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VLIZ Members' Day

Every year General Director Jan Mees and his team invite all its members for a VLIZ members’ day to thank the loyal members for their years of support and to get to know our newer members better.

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VLIZ Members' Day 2022

On Friday 23 September 2022, VLIZ is organizing, for its members, a tour of the brand-new office spaces at the InnovOcean Campus. VLIZ employees will guide you through the building and inform you about the fascinating work they perform. The tour will be mainly in Dutch. More information on the Dutch page of our website.


Earlier editions

VLIZ Members' Day 2021

On Friday 17 September 2021, VLIZ organized a tour of the institute's new-build sites especially for its members. Five groups of about 50 people followed a parcours on the Oosteroever, consisting of four stops. Jan Mees welcomed the members at the InnovOcean site, the VLIZ office spaces on Wandelaarkaai. He zoomed in on the recent developments within the institute. A shuttle bus then took the members to the InnovOcean Campus under construction (Jacobsenstraat), where Tina Mertens explained the details of the new construction site. We continued the trip by bus to the Marine Station Ostend (Slipwaykaai) where Wim Versteeg and Dre Cattrijsse explained the expansion works of this site together with the brand new seawater pipeline. After that, the members returned to the Wandelaarkaai, where a visit to the VLIZ library was possible.

VLIZ Members' Day 2020

Due to the impact of covid-19 on our society, we were looking for a digital alternative to the planned VLIZ members day. On Friday 18 September, VLIZ employees, marine scientists and VLIZ members met in the virtual world. During the online VLIZ members day, VLIZ General Director Jan Mees spoke to the members and zoomed in on the 20th anniversary of VLIZ, Deputy Director Tina Mertens gave a bird's-eye view of the construction of the new VLIZ building and the developments of the Marine Station Ostend, and several BMRI laureates briefly explained the research they carried out thanks to the Brilliant Marine Research Idea grants.

VLIZ Members' Day 2019

On Friday 21 June 2019, VLIZ organized a unique event for its members in the Marine Station Ostend. The focus of this edition was on the Marine Robotics Centre and the recent developments at VLIZ. During five information sessions VLIZ collaegues talked about:

  • the expansion of VLIZ
  • the underwater robot Genesis
  • the brand-new autonomous underwater robot Barabas
  • the very special watercraft Adhemar
  • the newest educative tools on underwater robots

Pictures of the event can be consulted online on the VLIZ website at the following link.

VLIZ Members' Day 2018

The theme of this edition was VLIZ philanthropy and the projects realized thanks to donations and membership fees. Marine scientists and VLIZ staff covered the following topics:

  • SeaWatch-B and the results of the Big Shell Counting Day
  • What is the influence of sea water and sea air on our health?
  • A seabed full of electricity thanks to cable bacteria
  • The development of a test platform for antifouling paints
  • The secrets of the killer whales in Chili unraveled
  • Travel grants for promising young marine scientists from the South
  • Textile with a heart for the sea

Pictures of the event can be consulted online on the VLIZ website at the following link.

VLIZ Members' Day 2017

With the title 'Shellfish Inside Out' VLIZ welcomed its members at the Marine Station Ostend. This second edition was centered around shellfish. Marine professionals, VLIZ staff and SeaWatchers, unravelled all the secrets of the shells on our North Sea beaches. Participants could choose two workshops from a wide range of activities:

  • Seek shells on the beach under the guidance of SeaWatchers
  • Learn how to identify shells with the help of marine professionals
  • Design beach flowers with the explanation of shells as payment
  • VLIZ employees show you their work on shellfish
  • How sustainable is the consumption of shellfish?
  • Cooking with shellfish

Pictures of the event can be found on the VLIZ-website under the following link.

VLIZ Members’ Day 2016

All members were welcomed at the renewed Marine Station Ostend (MSO) at the Slipwaykaai near the site Halve Maan for a cosy and informative midsummer activity. At 19:00 the guided tours started along the Eastern Bank, an area where nature, heritage, fisheries and other maritime activities, together with residential estate are looking for a common modus vivendi. The area also harbours an interesting history of Flanders’ marine science.  Expert guides (Dutch speaking) shed more light on all these aspects, including the secrets of the military heritage (Fort Napoleon and bunkers of both World wars) present in the coastal dunes. Finally, a demo of the beach observation network 'SeaWatch-B' took place, one of the philanthropy projects set up by VLIZ through the financial support of members fees and donations. We closed off with a reception at the Marine Station Ostend.

Pictures of the event can be consulted online on the VLIZ website at the following link.