The abstracts of all participants and award winners can be found in the Book of Abstracts. It gives you a nice overview of the current marine research in Flanders and surroundings.
Twenty-five contestants were invited to prepare a short pitch presentation (max. 5 minutes) for the plenary session. The others could present their work during the poster session. The audience could vote the best oral and the best scientific poster.
Top-3 pitch presentations:
1: Kim Sys - VALDUVIS, a new way of assessing and communicating the sustainability of fishing activities [pitch presentation:]
2: Lisbeth Van Cauwenberghe - Unraveling the sources of marine microplastics: your daily contribution? [pitch presentation:]
Top-3 scientific posters:
3: Bekaert Karen, Lisa Devriese, Sofie Vandendriessche, Els Vanderperren - Use of and potential biodegradable alternatives for dolly rope, a.k.a “spekking”, in Belgian fisheries 
All other posters that were delivered to us, are made available via the Open Marien Archive (OMA).
Jan Stel (Prof. Dr. Em. ’Ocean Space & Human Activity’) - Ocean Space Exploration: key to our future
Pissierssens Peter (Head, IOC Project Office for IODE & IODE Programme Manager - Coordinator, IOC Capacity Development) - Looking beyond your microscope: contributing data and information to the global community 
Meet the company:
The companies that were present during Meet the Company 2015:
- DEME - www.deme-group.com
- eCoast - www.ecoast.be
- Flanders' Maritime Cluster - www.flanders-maritime-cluster.be
- G-tec - www.g-tec.eu
- IMDC - www.imdc.be
- Jan De Nul - www.jandenul.com
- Witte Raven - www.witte-raven.be
North Sea Award 2014:
VLIZ Thesis Award for Marine Sciences 2014:
Evelien Deboelpaep (VUB - Plant Biology and Nature Management): 'Habitat availability for migratory birds in western Greece & northern Cyrenaica (Libya)' [M.Sc. scriptie:]
Thibaut Van Zwijnsvoorde (UGent - Civil Engineering Department): 'Hydrodynamics study on various design scenarios, using a physical scale model, to improve the maritime access of the port of Zeebrugge' [M.Sc. scriptie:]
VLIZ Communication Award 2015:
Jan Trachet (UGent - Historical Archaeology Research Group): Medieval Bruges and its outer ports. A landscape archaeological contribution to the Zwin-debate.
All award winners at the Young Marine Scientists' Day 2015.
More pictures of the Young Marine Scientists' Day 2015 are available in the VLIZ photo gallery.