EMBS53: a strong scientific programme and many networking opportunities for marine biologists. Photo: VLIZ
The general aim of the EMBS symposium series is to put European marine biological sciences in the spotlight and give it international visibility. But the goal is just as much to strengthen the network, through a strong scientific program and social side events such as excursions and the Yellow Submarine competition (playful competition between national teams).
After a first edition in 1966 in Helgoland, the EMBS was organized annually since by 20 different European countries. In 2018, VLIZ and LifeWatch Belgium put their back into the organization of the 53rd edition, 43 years after a former edition in Ostend (1975).
The scientific presentations (5 keynote speakers, 60 oral presentations and 51 posters) were concentrated in four major symposium themes: 'Science in a historical perspective', 'Science in the North Sea', 'Science in modern times' and 'Citizen Science'.
The research using the virtual biodiversity laboratory of LifeWatch was discussed extensively at the symposium, with various presentations and live demonstrations of equipment in the information market.
The scientific contributions of EMBS53 will be published in a Special Issue from JMBA (Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom) with Pascal Hablützel of VLIZ as guest editor.
Posthumous sniffing up the atmosphere of EMBS53? Watch the photo gallery
on the VLIZ website, and the live reporting on Twitter @EMBSsymposium
or via the hashtag #EMBS53
. The programme
and abstract book
can be consulted via the symposium website
In the meantime, did you become interested in participating in next editions of the European Marine Biology Symposium? In 2019 #EMBS54
will be present in Dublin, Ireland between 25 and 29 August, where themes such as 'Blue growth', 'Rapid Change', 'Fundamental bio traits' and 'Species movement' will be dealt with. In 2020 #EMBS55
will go to Gdansk (Poland), and in 2021 #EMBS56
to Bilbao (Spain). Note them in your agenda and keep an eye on the social media channels of the @EMBSsymposium for more news!