Ghent University, Belgium
Patrick Sorgeloos obtained his PhD in marine biology in 1975 from Ghent University in Belgium. In 1978 he set up the Artemia Reference Center and in 1986 he became the first professor of aquaculture at Ghent University. Until his retirement as emeritus professor in 2013 over 250 Master (from over 50 countries) and 70 PhD alumni (from over 20 countries) graduated at Ghent University in the field of aquaculture.
Patrick is a strong promoter of international networking in aquaculture and was/is involved with the World Aquaculture Society, the European Commission (DGs RTD, MARE, DEVCO, SANTE, TRADE) and the European Aquaculture Technology & Innovation Platform EATIP. He was involved in many cooperation projects in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
In 1983 he was co-founder of the spin off company Artemia Systems that is now operating under the name of INVE Aquaculture and belongs to Benchmark Holding.
He has received honorary awards in China, Egypt, Greece, India, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand, USA and Viet Nam.