Animal Movement and Biologging

Online, 22 March 20240

This workshop is part of a series dedicated to our thematic services. For more information, visit the dedicated minisite. To register, please fill out this form.

Agenda

  • 10:00 | Introduction LifeWatch Thematic Core Service (TCS) by Alberto Basset (LifeWatch Service Center)
  • 10:20 | Defining the scope of the TCS Taxonomy Services by Jan Reubens (LifeWatch Belgium) + Discussion
  • 10:30 | What is already in place in terms of services (within and outside of LifeWatch)? – Compiled presentation based on received input
  • 11:00 | What are the needs and requirements from the community or how can we identify these? – Discussion on stakeholders to involve
  • 11:30 | How can we further integrate this in the infrastructure? – Discussion
  • 11:45 | How to organize this TCS-community interaction for the future? – Discussion
  • 12:00 | Closing the meeting

LifeWatch Thematic Services Workshop – Taxonomy Services

Brussels, Belgium, 30 January 2024

We are pleased to announce the start of the LifeWatch ERIC Thematic Services Workshops. 

The kick-off Workshop, focusing on the Taxonomy Thematic Services, has been proposed and organised by LifeWatch Belgium in collaboration with all LifeWatch Common Facilities and National Distributed Centers. The workshop will be held in Brussels on January 30th, concurrently with the LifeWatch Belgium Biodiversity Day. The workshop also launches the constitution of LifeWatch ERIC Working Groups on the Thematic Services, engaging participants from all LifeWatch National Distributed Centers and Common Facilities in an open discussion on the current state of the Taxonomy Services, their actual matching with the scientific community needs and requirements and the approaches and priorities of the Taxonomy Services’ Working Group for further integration and improvement of LifeWatch Taxonomy Services and user engagement. The other workshop will be announced soon on our website.

To register, please fill in this form. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Leen Vandepitte.

Agenda

10:00 | Welcome
10:05 | Introduction LifeWatch Thematic Core Service (TCS) by Alberto Basset (LifeWatch Service Center).
10:20 | Defining the scope of the TCS Taxonomy Services (TCS) by Leen Vandepitte (LifeWatch Belgium) + Discussion.
10:30 | What is already in place in terms of taxonomic services (within and outside of LifeWatch)? by Stefanie Dekeyzer (LifeWatch Belgium) + Discussion.
11:00 | What are the needs and requirements from the community or how can we identify these? by Leen Vandepitte (LifeWatch Belgium) + Discussion.
11:30 | How can we further integrate this into the infrastructure? (Discussion).
11:45 | How to organize this TCS-community interaction for the future? (Discussion).
12:00 | Closing the meeting

LifeWatch Biodiversity Day – Taxonomy: The science behind species discovery

Brussels, Belgium, 30 January 2024

The LifeWatch Biodiversity Day – Taxonomy: The science behind species discovery will be held at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels.

Hendrik Segers, the Coordinator and National Focal Point to the Convention on Biological Diversity, will inaugurate the event with an insightful introduction, emphasising the significance of taxonomy for biodiversity policy.

The afternoon will be filled with captivating talks on taxonomic data systems. Peter Schalk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center will discuss the opportunities taxonomy presents in the digital age. Leen Vandepitte, the Aphia/WoRMS coordinator at Flanders Marine Institute, will throw light on the World Register of Marine Species. Koen Martens from the Institute of Natural Sciences will share his Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment expertise.

Later, the event will shift to the practical use of taxonomy for biology, distribution, and society. Fanny Douvere, Head of the Marine Programme at the World Heritage Centre, UNESCO, will discuss the combination of taxonomic information and occurrences to emphasise the importance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Victor Deklerck, Director of Science at World Forest ID, will explore the role of World Forest ID in filling the science and data gap in global supply chains.

For more information, please visit this page.

Big Seashell Survey 2023

Big Seashell Survey 2023

LifeWatch Belgium invites you on Saturday 25 March 2023 to one of the 10 coastal municipalities along the Belgian coast for the sixth Belgian Big Seashell Survey. On that day, hundreds of amateur scientists and citizens will determine which shells have washed up on the beaches. This can give us a better picture of the changes in marine life in the Belgian part of the North Sea. Like effects of climate change, human constructions, or the arrival and spreading of non-indigenous species…

You will be collecting shells, admiring them and trying to figure out what species they are. At the same time, you will also give science a boost. In each of the ten coastal municipalities, shell experts will help you collect and identify your hundred beach shells at the counting stations between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. When hundreds of enthusiasts do so, we all learn a lot more about these fascinating marine animals. Experienced or not, anyone can become a (marine) scientist for one day!

On site, there are also some fun activities tailored to children (in Dutch only). More information at www.groteschelpenteldag.be (in Dutch only).

The Big Seashell Survey goes international!

The Netherlands and northern France will also be using the same technique on Saturday 25 March. Will we find the same shells in northern France as in Belgium or the Netherlands? The Big Seashell Survey is an initiative of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Province of West Flanders, EOS magazine, the Strandwerkgroep, Natuurpunt, Kusterfgoed and the coastal municipalities.

LifeWatch ERIC BEeS Biodiversity and Ecosystem eScience Conference

Bees Conference

Seville, Spain, 22–24 May 2023.

This Biodiversity Day, don’t miss out on the LifeWatch ERIC BEes Biodiversity and Ecosystem eScience Conference “Threats and challenges to biodiversity and ecosystem conservation from an eScience perspective”.

Submit your abstracts until 30 April on the following topics: major threats to the Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem health, Macroecological and biogeographical approaches to biodiversity conservation, Ecosystem and habitat mapping, Animal biology and behavioral traits, “System of systems” biodiversity observation, Biodiversity and ecosystem responses to climate change, and finally, Natural capital and the “One Health” approach. There will also be a round table on the theme of World Biodiversity Day, moderated by LifeWatch ERIC and keynote speakers.

Visit the conference minisite to sign up and/or submit your abstract.

LifeWatch Belgium Biodiversity Day

LW BE Biodiversity Day

Brussels, Belgium, 26 January 2022.

Join LifeWatch Belgium on 26 January 2022 (09:30 – 17:00 CET) for their annual event on biodiversity, where science meets citizens, policy and industry.

The second LifeWatch Belgium Biodiversity Day (postponed from the original date in October due to strikes) will focus on biotope and habitat mapping in biodiversity and ecosystem research – this technique provides the essential data for biodiversity research and conservation. Prepare for an overview of open remote sensing data and various practical applications in the field. Ready to discover, learn, connect and be inspired?

The event takes place at the KVAB (Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts), Palace of the Academies, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels.

More information about the programme and how to register (free; before 19 January) at www.lifewatch.be.

ZEEKERWETEN

Zeekerweten

Belgian Coast, Belgium, 8 May 2022.

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), coordinator of the LifeWatch Belgium consortium, is organising – together with Natuurpunt, SciVil, Iedereen Wetenschapper and EOS Magazine and many other organisations – the first citizen science festival of the Belgian coast: ZEEKERWETEN. It is a LifeWatch Belgium initiative.

During this open-air event, citizens can discover the biodiversity of the Belgian coastal region. Together with experts, they learn tricks and tools to make the invisible life at sea, on the beach, in the dunes and elsewhere on the coast visible. By doing that, they get the chance to become a real citizen scientist.

A surprising and fascinating day for young and old, moving scientific knowledge to a higher level!

Check the practical details and the program on www.zeekerweten.be (Dutch only).

Several LifeWatch Flanders colleagues will host interesting stands with fun hands-on activities.

Start/End: Sunday, May 8, 2022 – 10:00 to 16:00

Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference II

Empowering Biodiversity Research

Tervuren, Belgium, 24–25 May 2022.

The Empowering Biodiversity Research conference, EBR II, will take place 24–25 May 2022 at the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren. It will take you on a journey into the world of biodiversity data standards and tools and will inform you on the latest developments in the world of Biodiversity Informatics, on the state-of-the-art in initiatives like GBIF, LifeWatch ERIC, DiSSCo, etc. and how you can benefit from them.

EBR II aims to build a bridge between Biodiversity informatics and its relative “Bioinformatics” and investigate what their crossover can bring to Biodiversity Research. Genomic information meets digital taxonomy.

Want to present a poster? Submit your abstract until 31 March 2022.

Find more information about the Empowering Biodiversity Research Conference on their website.

LifeWatch Belgium is one of the co-organisers and will be presenting following topics:

  • LifeWatch Belgium
  • From remote sensing and GIS to model-oriented databases
  • The LifeWatch Species Information Backbone
  • Biodiversity.aq / POLAAAR
  • BopCo
  • CATREIN
  • LifeWatch Fish Acoustic Receiver Network

In particular, LifeWatch VLIZ will be organising a workshop on Bringing Together Marine Biodiversity Environmental and Maritime Boundaries.

Venue: 
AfricaMuseum
Leuvensesteenweg
133080 Tervuren
Belgium

Registration has been prolonged until 29 April 2022 – see the EBR website for more details.

Stay tuned for another workshop in September on Research Data Management!

5th edition of the Big Seashell Survey

BigSeashellSurvey

All along the Flemish and Dutch coasts, 19 March 2022.

Who isn’t fascinated by shells on the beach? Picking up shells, admiring them and trying to find out the story behind the find. And if at all possible, to give science a helping hand at the same time. That is what the Big Seashell Survey is all about!

On Saturday 19 March 2022, the Big Seashell Survey will take place, as part of the LifeWatch Belgium programme. It is the fifth time this citizen science initiative has been organised. In each of the ten coastal municipalities, shell experts will help you collect and identify your hundred beach shells at the counting stations between 10 am and 4 pm. And if hundreds of enthusiasts do this, we all learn a lot more about these fascinating sea creatures. Experience or not, everyone can become a marine citizen scientist for a day!

For the first time this year, comparisons will be made between the shells found on Flemish beaches and those of the Netherlands. On the same day, the natural history museum Naturalis in Leiden will be holding a big seashell survey as well, on the beaches of the coastal province South Holland – as part of the event Leiden2022 – European City of Science. Are you also curious whether we will see big differences?

In addition, families with children can go to three provincial visitor centres (Duinpanne, Raversyde Anno 1465 and ZWIN Nature Park) for a playful introduction to shells (workshop in Dutch only). Afterwards, they will be fully prepared to collect and process a sample of shells at a counting station.

Find more information about this event on www.groteschelpenteldag.be (in Dutch only).

Subscribe now on the website of EOS Iedereen Wetenschapper and receive the newsletter (in Dutch only) with the necessary information and keep up to date on the results (registration is free and not obligatory).

The Big Seashell Survey is an initiative of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), EOS Wetenschap magazine, the Province of West Flanders, Natuurpunt, Strandwerkgroep, Kusterfgoed and the 10 coastal municipalities. Initiative within the framework of LifeWatch Belgium.