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VLIZ Awards for Marine Sciences: call 2020 launched

Added on: 2020-07-06
To recognize the work of meritorious marine researchers, encourage them to continue doing this in the future, and promote marine scientific research in Flanders: that is what the Flanders Marine Institute wants to achieve with its annual science awards. Until 13 December, candidates for the VLIZ North Sea Award, VLIZ Master Thesis Awards and VLIZ Professional Bachelor Thesis Award can register for the 2020 call. The award ceremony will take place on the VLIZ Marine Science Day 2021 on Wednesday 3 March 2021 in De Grote Post, Ostend, Belgium. ...

Construction of the InnovOcean Campus in Ostend officially started

Added on: 2020-07-02
On 30 June Flemish Minister of Economy, Innovation and Agriculture Hilde Crevits laid the symbolic foundation stone of the new InnovOcean Campus. By the end of 2022, this state-of-the-art and energy efficient building will be the new accommodation for the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and its (inter)national partners, where we will co-house with the Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (ILVO). The brand new building in Ostend should boost marine research. The construction of the campus involves an investment of 20 million euros. ...

Green light for PLUXIN project: mapping and remediating plastic pollution in rivers

Added on: 2020-06-19
The amount of plastic in rivers and the ocean is increasing all the time. Within the frame of the PLUXIN project, Flemish scientists, entrepreneurs and The Blue Cluster are joining forces to map the plastics transported to the sea via ports and rivers, using innovative and automatic detection methods. The ultimate goal is to provide solutions and to set up pioneering commercial initiatives in Flanders in the plastic sanitation of water and sediments. ...

Microplastics are everywhere – ANDROMEDA investigates correct detection and quantification in the sea

Added on: 2020-06-18
Plastic litter is a worldwide problem. Once in the environment, the plastic crumbles into smaller particles. Also through the use of synthetic clothing and cosmetics, abrasive paint layers and car tires, etc. small plastic particles are released. They end up in the air, water and soil. And ultimately also in the sea. Detection and quantification of the smallest fraction of plastics - the so-called micro- and nanoplastics - remains a major challenge for researchers. Because how do you count and measure these small plastic particles if they are all around you and contamination is appropriate? The ANDROMEDA research project takes up the challenge. ...

In search of bioactive compounds in organisms from the Belgian North Sea

Added on: 2020-06-02
The marine environment offers a wide variety of organisms. All of them can contain potentially interesting bioactive compounds. Under the motto “who does not seek, does not find”, the PROBIO project aims to intensively screen a selection of marine organisms from Belgian waters for potentially interesting bioactive molecules. The research consortium aims to provide an essential knowledge base for commercial applications in various sectors. ...

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