Science Communication division | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research

Science Communication division

The Science Communication division aims to share knowledge with people fascinated by the sea. We try to achieve this objective by disclosing high-quality marine information to very diverse target groups (young & old, professionals & the general public, local & international, research & education) and in different formats.

The Science Communication division watches over the implementation of a consistent and high-impact VLIZ communication strategy on the basis of a Communication Plan (2012-2015). In addition, the Science Communication division aims to make reliable marine and coastal research visible in Flanders and beyond. This is done through the VLIZ Info Desk, the production of publications, the (co-)organisation of events, the development of educational tools and multimedia, and contacts with the press.


  • Publication of the six-monthly magazine De Grote Rede, the free information magazine on the sea and coast, for nearly all sections of the population (circulation of 10 000 copies).
  • Coordination of and daily dissemination of information through the VLIZ website as well as the digital Testerep magazine.
  • Annual publication of the Zeekrant for the general public (circulation of 75 000 copies) and the VLIZ annual report.
  • Ad hoc development of, or contribution to, various books, reports, etc.
  • The (co-)organisation – in association with the Coordination division – of dozens of events (symposia, meetings, workshops, seminars, press conferences, etc.) each year, including the 'VLIZ Marine Science Day' and an action within the scope of World Oceans Day.
  • Participation in public events with a VLIZ stand (Science Day, Ostend at Anchor, etc.).
  • Responding to requests for marine information and taking care of explanatory presentations for the public at large (VLIZ Info Desk).
  • Specific communication concerning the operation of RV Simon Stevin, Marine Robotics Centre and the Ostend Marine Station; as well about the activities and results of the Research division of VLIZ.
  • Providing targeted information and support to education and guide associations through the organisation of seminars and workshops, the production of teaching materials and the development of innovative learning platforms (Planet Ocean).
  • Contributing nationally and internationally to better and creative marine communication and education (incl. Ocean Literacy, new media and creative VLIZ projects).
  • Taking care of contacts with the press including spokesmanship.
  • Watching over the corporate identity and a consistent VLIZ branding.

Staff members:

Head of divisional, press contact and spokesperson: Jan Seys

Staff members