MIC Programme

Budapest MIC Summer School program

August 26. Monday – August 30. Friday, 2024


Day 1 (Monday, August 26.) – arrival


18:00     Students’ and teachers’ meeting


Day2 (Tuesday, August 27.)


9:00 – 10:30                       L0. Welcome – Housekeeping and meet the teachers (Judit Knisz/Torben Lund Skovhus

L1. What is MIC? (Torben Lund Skovhus/Judit Knisz) Content: Basics of microbiology. Definitions. Role of microbes in corrosion. MIC Myths.

10:30 – 11:00                     Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30                     L2. Introduction to Corrosion (Anette Alsted Rasmussen/László Péter)

12:30 – 14:00                     Lunch

14:00 – 15:30                    L3. Corrosion management, MIC assessment (Rick Eckert/Torben Lund Skovhus)

15:30 – 16:00                     Coffee break

16:00 – 17:00                    L4. Analysis of corrosion failure cases. (André Abilio/Rick Eckert) Content: Current practice vs. required lines of data for a conclusive MIC assessment; how to discriminate between MIC and not MIC cases; conclusions that can be drawn from the comparison between the corroded and non-corroded areas in terms of corrosion and biological data.


Day 3 (Wednesday, August 28.)


9:00 – 10:30                       L5. Analysis of corrosion failure cases. (André Abilio/Rick Eckert) Content: Walking through the framework for MIC failure analysis; evaluation of multiple failure cases; student group exercise

10:30 – 11:00                     Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30                    L6. Theory – On-site sampling for MIC. (Team: Scott/Judit /Anette) Content: Discussion and examples of best practices for on-site sampling related to MIC testing. What information on microbiological, metallurgical and environmental/chemical aspects can be obtained in the field?

12:00 – 13:00                    Lunch

13:00 – 16:00                     Practical MMM training in rotation (Judit Knisz, Herman de Vries, Torben Lund Skovhus)

1.       ATP biomass measurements [analysis of ATP biomass of liquid and biofilm samples]

2.       DNA isolation, qPCR and sequencing [

3.       theoretical exercise about bioinformatics [


Day 4 (Thursday, August 29.)


Arrival at 8:30 at Research Centre for Natural Sciences (RCNS)

9:00                                       Practical training on metallurgical and environmental/chemical testing related to MIC. (Scott Wade/Zsófia Keresztes/László Péter)

1.       SEM-EDX [Examples of how this is practically related to MIC, corrosion morphology, biofilm morphology, chemical information provided, sample preparation and fixation, limitations of analysis]

2.       Metallurgy  [Examples of how this is practically related to MIC, metal microstructure and inclusions, weight loss, pitting analysis, corrosion morphology, biofilm and corrosion product removal]

3.       Electrochemistry [Examples of how this is practically related to MIC, potentiodynamic scans, OCP, LPR, EIS, electrodes and testing arrangements]

15:00                                     Visit of Budapest

19:00                                     Joint dinner


Day 5 (Friday, August 30.)


9:00 – 10:30                       L7. Integration of microbiological data with other lines of evidence. (Torben Lund Skovhus /Judit Knisz)

10:30 – 11:00                     Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30                    L8. Analysis and reporting of MIC testing (Scott Wade/Rick Eckert) Content: How to combine all the information obtained from field testing into a final conclusion. Working with industry and writing consulting reports.

12:30 – 14:00                     Lunch

14:00 – 15:00                    L10. Wrap-up, Evaluation. Quiz, Certificate - Group Photo w Certificates (Judit Knisz/Torben Lund Skovhus)


Please note, this is a draft program and it may subject to change.