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Overview of projects with VLIZ participation

VLIZ is a complementary and strong partner in national and international projects. By deploying the Marine Robotics Center, the RV Simon Stevin research vessel, various lab facilities at the Ostend Marine Station, making available our unique data systems, as well as the expertise developed in the Research division, VLIZ is participating in a variety of projects as listed below (situation from 2018 onwards). Consult the project list period 2000-2018 if you are looking for projects that were running before.

Dag van de Wetenschap (DvdW)

The annual Science Day is an initiative of the Flemish Government, coordinated by Technopolis and organised in cooperation with the association of the Flemish universities, scientific institutes, museums, companies and federations.

STEM4sea, de zee als context voor STEM educatie in het basisonderwijs (STEM4sea)

VLIZ is developing, in partnership with the St.Lodewijkscollege primary school in Bruges, a set of STEM activities on ocean topics for teachers in primary education.

Oceanographic drivers of the heat exchange at the front of Store Glacier

Glacial ocean interaction has been identified as an important driver in the hydrography and hydrodynamics of glacial fjords. This project studies a fjord with a large tidewater glacier with relatively simple topography. The glacier is characterized by a limited ice melange and therefore moorings can be placed close (


Ocean Learning Communities (OLCs) will be developed that will co-design solutions for ocean problems at a regional scale and share it at the European level.


Dit burgerwetenschapsproject stimuleert burgers om schelpen te monitoren aan de Belgische kust. Een communicatietool wordt ontwikkeld dat alle nuttige info en data van SeaWatch-B, de Grote Schelpenteldagen en de nieuwe info uit Vinger@deSchelp bundelt en deelt met het publiek.

Blue-Cloud: Piloting innovative services for Marine Research & the Blue Economy (Blue-Cloud)

The project implements a practical approach to address the potential of cloud based open science to achieve a set of services to build and demonstrate the Pilot Blue Cloud as a thematic EOSC cloud to support ocean research through a set of five pilot Blue-Cloud demonstrators.
4 Decades of Belgian Marine monitoring: uplifting historical data to today's needs

4 Decades of Belgian Marine monitoring: uplifting historical data to today's needs (4Demon)

Historical data are essential for understanding long-term changes in the quality of the marine environment. The 4DEMON project will centralise, integrate and valorise data compiled during expeditions in the BCS over the last four decades, forming an important Belgian scientific heritage. DEMON will focus on data on contaminants, eutrophication and ocean acidification processes.
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Expo Operatie Noordzee 1944-45

Expo in Seafront Zeebrugge about the liberation of Walcheren on November 1, 1944 by Canadian, Polish, British, French, Norwegian, Dutch and Belgian troops. Project in collaboration with War Heritage Institute, Westtoer, the Flemish government and the National Lottery.

COST - A pan-European Network for Marine Renewable Energy (WECANET)

A pan-European Network with a focus on an interdisciplinary marine wave energy approach that will contribute to large-scale WEC Array deployment by dealing with the current bottlenecks.
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COST-Oceans Past Platform (OPP)

OPP aims to measure and understand the significance and value to European societies of living marine resource extraction and production to help shape the future of coasts and oceans. The Action asks when, how and with what socio-economic, political, cultural and ecological implications humans have impacted marine life, primarily in European seas in the last two millennia.

Implementing EOSC: ESFRI driven Open Science (EOSC ESFRI RDM)

This project will build experience and knowledge and expedite adoption of the VSC cloud resources by other scientific domains. This will allow the ESFRIs to provide services to their communities within the context of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). This project brings together two institutes (VIB and VLIZ) coordinating ESFRIs that have not yet collaborated on Flemish level. This project will explore synergy in research infrastructure and explore related collaborations within Flanders.

Improving atmospheric correction and aquatic particle retrieval with bidirectional remote sensing data (AQUALOOKS)

The project will develop "multilook" satellite missions and involves a further development of the autonomous radiometer platform PANTHYR that VLIZ designed and developed for the HYPERMAQ project

BANOS CSA ‘Towards a Baltic and North Sea research and innovation programme’ (BANOS CSA)

The BANOS CSA overarching objective is to create the necessary conditions for durable coordination of research and innovation efforts in the Baltic Sea and North Sea region by preparing a framework for launching a joint Baltic Sea and the North Sea research and innovation programme. BANOS CSA is coordinated by BONUS EEIG (TFEU Art. 185) and represents the leading research and innovation funders of the EU member states and associated states surrounding the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
Eurofleets plus


The project 'Eurofleets+', coordinated by MI (ireland), brings more than 20 scientific institutions together to take the next steps towards a coordinated European research fleet and associated infrastructure.
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ICOS Belgium

Integrated Carbon Observing System (ICOS.be)

ICOS will provide the long-term observations required to understand the present state and predict future behavior of the global carbon cycle and greenhouse gas emissions
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Hyperspectral and multi-mission high resolution optical remote sensing of aquatic environments (HyperMaq)

The advent of spaceborne hyperspectral instruments offers the potential to yield more information on aquatic particles. The HYPERMAQ will develop algorithms to retrieve information on particle size and type and where possible algae species. Fieldwork to validate these algorithms will be made. Continuous measurements will also be made for satellite product validation, supported by the design of an autonomous rotating hyperspectral spectroradiometer system.

Experimental Approaches towards Future Sustainable Use of North Sea Artificial Hard Substrates (PERSUADE)

PERSUADE zal nagaan hoe de installatie van windmolenparken, via de gekoppelde veranderingen in biodiversiteit (kolonisatie door fouling fauna, veranderingen in bodembewonende gemeenschappen) de lokale stikstofcyclus gaat beïnvloeden. Daarnaast zal worden nagegaan wat het effect is van klimaatsverandering, al dan niet gecombineerd met de introductie van aquacultuur, op het functioneren van kustecosystemen.
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European Marine Biological Resource Centre - Belgium (EMBRC.be)

EMBRC is European distributed Research Infrastructure of state-of-the-art research and training facilities at leading marine research stations. EMBRC will provide academia and Industry with access to marine biodiversity, its associated meta-data and extractable products. Services will include access to species (models), biobanks, ‘omics’ platforms, structural biology and imaging facilities.
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Creating negative CO2 emissions via enhanced silicate weathering (ESW)

This project will tackle the problem of climate stabilization by examining the feasibility of a innovative negative emission technology: enhanced silicate weathering (ESW) integrated into coastal zone management. The goal is to perform basic research into efficiency, co-benefits and environmental impact of the technique, in order to examine if and how it can be developed into a sustainable and cost-effective approach for creating negative emissions.

VLIZ Alien Species Consortium

The project aims to publish up to date fact sheets about alien species in the Belgian part of the North Sea and Scheldt Estuary in cooperation with experts.

Lead Alternative Fishing Weights

This project aims to test lead alternative fishing weights (cf. Programme of measures MSFD, 29D) in cooperation with the recreational fishing community.


AQUA-LIT will provide the aquaculture sector with a toolbox & database addressing the 3 main components of marine littering: prevention and reduction, monitoring and quantification, and removal and recycling. AQUA-LIT will assess the current policies and give policy recommendations for better decision-making in the aquaculture sector.
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Collaborative land sea integration platform (COASTAL)

COASTAL is a multi-actor project engaging stakeholders to develop practical business opportunities and policy solutions by improved coastal-rural collaboration. This is done by combining local and expert knowledge in a co-creation process.
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Study of the marine scientific landscape in Flanders/Belgium

One of the key tasks of the VLIZ is the continuous mapping of the marine scientific landscape in Flanders/Belgium. This is achieved through the Integrated Marine Information System IMIS, through inquiry (supplement and update IMIS) and targeted questioning regarding the funding of the marine scientific research.

Historical maps of the coastal zone (HisGISKust)

In HisGISKust, historical maps from the 16th, 17th and 18th century with specific information about the Belgian coast and/or the Scheldt are digitally disclosed. The maps are georeferenced in order to visualise and compare them in a standardised way. Derived products and metadata of the maps are made available to end users in open access.
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Genetic tool for Ecosystem health Assessment in the North Sea region (GEANS)

GEANS aims to harmonize and consolidate existing DNA-based methods, to ensure their application for assessing ecosystem health in the North Sea environment. The compilation of a DNA sequence reference library will be set-up, current methods will be optimized and standardised, genetic indicators developed, and a roadmap for management implementation will be provided. This will enable policymakers to adapt their management strategies in order to improve or conserve the quality of the environment.
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ENVironmental Research Infrastructures building Fair services Accessible for society, Innovation and Research (ENVRI FAIR)

ENVRI-FAIR is the connection of the ESFRI Cluster of Environmental Research Infrastructures (ENVRI) to the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). Participating research infrastructures (RI) of the environmental domain cover the subdomains Atmosphere, Marine, Solid Earth and Biodiversity / Ecosystems. The overarching goal is for the RI’s to build a set of FAIR data services that enhance the efficiency and productivity of researchers, support innovation and enable data- and knowledge-based decisions.

Providing an open collaborative space for digital biology in Europe (EOSC-LIFE)

EOSC-Life brings together the 13 Biological and Medical ESFRI research infrastructures (BMS RIs) to create an open collaborative space for digital biology. The project is a response to the challenge of analysing and reusing the prodigious amounts of data produced by life-science. By publishing data and tools in a Europe-wide cloud EOSC-Life aims to raise capabilities to the wider research community.
Assemble Plus

Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded (ASSEMBLE+)

ASSEMBLE+ relates to the work program topic INFRAIA-01-2016-2017 (Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities). The project directly addresses the specific challenge of this work program topic as the consortium mobilizes the main marine biological stations from the 9 current national nodes of EMBRC as well as from 7 additional member states in order to integrate and jointly develop them to provide coordinated access to the services they offer to public and private sector European researchers
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PC4C- Impact of airgun sound exposure on fish: integrating population-level modelling and collection of empirical data (PCAD4COD)

The PCAD4COD project is an integrated set of studies into the impact of airgun sounds on fish by modelling energy-flow, individual behaviour and population dynamics as well as collecting field data on behaviour, physiology, growth and maturation. In addition, sound field properties in terms of sound pressure and particle motion will be thoroughly measured and modelled for the field studies.

Regional Lifewatch Node - Marine and terrestrial observatories, models and data systems. (LIFEWATCH.BE)

LifeWatch is a distributed virtual laboratory and will be used for biodiversity research, for climatological and environmental impact studies. This large European research infrastructure (ESFRI) consists of several biodiversity observatories, databases, web services and modelling tools. With the regional node, VLIZ coordinates the Flemish contribution to LifeWatch in collaboration with INBO.
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Veldstages lerarenopleiding

VLIZ organizes (multi-day) field trips and workshops for students in teacher training in marine ecology.

Zeebad bijscholing leerkrachten

Zeebad is an initiative of VLIZ with the aim of transferring knowledge about the sea and marine research between marine researchers and teachers.
Planeet Zee


Planet Sea is the result of VLIZ's mission to provide scientific information about the sea and to make marine research visible in education. Planet Sea is VLIZ's educational website that consists of teaching materials, lab excersises and fieldwork.

Concours Olivier Roelinger

Annual international cooking contest for young professional chefs and cooks in training. They are encouraged to work with sustainable seafood. VLIZ contributes to the communication and judging. Organized by Ethic Ocean, Ferrandi Paris and international partners.
CSA Oceans 2

Coordination action in support of the implementation of the Joint Programming Initiative on 'Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans' (CSA Oceans 2)

CSA Oceans 2 aims to facilitate and support the implementation of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans. CSA Oceans 2 will link closely with the JPI Oceans structures and involve them in the CSA activities.
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ScheldeMonitor: knowledge and information system for research and monitoring on the Scheldt Estuary (ScheldeMonitor)

The ScheldeMonitor is a Flemish-Dutch knowledge and information system for research and monitoring in the Scheldt estuary. This portal gives you an overview of publications, institutions, projects, datasets, ... Related to the research and monitoring in the Scheldt estuary and provides access to measurements and data products such as maps, charts and indicators.
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Research on the environmental effects of the Sigma plan (OMES)

Multidisciplinary monitoring program of the Zeeschelde sponsored by Waterwegen en Zeekanaal and executed by the OMES consortium since 1995. Different components of the ecosystem are sampled: water quality, carbon cycle, phytoplankton, microphytobenthos, zooplankton, primary productivity and sedimentology.
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New Strategies for monitoring and risk assessment of Hazardous chemicals in the marine (NewSTHEPS)

In this research project, novel and integrated passive sampler (PS)-based approaches (modelling and measurements) will be developed for both chemical exposure (monitoring) and biological effect assessment (passive dosing). Through the use of a broader array of PS techniques, applicable in a wide polarity range, the project will focus on the quantitation of an extended set of priority and emerging organic micropollutants and metals (targeted approach).


Het kustplatform is een platform voor informatie over kust en zee. Het is de bedoeling van dit platform om te fungeren als portaal en overzicht te bieden en door te verwijzen naar gedetailleerde informatie rond specifieke thema's.

INTERcomparison of TIDal Estuaries in NW Europe (INTERTIDE)

INTERTIDE is focused on an inter-estuarine comparison of abiotic and biotic parameters, to get insight in fundamental relations underlying the development of these systems.

The Algal Microbiome: Friends and Foes (ALFF)

ALFF is a research project enabling 15 PhD grants, and focusing on the interaction of algae with microbiota. VLIZ-Communication explores, as a subpartner of University Ghent, how it can create an interaction between the scientists and non-scientists with a multimedia background.
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Studie- en trefdag voor Kustgidsen (Kustgidsendag)

Annual networking day for coastal guides, organized by the Province of West-Flanders and VLIZ.


SeaWatch-B trains citizens in how to monitor the ecological status of the Belgian part of the North Sea. Ten standardized measurements (e.g. t°, human presence, abundance jellyfish-lugworms-shells-fish-crustaceans, archeological finds, trash) are done on fixed beach transects during this citizen science initiative from 2015 onwards. At present 20 SeaWatchers are active on our beaches.
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International Ocean Literacy Survey (IOLS)

The University of Berkley (US) is currently preparing a forth International Ocean Literacy survey. This survey will examine how 16-18 year old students are informed about the ocean and its characteristics. Belgium takes part in this survey through VLIZ. VLIZ has also played a role in developing and translating the survey through its connections with the global OL community.
Expo slag om de Noordzee

Expo: WOI - Battle for the North Sea

This exhibition at the Provincial Court (Bruges, Market Square; 21-4 till 31-8-2018) focusses on World War I and the role the sea has played during this period. This event is organized in cooperation with touristic partners (Tourism Flanders et al) and a steering group of WWI experts including the Bruges Musea, the Governor of the Province of West-Flanders, curator Tomas Termote, the War Heritage Museum, etc. Additional sponsoring is secured from several private and governmental partners.

Optimizing and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (ATLANTOS)

The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely-coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System (IAOOS), by defining requirements andsystems design, improving the readiness of observing networks and data systems, and engaging stakeholders around the Atlantic.
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SeaDataCloud - Further developing the pan-European infrastructure for marine and ocean data management (SeaDataCloud)

SeaDataCloud aims at considerably advancing SeaDataNet services and increasing their usage, adopting cloud and HPC technology for better performance. More users will be engaged and for longer sessions by including advanced services in a Virtual Research Environment.
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Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observatories (Jerico-Next)

The JERICO-NEXT project aims to expand the pan-European network of marine observatories developed in the JERICO FP7 project by adding new innovative infrastructure, as well as by integrating biogeochemical and biological observations. The main objective is to provide researchers with high-quality continuous and more valuable coastal data linking physical and biological information.
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European Marine Observation and Data Network - Central Portal (EMODnet Central Portal)

Construction of the Central Portal of EMODnet providing access to the thematic data proudcts of EMODnet and providing services to increase the usage of the EMODnet data and data products.

European Marine Observation and Data Network - Data ingestion (EMODnet Data ingestion)

The EMODnet Data Ingestion portal aims at streamlining the data ingestion process so that data holders from public and private sectors that are not yet connected to the existing marine data management infrastructures can easily release their data for safekeeping and subsequent distribution through EMODnet. This will enrich the total offer for all types of users and conform to the EMODnet motto 'collect data once and use it many times'.
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European Marine Observation and Data Network - Chemical Lot (EMODnet Chemistry)

VLIZ is part of the consortium that submitted a proposal to DG MARE in July 2016 for a third phase of EMODNET Chemistry.
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European Marine Observation and Data Network- Biology (EMODnet Biology)

The European Marine Data and Observation Network (EMODnet) aims to develop a system to make marine data available in support of scientists, policy makers and other end-users, within the framework of the new European maritime policy. VLIZ coordinates this project of 24 European partners and develops an online data portal.
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Tracking Invasive Alien Species (TrIAS)

The establishment of a data mobilization framework for alien species (AS) data from diverse data sources. The establishment of a Belgian AS-checklist and development of AS-indicators and data-driven procedures for risk evaluation based on risk modelling, risk mapping and risk assessment.
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Recreatieve zeevisserijmonitoring

Marine recreational fisheries monitoring (RecVis)

Development and implementation of a protocol for systematic monitoring of the marine recreational fisheries sector in Belgium (fishing effort, geographical positioning, catches, etc.).
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Climate Resilient Coast (CREST)

The CREST project aims to increase the knowledge of coastal processes (waves, tides, sediment transport, wind … ) near the coast and on land and this within the framework of coastal safety.
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