Mission & vision


Missie en visie tekst

The mission of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is clear: to strengthen science-based knowledge about our coasts, seas and the ocean and share it as widely as possible. That knowledge matters to everyone. The seas affect our lives. And we humans have an impact on the ocean, marine life and coasts. Just think about climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.  

Marine research can help in detecting changes, analysing problems and proposing solutions. To this end, the VLIZ uses new technologies, such as robotics, and focuses on innovation and valorisation. Research areas include the ocean and seas, coasts and tidal systems as well as all areas where Flemish marine scientists are or were active.

VLIZ conducts this research in an unfettered, neutral and open manner.