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Facilitating research and real-life testing

The unique interaction between marine and maritime business and research is what sets Ostend Science Park apart. Our research and real-life testing facilities ensure that you can market high-end products faster.

Curious to know what research expertise and infrastructure is available at Ostend Science Park and which solutions are offered for major 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


Unique 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.

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.


This lab will be operational in 2022, but already open for R&D project proposals

Saltwater Wave Flume

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


This lab will be operational in 2022, but already open for R&D project proposals

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 develop new marine natural products, chemical synthesis of new polymers for industrial applications, micro- and nano-plastic research.


This lab will be operational in 2022, but already open for R&D project proposals

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.


This lab will be operational in 2022, but already open for R&D project proposals


The E-cube is a zero energy test house for researchers developing energy efficient building components and systems. It is a full scale test facility, operated by the Research Group Building Physics of Ghent University, to investigate innovations designed for the zero energy buildings of the future in realistic climatic conditions. Recent research contributes to the development of energy efficient ventilation systems, and investigates the influence of environmental parameters (wind speed, direction, solar irradiance, temperature, relative humidity) on the indoor air quality with particular focus on volatiles released by building materials.

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

At Flanders Maritime Laboratory, the fully automated shallow water towing tank installation (175mx20mx1m) will test ship models up to 8 meter long in both captive and free running mode. These tests will help to understand the manoeuvring behavior of ships in shallow and confined water.

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.

Marine Robotics Center

The intention of the Marine Robotics Centre is to grant Flemish scientists and their (inter)national partners, as well as other Flemish actors in the marine robotics scene, access to the latest technologies in the marine research field

Facilitating: we link your company with our research teams


An interfaculty research consortium consolidating all marine and maritime expertise within Ghent University, through one single point of contact. Get in touch to find our researchers working on marine and maritime topics.


The interdisciplinary community of Ghent University researchers working on the energy challenge. This cross-disciplinary business development center brings together about 180 Ghent University researchers and focuses on the application of sustainable energy technologies with the explicit goal to disseminate research results and to bring them to the market.


The Industrial Research Fund BLUeGent business development center unites more than 30 research groups which perform research in the Blue Growth domain. Together they aim to translate their academic research and expertise into business solutions and applications. Your single point of contact for blue growth R&D ideas or your business proposals.


Power-link is the energy transition platform of Ghent University, focusing on local and European carbon reduction and energy transition projects. It establishes links between industry and research, initiates, coordinates and supports scientific research projects on sustainable and renewable energy. Your partner for coordination, administration and communication and/or for establishing partnerships in these type of projects.

Overall contact person for Blue Research at Ostend Science Park

Jana Asselman
Assistant Professor
+32 59 31 49 88


Johan Degraeve Breskens

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