Timeline | Flanders Marine Institute

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Platform for marine research


Interactive timeline

Would you like to know exactly what Alphonse Renard was working on in 1891, when Belgium joined the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, how many years the light ship 'West-Hinder’ was used for scientific observations or which Belgian marine researcher became director of the Royal Museum of Natural History in Brussels in 1909? Then be sure to visit our interactive timeline, which gathers some 500 years of history of the Belgian marine sciences. You can simply scroll through the centuries, decades and months, but the search- and highlight-features also make it possible to search for more specific information. By selecting the available themes at the bottom of the timeline, you can further filter the data. All entries are linked to their original sources, which are often available online.

Infographic history Belgian marine research

A general overview of the principal researchers, stations and institutes, research vessels and milestones of the history of the Belgian marine research, is available on this infographic (© Scigrades).

History of marine research in Flanders in a nutshell

This illustrated timeline covering some highlights of marine research in Flanders is displayed at the Marine Station Ostend, but you can also get acquainted with the story here (in Dutch).