biomassWithin the cluster for Science and Technology, a U4 Summer School cycle on Energy, Sustainability and Society will be launched. A first edition, dealing with the the central theme of 'Sustainable use and re-use of biomass', will take place at Ghent University. 

The summer school will take place in Ghent from 11 until 13 September. It is primarily aimed at PhD students.  

Each day of the programme will focus on a specific theme, and will include contributions of leading scientists in the field, coming from all U4 partner universities and the Ghent University based International Thematic Network 'GREEN-CHEM'. Day one will focus on biomass production. On the second day, the summer school will focus on technological processes, which are considered to transform biomass into useful end products (by thermal, thermochemical, chemical, microbiological, ... processes). On the third day, legal, economic and political aspects of the (re)use of biomass are dealt with. The third day will also include a visit to a company. 


The programme is available for download [.PDF].

Download the flyer [.PDF] (in cooperation with GREEN-CHEM).

In addition to the Biomass summer course, the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering organises organises a Short Training Programme on Circular Economy [flyer .PDF] (Economics and Management of Natural Resources) from 18 till 22 September


Participation is free of charge for U4 students, but registration is required. Participants who are not related to the U4 network are required to pay a registration fee of 250 EUR. 

Participants need to register by sending a short CV and a one-page statement on their on-going PhD research (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The maximum number of participants is set to 30.


Day 1 and 3 will take place at Ghent University's conference centre 'het Pand' (address: Onderbergen 1, B-9000 Ghent)

Day 2 will take place at the Faculty of Bioscience-Engineering (address: Coupure Links 653, B-9000 Ghent)


Hotel block-bookings have been made in: 

  • NH hotel Belfort (address: Hoogpoort 63, B-9000 Ghent) - reservation form [PDF]
  • IBIS St-Bavo Cathedral (St-Baafs Kathedraal; address: Limburgstraat 2, B-9000 Ghent; for booking: send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and mention the code 'BIOMASS'; booking is possible till 7 August)

Both hotels are located in the city centre. Bookings are made on the own expense of the participants, using the designated form/booking code.

For students of the U4 network: please contact your local U4 coordintor for funds for travel and accommodation. 

Lunches will be offered by Ghent University, as well as a social activity and dinner on Monday 11 September.  


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