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FLANDERS MARINE INSTITUTE - MARINE STATION OSTEND (VLIZ)

Overview

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) acts as the coordination and information platform for marine and coastal-related scientific research in Flanders and serves as an international contact point. The Marine Station Ostend (MSO) is part of VLIZ and provides ASSEMBLE Plus TA services. The MSO is the satellite laboratory by the sea for all Flemish marine scientists and is used within the scope of the European infrastructure networks LifeWatch, ICOS and EMBRC. The MSO is housed in four former warehouses at the Halve Maan site on the Ostend east bank, very close to the VLIZ buildings. The MSO provides access to the Belgian part of the North Sea.

 

Ecosystems

  • Ecosystems of the Southern Bight of the North Sea, Eastern Channel and Westerschelde estuary
  • Coastal soft and hard substrata
  • Coastal dunes and sandy shores

 

Ecosystem access

  • RV Simon Stevin, a multidisciplinary research vessel for marine research in the Southern Bight of the North Sea and eastern part of the English Channel
  • ROV Genesis, deployable down to 1400m, which can be launched from the RV Simon Stevin
  • Smaller research vessels

 

Biological resources

  • VLIZ offers access to its microbial biobank and environmental DNA biobank

 

Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • The MSO includes multifunctional laboratories: a wet and a dry biological laboratory, and a molecular and chemistry laboratory
  • Storage depot for research equipment
  • Space for public activities
  • Cold store containing three water tanks for marine organisms
  • Storage space for data and research equipment
  • Core repository and a cold store (dimensions: 12 x 6 x 3m) for storing drill cores
  • A technical workshop to maintain ROV Genesis and other VLIZ equipment

 

Associated services

 

MSO does not offers on-site accommodation, but Ostend has numerous hotels and restaurants.

 

Acronym: 
VLIZ and MSO
Address: 
Halve Maan site
Slipwaykaai 2
8400 Oostende
Belgium
E-mail: 
Liaison officer: Klaas Deneudt (klaas.deneudt@vliz.be)

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