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Platform for marine research

Research framework

Since 2017, VLIZ is mandated to initiate and perform research. VLIZ aims to create an added value in the marine research landscape through multidisciplinary research activities. This by collaborating with, complementing, and strengthening other (marine) research groups in Flanders, Belgium, or abroad.

The research division developed the VLIZ research framework. It describes how research will be conducted at VLIZ and specifies the research themes we want to actively pursue.

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Through collaboration, VLIZ aims to strengthen the marine research community and to promote the accumulation of marine knowledge and excellence in marine research. Collaborations with other research groups may take various forms, depending on the needs and scale of the research activities. Examples are: 

  • collaborative applications of research infrastructure and/or data,
  • co-promotorship and/or supervision of MSc or PhD students,
  • joint development and execution of sampling campaigns or experimental design,
  • bringing together partners with complementary expertise,
  • preparing joint project proposals for external financing at national and international level.

In the research strategy six large research themes are mentioned. All themes allow for a multidisciplinary approach to fundamental as well as applied research.