The former Centre for Environmental Sanitation (CES) of UGent was founded in 1971 as the ‘Interfaculty Centre for the Study of Air, Soil and Water Pollution’ to provide a complementary study for academic graduates of different (scientific) disciplines. In 1986 it was renamed ‘Centre for Environmental Sanitation’ (CES) and belongs to the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of Ghent University.

In 2011, a name change was implemented, so that the new name of the former CES now reads CES&T: Centre Environmental Science and Technology. This was inspired by the fact that “Sanitation” no longer covered the load and the fact that technology is substantially present in teaching and research.

Nowadays, the CES&T is an interfaculty, transversal structure, integrating environmental sciences, technologies and management. It is a central recognizable UGent contact point for environmental research, services and education.