Jan Mees

European Marine Board (EMB) & Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

Chair of EMB & Director of VLIZ




Opening Session: Welcome address

Brief curriculum vitae: Jan Mees is trained as a marine biologist and ecologist, and holds an MSc in Zoology, an MSc in Environmental Sanitation, and a PhD in Marine Biology, all from Ghent University in Belgium, where he is part-time professor and has been teaching courses on data management and analysis, statistics, coastal ecosystems and fisheries. His research interests include marine biodiversity, ecology and taxonomy. Jan Mees is the director of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Oostende, Belgium since its establishment in 1999. VLIZ is an institute that performs and supports marine scientific research in Flanders. It provides central services to the multidisciplinary and distributed research community in the country, serves as a coordination and information platform and integrates in international networks. Services include research infrastructures, information- and data-management and communication of science to different target groups.

Jan Mees represents the Research Foundation - Flanders in the European Marine Board, and serves as elected chair of the Board since 2014. The European Marine Board is a network of 36 member organizations in 19 countries that provides a platform to develop common priorities, to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy, in order to meet future marine science challenges and opportunities. The EMB operates as the foremost platform for seas and oceans strategy and foresight in Europe. The Board has built a strong reputation through development of rigorous processes for delivering science policy advice and will continually adapt to the changing landscape for marine science policy.