28 Oct 2021
VAC (Virginie Lovelinggebouw), Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein 70, 9000 Gent


The first LifeWatch Biodiversity Day takes place on 28 October. The event is focused on the theme "biologging and camera trapping, technology that makes the world of animal research sustainable", a technique that allows to remote measurements of animal behaviours using cameras or devices carried by the animals which brings innovation in the biodiversity field. Citizens, policy makers and industrial partners interested in the topic are welcome to join.  

Learn more about the Blue-Cloud Zoo & Phytoplankton EOV Products demonstrator, coordinated by VLIZ.

Preliminary Programme

The programme might be subjected to changes. We invite to visit the official website to have the most updated information

13:05 – 13:10 Welcome (Jan Mees, VLIZ)
13:10 – 13:20 LifeWatch & biodiversity research (Lennert Schepers, VLIZ)
13:20 – 13:30 Intro on value of ESFRI-infrastructures (Michele Oleo, EWI)
13:30 – 14:00 KEYNOTE 1: Introductory talk on the topic of today (Kim Aarestrup, Technical University of Denmark DTU)
14:00 – 15:05 LifeWatch-session state of art
14:00 – 14:15 Building a bird tracking network through science, citizens and mobile phones (Eric Stienen, INBO)
14:15 – 14:30 How the whereabouts of fish help for species conservation and impact assessment (Jan Reubens, VLIZ)
14:30 – 14:45 Camera traps – CATREIN (Jim Casaer, INBO)
14:45 – 14:55 Plankton & the use of camera systems (Isabelle Rombouts, VLIZ)
14:55 – 15:05 Cetacean acoustic network (Elisabeth Debusschere, VLIZ)
15:05 – 15:15 Sensor network for bat detection (Bob Vandendriessche, Natuurpunt Zoogdierenwerkgroep)
15:15 – 15:40 Coffee break
15:40 – 16:00 Technological innovation in tracking & tagging
16:00 – 16:15 How tagging & tracking affect environmental policy? (Pieterjan Verhelst, UGent with input from Jim Casaer, INBO & Eric Stienen, INBO)
16:15 – 16:45 KEYNOTE 2: A bird’s eye view onto GPS tracking: a decade of gull tagging along the Flemish and Dutch coast (Luc Lens & Wendt Müller, UGent)
16:45 – 18:00 Reception


The registration for the event is free and can be done by 20 October 2021. Please note that the number of participants is limited and priority will be given to the people that register at first.

Register now!