UGent Blue Growth Summerschool

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General information

Welcome to this exclusive all-included state of the art training !!

Are you ...

  • A Master student  in engineering, bio-engineering, geography or marine biology?
  • Passionate about exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society?
  • Intrigued by one of Europe’s top policy priorities: Blue Growth?
  • Fascinated by looking across disciplines?
  • Keen to obtain the latest trends from marine and maritime experts?
  • Up for fun with EU students in the vibrant city of Ostend, Belgium?

Then, join the UGent Blue Growth Summerschool for a two week programme. Alternatively students might opt to attend a single week maritime or marine module.

Tentative Programme:

  • The maritime module covers blue energy and coastal engineering (12-16/09/2016)
  • The marine modules covers aquaculture, oceans and human health and the use of marine space (19-23/09/2016)

Students are allowed to attend a single module however attending the entire programme allows a submersion in the cross-disciplinary philosophy of Blue Growth. In every module lectures explicitly cross over: e.g. the maritime module includes lectures on environmental impact while in the marine module, lectures and an interactive session are provided on the topic of offshore multi-use platforms looking beyond mere biotic and abiotic monitoring and experiments seeking innovative ways to integrate marine and maritime functionalities and applications e.g. blue energy.

Learning outcome:

Through scientific lectures students will acquire knowledge in a variety of blue growth themes: sustainability, blue energy (wind en wave energy), coastal engineering, aquaculture, marine ecosystems and societal benefits, multi-use platforms, blue biotechnology and the use of marine space.
Beyond fundamental knowledge, students will gain insight in business development approaches in wind energy, wave energy and aquaculture towards commercialisation of research results. Students will also be trained in cutting-edge technological and engineering techniques and know-how through interactive practical sessions.


Oceans and seas are identified as key drivers for European economic development and, as a result, have the potential to deliver new jobs in the coming years. The European Commission is a strong believer and promoter of innovation and sustainable growth based on marine and maritime opportunities.
To exploit the full potential of Blue Growth opportunities multidisciplinar training of graduates across engineering and marine and maritime sciences is essential. It is in this context that the Rome Declaration (adopted at the EurOCEAN 2014) calls for innovation in the provision of marine and maritime graduate training to enhance the skill set of students, to diversify possible career pathways but also to widen their comprehension and appreciation of fundamental marine ecosystem functioning.
Across existing and emerging Blue sectors, fundamental science combined with technical background is essential and should be combined with business development teachings focussing on commercialisation of research results based on direct insights from the industry both multinationals and SME’s.
The course fits the challenges mentioned above as it provides holistic training in several blue growth domains (see programme) while laying out the cross disciplinary links.

Contact Person: Noémie Wouters (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0831 - Fisheries", "1015 - Coastal and marine tourism", "0312 - Policy and governance", "0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0421 - Marine and maritime law", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0031 - Project management", "0521 - Ecology", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "0532 - Marine Geology


Venue: GreenBridge
Ostend, Belgium

GreenBridge is an UGent demonstrator-incubator with a science park that attracts and nurtures young companies e.g. R&D by providing office space and mentoring assistance through its triple helix stakeholder network. The first infrastructures to be build on the 20 hectares science park are a Coastal Ocean Bassin (C.O.B.) and a towing tank, both will be built under a key blue energy initiative ‘Gen4Wave’ an action plan related to wave and tidal energy. The infrastructures will allow to test scale models of coastal engineering buildings, offshore constructions e.g. aquaculture infrastructure and artificial reefs, wave and tidal energy converters as well as offshore wind turbines under the influence of waves, currents and wind loads. Located in Ostend, GreenBridge, as the UGent Campus by the sea, will host the training activities in the framework of the UGent Blue Growth Summer school.


Open from
2 May 2016 to 19 Aug 2016


full course: €500
single module: €350

The fee covers:
● Travel allowance (up to €250)
● Lunches and coffee breaks during lectures
● Transport from the hotel to the lectures
● Field trips and excursions
● Hotel stay and welcome diner

Note: Students will be hosted in Hotel Bero a recently innovated 4 star hotel that offers eco-friendly chambers by the sea side. Note that students will have to share rooms – two single beds.


The course is designed for Master students with different backgrounds. Engineers, bio-engineers, geographers and marine biologists are welcome to subscribe, however, essential for enrolment is the demonstration of experience in marine and maritime projects.

Application Procedure:

Deadline for submission is 1st of August.
Applicants will be notified by 15th of August.

Students are asked to submit the following documents through the registration form

  1. Curriculum vitae - including a letter of support - max. 2 pages
  2. Motivation - including marine/maritime interest/experience



Academic level: Master, Lifelong Learning

  • Official marks will be based on a project based learning approach: in the interactive session students will develop case-studies to present to an international jury at the end of the course.
  • Full attendance is required except for illness.
  • A transcript of records will most likely be awarded to students who successfully complete the entire Summerschool accompanied by a certificate of Ghent University signed by the rector.

Qualification: Master of Science

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