UNIC participates in COST Action on Microbially Influenced Corrosion

As part of a new interdisciplinary 90-member European Research Network

Microbially Influenced Corrosion (MIC) is a major international industrial challenge with far-reaching implications; ranging from enormous service and maintenance costs, to environmental or health aspects for society and nature more broadly.  

Professor Edna Yamasaki and Dr. Constantinos Hadjistassou are participating in the newly approved COST Action (COST 20130) titled «European MIC Network – New paths for science, sustainability and standards», as part of an interdisciplinary and collaborative European research network tasked with promoting exchange between academia and industry. 

The consortium consists of a total of 90 co-applicants worldwide from all disciplines and is coordinated by Dr Andrea Koerdt from the Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany, together with Torben Lund Skovhus from VIA University College in Aarhus, Denmark. 

MIC has been studied only sporadically in Europe, resulting in a missing exchange between industry and science. Moreover, it is understood that an interdisciplinary approach is necessary given the breadth of the topic and the numerous areas affected by MIC –Especially since experts assume that global warming will favour the spread of MIC and further impair the lifespan of materials in the future.  

The new COST Action is therefore expected to greatly assist in generating an impulse for research progress and innovation in this field, ultimately developing prevention methods against MIC.  

Access the related Press Release here: https://www.bam.de/Content/EN/Press-Releases/2021/Environment/2021-05-31-research-network-microorganisms.html