About us


In marine and maritime siences and technology, Ghent University offers a wide range of education programmes, research activities, infrastructure and facilities. Simultaneously Ghent University enables and facilitates the transfer of its research results towards the market through business developers. The Marine@UGent GOBlue Initiative clusters more than 400 people: researchers, business developers, professors and students active in blue growth. Several professors and experts of this centre of excellence provide lectures in BGSS2018 on Campus in Ostend.

Co-organiser & sponsors

GreenBridge is an incubator with its major stakeholder being Ghent University. GreenBridge focusses on blue growth in close cooperation with Ghent University attracting and nurtururing young companies e.g. R&D by providing office space and mentoring assistance through its triple helix stakeholder network. It also hosts a science park with the first infrastructures currently being build: the coastal and ocean bassin (C.O.B.) and a towing tank. More information is available here

TUA-West is co-organiser and co-sponsor of the Summerschool. It acts as an umbrella joining Belgian universities, institutions of higher education and the industry to advance the regional economic development of the province of West Flanders.


For more information please contact: bluegrowthsummerschool@ugent.be

Addtional sponsors

Although DEME Group originated from its core dredging business more than 140 years ago, the DEME Group has broadened its activities substantially over the decades. Today, its activities range from dredging, land reclamation, hydraulic and environmental engineering to services for the offshore oil, gas and renewable energy sector. This also encompasses blue growth. Therefore DEME has accepted to sponsor the Summer School, also providing a guest lecture in the programme.

PhD students recieve the support of the Doctoral School of (Bioscience) Engineering and Natural Sciencess of Ghent University.