Ghent University

Contact email: hilde.willekens@ugent.be
Geographic scope: National
Country: Belgium
Type of Institution: University / higher education
Name in original language: UGent
Legal status: Public
Name of the Department: Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Climate-relevant agricultural research
Climate change research in my institution / department is linked to agricultural research areas: Yes
Description of climate-relevant ag research: Ghent University ranks in the top10 of Agricultural sciences. The link to climate change is investigated in many different areas.
Very important research areas: Monitoring of climate and climate change, Monitoring - Hydrological observations, Monitoring - Emissions monitoring and reporting, Monitoring - Climatological services, Risks of present and future weather-driven disasters, Adaptation to climate change, Climate change mitigation, Impacts of climate change, CC in agricultural systems - agriculture greenhouse gas emissions, CC in agricultural systems - arable land, cropping systemsRelatively important areas: Monitoring - Meteorological observations, Climate policies, CC in agricultural systems - fisheriesResearch level in your institution / department in the climate-related areas: Master or equivalent / ISCED 7, Doctoral or equivalent / ISCED 8, Post-doc
Number of researchers in climate-related areas: 200-500
Average yearly expenditure in your institution / department on climate change research in recent years (EUR): 1,000,000 - 5,000,000
Type of funding sources for your climate-related research: GovernmentResearch focus: Development focused, linkages with the SouthCollaborations with other organizations: Industry, Civil society, Farmers, cooperatives and agricultural workers, Government, International Organizations, Regional Fora / regional bodies, Rural advisory services, SMEs, University / higher education
Major needs of your institution / department to increase the impact of climate research: Many funding bodies demand cofunding from Industry. In the case of climate research, this is a limiting factor as results often are not commercially exploitable.
What is the current trend of interest in climate-related research in your institution?: Increasing: both researchers and funding bodies are increasingly interested
What are your institution's plans regarding climate-related research?: Keeping the current level of activity