Sunday 26 November: visit Ghent University on Science Day

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What is a collaborative economy? How is research conducted on Antarctica? Or would you rather test out some virtual reality? It is all possible at Science Day, the largest science event in Flanders and Brussels. Ghent will host the WoooW Science Festival in the MIAT. Plus, many different companies, observatories, hands-on centres, museums and laboratories will open their doors. There’s something for everyone!

On Science Day you can discover how scientific research and technological innovation have become part of our daily lives and how important they are to us in the future. Ghent University is involved with over fifty activities in and around Ghent, as well as in Kortrijk. The plans include fascinating demos, interactive workshops, guided tours and science cafés, entertaining lectures, walks, and exhibitions on almost all scientific domains.

Children’s programme

Today’s curious children are tomorrow’s scientists. They are therefore more than welcome on Science Day! Various fun children’s workshops will be held at the Wooow Science Festival in the MIAT. But there will also be lots on for children at the Do-Chemistry Centre, Plateaustraat Campus, Aelmoeseneie woods, Ghent University Kortrijk Campus, and the Armand Pien Public Observatory.

Practical information

  • Science Day will be held on Sunday 26 November 2017
  • A summary of all activities in Flanders can be found on
  • For Ghent there will be a city plan featuring all Ghent-based activities.
  • Almost all the activities are free. A reservation is required for certain activities. This is clearly indicated if applicable.

More about the activities run by Ghent University

  • WoooW Science Festival
    Can cancer be treated with sound? How dangerous is a USB stick found in the street? Can dogs suffer from epilepsy? How did people party in the Middle Ages? You can find all the answers at WoooW, an amazing and interactive science festival in the MIAT organised by Ghent University together with other higher education institutes in Ghent.
  • iGent
    Make your own LED dice or sign, solder your own signal searcher, or test out a real 3D printer.
  • Plateau
    Children can go on a giant cryptographic treasure hunt along the corridors of the Plateau building in search of … the rector’s treasure!
  • Aelmoeseneie woods
    Discover this online talking forest as it reveals its secrets using high-tech sensors on the trees.
  • Armand Pien Public Observatory
    Visit the public observatory and admire the telescope domes, the weather station and Ghent’s highest lawn! You can also go there for some lectures about meteorites or on the MOCCA project.
  • UZ Ghent
    Do you want to join us in thinking about the best form of care? Be quick and sign up for the inverted science café! Interested in medical imaging? Then follow one of the guided tours in the laboratories at Infinity Lab and the Department of Nuclear Medicine and discover all there is to know about PET, SPECT, MRI, CT, etc…
  • Do-Chemistry Centre (de Sterre)
    Attend demonstrations, try some experiments yourself, or try an ice cream made using liquid nitrogen!
  • Guided Tour Out of the Box
    In celebration of Ghent University’s 200th anniversary, the Ghent University Museum (GUM) is sending academic heritage collections to four cultural locations in the city: St. Peter’s Abbey, Dr. Guislain Museum,  Ghent Design museum and St. Bavo’s cathedral.
  • Ghent University Kortrijk Campus
    Plenty of activities are also planned at our campus in Kortrijk. You can meet robots, try out an interactive gaming mat, folding bike, or new running app, take part in ‘Escape the LAB’, attend a lecture on the electricity network, or make your own key ring or biopolymer.
  • i-Brain, a festival about the brain (Zebrastraat)
    This year’s theme is 'Sport: Brain & Motion'. The festival programme involves a mix of scientific presentations, workshops, discussions, demos and plenty of other activities.