The World in 2050

In 2020 the faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University celebrates its 100th anniversary. Already for 100 years now we work on the solutions for tomorrow's challenges. But let's take a look into the future: our youngest researchers describe their vision on how their field of study will look like in 2050.

We will publish new visions every month, so make sure to visit this page regularly!


Water Independency - Korneel Rabaey

By 2050, about every single house and building is water independent. This implies rainwater is collected and converted to drinking water. The water is used for human consumption, in the kitchen, or is combined with purified greywater (originating from the kitchen, washing and the shower) to be used as toilet flushing water and other domestic functions. Read more here.

Vitamin Sea - Jana Asselman

For as long as we can remember, we have been living together with the sea, often using it as our most important food source. Today it is our most important source of biomolecules. Thanks to our commitment of the past decades to tackle pollution in our seas and oceans and to take efficient climate measures, our seas and oceans now contain millions of different species of animals, plants and bacteria. Read more here.