Port of Oostende focuses on continuity, growth and employment based on 5 pillars: Blue Economy, Bulk & Project Cargo, Cruises & Ferries, Circular Industry and the Fishing Industry. These sectors will be further developed with two main principles in mind: prioritising safety, health and environment on the one hand and supporting innovation and development on the other hand. www.portofoostende.be/
Ostend is a modern cosmopolitan city with all the advantages of a seaside resort. It is a unique and modern city with a rich historical past, situated in the Flemish province of West-Flanders. Furthermore Ostend has its own harbor, a marina, an airport, many gastronomic restaurants, available industrial area and a big range of places to go shopping, … The city is easily accessible without traffic jams and the fact that everything is within walking distance is a very pleasant extra asset as well!
Ostend knows many opportunities for business combining the assets mentioned above and is well known for its unique conference rooms and inspiring 4 star hotels to host your future business event. Most famous venue is Kursaal of Ostend (with a capacity up to 2 000 pax) and dozens of hotels within a few 100 metres radius of this conference centre.
Ghent University is internationally renowned for its fundamental and applied research in marine and maritime sciences. Over 400 employees conduct marine / maritime research, representing 30% and 50% of all marine / maritime research in Belgium and Flanders respectively.
Furthermore, UGent is unique in the region, being the only knowledge institution with Blue Growth expertise, across 6 faculties (Bio-engineering, Sciences, Engineering & Architecture, Law, Veterinary Medicine, and Medicine & Health Sciences).
UGent wants to expand its research activities at the Ostend Campus within marine / maritime sciences and related to Blue Growth themes in general. As part of the Ostend Science Park, UGent establishes a new research group consisting of 15 experts and laboratory facilities within the teams of ‘building with nature’ and ‘oceans and health’. These facilities are available to the Blue Industry. In addition, UGent is a partner in larger research facility projects, such as the Flanders Maritime Laboratory and the blue accelerator.