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VLIZ Awards for Marine Sciences: call 2018 launched

Added on: 2018-10-09
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 15 December, candidates for the VLIZ North Sea Award, VLIZ Master Thesis Awards and VLIZ Bachelor Thesis Award can register for the 2018 call. The award ceremony will take place on the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2019 on Wednesday 13 March 2019 in Bredene, Belgium. ...

VLIZ and LifeWatch Belgium brought together 170 marine biologists from 25 countries on EMBS53 in Ostend

Added on: 2018-10-03
From 17 to 21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute and LifeWatch Belgium organized the 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium. Five days full of presentations on historical, contemporary and future marine biological research. With talks and posters divided into four major themes: 'Science in a historical perspective', 'Science in the North Sea', 'Science in the modern era' and 'Citizen Science'. An information market by marine organizations and companies, an excursion to Het Zwin or the historic city center of Bruges, and many networking moments completed the program for the 170 marine biologists from 25 countries. ...

VLIZ Marine Robotics Center presented at technology festival SuperNova

Added on: 2018-10-01
In the weekend of 29 and 30 September, the Flanders Marine Institute was present at SuperNova in Antwerp, Belgium. Our booth was announced as one of the highlights of the festival. Young and old could get acquainted with our marine robotics and even pilot a mini underwater robot themselves. ...

Fifty-fold increase of microplastics in the ocean by 2100

Added on: 2018-09-12
In 2100, a cubic meter of ocean water will contain 10 to 50 free-floating particles of microplastic, or fifty times more than today. Although these average concentrations are significantly lower than the safe concentrations for oceanic ecosystems (i.e. 6650 plastic particles per m3), local exceedings of this threshold are already possible. Coastal seabeds and beaches threaten to contain ecologically harmful concentrations. The Flemish Institute for the Sea (VLIZ) investigated the problem in collaboration with the University of Ghent and the University of Wageningen. Their findings were recently published in the Environmental Pollution journal. ...

How to inventory the names of all species on Earth

Added on: 2018-09-12
Marine biologists say they have demonstrated an e-solution to the management of the millions of names of animals and plants on Earth that other biologists could adopt. ...

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