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JMSE Webinar | Marine Fouling Protection Technologies: Economics, Coatings and Environmental Health

4 Nov 2022, 15:00 (CET)

Marine Fouling Protection, Economics, Coatings, Environmental Health, Additive Toxicity, Microplastics, Chemical Halflife, Planetary Boundaries, Business Models
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Welcome from the Chair

5th JMSE Webinar

Marine Fouling Protection Technologies: Economics, Coatings and Environmental Health

The goal of this webinar is for all of us is to gain transdisciplinary understanding so we can move forward as a community toward more sustainable fouling management coatings. Our community is composed of Businesses, Polymer Chemists, Engineers, Biologists, Environmentalists, Policy Makers, Shareholders, Funding Organizations, Consumers, and associated thought leaders.

As is the case for other global challenges, perspective of the issues surrounding biofouling management are diverse, political, and contentious. It is fair to say that lives and livelihoods are at stake from all perspectives. Though change is essential, all our cultures provide inertia because, change includes risk and uncertainty.

Fouling management is an age-old problem. Thousands of years of experience should provide context for sustainable solutions. Modern fouling management is about 100 years old. Global economies, markets and political systems are on similar time scales. Interdisciplinary science based best practices and concepts like Planetary Boundaries are in their infancy. With a little care, this webinar and others like it will begin a process that heads biofouling management in a sustainable direction from all but the most radical viewpoints.

Date: 4 November 2022

Time: 3:00 pm CET | 10:00 am EDT | 10:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 868 0457 0214

Webinar Secretariat:


Marine Science and Conservation, Marine Laboratory, Nicholas School, Duke University, Beaufort, NC, USA

Professor Rittschof began an academic quest to develop reduced toxicity fouling management coatings in 1982. Over the decades his perspective on the challenges continues to mature. Over the last several decades that perspective has included increased sensitivity to the roles and interests of all stakeholders. His perspective is global issues require global solutions. Starting toward these goals would be a great way to end research career.

Invited Speaker

Department of Marine Science, Ocean College, Zhejiang University, Zhoushan, China

Prof. Dr. Weiqi Fu is currently a full professor at Zhejiang University while also holding an adjunct professor position at the University of Iceland. He received a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering and a Bachelor in Bioengineering from Zhejiang University. He is a Member of the Icelandic Academy of Sciences (a prestigious scientific society established in 1918 in Iceland), a member of the European Federation of Biotechnology, Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, and Guest Editor for several important journals such as Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. He has been invited by European Union Institutions to serve as a European Commission expert to evaluate Horizon 2020 research proposals since 2019. His research interest lies in understanding algal photosynthesis and metabolism and developing bioactive products and anti-fouling materials. He has explored fundamental questions on microbial evolution and metabolism through adaptive laboratory evolution and metabolic engineering and also applied expertise in applied microbiology to perform photobioreactor design, genetic engineering, and process optimization using both model and non-model microalgae (Phaeodactylum tricornutum, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Chlorella vulgaris, Dunaliella salina, etc.) towards industrial applications.


This is a FREE webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. Registrations with academic institutional email addresses will be prioritized.

Certificates of attendance will be delivered to those who attend the live webinar.

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Time in CET

Prof. Dr. Daniel Rittschof

Chair Introduction

3:00 - 3:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Daniel Rittschof

Sustainable Marine Fouling Protection Technologies

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Prof. Dr. Weiqi Fu

The Diatom Biofilm and Its Molecular Regulation

3:40 - 4:10 pm


4:10 - 4:25 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Daniel Rittschof

4:25 - 4:30 pm

Relevant SI

Marine Fouling Protection Technologies: Economics, Coatings and Environmental Health
Guest Editor: Dr. Daniel Rittschof
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 November 2022

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