier (VLIZ)
  • Reconstruction of the old river landscape off Katwijk, The Netherlands | Lore Vanhooren (Ghent University)
  • A newly generated, high quality DNA reference database for European fish species reveals  substitution fraud of processed Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) and common sole (Solea solea) at different steps of the Belgian supply chain | Dumas Deconinck (ILVO)
  • Air-sea carbon flux at the Belgian Continental Shelf | Steven Pint (VLIZ)
  • Ow dear, where is my gear? Marine litter from aquaculture sources | Matthias Sandra (VLIZ)
  • A new approach to make indoor air quality in the accommodation of ships understandable and actionable for seafaring staff | Gustavo Carro (HZS)
  • Growing dunes, eroding shoreface: The Belgian sand balance | Bart Roest (KU Leuven)
  • Anisakidae: Zoonotic parasites in commercial fish in our North Sea | Evelien Mercken (Ghent University)
  • Eighteenth century ships as research vessels? Southern-Netherlandish observations and shipboard knowledge production on the early-modern marine environment | Wim De Winter (VLIZ)
  • Understanding the effects of degradation of the local mangrove ecosystem for a coastal transition state community in Sri Lanka | Julia Jung (Ghent University)

14:45 – 16:00
Parallel interactive session II

  • Post-it in One Minute | If you want to get a flavor of the diversity in marine research at our institutions, this is the place to be: about 25 posters in pitch (1’) presentations; your votes and those of a professional jury will decide who wins the best poster award.
  • Ocean Parliament | Sigi Gruber, head of the Marine Resources Unit of DG R&I (European Commission) and keynote speaker of the VMSD afternoon program, will directly interact with you to learn how the EC can cooperate with young marine scientists with regard to the Horizon Europe ‘Missions’.
  • Food from the Sea | Students from all over the world will share their experiences with you about their 'food from the sea', and also give you more info on ecosystem services and protection of biodiversity in their specific country, region, town... They will tell you about how local marine resources are used, and what the effect is on the local ecosystem.
  • Sea-nema | Remarkable marien scientific and other ocean footage will be presented in a continuous loop, introduced by the VLIZ librarian.
  • Speakers Corner on Cool Ocean Tools | Showcase a contemporary, innovative or historical tool useful for marine scientists, present an app you discovered on the internet or made yourself, explain about a beach find or interesting phenomenon ... and share it with an audience of peer marine scientists. Questions and suggestions by the audience allowed!
  • High Tea with Sea Companies | Take the unique opportunity to come and talk to representatives of a company active in the blue economy or institutes performing marine research. In an informal setting, while drinking a cup of coffee or enjoying a high tea, you can ask them about the employment possibilities, get to know the ins and outs of a company and find out if it might be an interesting place for you to work. Companies/institutes such as ILVO, MEET HET, IMDC, Jan De Nul, GEOxyz and others will be present. Check our website for updates on the companies to come.
  • Inspiring Session: Marine @ UGent | Interactive session that focusses on the human expansion into ocean space (blue accelaration) and the potential impact on the sustainable development goals. As the blue economy thrives, the demands for ocean space are increasing: windfarms, aquaculture, shipping, marine protected areas, tourism. The goal of the session is to summarize the views of young marine scientists on the opportunities and threats of the blue accelaration. Your views will be queried via Slido, so don’t forget your smartphone.
  • Inspiring Session: CREST | Guided beach walk  -  Learn from the best! Coasts and beaches behave in a wide variety of ways, depending on the timescale, spatial scale, geologic setting, sediment type and availability, hydrodynamic forcing and human interference. During this guided beach walk you will not only get some fresh air but you will also get an overview of the most important coastal processes at the Belgian coast.
  • Inspiring Session: VLIZ Marine Data Centre | The renowned data centre of Flanders Marine Institute proposes this interactive, engaging session for new and not-so-new marine scientists. Data management becomes more and more important, and we want to let the audience bring up their own issues, derive best practices and at the end of the workshop we will let them pledge to adopt at least one (preferably all) of the best practices.

16:00 – 17:00
Presentations by the award winners

  • Brilliant Marine Research Idea 2019 | Small worms and their problematic mitochondrial genomes: a long-range PCR approach | Marlies Monnens (Hasselt University)
  • Brilliant Marine Research Idea 2019 | Fjord sedimentary signature of an advancing glacier | Loïc Piret (Ghent University)
  • Brilliant Marine Research Idea 2019 | Biomonitoring of a zooplankton population via in situ real-time RNA sequencing on the Simon Stevin | Ilias Semmouri (Ghent University)
  • VLIZ Bachelor Thesis Award 2019 | Litter by the sea, back to the source: labels and inscriptions as a guide to the origin of the waste | Celie Lescroart (VIVES)
  • VLIZ Master Thesis Award 2019 | Designing climate-proof marine protected areas: a case study in South America | Rafaela De Albuquerque Ribero (VUB)
  • VLIZ Master Thesis Award 2019 | High-resolution vertical habitat mapping of a deep-sea cliff offshore western Greenland | Loïc Van Audenhaeghe (Ghent University)
  • VLIZ North Sea Award 2019 | | Evelien Brand (VUB)

Award ceremony

  • VLIZ Brilliant Marine Research Ideas 2020
  • DEME Brilliant Marine Research Idea 2020
  • VLIZ Bachelor Thesis Award 2019
  • VLIZ Master Thesis Awards 2019
  • VLIZ North Sea Award 2019
  • Best pre-doc presentation
  • Best poster presentation

17:00 – 18:30
Network reception