3 'Innovative Training Networks' start at our faculty

(22-05-2019) These networks will focus on bio-based fertilizers, agricultural residues and the impact of human activities on rivers.

Innovative Training Networks (ITN)

The Innovative Training Networks aim to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.

Fertilizers and agricultural residues

Resource recoveryThe FERTICYCLE network will focus on bio-based fertilizers.
The AGREFINE network will study how agricultural residues can be recovered to new resources.

Both networks will provide 30 PhD research projects, in which 4 promoters of our faculty are involved: Erik Meers, Jeroen Buysse, Stijn Speelmans and Steven De Meester. Also 3 Flemish industrial partners are involved: Avecom, United Experts and InnoLab.

Both networks are part of the multidisciplinary research consortium End-of-Waste, focusing on the valorization of organic by-products from the agro-bio-food sector.

End-of-Waste cooperates with the Biorefine Cluster Europe, a cluster of more than 20 European projects working on the bio-based economy and resource recovery. 

Aquatic ecology

The third network at our faculty is RIBES: ‘RIver flow regulation, fish BEhaviour and Status’. River sluice

RIBES aims at training PhD students and water professionals concerning ecological impacts of human activities on river systems.

One of the major themes is related to flow alterations resulting from climate change, sluices and hydropower plants.

The focus is on innovative methods to determine the stress on fish populations via the use of diverse bio-tracking methods, robotics and advanced camera systems.

This training network is a result of a long-term cooperation between diverse European partners, and in particular the result of a fruitful cooperation between Ghent University and the Research Institute Nature and Forest, INBO. Promoters are Professor Peter Goethals (Ghent University, Department Animal Sciences and Aquatic Ecology), Johan Coeck and Ine Pauwels (both affiliated to INBO).

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