Hosting Institutions

The Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB)

Ghent, Belgium.


The Flemish Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) in Ghent is a life sciences research institute that operates in close partnership with Ghent University. Dedicated to cutting-edge basic research with a strong focus on translating scientific results into pharmaceutical, medical, agricultural, and industrial applications. Thanks to the hard work of many people for almost 25 years and the support of sustained investment by the government of Flanders, VIB is widely recognized as an established and world-leading knowledge center in life sciences and biotechnology with an excellent reputation in technology transfer.

The framework agreement between VIB and Ghent University stipulates the ability of VIB researchers to register in the Doctoral Programme at Ghent University and obtain their Ph.D. at Ghent University. Today Ghent University attracts over 43,000 students, with a foreign student population of about 10% (42% of Ph.D. students) and employs around 7,300 academic staff members. Ghent University is 66th in the Shanghai ranking and 103rd in the Times ranking.