Great success for LifeWatch ERIC at EMBS53

The 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium, organised by LifeWatch Belgium and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend (Belgium, 17 to 21 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 LifeWatchGreece.

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 LifeWatchGreece 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.

The programme and all presented abstracts are available for download at the following address

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 (

In 2019, the 54th EMBS will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 25 to 29 August (


17–21 September 2018 (Ostend, Belgium)

From 17–21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium will be organising the 53rd edition of the European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium.

The EMBS53 Organising & Scientific Committee are pleased to welcome your abstract submissions for oral papers and scientific posters. We particularly welcome papers on ‘Marine Biology from a Historical Perspective’, ‘Science in a Modern Era’, ‘Marine and Coastal Citizen Science’ and ‘Science in the North Sea’. Submission can take place from 15 January – 15 April 2018.

Please note that no extensions to the deadline will be granted and that presenting authors are responsible for registration, travel and accommodation costs. Presenters who are unable to attend should arrange for another qualified individual to present the paper or poster in question (with notification to the Organising Committee).

We are glad to announce that the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA) kindly offers to publishing a special issue of the EMBS53 conference (October 2019). Everyone who contributes a poster or an oral presentation at the EMBS53 is invited to submit a manuscript by 7 December 2018. All manuscripts will go through a peer-review process.

Important dates

Registration & abstract submission opened: 15 January 2018
Deadline abstract submission (there will be NO extension of the deadlines): 15 April 2018
Notification on abstract acceptance: 15 May 2018
Deadline early bird registration: 31 May 2018
Deadline late registration: 31 August 2018
EMBS53: 17–21 September 2018

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