Professor Brian Cherry with Nick Birbilis, Deputy Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at ANU (and former student) at the ACA’s 2017 International Concrete Symposium held in Brian’s Honour

In 2020 the Brian Cherry Awards Forum, founded in 2009 as an ACA Victorian Branch event, moved online and expanded to accept submissions from young corrosionists across Australia and New Zealand. Following the great success of the 2020 and 2021 event, we’re excited to announce that once again we will open this event to all entrants in 2022

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 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. 

The award will be judged over 2 events, both conducted via Zoom, an initial 3 min thesis event and a subsequent final longer style presentation forum consisting of up to 4 winners selected from the 3 min thesis event.

Generous cash prizes and complimentary registration to the ACA’s Corrosion and Prevention conference are on offer to the top 4 student presenters.

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. 

2022 Competition Details

You can tune in to watch the first round of the Brian Cherry Awards Forum by registering here.

Prizes
1st place – $1,000 and a complimentary C&P2023 student registration ticket
2nd place – $500 and a complimentary C&P2023 student registration ticket
3rd place – $250 and a complimentary C&P2023 student registration ticket
4th place – $100 and a complimentary C&P2023 student registration ticket

Application Process
Applications close
Monday 15th of August 2022 (CoB)

Acceptance of selected abstracts
Week of 5th September 2022

Presentation/Forum Dates
First Round – Three Minute Thesis
Wednesday 5th October 2022

Second Round – Full Presentation
Wednesday 19th October 2022

If you have any queries that are not covered here, please email this year’s award coordinators:
Dr. Wayne Neil wayne.neil@dst.defence.gov.au or Dr. Julie-Anne Latham JulieAnne.Latham@vline.com.au

Award Process

Applicants submit an abstract of the presentation (no more than 1 page of A4, including any illustrations) via the BCA Portal. Applicants obtain permission from their supervisor and report this by completion on the attached pro-forma.

The award will be judged over 2 events both conducted via Zoom; an initial 3 min thesis event and a subsequent final longer style presentation forum consisting of up to 4 winners selected from the 3 min thesis event.

A minimum 2-week gap between the events will to allow finalists to prepare their presentation for the 2nd round.

Each of the local ACA Branches will review abstracts submitted by students associated with their branch and select up to two students to represent their branch in the 3 min thesis event.

Presenters will be judged on scientific content and presentation skills. The awards will be made on the night following the final round of presentations.

Abstract Information and Form

Guidelines for Eligibility

Applicant must be attending an Australasian University

The applicant is either a postgraduate research candidate or final year student in corrosion.

If working towards a PhD, the applicant must not have submitted their thesis prior to the Brian Cherry Award Forum.

The applicant could be studying any aspect of corrosion, including but not limited to metallic and non-metallic corrosion, corrosion management, corrosion mitigation, and corrosion protection.

The judging panel will consist of three ACA members.

Prizes are only awarded in response to applications. If no applications have been received that are deemed by the Judging Panel to warrant an award, then no prizes will be awarded.

The Judging Panel’s decision is final.

Each award recipient provides permission for their names/images to appear in ACA publications.

Applicants must be current members of the ACA.

You can sign up for student membership by clicking here.