Ghent University (UGent) is a top 100 university and one of the major Belgian universities counting over 46,000 students and 15,000 employees. Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economical heart of Europe, UGent is an active partner in educational, scientific and industrial cooperation at a national and international level. With respect 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, and history, among others. We distinguish ourselves as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.