Life below water

Report | United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #14

Life below waterResearch

All the "Life below water" publication on the UNamur research portal.


  •  Aquatic ecology field courses for biology students
  •  Module of the BOE Master in Ecology and Management of Aquatic Environments proposed and managed by UNamur
  • Scientific mediation programmes on water by the Confluent of Knowledge

More information on sustainable education at UNamur...

Social impact and actions

Corporate initiatives

Awareness-raising activities


Ponds at the Haugimont Estate

Collaborations and partnerships

Siensano - COVWWSURV – National surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants in sewage

Together with UAntwerp and UGhent, the University of Namur takes part in the project "COVWWSURV. It concerns the implementation of a surveillance system for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) through the analysis of sewage, the objective being the early detection of any significant evolution of the circulation of the virus in the population. This surveillance system will cover approximately 45% of the Belgian population, by means of the analysis of the sewage entering the wastewater treatment plant, at a rate of two times per week.

A new partnership with the University of Lorraine

The URBE and UR AFPA are both experts in aquaculture. The aim of the project is to understand the effects of domestication on the reproduction and welfare of new species in aquaculture. The chosen model is the Zebra Fish. The fish will arrive from Bangladesh and will be in the wild. But we don't eat Zebra Fish, do we?  So, why was this model chosen? First of all, because their genome is well-known and a lot of bibliographic resources are available. Then, it is a species which reproduces quickly (a few months are enough to obtain a new generation). This enables to quickly analyze its resistance to stress and its reproduction in captivity. It should also be noted that the study plans to let the fish develop without making any selection, as is generally the case in farms. In this way, we can see whether domestication syndromes appear naturally, including phenotypic changes (appearance, morphology, levels of the stress hormone called cortisol, etc.). To learn more...

River clean up operation

The University of Namur took part to the river cleanup operation organized by the "Capitainerie" of Jambes.

Research institutes and units

Institute of Life, Earth and Environment (ILEE)

Environmental and Evolutionary Biology Research Unit (URBE)

The URBE is dedicated to the study of aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environment. It combines comparative biology (several species studied) and integrative biology (several levels of biological integration). Thus, the research teams are structured around four main areas, ranging from the study of genomes to that of ecosystems, via organisms and populations. State-of-the-art laboratory techniques are combined with field studies in various aquatic ecosystems. The Unit is closely involved in student training, notably via the Master's degree in Organismal Biology and Ecology co-organised with UCL. More about URBE (in French) here...

Ecobim international conference – Long-term impacts of pollution on humans and ecosystems

Today, the pollution of oceans, rivers and soils is considered to be a major factor in global change, on a par with global warming and the loss of biodiversity. The thousands of chemical substances (pesticides, microplastics, metals, etc.) continually discharged into natural habitats have long-term impacts on both human health and ecosystems. The aim of this conference is to hear from a number of scientists about the long-term risks of pollution. Find out more about the conference (in French)...