Welcome to Ghent University Global Campus!
This international symposium perfectly illustrates what Ghent University stands for and how we see our role as an open, engaged and pluralistic university in tackling the manifold and complex challenges of the 21st century.

As you may know, Ghent University has a solid tradition in academic education and scientific research. Our position among the top 100 in the world’s best-known rankings and our excellent reputation in life sciences inspired the Korean authorities to invite us to participate in the unique Incheon Global Campus (IGC) project.

Yet Ghent University’s ambitions are not confined to delivering high-quality education and research. We want to make change happen, as we firmly believe that a truly global university should contribute to finding solutions for even the most challenging global problems.

Hence this scientific symposium, focusing on a topic in the interest of the entire Korean peninsula. Scientific findings and breakthroughs in this domain could significantly improve the lives of many fellow human beings, regardless of boundaries and divides, both in East Asia and far beyond.

So, once again, welcome to the symposium and may you all get inspired by the motto we cherish here at Ghent University Global Campus: aim higher!

Prof. Rik Van de Walle

Rector of Ghent University

It is an honor for me to welcome you to 2021 International Symposium for the Korean Peninsula Marine Global Project on behalf of Ghent University Global Campus (GUGC). Built on the success of 2019 symposium, this year’s symposium will offer insightful ideas and discussions toward sustainable development by integrating blue bioeconomy and blue carbon.

It features series of presentations and discussions from 12 countries. The first session is dedicated to the exploration of blue bioeconomy potentials in the tidal flats and their utilizations, such as food, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals and renewable energy. Session 2 addresses blue carbon in tidal mudflat and examines viable options for achieving carbon neutrality.

We look forward to seeing you at the Forum. Join us in this adventurous journey to the world of blue bioeconomy and let’s tackle climate change issues with blue carbon!

Prof. Han Taejun

Campus President of Ghent University Global Campus