Ghent University is a partner of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), a European ‘research infrastructure’ that provides access to marine resources, cutting-edge services, and facilities to study the ocean and develop innovative solutions to tackle societal issues. EMBRC brings together around 45 marine stations and institutes in 9 member countries.

The Marine Biology Research Group coordinates EMBRC Belgium. EMBRC Belgium brings together five institutes offering marine biology services which are open to academic and industry stakeholders.

  • Ghent University (UGent)
  • Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
  • University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
  • Hasselt University (UHASSELT)
  • Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)

Services from the Marine Biology Research Group:

  • We advise and offer the design and implementation of field sampling campaigns and both field and laboratory experiments,
  • We advise and offer maintenance and/or culture of selected marine benthic invertebrate model organisms.
  • Our laboratory is well equipped for sample treatment, data processing, and a wide variety of chemical and biological analyses.
  • Being a research laboratory, we discuss, develop and conceive a project together with our customers in order to provide the best solutions for environmental and biological studies.
  • started in 2013 as one of the services of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre and it is hosted at UGent.

The aim of is to provide, facilitate and centralize access to Marine and Maritime human capacity building opportunities worldwide. More than 2300 Marine and Maritime training initiatives from 55 countries are already covered in the database. By offering trainees access to a wide repository of training opportunities, MSc & PhD programmes, workshops and courses, and by assisting trainers and stakeholders, the Marine Training Platform will become the “European Blue Training one-stop-shop”.


NeMys is a generic online species information system. It acts as a digital platform, storing all kinds of information on biological taxa. Storing data on morphology, biogeography, taxonomy, literature, pictures, collections and molecular aspects in one single dataset creates a large group of possible end users and allows data analysis and comparison for a specific taxonomic group from a variety of approaches. The generic architecture is reflected by the variety of databases available through this system: plants, animals (vertebrates and invertebrates).

The entire global species information system was developed at the Marine Biology Research Group, primarily focusing on marine free-living Nematoda.

NeMys data is shared with a number of global and regional biodiversity information portals (for example: European Register of Marine Species, OBIS and GBIF)