Blue Science and Technology Summer Training

3 – 14 July 2023

  • A Master or PhD student in engineering, bio-engineering, geography, or marine biology?
  • Passionate about exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society?
  • Excited about marine and maritime sciences, business development & entrepreneurship?
  • Fascinated by looking across varied disciplines?
  • Up for fun with international students in the heart of the blue valley at the coastal city of Ostend?

Then, join the sixt edition of the Blue Science and Technology Summer Training!

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Sustainable use of ocean resources, referred to as Blue Economy, has to deal with several societal challenges, such as food security, human health and climate change. Coastal areas worldwide are among the most densely populated, but most vulnerable to the impacts of human- and climate-induced changes. Innovative inter- and multidisciplinary solutions are required to mitigate these urgent social challenges while simultaneously providing crucial ecosystem services that (in)directly affect people (e.g. storing carbon, controlling floods, stabilising shorelines, provision of clean air and water, food, fuel, medicines).

The BLUES&T Seasonal School will tackle these major (global) societal challenges from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. We combine academic lectures from top researchers from different (inter-) national knowledge institutions active in the several Blue Economy domains, with seminars provided by European and national policy-makers as well as private companies with an established value in their sector, and practical experience. As such, BlueS&T participants gain first hand insight in the process of designing, launching and running offshore businesses by leading experts in the field. Providing both academic as well as a range of soft, transferable skills.

Participants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds will be admitted:

  • Passionate about exploring the challenging role of oceans and seas in our future society
  • Excited about marine and maritime sciences, business development and entrepreneurship

To receive a certificate of this microcredential , one should attend all the lessons and succeed for the final groupwork. This microcredential obtains 3 credits

Scientific Coordination

Prof. Jana Asselman, Department of Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology, Ghent University

The themes of Summer Training sessions are mostly related to the 5 priorities of blue economy as relevant for the entire region, i.e. the EU countries as well as non-EU-countries. Themes will include, but are not limited to:

  • Blue economy in the EU (governance and finance)
  • Healthy oceans
  • Ecosystem services
  • Sustainable seafood
  • Coastal engineering and Building with Nature
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Maritime transport
  • Bioprospecting
  • Deep sea exploration and mining
  • Social innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

The BlueS&T will close the mismatch between knowledge academic sciences and the job requirements for Blue economy's staff by combining ex-cathedra lectures on specific scientific subject with hands-on practicals, multidisciplinary workshops and on-site visits .

Thanks to the collaboration with the marine research institutes in Zeeland, The Netherlands, you will be submerged in the worlds of offshore sustainable seafood, Building with Nature and learn the concept of social innovation through a practical workshop.

Students enjoy ex-cathedra lectures (about 50%) where leading academics devote their full attention. A mix is provided of (inter-)national lectures from amongst others Ghent University, VLIZ, KU Leuven, VUB, HZ University of Applied Sciences, NIOZ, Wageningen University and Research, and various international partners of the EPIBOOST consortium like University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the 3i University Network like University of Lille and Kent.

Practical info

€ 850,-

  • The Summer School is recognized as specialist course by the (Bioscience) Engineering and Natural Sciences Doctoral Schools of Ghent University as well as the KULeuven Arenberg Doctoral Schools. As such, for PhD students who are a member of these doctoral schools, the course is free and will be added to the curriculum by the Doctoral Schools administration after successful completion.
  • If you have followed the postgraduate Blue resources, you can join for free.
  • If you are member of EPIBOOST project, you can join for free.

This includes:

  • Tuition and all course material
  • On-site visits and excursions
  • Certification
  • Lunch, coffee breaks and two social dinners
  • Transport from/to Zeeland and accommodation, breakfast included

Not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Transport from/to home location to Belgium
  • Other meals than listed above
  • Other overnight stays than listed above, 10 in total
  • Insurance

  • Date: 3-14 July 2023
  • Location : Ghent University and Ostend Science Park, Ostend, Belgium


English is used in all presentations and documentation


All students will be asked to provide a short motivation (1 page) and their CV (1 page), which will then be evaluated by the organizing committee. If your application was successful, you are accepted & you can enrol for this summer school.

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UGent (Bioscience) Engineering Doctoral Schools

UGent Natural Sciences Doctoral Schools

KULeuven Arenberg Doctoral Schools

EPIBOOST project

Postgraduate Blue resources