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11 to 14 October 2022  |  IMO Headquarters, London 

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

Greener Technologies for Biofouling Management

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.

Call for Abstracts and Presentations


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. 

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).

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: 

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. 

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Sponsorship Exhibition

Sponsorship opportunities and Exhibition area

Benefits of Becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor


  • Take the opportunity at the 2nd GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling R&D Forum and Exhibition on Biofouling Management to market your products and services to a public and private sector audience from around the world.

  • Meet potential customers and key decision-makers at this one-of-a-kind platform for sharing developments and perspectives from global, regional and industry partners. This event will also provide a stimulating forum for the exchange of views between policy makers, industry, technology developers, service providers and academics.

  • Enhance the awareness of your brand’s products and/or services and network with senior officials and industry executives during and after the event.

For further information on sponsor and exhibition opportunities click on the button below

Conference venue:

International Maritime Organization (IMO), London, United Kingdom.

Accommodation & other useful information

The IMO headquarters building 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

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