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WECANet Conference from 6-7 March 2023 in Ghent, Belgium

Local organizer: Prof. Peter Troch, Civil Engineering Department, Ghent University 


For detailed information about the venue and the event program please check regularly this webpage.



Tentative program:

Day 1 (Monday March 6):

  • 08:30 - 09:00   Arrival and registrations at Zebrastraat Conference venue in Ghent city center

  • 09:00 - 09:30    Welcome by the WECANet Chair and Local organiser of the Conference

  • 09:30 - 10:45    Plenary session 1: WG1 overview by WG1 leader(s) + selected presentations

  • 10:45 - 11:15    Coffee break

  • 11:15 - 12:30    Plenary session 2: WG2 overview by WG2 leader(s) + selected presentations

  • 12:30 - 13:30    Lunch 

  • 13:30 - 14:45    Plenary session 3: WG3 overview by WG3 leader(s) + selected presentations

  • 14:45 - 15:15    Coffee break

  • 15:15 - 16:30    Plenary session 4: WG4 overview by WG4 leader(s) + selected presentations

  • 16:30 - 18:00    Poster Session

  • 16:30 - 18:00    Management Committee meeting (for MC members only)

  • 19:30  - ...         Social dinner at restaurant SGOL in the city of Ghent  

 Day 2,  (joint organization with ENCORE project) (Tuesday March 7):

  • 08:30 - 09:30    Bus transfer from Ghent Zuid to VLIZ Conference venue in Ostend city center  

  • 09:30 - 10:00    Coffee break

  • 10:00 - 12:00    Presentations at VLIZ Conference Venue

  • 12:00 - 13:00    Lunch

  • 13:00 - 14:30    Panel discussion 'Multi-Use of Ocean Renewable Energy Applications'

  • 14:30 - 15:00    Bus transfer from Ostend city center to Flanders Maritime Laboratory 

  • 15:00 - 16:30    Visit of Flanders Maritime Laboratory (COB and towing tank) and concluding session

  • 16:30 - 17:30    Bus transfer from Flanders Maritime Laboratory to Ghent Zuid 

  • 17:30 - 18:30    Core Group meeting (for CG members only) 

1-page abstract submission for participation in the Assembly on 6-7 March 2023:

  • Deadline for submission was 13 January 2023, applications are closed

  • Abstract submission to:

  • Mention Working Group

  • Possible topics in the list below

  • Use the provided abstract word template


The abstract should present and explain your perspective on the Working Group that you have selected. This perspective should be focused towards identifying future activities that you and others may develop within and outside of the WECANet program, or past activities possibly related to Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs). Upon acceptance, your abstract may be selected for a poster or presentation. The abstracts will not be followed by submission of full papers or presentations, but will be published in the electronic Book of Abstracts of the Conference.

Upon abstract acceptance and after the Conference, participants will receive reimbursement of travel, accommodation and subsistence costs as defined by the COST rules and the WECANet budget plan for Grant Period. Check 'Join WECANet and COST rules' here

Therefore, participants will have to be registered on the e-cost platform.






Working Group 1: Numerical hydrodynamic modelling for WECs, WEC arrays/farms and wave energy resources

  • Array modelling of wave energy converters

  • Spectral domain modelling of WECs

  • Design of benchmarks (combined with activities related to WG2)

  • Multiscale modelling (coupling between codes for WEC simulation)

  • Multiphysics focusing on fluid-structure(WEC) interaction (Coupling between codes for WEC simulation)


Working Group 2: Experimental hydrodynamic modelling and testing of WECs, WEC arrays/farms, PTO systems, and field data

  • experimental databases: review of the state-of-the-art

  • validation and assessment of the numerical modelling uncertainties: benchmark methodologies (also linked to topic in WG1)

  • experimental model set-up and field device instrumentation: problem identification and guidelines collection and assessment of their effectiveness

  • wave emulators to perform dry tests for PTO systems: existing installations, integrated modelling approaches comprising wave emulator for PTO and hydrodynamic modelling

  • integrated optimization approach: the role of experimental hydrodynamic modelling in the wider optimization context (aspects as: economical, non-technical barriers, environmental, social) - this is a crosscutting theme that should be discussed with the other WGs.


Working Group 3: Technology of WECs and WEC arrays

  • WEC survivability

  • WEC design optimization

  • electrical aspects


Working Group 4: Impacts and economics of wave energy and how they affect decision- and policy-making

  • identification of resource, environmental and legal frameworks that support and/or hinder wave energy in MS and the EU, uncertainties-influence of resource, device and legal frameworks in the evaluation of WEC(s).

  • investigate the awareness and acceptance of WECs, at various levels stakeholder, local communities, identify perception barriers.

  • identification of innovation and financing potential, Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), to devise a helpful metric for WECs convergence.

  • explore market potential of wave energy in current (and future) mix of renewables, suggesting niche markets/applications where WECs can contribute.



Last modified: 17/01/2023 13:00 CET

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