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Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the COIPM to the 18th ICMCF which will be held on June 19-24, 2016 in Toulon, France. The venue will be the “Palais Neptune – Toulon Convention Centre.

This congress originated in Juan-Les-Pins, France where the 1st ICMCF was held in 1964. Subsequent conferences have been held in venues located in Europe, Brazil, Japan, Australia and the United States with an increased record of bringing together up to 300 attendees. The conference has a rich history of having hosted attendees and speakers from both academia and industry and providing an environment wherein attendees have interacted and established relationships.

The forthcoming ICMCF will keep with past traditions by providing an interdisciplinary program that will highlight research efforts in understanding and combating biofouling and corrosion of materials and structures immersed in the marine environment. The ambition of this congress is to bring experts from around the world providing the latest basic and applied research advances in biology, microbiology, chemistry, physical chemistry, coatings and materials to help meet these challenges. In 2016, an additional session will be proposed dealing with fouling/corrosion concerns in marine energy applications and ships and in aquaculture, harbour infrastructures, Oil & Gas, and desalination plants.

The program will include plenary lectures, parallel sessions and poster presentations. An industrial exhibition will accompany the event. Poster presentations will be organized in one session and the posters will be on display during the whole conference to offer attendees more time to interact. Special attention will also be given to young scientists by providing grants allowing them to attend the Congress.

The local organizing committee will offer a social program to get to know the charming and attractive surroundings.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to join us and to discuss solutions to future challenges.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 18th ICMCF in June 2016.

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Dr. Christine BRESSY

18th ICMCF chair