Tina Mertens

Tina Mertens graduated in 2005 at Ghent University as a civil engineer with a Master Thesis about the potential of wave energy at the Belgian Continental Shelf.

She started her career as coastal manager at the Flemish government responsible for the set-up and implementation of a Master Plan for Coastal Safety. In 2012 she became Vice Director of Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) where she currently oversees the science support of VLIZ towards the international marine research community.

VLIZ supports coastal and marine scientific research in the broadest sense, including logistic support and the provision of tailored scientific data, information, knowledge and insights to the Flemish marine research community, the blue economy and policymakers with regard to marine matters.

Tina is involved in research projects and networks related to marine renewables and coastal protection

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Hans Pirlet

Dr. Hans Pirlet is manager of the Innovation and Valorisation Department of Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) which works on the interface between science, policy and industry. He played a key role in the initiation of the Flemish Blue Cluster which boosts innovation for the maritime economy and is member of the steering group and chair of the scientific advisory board of this cluster. He was active in several marine and maritime research and innovation projects on a national and European level. Through his participation in the H2020 COLUMBUS project on knowledge transfer for Blue Growth, he was closely involved in the initiation of the Open Sea Lab event in 2017.

Hans holds a degree in marine geology (Ghent University, Belgium) and PhD on cold-water coral mounds in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghent University).


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Lennert Tyberghein

Lennert Tyberghein is manager of the Data Centre of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). Within international networks, the Data Centre participates in the development of data infrastructures and is heavily involved in the management of international e-infrastructures: the European Marine Observation and Data network (EMODnet Biology and EMODnet Central Portal), the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone and data systems, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (EurOBIS), Marine Regions and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Lennert has a background in Geography (MSc), Marine and Lacustrine Sciences (MSc) and Marine Biology (PhD) and has professional experience in data management. He has a particular interest in Open Data and Open Science in general.

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Lennert Schepers

Lennert Schepers is currently working on EMODnet Biology products and related national and international projects with a focus on (geo)spatial data at Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). He holds a Master degree in Geography (Ugent) and a PhD degree in Sciences (UAntwerpen). He dived from coastal marshes, which he studied during his PhD, into the marine world in 2018 when he started working for the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).


Expertises and interests

  • EMODnet Biology
  • Geospatial data
  • GIS, R

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Paula Oset

Paula Oset currently works as Project Manager at Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and is responsible for the EMODnet Biology project. She has a background in Marine Science and holds a Master degree in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (University of Cadiz) and in GIS (University of Manchester). She has built up experience in geographic and marine data management at the Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre and at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) Data Centre.

Expertises and interests

  • EMODnet Biology
  • Oceanography & Coastal Risks
  • GIS
  • Data Management

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Filip Waumans

Filip Waumans was originally trained as biologist, but obtained a Master after Master in informatics from Ghent University in Belgium. He is working for 10 years at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). During that period het gathered knowledge about the different data systems established by VLIZ: Eurobis, World register of Marines Species, Eurobis, Marine regions, Lifewatch… As a PHP developer, he is involved in the maintenance and development of web applications and databases related to these data systems and European projects such as EMODnet. Combining his biological skills and IT skills, he is a middle man between scientists and IT-specialists in VLIZ.

Expertises and interests

  • EMODnet Biology portal: data download tool and Emodnet biology API
  • EMODnet Central Portal Query Tool
  • OGC webservices & GIS
  • VLIZ datasystems: WoRMS, MarineRegions, Eurobis…

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Bart Vanhoorne

Bart Vanhoorne has an IT background and 15 years of work experience in the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).  During MarBEF and follow up projects, Bart developed some experience in (biological) taxonomy. He developed several taxonomic (and related) databases by closely working together with scientists. Further on Bart focused on machine-to-machine communications, and enabled these on all major data systems managed within VLIZ.

Currently, Bart is Manager of the VLIZ IT Division.

Expertises and interests

  • EMODnet Biology
  • Taxonomy
  • Biodiversity informatics
  • Web Services
  • IT Ops

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