Making the most of your research data: FAIR data for marine biologists

Course content

A practical, hands-on course to teach marine biologists how to make their data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable

By making your data FAIR you are making it easier for others to find and use, hence giving your data a popularity and lifetime beyond what you could otherwise achieve. In this 3-day course, we will teach you about FAIR data: what does this mean and how can you achieve it? We will show how to make typical marine biology data-types FAIR with lectures and interactive sessions.


This course is intended for on-site participants, but we can also accommodate online-only participants for the first 2 days. Days 1 and 2 will be a mix of lectures and exercises for both the on-site and online participants. On day 3 we will hold a "Data FAIRness clinic" in which you can make your own datasets FAIR, and this is open only to the on-site participants. All materials will be provided online and open access for future trainers to be able to use “back home”.


Target audience

Marine biologists, PhD students (+), future data managers, and lab technicians, anyone who has experience collecting and managing data



23-25 January 2024



InnovOcean Campus, Oostende


Course fee

  • On-site participants, all 3 days: 300 EUR (includes breaks, lunches and one dinner)
  • Online participants, first 2 days only: 150 EUR

Spaces are limited to approximately 20 on-site and 10 online participants.



Click here to view the PDF syllabus.


Local logistics

Information on how to reach VLIZ is available on this web page.
Looking for a place to stay in Ostend? Check out the website of Tourism Oostende.



You can register for this training using this online form. After acceptance from the organisation, you will receive an acceptance email and invoice for the course fee.


More information

Click here to download the flyer for the course, or contact Katrina Exter of the Open Science team: