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Users of the Belgian LifeWatch Infrastructure

Usage of a research infrastructure by the scientific community is a primary indicator of its relevance. Different indicators demonstrate this usage for the various components of the infrastructure. In addition to the metrics below, the publications by users of the infrastructure that explicitly refer to one or more of the infrastructure components are listed here. Interested in these numbers: address your questions to!

Usage Metrics

The graphs below give an idea of the usage of specific components of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure.


Registered users of LifeWatch Belgium

The combined number of registered users of LifeWatch Belgium is currently 2104 (January 12th 2022).

This includes registered users of the LifeWatch e-Lab, registered users of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and registered users of the web application of the European Tracking Network (ETN).

Usage of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and Aphia

An extensive list of all users of WoRMS and Aphia (the database behind WoRMS) can be found here.

Usage of the European Ocean Biodiversity Information System (EurOBIS) and EMODNet Biology

Hungry for more statistics? Check out the statistics pages of EuroBIS and EMODnet biology!

Usage of Marine Regions

More information about the users and usage of Marine Regions can be found at:

Usage of the Barcoding Facility for Organisms and Tissues of Policy Concern (BopCo)

More details on the usage of the species identification service provided by BopCo can be found here.

Users of the LifeWatch sampling cruises

Each year, the RV Simon Stevin is reserved for 3 days/month (36 days/year) for LifeWatch sampling campaigns. Depending on the weather conditions, these 36 days are fully used or not.


Users of the laboratories at the Marine Station Ostend (MSO)

The Marine Station Ostend (MSO) is the satellite laboratory by the sea of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and its laboratories and facilities are used within the scope of the European infrastructure networks LifeWatch, ICOS and EMBRC.

Several (marine) scientists are using the available infrastructure, for student courses or for their own research.

One group of users e.g. are the summer students who are using the laboratories to process zooplankton and macrobenthos samples, taken during the monthly and seasonal LifeWatch sampling campaigns.


User mailing list and feedback

We are continuously working on improving our services towards the user. Therefore we welcome all feedback by users or candidate users via

To improve the communication to and between the users of the Belgian LifeWatch Infrastructure a mailing list was created. To subscribe to this mailing list, please send an email to