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Ostend Science Park is an attractive ‘blue economy’ hotspot

Still under construction, the new science park at Ostend is welcoming a second major player to its ecosystem. The innovative site, which is about 11 hectares in size, seeks to attract other blue economy companies that want to benefit from interaction with the marine and maritime experts at Ghent University and other knowledge institutes.

A great way to start

The newly established Ostend Science Park was founded by POM, the development agency of West Flanders, the Port of Ostend and Ghent University, one of Flanders’ universities. The park aims to appeal to companies that are active in the blue economy. Even before development started, e-BO Enterprises, a Flanders-based ICT company, jumped on board. Now, independent offshore survey company GEOxyz has also chosen Ostend Science Park as its home base.

The arrival of GEOxyz shows the added value of Ostend Science Park in the blue economy.

Carl Devos
CEO of Ostend Science Park

Built to inspire

The science park is strategically located in the Port of Ostend, a thriving hub for companies active in circular and sustainable industry. To ensure new future activities, the existing site will be cleared and leveled while the surrounding area receives a makeover. The works include an expansion of the road infrastructure and parking facilities, as well as the addition of high-quality bicycle storage. There will also be an extensive green space on the site to reinforce the campus feel of the science park.

Boosting blue growth

The expansion works will be completed by the end of 2021. Meanwhile, the science park continues its search for other blue economy companies, both local and international, that want to join this high-tech knowledge hub operating at the conjunction of science, business and government. 

Thanks to the availability of real-life test infrastructure, the Ostend Science Park offers the perfect breeding ground and a suitable ecosystem to further develop marine and maritime business.

Carl Devos
CEO of Ostend Science Park

More info

Ostend Science Park
Reported by
newspaper Het Nieuwsblad
3 August 2021

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