Welcome to Tech Lane Ghent Science Park

Tech Lane Ghent Science Park is a vibrant ecosystem of international corporate R&D centers, public research institutes and high-tech growth enterprises, providing a stimulating environment to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.

Tech Lane Ghent Science Park was created in 1986 under the name Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde managed by Ghent University, ranked among the top 100 academic institutions worldwide. The Park currently hosts 10 university labs, 8 research institutes, 11 international corporate R&D centers and more than 60 high-tech growth enterprises, covering an integrated campus of 60 ha, housing more than 3,500 high-tech professionals...

The numerous testing, piloting, incubation and acceleration facilities provide flexible laboratory and office space, as well as easy access to Ghent University's research infrastructure and talent pool comprising over 44,000 students plus 15,000 researchers and associated support staff.

Recently, a second greenfield campus was created on Eiland Zwijnaarde, providing building opportunities for companies and research centres in the areas of Pharma, Biotech, Food and Cleantech.

Every year, the Science Park welcomes more than 10 new high-tech start-ups. The Science Park has become the natural habitat for the location of spin-offs from VIB, IMEC, VITO and Ghent University of course.

Innovation Clusters

Three major innovation clusters at Tech Lane Ghent Science Park are:

  • Life Sciences: agro biotechnology, antibody therapeutics, inflammation research, food technology

  • Materials: metallurgy, structural engineering, composites, High-throughput methodologies, large structure materials characterization and testing

  • Digital Technologies: wireless technologies, data analytics, Internet of Things, chip hardware technology and design, photonics

  • The distribution of full-time staff across each of these innovation clusters and in the various types of organisation housed on the park is shown in the figures below.

    Tenants Association

    Founded in 2005, VZW Ardoyen promotes cooperation between public and private institutions and companies.

    As a first initiative, the companies at the Science Park collaborate on a common waste water management in the context of a sustainable ecological and economic policy for the entire Park.

    The joining of forces was reflected in initiatives of water consumption on a larger scale and in this way to reduce the amount of wastewater.

    Driven by Ghent University, but under the umbrella of VZW Ardoyen, various workgroups were launched. These workgroups consist of representatives of VZW Ardoyen members.
    The following projects are currently in progress:

    • Sustainable water management
    • Mobility. Some initiatives are already being realized:
      • Shuttle service
      • Cambio
      • Mobile bicycle repair service
      • Deployment of the Shuttle Fund for companies (“Het Pendelfonds voor bedrijven”), to stimulate commuting initiatives
      • Park Event on the theme of mobility
      • Introduction of one-way traffic
      • Bicycle street initiative and other traffic speed reduction measures
      • New signposting
    • Website
    To be realized soon:

    • Parking and accessibility to the Science Park

    The park management is supported by Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


    Not a member yet? If your company wants to be involved in and benefit from the current and future evolution of the Science Park, please send your application to parkmanager@techlane.be.

    Future Developments

    In terms of mobility on and around the park


    Safety first! We want a bicycle and pedestrian bridge east of the N60 bridge.


    We have a dream: a tram stop in the heart of the campus!

    de lijn

    De Lijn is investigating the possibility to move the Tramstraat bus stops onto Tech Lane


    A new parking facility at the park ending the current parking chaos

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