Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) | EMBRC

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)


Established in 1999, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is a centre for marine and coastal research in Flanders.

Mission and research:

VLIZ promotes and supports the international image of Flemish marine scientific research and international marine education. In its capacity, VLIZ supports some thousand marine scientists in Flanders by disseminating their knowledge to policymakers, educators, the general public and scientists.

As partner in various research projects and ESFRI infrastructures, VLIZ does undertake scientific tasks and contributes to knowledge gathering on a limited number of research fields including biodiversity data, historical fisheries data, setting up long term datasets on biodiversity and the coastal marine environment. VLIZ accomplished this through maintaining databases, which include WoRMS, Marine Regions, and Scheldemonitor; an onboard underway data acquisition system; a monitoring program; and a data buoy.

Marine facilities:

Marine Station Ostend.


Biological laboratory and DNA laboratory.


Coastal Research Ship Simon Stevin with underway data acquisition system, ROV Genesis, offshore data buoy, and national pool of marine scientific instruments including VPR, flow cytometer, and various biological sampling equipment.

Special partnerships:

The NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research.

Research topics: 

Coordination and information platform for marine and coastal scientific research.