Facilities | Marine@Ugent


Curious to know what research expertise and infrastructure is available at Ostend Science Park and which solutions are offered for different Blue Economy challenges? 

Get access to onsite world renown marine and maritime researchers, research groups and facilities of Ghent University at Ostend Science Park. Also, get in touch with the residents in Bluebridge to connect to other offsite research and testing facilities and to link your business with the most suitable communities, consortia and liaison networks within Ghent University to provide tailor-made solutions for your challenges.



Onsite research and testing facilities

Applied Ecology lab

Marine ecosystems are complex environments where economic activities can impact biodiversity. Our wet lab facilities offer infrastructure to understand human and other impacts on marine ecosystems including temperature-controlled mesocosm facilities, state-of-the-art incubation rooms for algae and plants.

Biotechnology-Biodiscovery lab

From pollution to solution, our multi-functional lab offers a wide range of technologies to boost your blue economy activities. This includes state-of-the-art biotechnological facilities to develop new marine natural products, chemical synthesis of new polymers for industrial applications, micro- and nano-plastic research.

Multispecies hatchery

Finding suitable starting material is a major challenge in aquaculture. Our lab combines expert knowledge with high technological hatchery facilities to boost your aquaculture activities. We offer innovative hatchery techniques, integrated RAS systems as well as ecosystem-based water management approaches, and so much more.

Saltwater wave flume

Tidal currents and waves have a major impact on coastal towns and blue economic activities. Our facility offers a unique saltwater wave flume that allows studying the interactions between waves and man-made structures, including live marine organisms (e.g. plants, fish) in your setup.

StressChron - facilities for in-depth stress physiological research

The global intensification in aquaculture has led to an increasing threat for fish performance as chronic stress leads to reduced growth, reproduction, immune suppression, and higher mortality. Our facilities offer new technologies to study the effect of stress on individual fish through-out their life cycle using common carp as model.

Offsite research and testing facilities

Blue Accelerator

The Blue Accelerator test platform, just outside the port of Ostend, offers a broad range of possibilities to develop and test new Blue Energy products and technologies in real life sea conditions. The test platform consists of a broad range of sensors, measurement equipment and telecommunication systems in a living lab setting. The platform allows testing in different marine and maritime research and innovation domains.

Coastal & Ocean Basin - COB

Next door to Ostend Science Park, in the Flanders Maritime Laboratory, all types of scale models of offshore structures, structures for coastal protection, floating wind turbines, wave energy converters, and much more can be tested in the wave basin to study their design and behavior under the influence of waves, currents and wind. The Coastal and Ocean Basin is a collaboration between UGent, KU Leuven and Flanders Hydraulics Research.

Towing tank

Next door to Ostend Science Park, at the Flanders Maritime Laboratory, the fully automated carriage of the shallow water towing tank (175m x 20m x 1m) will test ship models up to 8 meters long (both captive and free running). These tests will help to understand the maneuvering behavior of ships in shallow and confined water.