• Wednesday, October 20, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come see the latest exciting corrosion research from Australasia’s best and brightest young corrosion researchers in the first round of the Brian Cherry Awards Forum. For it’s first 10 years, the Brian Cherry Awards Forum has been an ACA Victorian Branch event, but we are now expanding this opportunity Australasia wide. The award honours the late Professor Brian Cherry of Monash University for his significant contribution to corrosion education, consulting and the Australasian Corrosion Association Inc.

The award is judged over two events, this the second event, will feature four finalists who will present an expanded 15-minute presentation based on their prior submission at the Three Minute Thesis Event. You can view the full recording of the Three Minute Thesis Event here.

The Brian Cherry Award Forum is open to postgraduate and final year undergraduate research students studying at an Australasian University. Applicants could be studying any aspect of corrosion, including but not limited to metallic and non-metallic corrosion, corrosion management, corrosion mitigation, and corrosion protection. Taking part in the Forum provides students with the opportunity to present their corrosion related research work as well as showcase their talent to their peers and the Australasian Corrosion Industry – including potential employers.

We invite all ACA Members and interested parties to join us online for the first phase of this competition.


After the 3 Minute Thesis Event, the following students have been selected to represent their universities in the Final Round:

  • Larissa Franziska Kopf (The University of Waikato) – Thermography inspection for undercoating corrosion
  • Ben Burton (Australian National University) – RustSEG: Automated Corrosion Segmentation Using Deep Learning
  • Hongshou Huang (University of South Australia)- Study on the Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion Resistance of Thermal-Sprayed Cu-bearing Stainless Steel Coating
  • Maria Sofia Hazarabedian (Curtin University) – Optimization of the Double-Loop Electrochemical Potentiokinetic Reactivation Test for Precipitation Hardened Nickel Alloy


Students who qualify for the Presentation Forum will also have the chance to win a cash prize.

This year’s prizes are:
1st place – $1,000 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021
2nd place – $500 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021
3rd place – $250 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021
4th place – $100 and a complimentary ticket to C&P 2021

Start Time: 4:00 PM AEDT
Admission: Free

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.










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