Blue Growth : Unknown, unloved?

6 juni 2016 09:30 t.e.m. 14:00
GreenBridge Wetenschapspark 1 Oostende

Not aware of UGent’s Blue Growth position and potential? Never heard about the flagship UGent Blue Growth Summer School?  Fascinated by how engineering can unlock progress in aquaculture and vice versa? Interested in hurdles and opportunities of knowledge transfer accross aquaculture, coastal engineering and blue energy? Eager to hear about cost reduction by cross fertilization of disciplines? Want to mingle with UGent experts and business developers? Then you simply cannot miss this event!

From 2016 onwards the Board of Directors of Ghent University decided to cluster its ongoing marine and maritime activities and initiatives under the Blue Growth umbrella coupling this to its Campus in Ostend. In this framework UGent Blue Growth researchers and business developers unite to apply a coordinated multidisciplinary approach.

A first initiative is the UGent Blue Growth networking event ‘unkown, unloved?’ aiming to inform the UGent community of the university’s recent policy decision and to convince UGent researchers and marine/maritime graduates across UGent faculties of the potential of Blue Growth, an EU strategy seemingly far away from the daily reality of researchers. Blue Growth requires broad cross-disciplinar cooperation of engineers, ecologists, marine biologists, geographers, but also economists e.g. to set-up business plans, lawyers to set the regulatory framework. ‘Unkown, Unloved?’ will focus on joining people who could contribute/participate in complimentary activities in two key Blue Growth research domains: renewable energy/coastal engineering and aquatic production.Needless to say, non-UGent stakeholders interested in attending the event e.g. from other universities or research institutes are most welcome to join, and marine professionals interested in insights on UGent blue growth activities especially focused on both domains are also kindly invited.  Worth wile mentioning that UGent experts from additional blue growth domains e.g. marine graduate training, deep-sea mining will be in the audience, and available for networking. 




9:00-9:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee


9:30-9:50 Opening & Welcome

Host: Marianne Martens, CEO GreenBridge


9:50-10:05 Blue Growth @ UGent

Prof Dr Ignace Lemahieu, Director of the Research Department Ghent University


10:05-10:45 A 2020 aquaculture vision: a multi-disciplinary integrated approach

Em Prof Dr Patrick Sorgeloos, Director Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Centre


10:45-11:05 Coastal engineering and blue energy: challenges, opportunities and future developments

Prof Dr Peter Troch, Director Coastal Engineering Research Group, UGent


11:05-11:30 Coffee Break


11:30-11:45 Artificial reef - cost reduction by cross fertilization of disciplines

Ir Toby Roe, Engineering Manager SubCon Europe


11:45-13:00 Interactive Panel Discussion

Moderator: Dr Ir Jeroen De Maeyer, Business Developer, UGent Sustainable Energy Technology (UGent SET)

  • Dr Ir Margriet Drouillon, Business Developer, MBA, Aquaculture Ghent University (Aqua UGent)
  • Prof Dr Tom de Mulder, Director, Hydraulics Laboratory, UGent
  • Ir Ann Overmeire, Cluster Manager, Flanders Maritime Cluster
  • Ir Charles van der Haegen, MBA, CEO, Zero Emisions Research and Initiative Europe (ZERI)
  • Em Prof Dr Patrick Sorgeloos, Director Laboratory of Aquaculture and Artemia Reference Centre


13:00-14:00 Networking - Sandwich Lunch

Subscription for this event is free but registration is obligatory. In case of a no-show we will send you an invoice of €50 for administrational costs.

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