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Joining forces in an international network
Settling at Ostend Science Park means that you will be included in our ecosystem and be part of our international network. Become part of something bigger.
Blue Economy Gamechangers
Ostend Science Park is not the only Blue Growth gamechanger in Ostend. The city of Ostend is the home base of several top-notch players. Ostend Science Park is well connected locally and also at international level.
We are happy to connect you with these partners. Together with the City of Ostend, we are establishing a stakeholder network joining the Ostend Blue Economy partners. It will be referred to as the Blue Valley. Ostend Science Park will assist you to connect with the Blue Valley.
Below a non-exhaustive overview of our partners. If you like to join Blue Valley, get in touch.
Flanders Maritime Laboratory
Flanders Maritime Laboratory, a research site of the Flemish Government, houses state of the art research facilities; a towing tank, a coastal and ocean basin, and ship simulator facilities (future development). Research projects, both academic and commercial are done in close cooperation between Flanders Hydraulics Research, Ghent University and Leuven University.
The Flanders Marine Institute promotes marine knowledge creation and excellence through sound interdisciplinary research about the ocean, seas, coast and tidal estuaries. We do this in close collaboration with other (marine) research groups, citizens, policy makers and industrial partners in Flanders, Belgium, and through international collaboration.
The blue cluster is an independent and neutral partner that supports Flemish companies in setting up partnerships with other companies, knowledge centers and government institutions with a view to developing and promoting economic activities at sea. We facilitate the innovation process throughout the entire chain, from idea generation to (international) marketing. Beside our office in Antwerp, we are located in Bluebridge at Ostend Science Park.
The network organisation to promote Belgian companies working in the Offshore Industry. Belgian companies are worldwide leaders and have the knowledge and technology to grow. There is however still an untapped potential to grow both locally and internationally.
ILVO stands for multidisciplinary, independent research and specialized service provision in all fields related to agriculture, fisheries and food in Flanders. ILVO, an internationally recognized scientific institute, is part of the Government of Flanders. Discover here what this means for you.
With its unique location by the sea and the presence of both an airport and a seaport, Ostend has many assets for the deployment of drones, be it aerial, nautical of terrestrial. Ostend Dronehub combines research, education, support & maintenance and commercialization of drone applications and has the ambition to make Ostend the first dronehub that facilitates drones in controlled airspace. Want to know more about what Ostend Dronehub can do for you, visit the website.
West Flanders has always been a pioneer in the domain of blue energy. To continue fulfilling this exemplary rol in the future, the provincial blue energy cluster brings knowledge partners of the sector together. To explore new pathways and to stimulate growth, companies are able to call upon the available know-how, expertise, research and innovation.
Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship is the contact point for entrepreneurs in Flanders. VLAIO encourages and supports innovation and entrepreneurship, and contributes to a favourable business climate. By being a one-stop-shop, VLAIO builds a bridge towards stronger entrepreneurship. Advice, coaching, applying for grants..: VLAIO guides you and your organisation on your way.
Flanders Investment & Trade is the Flemish Agency that is all about doing international business. They advise and support Flemish companies that export or internationalize, they bring buyers into contact with Flemish producers and help companies with their investment project within Flanders. FIT knows better than anyone that tech is the future. That is why they play a crucial role in the international marketing of innovation. FIT also places a strong tech focus in their activities at home and abroad, particularly on Digital Tech, Health Tech and Climate Tech.
Blue Science and Technology Summer Training 2021 (Blue S&T)
Marine@UGent and the Doctoral Schools of Ghent University are organising the 5th edition of the Blue Science and Technology Summer Training (Blue S&T). The training will take place at Ostend Science Park, from 30th August till 10th September.
Ostend Science Park welcomes Pieter Embo as Business Developer
New year, new colleague! Pieter Embo started as Business Developer for Bluebridge on January, 4th.
“I was based in Ostend for a long time during my time at the former Jetair, now TUI. So I have a great affinity with the region, to which I return after spending almost seven years in the far-away Peru. In Lima I started the local office for Flanders Investment & Trade, and in that role I have acquired a solid knowledge of ecosystems and gained very relevant experience with regard to attracting investments to Flanders, organising large and small events and conducting international business."
7th project call and overview of recently approved projects
Do you have an interesting idea for an innovative project in the Blue Economy? Or are you looking for inspiration for your own ambitious concept? Contact Blue Cluster and they will gladly steer you in the right direction.
Blue Clusters gladly brings you into contact with other players in the Blue Economy to turn your project idea into a reality. In addition, if your proposal meets the collaboration requirements, you qualify for financial support.
Bluebridge Partner "Blue Cluster" handed out the Blue Innovation Awards for the first time on 27 October 2020. These awards are intended to highlight a number of inspiring projects in the blue economy.
Meet the winners of the Blue Innovation Awards:
- Nearshore Mussel Project (BREVISCO);
- Dual-Fuel Hydrogen Engine (BeHydro);
- Coastbusters (ILVO, DEME Group, Jan De Nul Group, Sioen Industries and VLIZ - Flanders Marine Institute); and
- Renovation of the seawall of Westende (Gemeentebestuur Middelkerke and Agentschap Maritieme Dienstverlening en Kust)