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High-tech LifeWatch observatory unravels marine life in North Sea

Added on: 2018-03-07
LifeWatch Belgium, as a part of the European LifeWatch infrastructure, can be considered as a virtual laboratory for biodiversity research. With the support of Flanders to LifeWatch, VLIZ has a.o. developed a Marine Observatory. It aims to collect scientific data with innovative technology in an automated manner, and to make these data freely available to all potential users. On the one hand, several innovative devices to map phytoplankton (Flow Cytometer) and zooplankton (Video Plankton Recorder) are used during monthly campaigns in the Belgian part of the North Sea. On the other hand, four passive networks register and detect the presence of larger organisms (birds, porpoises, bats and fish) with a minimal human effort. ...

MarineRegions.org launches update register worldwide maritime borders and names

Added on: 2018-02-26
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has been investing for more than 10 years in an open source system for making maritime borders available and names underwater locations worldwide: MarineRegions.org. The download of shapefiles (polygons or polylines) and checklists of maritime and underwater locations is free for academic and educational users*. In the latest version of Marine Regions (v10), new treaties were added and the disputes known from the earlier version addressed to us were addressed. ...

Student job vacancies at VLIZ for summer 2018

Added on: 2018-02-13
Each year VLIZ recruits several students working for us in the months of July, August or September. Interested student employees may send a CV, letter of motivation and preference for period and activity or division before 16 April 2018. ...

Winners of the VLIZ Awards 2017 announced

Added on: 2018-02-13
Every year the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) honors the work of meritorious marine researchers. In this way we aim to encourage them to continue to provide high-quality scientific contributions in the future and to promote marine scientific research in Flanders and the North Sea.The winners of the North Sea Award and the Thesis Awards edition 2017 have just been announced. They will receive their prize at the VLIZ Marine Science Day on 21 March 2018. ...

Missed the EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon? Watch the aftermovie

Added on: 2018-02-09
From 15 to 17 November 2017, the very first EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon took place in the Startup Village in Antwerp. The event was organized by EMODnet, together with the R&D and innovation hub IMEC and VLIZ. Seven international teams participated in this bootcamp and competition. They were challenged to discover the potential of the open data offered by EMODnet. All of them developed innovative applications useful for citizens and companies active in the blue economy. Experience the excitement, enthusiasm and creativity during this three-day event! ...

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