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Prof. Dr. Carlos Duarte receives the first Carlo Heip Award for biodiversity research

Added on: 2018-05-17
At the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Montreal (Canada), Prof. Dr. Carlos M. Duarte received the first Carlo Heip International Award for outstanding accomplishments in marine biodiversity science. Carlos Duarte is a worldwide leading authority on the ecology of seagrasses and is considered one of the most versatile aquatic ecologist of his generation. ...

Blue Accelator test platform near Oostende, Belgium as test lab for new developments in blue energy

Added on: 2018-05-11
With the approval of the Blue Accelerator project by the Flemish government, the starting shot was given to the development of a maritime test platform in the Belgian part of the North Sea, 500 meters outside the port of Ostend. This new innovation and development platform will serve as a 'living lab' to perform tests in the context of the expansion of Blue Energy projects (offshore wind energy, and wave and tidal energy) and the broader blue economy. After all, for the efficient research on technological developments it is extremely necessary to be able to scale up and test these in real-life sea conditions. The Blue Accelerator platform meets these needs of scientific institutions and maritime companies. ...

New animation shows story behind prehistoric drowned landscapes and fossils in the Belgian North Sea

Added on: 2018-05-11
The latest VLIZ animation film shows how our coastal zone and the North Sea must have looked like in a far and very distant past, which animals lived there and to what extent these landscapes were used by humans. The short film also indicates the marine research that is being carried out to unravel the story behind these submerged prehistoric landscapes and buried fossils. Also how this knowledge can guide the maritime industry and policy makers during major infrastructure works to prevent damage to the archaeological interesting material. ...

Go-ahead for new spearhead cluster on blue economy

Added on: 2018-04-20
The Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship agency gave the green light to a new spearhead cluster on "blue economy". This Blue Cluster must focus on partnerships between knowledge institutions, government institutions and companies, and develop innovative projects that appeal to the economic potential of our North Sea. VLIZ played its role as a contact point for the marine research landscape and was responsible for ensuring the scientific substantiation of the application. ...

Exhibition "1914-18 - The Battle of the North Sea" takes a look at submarine warfare from WWI

Added on: 2018-04-19
On Monday 23 April the long-awaited exhibition “1914-18 - The Battle of the North Sea” opens its doors to the public. This expo commemorates the U-boat peril from World War Iand the British response to it – the raids on Zeebrugge and Ostend. Housed in the Provincial Palace in the historic heart of Bruges (Belgium) the exhibition brings the gripping story of the U-boat threat on the North Sea. On display will be many special artifacts, among others a previously undisplayed collection of Victoria Crosses (medals awarded for bravery) and unique remains of the recently-discovered wreck of the German submarine UB-29. ...

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