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Ghent University and Imec have offices in De Krook, mainly on the fourth floor. Ghent University’s departments of Culture and Education, Media and Communication, and Music Sciences are housed here. Imec, a European leader in nanoelectronics and digital technology, has chosen De Krook as the base for its most creative minds, researchers who turn groundbreaking ideas into innovative products.


But above all, in De Krook, both organisations enter into dialogue with Ghent residents and organise lectures, demonstrations and experiments. And, by communicating their scientific insights via the 8-metre high data wall in the library’s entrance hall, they share their most impressive innovations.

© photo: Michiel Devijver



With peaks of more than 8,000 visits per day, De Krook is an ideal biotope for the scientists of Ghent University and Imec. Research topics include the impact of new communication technologies on human behaviour, and technological challenges in healthcare. For these and other studies, De Krook has professionally equipped laboratories for top-level scientific innovation:


brainstorming sessions on the possibilities of new products.


Prototyping Lab
making ideas concrete, e.g. through 3D printing, laser cutting and vinyl printing.


for research on spatial and musical interaction, including motion capture and 3D audio rendering techniques.


in this immersive lab, companies can test innovative solutions in virtual and augmented reality.

© photo: Michiel Devijver

Student radio URGENT.FM


Ghent is a vibrant student city. Feel the vibe emanating from the studios of Urgent, the Ghent student radio with 400 volunteers where students gain their first practical experience of radio broadcasting. The live studio and editorial office can be seen from the street and are close to the nearby Wintercircus, where rock bands will soon be performing after the renovation. Rock on, baby!