The Living Lab Raversijde, an innovative infrastructure for coastal protection research, officially opened its doors on February 2nd with a kick-off event held at InnovOcean Campus in Ostend.
The event began with a warm welcome from Caroline Lootens followed by a series of presentations that highlighted the importance and workings of the Living Lab. Daphne Thoon spoke about the significance of the lab for creating safe and attractive coasts and researchers Pieter Rauwoens and Dries Bonte presented their projects, including “Duin voor Dijk” and “IG Waves.” The latter project, led by Vincent Gruwez, aims to gain a deeper understanding of wave dynamics and their impact on coastal areas.
After a satisfying lunch, attendees had the opportunity to transfer to the Living Lab Raversijde for a tour of the facility. The Living Lab provides a unique and cutting-edge infrastructure for coastal protection research, and its opening was celebrated by the scientific community. The facility is set to revolutionize the way in which research is conducted and insights are gained into the hydrodynamic processes that impact our coasts.