An agreement has been signed between Flanders Marine Institute represented by Prof. Dr. Jan Mees, and Ghent University represented by the rector Prof. Dr. Paul Van Cauwenberge, the director of Research Matters Prof. Dr. ir. Ignace Lemahieu, and Prof. Dr. Colin Janssen from the Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology.



Flanders Marine Institute was founded in 1999 to support the 1500 marine and coastal scientists in Flanders. A substantial part of these scientists are involved in research performed at Ghent University. Flanders Marine Institute offers support to marine researchers in areas e.g. the research vessel Simon Stevin and its on-board equipment, managing a library and multi-media centre, developing and managing the Flanders Marine Data and Information Centre (VMDC) and promoting the visibility of Flemish Marine scientific research, to the scientific community, policy makers, and to the larger public. To this end, they organise meetings, conferences, release publications and provide information to scientists, students, policymakers, teachers and any interested citizen.


Below all departments of Ghent University are listed which are part of the Marine@UGent cluster.

  1. Center of Mobility and Spatial Planning

  2. Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Center
  3. Cartography and GIS Research Group
  4. Laboratory of Chemical Analysis
  5. Coastal Engineering Research Group
  6. Environmental Organic Chemistry and Technology Research Group
  7. Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Food Preservation
  8. Marine Biology Research Group
  9. Maritime Institute
  10. Maritime Technology Division
  11. Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology
  12. Laboratory of Microbiology
  13. Laboratory of Environmental Toxicology and Aquatic Ecology
  14. Research Group Morphology
  15. Nematology Research Group
  16. Protistology and Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
  17. Research Unit Palaeontology
  18. Phycology Research Group
  19. Renard Centre of Marine Geology
  20. Research Unit Sedimentary and Engineering Geology
  21. Terrestrial Ecology Unit
  22. Department of Virology, Parasitology, and Immunology
  23. Research Unit Nutrition and food safety
  24. Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates
  25. Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry and Applied Ecochemistry
  26. Applied geology and hydrogeology
  27. Groundwater modeling
  28. Department of Pathology, Bacteriology, and Poultry diseases
  29. Research group Agro-food marketing and consumer behaviour
  30. Research group Food chemistry and human nutrition