The University of Gothenburg is one of the major universities in northern Europe. Its location in a large coastal city gives UGOT its special identity, and marine sciences are one of the strategic areas. The antifouling laboratory started with the establishment of a professor in interface biophysics in 1995. One of the long term strategic goals was to improve and optimize the current technologies used for marine antifouling coatings. A distinct line of research has been to find sensitive steps in the settling behaviour (life cycle) of barnacle at marine surfaces and to find substances that interfere with those steps.