CAPTURE Initiative

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During several decades, our economy has grown according to the ‘make-take-dispose’ model. Now, we acknowledge that resource recovery is an essential factor towards a more sustainable and circular economy. It is, however, a complex problem and whereas Flanders is a top region when it comes to waste treatment, resource recovery solutions are only being developed and implemented very slowly.


This observation has led to the CAPTURE initiative, which started in 2015 and has grown from interdisciplinary collaboration between several young and dynamic professors from 3 different faculties from Ghent University. In 2019, VITO and the University of Antwerp joined the initiative, followed by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2020. As a result: above 300 researchers are now collaborating within the organisation and we work together with above 100 companies. CAPTURE proposes an integrated approach based on three pillars:

  • Clustering of expertise, infrastructure and stakeholders in thematic pipelines, developing solutions from waste to resource, to final application
  • Acceleration of the introduction of knowledge and technologies towards industry and society
  • Training of multidisciplinary professionals

Doing so, CAPTURE wants to be a one-stop-shop for industry and government and offer integrated solutions related to resource recovery, without being restrained by the boundaries of institutes and stakeholders.


CAPTURE wants to deliver a disruptive contribution to the circular economy.


To accelerate radical technological innovations in the field of sustainable resource recovery by multidisciplinary collaboration between stakeholders, with a clear focus on valorization.


CAPTURE embraces following values:

  • A shared vision on research: By generating interaction between technology developers researchers from different disciplines, industry and government in a multidisciplinary and positive environment
  • Societal relevance: Connecting waste/secondary resources to a demand by smart collaboration between stakeholders
  • Disruptive and radical innovation: Bringing top research to the market
  • Lifelong learning: Not only training future professionals, but also training entrepreneurs and employees from other stakeholders
  • Sustainability: Not only by bringing positive environmental change by research and development in the field of resource recovery, but also by creating a good atmosphere, by collaboration and by being a reliable partner on the long term