Blue Opportunity Day | Marine@Ugent

Blue Opportunity Day

International collaboration enables researchers to access additional, often specific, expertise, gain new perspectives on research and build relationships with others in the field. To highlight this importance, Marine@UGent, VLIZ and partners welcome the 3i University Network cluster for Marine and Maritime Challenges at Ostend Science Park to discuss opportunities for collaboration with scientific partners on site. To mark this event the new collaboration agreement between UGent and VLIZ will be inaugurated and the new state of the art multidisciplinary research infrastructure of UGent at Ostend Science Park will be presented.


Morning session (10:00 - 13:00)

  • Welcome and introduction (Prof. Jana Asselman)
  • The opportunities for UGent in Ostend (Prof Rik Van de Walle, Rector UGent)  
  • Collaboration agreement with VLIZ (Prof Jan Mees, Directeur VLIZ)
  • Academic Opportunities in Ostend
    • UGent in Ostend Science Park (Dr Noemie Wouters, CEO BlueBridge@Ostend Science Park)
    • UGent Multidisciplinary research infrastructure (Prof. Jana Asselman)
    • Bridging the gap  - valorisation of academic research (Dr Margriet Drouillon, MBA)
    • Collaboration with Flanders Maritime Laboratory
      • Coastal and Ocean basin (Prof. Peter Troch)
      • Towing tank (Prof. Evert Lataire)


Network Lunch and Blue Exploration expo (13:00 - 15:00)

Blue Economy Walking Tour (15:00 - 17:00)

Discover the blue economy research and industrial activities at the Halve Maan site, Oostende

Closing remarks and drinks


Full agenda can be downloaded here


Participation is free, but registration is obligatory

Registration here




BlueBridge, Ostend Science Park
Wetenschapspark 1, 8400 Oostende
6 Jul 2022 - 08:30 to 17:00