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About us

EnerGhentIC is the interdisciplinary community of Ghent University innovating our energy future

Our Story

Ghent University provides top-notch research in the domain of energy, spread over various disciplines, which has the potential to contribute to the much-needed energy transition. This is where EnerGhentIC comes in and makes a difference. EnerGhentIC is focused on the creation of impact, starting from the energy research at our university. The impact creation is facilitated by the EnerGhentIC team by stimulating collaborations on various levels. 

Collecting all our energy researchers into one EnerGhentIC community ensures that all of the energy knowledge in Ghent University is consolidated in one place and colleagues can easily identify and create synergies. EnerGhentIC firmly believes in the necessity of a holistic approach and addresses the energy transition process from a multidisciplinary viewpoint, bringing together both technological and non-technological sciences to encompass the entire societal energy scope. 

Naturally, the EnerGhentIC researchers are only one link in the local, national and international network of energy partners. The development of networks and partnerships with all these other players, from academia, industry and society, is a key element in the EnerGhentIC strategy to create real impact in the energy transition process.  

Our Community

Our Community


The EnerGhentIC community boasts more than 200 members, all of them active in energy-related domains at Ghent University. Our group is comprised of junior and senior researchers, professors, technicians, business developers and supportive staff members, divided over 17 research groups, 5 faculties and 3 Ghent University campuses.

Looking for a certain expertise or for someone in particular?

Or else, browse through the vast amount of topics and research domains in our community and watch our research video pitches.

Our Team

Meet the Team

Meet the lovely people making up the EnerGhentIC team

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Business developer and team lead

Judith Ooms

Judith is business developer of the Industrial Research Fund (IOF) and energy expert. Her main focus is on the creation of impact by facilitating collaboration with industrial and societal partners. Judith is the lead of the EnerGhentIC team.

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Hydrogen Platform Manager

Louis Sileghem

Louis manages the Hydrogen Platform at Ghent University. With this platform, he links EnerGhentIC with other consortia such as CleanChem, ChemTech and Metals and acts as liaison for all Hydrogen related research at Ghent University.

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Administrative Officer

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Michel De Paepe

Michel is professor in applied thermodynamics and heat transfer at Ghent University. He works on energy efficiency in buildings & industry (for domestic appliances), by using heat pumps, fuel cells ORCs & other small energy conversion systems. Michel is also chairman of EnerGhentIC.

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Innovation Officer

Arne De Keyser

Arne is mainly responsible for the European collaborations within EnerghentIC, engaging new partnerships and showcasing our expertise in an international context. Het is also liaison to the Machineries & Factories and Metals business development centers at Ghent University.

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Communication Manager & Community Builder

Marijke Mahieu

Next to project coordination, Marijke supervises the EnerGhentIC communication actions, both for the community and for the external stakeholders. She is also at the forefront of all community building events and manages the digital communication channels.

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Liaison Officer city of Ghent

Eline Himpe

Ghent University supports the climate and energy goals of its home city. Therefore Eline acts as Liasion Officer between Ghent University and the City of Ghent, with the common goal of realizing the energy transition in the region. She also involves our own researchers for our in-house Ghent University energy transition.

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What do we do?

What we do

The three pillars of EnerGhentIC are:



Supporting the journey from fundamental research to applied solutions together with industry


Education & training

Providing life-long training for both academics and industry professionals


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Socio-economic valorisation

Linking academic innovation to real-life solutions within the energy transition challenge

What can we do for you?

Depending on which stakeholder you are, EnerGhentIC can offer you specific support:



If you are a representative of a Belgian or international knowledge institute and would like to exchange knowledge and collaborate on the energy transition, then get in touch! We are always on the lookout for new partners!


If you are a Ghent University researcher working on any aspect of the energy transition, then get in touch directly or via your promoter. 

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Within your organisation, do you have an idea that you want to develop or finetune, a challenge your are facing, a problem that needs solving...where the expertise of our energy researchers could be of added value? Then get in touch!

We offer a variety of formats to assist you, such as research projects, services, lab testing, research challenges, master theses, etc.

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Are you looking for experts to join government contracts or to provide advice on policy measures and the approach to energy policy - tailor-made or through participation in an expert committee? Let us know!

We consider it a core task to make our knowledge and expertise available to governmental organisations and policy makers

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Would you like to get in touch with our energy experts for interviews, opinion pieces, panel discussions, TV recordings, etc. then we can match you with the right expert

Also have a look at our expertise domains, research groups and our news items to get a general feel of what is on offer.

Our mission & vision


We have a direct impact on the (inter)national energy transition as a trusted partner of industry, academics and policy makers.

Our expert community provides top-notch R&D and education, leading to societal and technical innovation.

By engaging the actors in the energy landscape, we collectively create a sustainable energy future.

EnerGhentIC is the interdisciplinary community of Ghent University innovating our energy future in partnership with industry and policy makers

The broader scope

EnerGhentIC, which is firmly embedded in Ghent University, is partly funded by the Industrial Research Fund (IOF). The IOF provides a supporting framework for collaboration between the Ghent University Association and industry.  

EnerGhentIC is one of about 27 initiatives which are part of the Ghent University's Industrial Liaison Network. Within this network we closely collaborate with our colleagues from e.g. Metals, Machineries & Factories, BLUEGent, CSC and Crop-Fit. Evidently, we also have strong ties to the Ghent University Tech Transfer Office (TT).

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