Collaboration with industry

Valorization consortium "Composites" @ Ghent University


Ghent University counts about 25 valorization consortia, that are bringing together a multidisciplinary team of professors and researchers around a specific topic. Those valorization consortia each have their own full-time business developer who is the interface person to the industry.

Our research group Mechanics of Materials and Structures is coordinator of the valorization consortium on composite materials. This consortium groups 15 professors and more than 60 researchers in the field of composite materials.

The valorization consortium on composites offers services, contract research and long-term research.

More information on how to work with us, please contact

Master theses

In their second (and last) Master year, all engineering students have to do their master thesis. The master thesis is rated for 24 credits, which is a bit less than half a year. Typically, 15 to 20 master students do their master thesis in our research group every year.

Every company is invited to suggest master thesis topics for the engineering students (timing: before February for the next academic year) (contact Ilse Christiaens).

Spin-off companies

The research group counts four spin-off companies:

Support for SME's

The valorization consortium on composites is also a recognized service provider for SME's, in the so-called KMO-portefeuille program from the Flemish government. More information about this program can be found on the KMO-portefeuille website.

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Recognized service provider for SMEs