The 19th International Congress
on Marine Corrosion and Fouling

June 24-29, 2018 | Melbourne, Florida

2018 Congress on Marine Corrosion and Fouling Schedule

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* Please note that changes may occur may occur to the below schedule. 

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On Sunday (June 24th), there will be a Welcome Reception at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House (Address: 3275 Dixie HWY. NE Palm Bay, FL 32905) from 18:00 to 21:00.

There is parking at the Lagoon House for those that wish to drive there themselves. Staff will be on site to direct drivers / attendees to the proper locations. Shuttle services will be available from both conference hotels (Hilton Rialto & Radisson Oceanfront) as well as the FIT campus and will begin running at 17:45.


Plenary Speakers

Brenda J. LittleBrenda Little recently retired from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Her 43-year career has focused on the investigation of microorganism/material interactions, including biodeterioration, biodegradation and bioremediation, i.e., chemistries produced by microorganisms. Her publications include 2 co-authored books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. She is the President of the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society (IBBS). She is also a Fellow for the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE- International) and serves on the editorial board for International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, the official journal for the IBBS.

Christine Bressy - Christine Bressy obtained an Engineer Diploma from the National School of Chemistry of Montpellier, France and a Masters Degree in Polymer Interfaces & Amorphous states from the University of Montpellier in 1993 which she followed up with a Doctorate in Polymer Chemistry from the same institution investigating the synthesis and characterization of phosphonated monomers and polymers for anticorrosive coatings. She developed methods to introduce phosphonic acid groups onto fluoropolymers through grafting reaction or polymer blends. In 1996 Christine Bressy joined the MAPIEM laboratory based in Toulon, France, exploring novel polymers with controlled architectures and morphologies. As associate professor, she has supervised 12 PhD thesis based on the development of seawater hydrolysable (meth)acrylic polymers for marine antifouling purposes. She has a keen interest in future antifouling/fouling release strategies and demonstrating their mechanisms of action using surface and bulk analysis techniques, bioassays and field tests. Amongst other activities Christine Bressy’s responsibilities encompass the leading of the "antifouling surfaces" research axis of the MAPIEM laboratory and the participation in the scientific board of projects on the ship surface protection by antifouling paints. She has over 20 years of project/program experiences in the development of antifouling coatings. At present she is focused on the development of novel antifouling strategies based on the development of SPC/FRC hybrid strategies. Christine Bressy is also involved in testing and expertise proposals to industrial customers in the antifouling paint area.

Pei-Yuan Qian - Pei-Yuan Qian is currently David von Hansemann Professor of Science, Acting Head and Chair Professor of Department of Ocean Science and Chair Professor in Division of Life Science in Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He was founding director of Coastal Marine Laboratory, deputy director of Center for Coastal and Marine Research, Associate director of Atmospheric and Marine Environmental Science Programs of HKUST. He was also the founding President of Pacific Institutes of Marine Sciences. His work covers marine larval omics, marine molecular microbial ecology, marine natural products, deep-sea biology and is one of the world leading scientists in larval biology, biofouling and antifouling research. He published over 400 SCI papers and delivered over 70 plenary/keynote talks in international conferences. He was the founding chair of Gordon Research Conference on Marine Molecular Ecology and the Chief Editor of Frontiers in Marine Molecular Ecology. He holds 7 USA and 5 China Patents on non-toxic antifouling compounds.

Russell Stewart - Professor Stewart received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989, studying the role of GPT hydrolysis in microtubule assembly dynamics with Professor Les Wilsion. He went on to do postdoctoral research at Harvard University with Professor Larry Goldstein studying the structure and mechanism of kinesin microtubule motor proteins. He continued that work at the Rowland Institute for Science in Cambridge, MA, before joining the faculty of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah in 1994. His longstanding research interests are in biomimetic engineering. The current focus of his lab is development of medical adhesives for hard and soft tissue repair modeled after the natural underwater adhesives of sandcastle worms and caddisworms.

Session Topics 

Biomimicry, Bioinspiration and Natural Antifoulants (Chairs: Johan Svenson & 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 & George Bonheyo)

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 & Shane Addleman)

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). 

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!

Young Professionals' Night

This event is reserved for individuals who are currently completing a degree or have completed their degree within the last three years. If applicable, please join in on this great opportunity to network with other young professionals in the field! Young Professionals’ Night is going to be hosted at Hell N’ Blazes, in historic downtown Melbourne. 

All attendees will receive free food!

In addition, a free shuttle will provide transportation between Hell N’ Blazes and the Florida Institute of Technology campus (conference venue) at the beginning and end of the event.

Although the event ends at 09:30PM, Hell N’ Blazes' central location in downtown Melbourne makes it easy for attendees to continue their fun if they wish.

Please RSVP your attendance by registering online through Eventbrite in order to ensure that we have enough shuttle busses and food for the event. Please find RSVP directions below:

  1. Go to
  2. Search for ICMCF
  3. Click on event titled “ICMCF - Young Professionals’ Night”
  4. Click “Register”
  5. Click “Checkout” on popup
  6. Plug in your personal information (name & e-mail address)
  7. Click “Complete Registration”

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!