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Annual report summarizes the achievements of VLIZ in 2020

Added on: 2021-04-20
The 2020 annual report presents the highlights for VLIZ in 2020 and focuses on the services VLIZ offers to the marine scientific community, policymakers, the industry, educators and the general public. Performance indicators (KPIs), numbers and lists all together give a transparent overview of the organization and functioning of the institute. ...

Cutting edge technology to enhance the habitats of key fish species

Added on: 2021-03-12
A cross-Channel partnership will use innovative underwater acoustic tracking technology to identify the environmental conditions a range of important marine species need in order to thrive. The €4million FISH INTEL project, supported by €2.8million from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England programme, will focus on a series of sites along the coastlines of southern England, northern France and Belgium. ...

Explore Flanders Blue Research and Innovation system

Added on: 2021-03-02
Today, on the eve of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), Flanders takes stock of its true maritime identity, its broad expertise, long-standing traditions, maritime skills and capacities. It reaches out to share these and shape strong and far-reaching collaborations based on ocean science, knowledge and innovative approaches. A new publication 'Gearing up our blue knowledge - Tackling ocean challenges in the UN Decade of Ocean Science' invites you to explore the Flanders Blue Research and Innovation system.

LifeWatch Flanders ready for a new start to next level

Added on: 2021-02-10
Did you know Flanders has been able to develop a unique set of biodiversity data systems and observation infrastructure? And that these services are consulted daily by hundreds to thousands of users worldwide? This achievement was possible due to the many years (2012-2020) of commitment by the Flemish government to the European LifeWatch ESFRI infrastructure – an ambitious project to support European biodiversity and ecosystem research. The Flemish LifeWatch Consortium is now receiving extra funding to take this infrastructure to a next level. ...

Construction of the InnovOcean Campus on schedule

Added on: 2021-01-26
Barely 7 months after laying the foundation stone of the new InnovOcean Campus in Oostende the shell of the six-storey building is a fact. The boards of ILVO and VLIZ visited the site in the presence of the contractor. They were assured that the construction is well on track to move into the new campus in the autumn of 2022. ...

MISSION ATLANTIC aims for first integrated ecosystem assessment for the Atlantic Ocean

Added on: 2021-01-18
Ocean experts from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and the US join forces to map and assess both current and future risks from climate change, disasters and human impact on the entire Atlantic ecosystems. ...

New Belgian report on recreational fisheries points at a decline in the cod stock

Added on: 2020-12-18
The new results of the national monitoring programme for Belgian marine recreational fisheries, with the focus year 2019, reveal higher catches of sea bass compared to 2018, but also indicate a worrying decline in cod catches in the southern North Sea. ...

Artificial reefs help keep an eye on marine ecosystems

Added on: 2020-12-17
Researchers have created a network of more than 130 artificial reefs – Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS) – on the ocean floor in all the European regional seas, helping scientists to understand long-term changes in coastal habitats and providing an early warning system for the arrival of non-indigenous species, the impact of climate change or human activities. ...

Global Ocean Science Report 2020 reports on global marine research capacity

Added on: 2020-12-15
Based on data collected from around the world, the second Global Ocean Science Report 2020 (GOSR2020) offers a global record of how, where and by whom ocean science is conducted. The GOSR monitors our capacity to understand the ocean and seize new opportunities for research and innovation. VLIZ director Jan Mees has personally co-shared the editorial board of the report that was be launched by UNESCO on 14 December 2020. ...

Citizen science on the North Sea under the microscope

Added on: 2020-12-09
The number of projects involving citizen scientists in the North Sea area has increased significantly in recent years. No fewer than 127 marine citizen science initiatives had the North Sea as their study area. Almost half of the initiatives focus on the investigation and follow-up of one or more plant or animal species. But many projects also zoom in on marine litter. This shows the first inventory and analysis of all marine citizen science initiatives in the North Sea area. ...

A brilliant research idea? Claim a BMRI grant!

Added on: 2020-12-08
VLIZ philanthropy opens five grants worth 5.000 euro to young, original thinking marine researchers. PhD students and junior postdocs in Flanders, as well as PhD students from the South, who dare to think out-of-the-box, are eligible for this research funding. Deadline for proposals: 29 January 2021. ...

Online VLIZ Marine Science Day 2021 - call for abstracts

Added on: 2020-10-30
The VLIZ Marine Science Day 2021 will come with a spicy and concise digital program on 3 March 2021. Send us your abstract for an online presentation or digital poster (video) presentation before December 16. ...

VLIZ expands its research capacity in the new 'Ocean Innovation Space'

Added on: 2020-10-07
On the 2nd of October 2020, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) launched the 'Ocean Innovation Space', an expansion of its Marine Station Ostend. With the new building, VLIZ will be able to increase its research capacity and meet the intensive and rapid growth of the institute. ...

VLIZ strengthens cooperation with Ecuador on marine sciences

Added on: 2020-10-06
On 6 October a Memorandum of Understanding was signed to confirm the existing Flemish-Ecuadorian cooperation in marine research and strengthen the exchange of data, information and expertise between the two countries. ...

VLIZ Awards for Marine Sciences: call 2020 launched

Added on: 2020-07-06
To recognize the work of meritorious marine researchers, encourage them to continue doing this in the future, and promote marine scientific research in Flanders: that is what the Flanders Marine Institute wants to achieve with its annual science awards. Until 13 December, candidates for the VLIZ North Sea Award, VLIZ Master Thesis Awards and VLIZ Professional Bachelor Thesis Award can register for the 2020 call. The award ceremony will take place on the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2021 on Wednesday 3 March 2021 in De Grote Post, Ostend, Belgium. ...

Construction of the InnovOcean Campus in Ostend officially started

Added on: 2020-07-02
On 30 June Flemish Minister of Economy, Innovation and Agriculture Hilde Crevits laid the symbolic foundation stone of the new InnovOcean Campus. By the end of 2022, this state-of-the-art and energy efficient building will be the new accommodation for the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and its (inter)national partners, where we will co-house with the Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO). The brand new building in Ostend should boost marine research. The construction of the campus involves an investment of 20 million euros. ...

Green light for PLUXIN project: mapping and remediating plastic pollution in rivers

Added on: 2020-06-19
The amount of plastic in rivers and the ocean is increasing all the time. Within the frame of the PLUXIN project, Flemish scientists, entrepreneurs and The Blue Cluster are joining forces to map the plastics transported to the sea via ports and rivers, using innovative and automatic detection methods. The ultimate goal is to provide solutions and to set up pioneering commercial initiatives in Flanders in the plastic sanitation of water and sediments. ...

Microplastics are everywhere – ANDROMEDA investigates correct detection and quantification in the sea

Added on: 2020-06-18
Plastic litter is a worldwide problem. Once in the environment, the plastic crumbles into smaller particles. Also through the use of synthetic clothing and cosmetics, abrasive paint layers and car tires, etc. small plastic particles are released. They end up in the air, water and soil. And ultimately also in the sea. Detection and quantification of the smallest fraction of plastics - the so-called micro- and nanoplastics - remains a major challenge for researchers. Because how do you count and measure these small plastic particles if they are all around you and contamination is appropriate? The ANDROMEDA research project takes up the challenge. ...

In search of bioactive compounds in organisms from the Belgian North Sea

Added on: 2020-06-02
The marine environment offers a wide variety of organisms. All of them can contain potentially interesting bioactive compounds. Under the motto “who does not seek, does not find”, the PROBIO project aims to intensively screen a selection of marine organisms from Belgian waters for potentially interesting bioactive molecules. The research consortium aims to provide an essential knowledge base for commercial applications in various sectors. ...

VLIZ and corona COVID-19

Added on: 2020-06-01
To contain the second corona wave, VLIZ is taking measures. Visitors are temporarily not allowed in the offices of VLIZ, including the library. The Marine Station Ostend is exceptionally accessible to third parties, but only by appointment. Most of our employees work from home, but they remain accessible. The VLIZ offices, including the library and the Marine Station Ostend, are currently only open to visitors by appointment. Many employees regularly work from home to respect the measures, but they remain available. ...