International Thematic Networks

The international thematic networks are cooperative networks consisting of Ghent University staff members and international partners concerning a specific topic of excellence in education and research.


In the framework its policy regarding strategic international cooperation, Ghent University continues to invest in supporting international cooperation around a specific interdisciplinary theme with the aim of creating added value.

The network of international partners offers an added value through synergy by strengthening the existing capacity and expertise within Ghent University, and/or strengthening the capacity of partners in the South.


  • The network offers support to members of the Ghent University community in the chosen disciplines to engage internationally.
  • It supports the development of new initiatives in mobility, research, education and service to society. It strives for an increase both in the quality and in resources for the work done within Ghent University around this theme.
  • Further, the network promotes the excellence of the institution in this field, thus contributing to the position as an important partner in education, research and service to society and to the international Ghent University brand in general.

International Thematic Networks

ANSER - Sexual and Reproductive Health Olivier Degomme and Emilie Peeters
SEDwise - Sustainability Education Thomas Block and Katrien Van Poeck
GiC - Governance, in Conflict Network Koen Vlassenroot and Tomas Van Acker
GREEN-CHEM Christian Stevens
MYTOX-SOUTH Sarah De Saeger and Celine Meerpoel
Plant B+B - Plant Breeding and Biotechnology Godelieve Gheysen and Laura Cortada-Gonzalez
CAFRINAT Pascal Boeckx Erik Meers and Ana Robles Aguilar
PrIOMiC Jo Vandesompele and Pieter Rondou
Climighealth Ilse Ruyssen
Prospect Philippe De Smedt and Jeroen Verhegge
CENTD Bruno Levecke
INTEC - International network for Ectopic Calcification Olivier Vanakker and Karolien Aelbrecht


International Relations Office