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Dr Edouard Delcroix Prize

HYDRO vzw and the Flanders Marine Institute vzw (VLIZ) organise the international triennial scientific Dr Edouard Delcroix Prize, to award a scientific study on the links between ocean and human health.

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The Dr Edouard Delcroix Prize is an international scientific prize, with a value of 25 000 EUR, which will be awarded to a researcher or a research team for a scientific study on the links between ocean and human health. The prize has been established in honour of Dr Edouard Delcroix (1891-1973), Belgian orthopaedic surgeon and pioneer in thalassotherapy. A Dr Edouard Delcroix Incentive Award, with a value of 2 500 EUR, will reward for the second time the work of an early career scientist.

The aim of the Dr Edouard Delcroix Prizes is to foster fundamental and applied scientific research which makes a significant contribution to:

  • an improved understanding of the actual and potential health benefits from marine and coastal ecosystems, e.g. the “Blue Gym” effect, marine biodiscovery, thalassotherapy and functional revalidation in seawater;
  • a reduction in the burden of human diseases linked with marine environmental causes, e.g. harmful algal blooms and other biogenic toxins, eutrophication, transmission of pathogens and chemical pollutants and the impact of human activities such as aquaculture.

The leaflet of the Dr Edouard Delcroix Prize can be downloaded here.

The Dr Edouard Delcroix Prize 2019 was awarded to dr Mathew White & Blue Gym research team, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School (dr White, prof. Depledge & dr Wheeler) and University of Plymouth (prof. Pahl), on the subject “The Blue Gym 2009-2019: A decade of progress in human-marine interactions”.
The Dr Edouard Delcroix Incentive Award 2019 was awarded to dr Emmanuel Van AckerLaboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology (GhEnToxLab), Ghent University, on the subject “Biogenics in sea spray: the “new” thalassotherapy?”.

Previous laureates and prize presentations

Further information can be obtained from:
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ)
InnovOcean site
Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende, België.
Tel.: + 32-(0)59-34 21 30
Fax: + 32-(0)59-34 21 31