Register now for the final conference of the CREST project. | Compendium Coast and Sea

Register now for the final conference of the CREST project.

How can we give our coast the resilience it needs to withstand a changing climate? This research question was central to the project CREST - what stands for Climate Resilient Coast - which for four years tried to deepen the Flemish expertise with regard to coastal processes by means of field measurements, laboratory tests and numerical modelling. The consortium consisting of ten partners from academia, the Government of Flanders and the private sector studied five scientific objectives:

  •  gain a better understanding of nearshore and onshore physical processes including improved models and the validation of ‘grey’ data about coastal dynamics;
  •  gain a better understanding of the flood risks along the coast and the impact of wave overtopping on structures, buildings and behavior of people inside;
  •  determine the resilience of the natural coastal system (dunes and beaches) in relation to storms and wind;
  •  validate calculations with today’s state of the art models on the basis of laboratory tests and field measurements in selected pilot areas;
  •  define improved climate change scenarios for the Belgian coast.

The findings of this research will be presented at the CREST final conference on Thursday 26 September 2019 in Greenbridge Ostend.

Programme (English)

09:30-10:00   Registration | Welcome coffee

10:00-10:10   Welcome
Noémie Wouters, CEO GreenBridge & Carl Devos, CEO Ostend Science Park  

10:10-11:00   CREST - General overview
Jaak Monbaliu, Project Coordinator

11:00-12:45    Pitch presentations: CREST take home messages

12:45-14:15    Lunch with poster exhibition & demo session of monitoring techniques

14:15-14:45    Keynote presentation - Wave-driven and Aeolian sand transport: Dutch experiences
Gerben Ruessink, Utrecht University (NL)

14:45-15:45    Panel discussion: evaluation & foresight exercise

15:45-16:00    Closing speech
Jaak Monbaliu, Project Coordinator

16:00-17:00    Visit to the Coastal & Ocean wave Basin (COB)

17:00-18:30    Network reception

Practical information

GreenBridge, Wetenschapspark 1, 8400 Oostende, Belgium

Thursday, September 26th, from 9:30 until 18:30

Registration to the conference is free but mandatory. Please register using the button below, no later than September 19th


For more background on the CREST-project, you can visit the project website. Questions can be addressed to