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LifeWatch Flanders ready for the next level

The Flemish LifeWatch Consortium kicked off a new project phase on 1 January 2021, secure that additional funding had been approved to provide continuing support to biodiversity data systems and observation infrastructure. Confirmation of success in its bid for the 2020 International Research Infrastructure funding, organized by the Research Founda...

Data Archaeology: 90 new datasets for EurOBIS

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), founded in 1999, promotes marine knowledge creation and excellence through sound interdisciplinary research about the ocean, seas, coasts and tidal estuaries. Since 2012, the LifeWatch team at VLIZ has processed and digitized over 100 historical biodiversity datasets that were created by, or collected in close ...

Crowdsourcing platform for Coimbra Herbarium

The Herbarium of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2020, but it is only since 2002 that the collection has been moving online to make sure that these priceless resources will be available to future generations. As the digitisation is a painstakingly slow process, the University has developed a platform to...

Life in the North Sea is becoming more exotic

A recent study of 14 national and international institutions - the "VLIZ Alien Species Consortium" - revealed the presence of 79 exotic (alien) marine and brackish species in the Belgian part of the North Sea and the Scheldt estuary. This translates to a 15% increase in alien species in these areas over the past decade (2012-2020). An increase in i...

Communication Officer opportunity at Flanders Marine Institute

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is looking for a communicative and organizationally strong jack-of-all-trades with broad - including marine scientific - interests. These skills and enthusiasm are required to make maritime knowledge visible and to support, coordinate and develop citizen science initiatives in practice. We offer this communicati...