Universiteit Gent (UGENT)

Gent, Belgium

Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major Belgian universities counting over 44,000 students and 15,000 employees. Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economic heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centres and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics, history, etc. We distinguish ourselves as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.

Within the Agricultural Economics department at the faculty of Bioscience engineering the research activities of the Agri-food marketing and chain management division concentrate on the agri-business sector (agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, food processing and distribution), both on the domestic and foreign markets (EU, Central and Eastern Europe, south-east Asia and Africa). More specifically, the following research topics are well developed within the Agro-Marketing division:

  • Consumer attitudes and behaviour
  • Agri-business competitiveness and management
  • Socio-economic analysis (e.g. changes in public policy, ethics)
  • Policy evaluation
  • Waste management: sustainability of by-products
  • Price formation and analysis
  • Innovation management
  • Chain management in the agri-business sector
  • Quality management in food and agriculture
  • Feasibility and investment studies (cost-benefit analysis)

Within Ghent University’s supporting framework for collaboration with industry, the business development center Food2Know focuses on innovation in feed, food and health. The group brings together different scientific experts throughout the food value chain and has large expertise on IP management, dissemination and valorization activities in national as well as international projects. Moreover, the project managers of Food2Know are experienced in the scientific as well as administrative coordination of large projects. The group can build on a strong network and good relations with feed and food-related sector organizations, industrial partners and governmental organizations on regional as well as EU and global level.

Xavier Gellynck