The 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium, organised by LifeWatch Belgium and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend (Belgium, 17th to 21st September 2018), witnessed a great success with the participation of 169 researchers and academics from 25 different countries.
LifeWatch-ERIC was deeply involved in the symposium, first of all thanks to its Belgian National Node, which co-organised the event, and to the participation of many members of the broader LifeWatch-ERIC marine community who actively took part, such as LifeWatch Greece.
Many the researches and key scientists from LifeWatch-ERIC who intervened during the symposium, making clear how large Research Infrastructures such as LifeWatch-ERIC have a pivotal role to play by empowering research with the potential of ICT resources, tools and virtual research environments, paving the way for an unprecedented progress to a better and evidence-based science, in support of the need for bigger and more diverse data and advanced models, allowing to reach new frontiers by ground-breaking research in the marine biology domain.
The "Science in a modern era" session focused exactly on these issues, featuring Christos Arvanitidis and Francisco Hernandez (Scientific responsible for LifeWatch Greece and LifeWatch Belgium, respectively) as its chairmen, and counted many oral communications from the LifeWatch-ERIC community. LifeWatch-ERIC was also featured in the "Science from a historical perspective" session and in the "Science in the North Sea" session.
In parallel, LifeWatch Belgium exhibition booth allowed demonstrations of several infrastructure components of the Belgian marine LifeWatch observatory, such as plankton imaging devices, acoustic detection devices and the innovative underwater tripod with acoustic release system.
Should you wish to find out more about the symposium, information, abstract book and presentations are available on the conference website (http://www.embs53.org).
In 2019, the 54th EMBS will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 25th to 29th August (www.embs54.org).