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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020's edition of the LifeWatch Users & Stakeholders Meeting happened entirely online!

On day 1 (October 15th) the Belgian LifeWatch partners brought a series of user stories, while on day 2 (October 16th), specific aspects of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure were demonstrated.



Day 1 – Thursday October 15th 2020: User stories

10:00-10:20:    General introduction LifeWatch Belgium (Klaas Deneudt, VLIZ)

10:20-10:35:    The World Ocean Assessment, a global exercise supported by the LifeWatch Species Information Backbone (Leen Vandepitte, VLIZ)

10:35-10:50:    Downstream migration through a shipping canal: challenges on the road (Jenna Vergeynst, UGent)

10:50-11:00:    Interactive questionnaire: which training is needed in the future?

11:00-11:15:    Comparison of methods to model species habitat networks for decision-making in nature conservation: the case of the wildcat in southern Belgium (Axel Bourdouxhe, LifeWatch-WB)

11:15-11:30: and POLAAAR portal use case: DNA metabarcoding of the prey and microbiome of museum specimens of Antarctic fishes (Henrik Christiansen,

11:30-11:45:    The need for accurate and comprehensive DNA sequence databases to reliably identify species of policy concern (Kenny Meganck and Sophie Gombeer, BopCo)

11:45-12:00:    15 minutes of questions

12:00-12:10:    Closure of day 1 (outlook, prospects)


Day 2 – Friday October 16th 2020: Demonstrations

10:00-10:05:    Short introduction

10:05-10:25:    LifeWatch data R package (Lennert Schepers, VLIZ)

10:25-10:45:    Agouti: A platform for managing wildlife camera-trapping projects (Tanja Milotic, INBO)

10:45-11:05:    Exploring the landscape via the ecotopes with GIS softwares (Julien Radoux, LifeWatch-WB)

11:05-11:25:    POLA3R (Maxime Sweetlove,

11:25-11:45:    The process of DNA-based species identification: bushmeat as a case story (Ann Vanderheyden, BopCo)



Online Zoom meeting
Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 10:00 to Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:00