The 19th International Congress
on Marine Corrosion and Fouling

June 24-29, 2018 | Melbourne, Florida

2018 Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling Schedule

Date Event Location Time
Sunday June 24, 2018 Registration & Welcome Crowne Plaza      18:00 - 21:00
Monday June 25, 2018 Registration FIT 08:00 - 08:50
  Introductory Opening Remarks     FIT 09:00 - 09:20
  Plenary Lecture 1 FIT 09:30 - 10:00
  Morning Coffee Break FIT 10:00 - 10:30
  Sessions FIT 10:40 - 12:30
  Lunch (Not Included)
12:30 - 14:00
  Sessions FIT 14:10 - 15:50
  Afternoon Coffee Break FIT 15:50 - 16:20
  Sessions FIT 16:30 - 18:30
  Student Night   19:30
Tuesday June 26, 2018 Registration   08:00 - 08:30
  Plenary Lecture 2 FIT 08:30 - 09:10
  Sessions FIT 09:20 - 10:30
  Morning Coffee Break FIT 10:30 - 11:00
  Sessions FIT 11:10 - 12:30
  Lunch (Not Included)   12:30 - 14:00
  Sessions FIT 14:10 - 16:00
  Afternoon Coffee Break FIT 16:00 - 16:30
  Sessions FIT 16:40 - 18:00
  Poster Reception Crowne Plaza 18:30 - 20:30
Wednesday June 27, 2018     Registration FIT 08:00 - 08:30
  Excursion 1 (King) Start @ FIT 08:30 - 16:00
  Excursion 2 (River) Start @ FIT 08:30 - 12:30
  Excursion 3 (Air) Start @ FIT 09:30 - 16:30
  Excursion 4 (Zoo) Start @ FIT 08:30 - 15:00
  Banquet Dinner KSC 19:30
Thursday June 28, 2018 Registration FIT 08:00 - 08:30
  Plenary Lecture 3 FIT 08:30 - 09:10


FIT 09:20 - 10:30
  Morning Coffee Break FIT 10:30 - 11:00
  Sessions FIT 11:10 - 12:30
  Lunch (Not Included)   12:30 - 14:00
  Sessions FIT 14:10 - 15:30
  Afternoon Coffee Break FIT 15:30 - 16:00
  Sessions FIT 16:10 - 18:40
Friday June 29, 2018 Registration FIT 08:00 - 08:30
  Plenary Lecture 4 FIT 08:30 - 09:10
  Sessions FIT 09:20 - 10:30
  Morning Coffee Break FIT 10:30 - 11:00
  Sessions FIT 11:10 - 12:30
  Lunch (Not Included)   12:30 - 14:00


FIT 14:10 - 16:00
  Closing Remarks FIT 16:00 - 16:30

Invited Speakers

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Session Topics 

Biomimicry, Bioinspiration and Natural Antifoulants (Chairs: Johan Svensson & Phil Kim)

This session will present some of the recent progress within the field of antifouling biomimicry and bioinspiration. Living organisms have numerous strategies to combat unwanted growth and competition. Scientists are investigating means to transform some of these solutions into technological solutions to counteract fouling on man-made structures. Nature still represents the major source for inspiration in the search for novel, environmentally friendly antifoulants and repelling materials and surfaces. Topics that will be covered in this session include:

 - Antifouling natural products
 - Synthetic mimics of antifouling natural products
 - Natural non fouling surfaces
 - Antifouling biomimetic surfaces

Beyond Ships (Chair: Hank Lobe)

Fouling and Corrosion on Renewable Power Installations, Desal Plants, Sensors, Fixed Platforms in Offshore Oil / Gas, Instruments, and Aquaculture

New Analytical Methods (Chair: Axel Rosenhahn)

Hydrodynamics / Dynamic Testing (Chair: Travis Hunsucker)

This session will focus on emerging trends and topics related to the hydrodynamic performance and characterization of surfaces and vessels exposed to marine corrosion and/or fouling. The session will also explore novel methods developed to immerse substrates under dynamic conditions and how this methodology affects the evaluation of material performance. Some of the specific topics covered in this session will include:

 - Numerical methods to examine the ship fuel penalties associated with marine corrosion and/or fouling.
 - Experimental methods to quantify impact of marine corrosion and/or fouling on frictional drag.
 - Dynamic testing of coatings and other material substrates.
 - Novel methods for the characterization of fouling under dynamic conditions.

Fouling as a Vector for Invasive Species (Chair: Eugene Georgiades)

Vessel biofouling represents an important vector for the spread of non-indigenous species. The introduction of some non-indigenous species to new locations can have far-ranging impacts on the marine environment and the people reliant upon it. This session aims to provide scientists, regulators and end users with new information to address this problem, including:

- The transport of non-indigenous species via vessel biofouling.
- Their associated impacts.
- New developments, both regulatory and technical.
- Opportunities for regional and international collaboration to strengthen global biofouling management.

Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics (Chair: Dasha Leary)

Multidisciplinary approaches combining molecular biology, analytical technologies, and emerging computational algorithms/software applications offer the potential to characterize organisms responsible for both macro- and micro-fouling, such as molecular-level insight into attachment mechanisms. Session focus areas will include multidisciplinary approaches targeting macro-fouling organisms, micro-fouling microbiomes, characterizations of the environments fouling organisms live in, as well as discussions of challenges posed to teams in this research arena. Abstracts describing bioinformatics methods for large-scale analyses of -omics data are especially welcome. Specific topics include, but will not be limited to:

 - Sample processing strategies for -omics analyses (eg. genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics,         metabolomics) characterizing fouling organisms and communities.
 - Molecular and Systems Biology studies of fouling organisms, fouling microbial communities (or microbiomes), and their surrounding environments.
 - Bioinformatic and/or computational approaches for integration of -omics data analyses.

Bioadhesion: Natural and Biomimetic Adhesives (Chair: Chris So)

Next-generation antifouling materials that operate without biocides rely on exploiting the chemical and biological adhesion mechanisms used by marine organisms. Nature produces an incredibly rich diversity of underwater adhesives that range in properties from temporary to permanent, organic to inorganic, and elastic to brittle. Recent advancements in bioinformatics and molecular biology have shed light on how marine organisms use chemistry and biology to produce functional materials that operate as underwater adhesives. The Bioadhesives session aims to showcase the spectrum of lessons from biology and applications of molecular-level observations to biomimetic systems:

 - Adhesion mechanisms of macro/micro fouling organisms.
 - Molecular strategies and chemistry of marine adhesives.
 - Bioinformatic approaches to characterize bioadhesives.
 - Recombinant strategies to scale up and study natural adhesives.

Management of Vessel Fouling (Chair: Eugene Georgiades)

In-water Grooming, Cleaning, or Treatment: Biofouling of vessels and submerged moveable structures can result in fuel penalties, increased emissions and is an important vector for the spread of non-indigenous species. This session aims to provide scientists, regulators and end users with new information regarding:

 - Hull grooming (proactive management).
 - Hull cleaning or treatment (reactive management).
 - The risks, benefits, barriers and opportunities associated with different types of management  activities.

Policy & Regulations (Chair: Elizabeth Haslbeck)

This session will focus on broadly on environmental and policy concerns associated with anticorrosive and antifouling coatings. The primary focus will be on air and water quality inputs and issues. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

 - Fate and effects of antifouling or anticorrosive compounds
 - Ecological risk
 - Biocides and active substances: registration/regulation, release rate, efficacy, and impact on non-target organisms
 - Air emissions from vessels and/or shipyard processes - limits, quantification, and regulation
 - Emissions from biofouling control technology (coatings, piping systems) into harbors and waterways - control, quantification, limits, and regulation
 - Policy evolution - primarily at global (IMO) and broadly regional/national level

[Note that there will be a separate session focused on non-indigenous species mitigation, transport processes, risk, and regulation.]

Corrosion (Chair: Matt Strom)

MIC, Non-biological Corrosion, and Cathodic Protection. The marine environment provides a host of chemical, biological and physical challenges for materials. As we continue to advance our presence in this environment, new strategies in corrosion protection and the ability to monitor material and environmental conditions are required for material survivability. This session intends to highlight corrosion mechanisms and protection strategies of marine alloys and our ability to monitor changes in material and environmental behavior that indicate risk of material failure.

Marine Biofilms on Natural and Artificial Surfaces (Chair: Sergey Dobretsov)

This session will focus on assemblages of marine microorganisms attached to natural (algae, sponges, corals, whales, etc.) and artificial (hulls, pipes, nets, membranes, etc.) surfaces of the structures. It will cover emerging trends and topics related to spatial and temporal dynamics of biofilms, physiology and molecular biology of the biofilm's organisms, microbial adhesion, quorum sensing, eradication and modulation of biofilms. The session will provide an international forum for biofilm researchers from academia and industry to present and discuss new findings and ideas. Some of the specific topics covered in this session will include:

 - Biofilms on natural surfaces.
 - Biofilms on artificial surfaces.
 - Chemical signalling in biofilms.
 - Novel antimicrobial coatings.
 - Novel methods for the investigation of biofilms.

Macro and Integrative Biology (Chair: Gary Dickinson)

This session will focus broadly on the physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine fouling organisms. An understanding of the basic biology of fouling organisms may enable development of targeted antifouling strategies. Submissions on any phyla of fouling organism are appropriate, and research that integrates multiple levels of biological complexity are especially encouraged. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

 - Biomineralization mechanisms.
 - Impacts of global climate change and ocean acidification.
 - Larval behavior and settlement responses.
 - Comparative assessments of fouling community composition over time and space.

New Antifouling Technology (Chair: Shaoyi Jiang)

This session will focus broadly on the new fouling release technology, new biocide-based antifouling, and non-coating antifouling (Non-fouling materials). 

Fouling as a Benefit (Chair: Holly Sweat)

Fouling organisms are often considered nuisance species. In fact, even the term fouling carries a negative connotation. However, encrusting organisms can also provide benefits to marine ecosystems by providing habitat and food sources, serving as restoration tools and as measures of ecosystem health. This session will focus on the myriad benefits of biofouling. Topics may include, but are not limited to:


 - Fouling for habitat restoration (eg. oyster and artificial reefs, living shorelines and living docks).
 - Filtration rates and dietary preferences of benthic encrusting organisms.
 - The roles of foulers in coastal food webs and in the development of higher-level organisms.
 - Fouling biodiversity and biogeography.
 - Foulers as indicators of pollution, climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances.


Ice Phobic Coatings (Chairs: Dean Webster & Paul Armistead)

  1. Easy-Release Coatings: Are design principles for fouling-release and ice-phobic coatings the same?

Many years ago silicone based coatings were found to be low adhesion coatings against marine biofoulers thus starting the development of marine fouling release coatings. The low surface energy of these materials led researchers to look into hydrophobic surfaces, however the poor performance of Teflon and similar materials, led to the realization that the low modulus of the coating is also important. Newer versions of these coating are still 'soft' coatings but may have both hydrophilic and hydrophobic character. Recent interest in superhydrophobic coatings spurred the development of coatings which allow the easy release of ice. This community has also found that other factors besides a low surface energy are needed and these coatings have evolved to be similar to marine fouling release coatings. In this session, we will compare the requirements and testing metrics for these types of coatings as well as compare which types of materials perform well in these coatings and why.

Social Events

Central Wetlands: 

King’s Landing offers you the unique opportunity of exploring Central Florida’s wetlands on a leisure kayak ride through the scenic Rock Springs Run. Kayak or simply drift calmly downriver and experience encounters with wild otters, bears, deers, and potentially even monkeys! Whether you want to kayak the complete 8.5 mile-long trail, or leisurely drift through the first sections of the trail, King’s Landing is an ever so unique experience to encounter first hand the wildlife of Central Florida.

Coastal Rivers: 

Good Natured River Tours will take you out on an adventurous 2-hour eco-tour boat ride through parts of the Brevard County Estuary, onto both the Indian River Lagoon and Banana River. Not much else beats a relaxing day of coastal sightseeing, with likely bottlenose dolphin, manatee, wild bird, and potentially even alligator encounters!

Swamps & Marshlands: 

There is no better way to experience Florida’s swampy marshlands than on an airboat tour. This first excursion will take you to “Wild Florida” for an hour long trip through the wetlands, where you will likely encounter wild alligators, eagles, and plenty more! Furthermore, this excursion grants you access to Wild Florida’s Gator and Wildlife Park, where you can enjoy their thrilling Gator Handling Show, as well as get up close and personal with over 200 animals including sloths and lemurs!

African Savannah:

This excursion will take you to the incredible, 75-acre Brevard Zoo! It hosts more than 650 animals, comprising over 165 species, from around the world! In addition, this excursion includes an adventurous, guided Kayak Tour through the zoo’s Africa section, granting you an incredibly unique opportunity to observe a host of different animals from a kayak on an adjacent river. Furthermore, the zoo features a number of additional attractions including animal encounters, animal feedings, and treetop treks. So whether you want to kayak alongside animals from the African wild lands, have an up-close encounter with cuddly sloths and playful lemurs, or just leisurely scroll through the park in amazement of their wonderful selection, Brevard Zoo has it all!

Banquet Dinner

Let’s face it, not much can beat a mouthwatering banquet dinner under a Space Shuttle. Yes, you heard correctly! We are hosting this year’s ICMCF Banquet Dinner at the Kennedy Space Center’s beautiful Space Shuttle Atlantis. While you enjoy delicious foods and drinks with colleagues, the actual Atlantis orbiter displayed in flight will hang above your head. Surely, such a venue will occasion a night to remember!