Best oral presentation award 2012 VLIZ Young Marine Scientists’ Day KHBO, Brugge (24 February 2012) Kindly find below the alphabetical list of the oral ‘pitching’ presentations, tick your top three and turn in the form when leaving the plenary session room at 12:10. Blommaert Lander Light stress in intertidal diatoms: a comparative molecular and ecophysiological study Derweduwen Jozefien Do windmill parks function as a refugium? Ghyselen Céline Reduced seed set by root herbivory in a coastal dune plant: are pollinators involved? Huysman Marie J.J. Unravelling the light-dependent cell cycle onset in diatoms Matola Hakimu Davis The feeding ecology of four semi-pelagic fish species in the North Sea: a case of Belgian water Meire Alexander Estimating primary production from continuous oxygen data in the Schelde Estuary Merken Ronny Wetland suitability and connectivity for migratory birds along the Ionian Flyway in Greece Olendo Mike Can the Kiunga MPA protect the Lamu fishery? Sotillo Alejandro Seabirds and fishery discards in the Southern North Sea Stratigaki Vasiliki Large scale experiments on farms of heaving wave energy converters Teuchies J. The effect of increasing surface water oxygen concentrations on metal mobility in sediments from the Schelde estuary Thieren Els The former occurrence of sturgeon in the North Sea – The contribution of archaeozoology and ancient DNA Van Cauwenberghe Lisbeth Selective uptake of microplastics by a marine bivalve (Mytilus edulis) Van Hoey Gert Dredged material disposal: does it substantially affect the ecosystem? Vandegehuchte Michiel Plastic waste in the Belgian coastal waters: where and how much? Vandenbohede Alexander Groundwater quality distribution in the Belgian coastal plain: a story of Holocene transgression and human intervention Vanlede Joris Salinity in the Belgian coastal zone Vanmaele Sofie Aquaculture and immunostimulation through the eyes of Artemia Veale William Reducing overtopping risks in Belgian coastal towns Verhaegen Yves Did the use of TBT-based antifouling paints cause severe damage to the common shrimp (Crangon crangon) population of the Southern Bight?