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Programme VMSD#23

08:30 – 09:00          Registration

09:00 – 09:05          Welcome address
                                  Jan Mees, VLIZ

09:05 – 09:35          Tree Story: The history of our world written in the rings of trees (and clams)
                                 Valerie Trouet, Belgian Climate Centre

09:35 – 10:25          Pitch presentations: pre-doc level

  • Application of QSAR models for screening of sea-dumped munition and related chemicals: the Paardenmarkt as a case study
    João Barbosa, Ghent University
  • Artificial Dunes as a Solution to Saltwater Intrusion: A Large-Scale Monitoring and Modelling Study
    Jadon Beerlandt, KU Leuven
  • Investigating spatio-temporal patterns in co-occurrence of the European seabass, the Atlantic cod and cetaceans by means of two types of acoustic technologies
    Arienne Calonge, VLIZ

  • Determining the contribution of fouling fauna to the marine organic matter pool of offshore wind farms
    Esther Cepeda Gamella, KBIN

  • How sustainable are offshore windfarms? An assessment to quantify local to global (socio-) environmental impacts of a case study in the Belgian Continental Shelf
    Laura Vittoria De Luca Peña, Ghent University

  • Higher temperatures: are fish growing faster? A case-study of Common sole in the Bay of Biscay
    Kelly Diaz, VUB

  • The importance of seedling recruitment and clonal propagation for the persistence and resilience of seagrass meadows under disturbance
    Jasper Dierick, VUB

  • Dude, where's my lobster? Perform geospatial research using a new Extended Continental Shelves data product
    Salvador Fernández, VLIZ

  • Quantifying the effect of subsea permafrost thaw on Arctic shelf dissolved inorganic carbon and alkalinity fluxes
    Alexis Geels, ULB

  • The role of bioturbation in enhanced silicate weathering in coastal sediments: a long-term mesocosm study
    Cedric Goossens, University of Antwerp

10:25 – 11:00             Coffee break

11:00 – 11:50             Pitch presentations: pre-doc level

  • Evidence for the benefits of coastal environments for human health: insights from psychophysiological measurements
    Alexander Hooyberg, VLIZ
  • Do copepods love hot tubs? About how invertebrates deal with climate change
    Lotte Janssens, Ghent University

  • Value for money: a cost-effectiveness analysis of microplastic sampling and analytics
    Nelle Meyers, Ghent University | VLIZ | ILVO

  • The different soundscapes in the Belgian Part of the North Sea
    Clea Parcerisas, VLIZ
  • Unexpectedly low organic carbon burial efficiency in anoxic sediments is linked to the absence of physical protection: lessons from the Western Gotland Basin (Baltic Sea)
    Silvia Placitu, ULB

  • A process-based model for riverine plastic fluxes: the effect of biofouling on buoyant plastic fate in the Elbe Estuary
    Wilhem Riom, KU Leuven

  • Deriving Alongshore Sediment Transport from Dredged Harbour Channels: Case-study of Blankenberge
    Bart Roest, KU Leuven

  • Are you ready for the blue transition? Increasing involvement and social acceptance for a sustainable transition at the Belgian Coast
    Marylise Schmid & Catho Vermeulen, Ghent University

  • What can Citizen Science do for You? Impact of the COLLECT Project on Ocean Literacy and Well-Being Within a North/West African and South-East Asian Context
    Marine Severin, VLIZ

  • Airborne monitoring of compliance to NOx emission regulations from ocean-going vessels in the Belgian North Sea
    Ward Van Roy, KBIN

11:50 – 12:00          Elevator poster pitches  

12:00 – 13:20         Sandwich lunch

13:20 – 13:50         Biodiversity at the brink - What do we know, and how can you help?
                               Lennert Schepers, LifeWatch Belgium

13:50 – 14:35         Interviews with the winners of the Brilliant Marine Research Idea grants 2022

  • Adding a crucial calibration step for improving Flanders salinization map
    Wouter Deleersnyder, KU Leuven - sponsored by Antea Group
  • Unravelling the architecture of Chinese mitten crab burrows using non-intrusive techniques
    Heleen Keirsebelik, University of Antwerp
  • Mangroves as a coastal defense strategy: using drones and smartphone LiDAR sensors to quantify mangrove-induced friction in flood models
    Ignace Pelckmans, University of Antwerp - sponsored by DEME nv
  • A dual ‘omics approach to tackle marine viral life history strategies
    Hisham Shaikh, VLIZ
  • Visualization of labeled nanoplastics in algae using STED microscopy and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM)
    Marie Sioen, Ghent University & University of Antwerp - sponsored by Otary
  • Response of marine microbial communities to an electrical highway shut down
    Jesper van Dijk, University of Antwerp

14:35 – 14:45         Pitches Meet the Company

14:45 – 15:45         Coffee break | Poster session | Meet the Company

15:45 – 16:05         Winners VLIZ awards 2022

  • Bachelor Thesis Award: Detection of the oyster parasites Bonamia and Marteilia in gill tissue and seawater via qPCR and dPCR
    Delphine Tanghe, HOWEST | ILVO

  • Master Thesis Award: Sharing Habitats: Killer Whales and Anthropogenic Noise
    Fabio Viotti, Ghent University

  • Master Thesis Award: Come sail your ships around me. Studying the Roman harbour infrastructure and seascape of Nea Paphos using a viewshed analysis
    Dries Vergouwen, VUB

  • North Sea Award: Temporal effects of chemical and physical stressors on marine zooplankton: a molecular approach
    Ilias Semmouri, Ghent University

16:05 – 16:30         Award ceremony

  • VLIZ Bachelor Thesis Award 2022
  • VLIZ Master Thesis Awards 2022
  • VLIZ North Sea Award 2022
  • VLIZ Philanthropy Brilliant Marine Research Idea grants 2023
  • Best predoc presentation (vote)
  • Best poster award (vote)

16:30 – 18:00         Reception