Experimental facilities and ecosystem access

RBINS offers access to the marine ecosystem through the research vessel RV Belgica, the rigid hull inflatable boat Tuimelaar and its scientific diving team.

The Artificial Hard Substrate Garden is a fully marine open-water experimental test site, spanning the entire water column. This facility is available for ecological experiments, material tests, (anti)fouling

trials in open-water marine environment.

Research vessel RV Belgica

contact: Lieven Naudts

Scientific diving team

contact: Alain Norro

Laboratories of the Belgian Geological Survey

contact: Vanessa Heyvaert

Artificial Hard Substrate Garden (ecological experiments, material tests, (anti)fouling)

contact: Jan Vanaverbeke