The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is a centre for marine and coastal research. As a partner in various projects and networks it promotes and supports the international image of Flemish marine scientific research and international marine education.
In its capacity as a coordination and information platform, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) supports some thousand marine scientists in Flanders by disseminating their knowledge to policymakers, educators, the general public and scientists.
VLIZ is a member of ICSU World Data System (WDS). VLIZ is a partner in three European research infrastructures: LifeWatch focuses on biodiversity research, ICOS monitors the greenhouse gas balance and EMBRC provides access to marine organisms. These projects are part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI). Aside VLIZ has an active role in the development of a European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet).