2nd GloFouling 
R&D Forum and Exhibition
on Biofouling Prevention
and Management for
Maritime Industries

Greener Technologies for
Biofouling Management

London, 11-14 October 2022

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The IMO-GloFouling Partnerships flagship conference on Biofouling Management will bring together regulatory bodies, academia, leading scientific experts, technology developers, and representatives from maritime industries such as shipping, ports and harbours, aquaculture & fishing, offshore oil & gas, deep sea mining and ocean renewable energy, for a comprehensive overview of this rapidly expanding area of research and development of technologies.

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Programme and Registration

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Call for Abstracts

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Management of biofouling is a research topic of major maritime and environmental importance. Together with ships’ ballast water and aquaculture, biofouling is one of the main culprits in the spread of non-indigenous marine species. Invasive species in marine and coastal environments are a threat to native biodiversity and productivity of the marine ecosystem. Non-indigenous and invasive species – even in very remote coastal areas – are now seemingly the norm rather than the exception. 

Call for Abstracts and Presentations

Requirements & submission

The abstract or presentation proposal should be written in English, with maximum length of 250 words. The text should include objectives, results and conclusions, or, in the case of presentations, a description of the subject, the main aim and the conclusions or main aspects.

Please submit your abstract by email to: glofouling@imo.org 

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2022

All proposals will be reviewed by an international scientific committee and authors will be notified of the acceptance by 15 August 2022.  Since a large number of proposals are expected to be submitted to this IMO-GloFouling flagship event, the deadlines will be strictly followed. 

We invite abstracts and presentations for the following topics:​

  • Antifouling systems and biofouling management technologies and methods in Shipping, Recreational boating, Aquaculture, Oil & Gas, and Ocean renewable energy structures.

  • Impact of biofouling and invasive aquatic species on Shipping operations, Aquaculture and Ocean renewable energy industries.

  • Monitoring and testing performance of technologies and methods to manage biofouling.

  • Port, drydock and shipyard perspectives of biofouling management (risk assessment, best practices for biofouling prevention, waste management, and other marine environment and safety aspects).


Sponsorship opportunities
and Exhibition area

During the Forum, a separate exhibition area as well as sponsorship opportunities will be available giving companies a chance to present themselves, promote their products and services and increase
their visibility to a global audience.


To participate as an exhibitor or a sponsor, please contact: glofouling@imo.org


Conference venue:
International Maritime Organization (IMO),
London, United Kingdom.

Accommodation & other useful information
IMO headquarters are is conveniently located in the Southbank of the city, not far from the Houses of Parliament.  There are numerous options for accommodation, many of which can be secured through standard booking websites. 

For information on the R&D Forum, contact the GloFouling Partnerships Project team at glofouling@imo.org

For information on sponsorship packages for the event, please contact Ms. Marija Vranic at glofouling@imo.org