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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

Key partners

Key partners






Strategic partners

strategic partners