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, event we’re excited to announce that once again we will open this event to all entrants in 2021.

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. 

2021 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
2nd place – $500
3rd place – $250
4th place – $100

Application Process
Applications close
Monday 16th of August 2021 (CoB)

Acceptance of selected abstracts
Week of 6th September 2021

Presentation/Forum Dates
First Round – Three Minute Thesis
Wednesday 6th October 2021

Second Round – Full Presentation
Wednesday 20th October 2021

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 – If you’re eligible to enter this forum, you’ll also be eligible for an ACA student Membership, priced at just $30 – click here to register.

Award Finalists

YearPrevious Finalists   
VIC Branch Award
2009Rajeev GuptaArun KumaraSamson SimAbhishek Saxena
2010TBC
2011TBC
2012Muhammad Awais JavedB.V MaheshYafei ZhangXian Zhou
2013TBC
2014Muhammad Awais JavedShravan Kumar KairyMichael LoBrendon Grey
2015Xiaojian XiaFacundo VarelaMuhammad WasimAmy Spark, Yajie Wu
2016Elizabeth MathewsShyama RanadeJessica LyndonJodie Yuwono
2017Yu PengRukshan AzoorQing CaoHoang Phan
2018Rukshan AzoorFangjie ChenMauricio LatinoSeyyed Sobhan
2019Majid LalehVictor Cruz de FariaKai Rui WangMehdi Behrouzvaziri
ACA Award
2020Benjamin Tuck (Winner)Esmaeil Pournamazian NajafabadiBarbara Jardim do NascimentoJoseph Davies

Award Gallery

Award Judges

Year   
2009Prof. Brian CherryDr Bruce HintonDr Graeme Sussex
2010Prof. Brian CherryDr Bruce HintonDr Chris Weale
2011Dr Chris Weale
2012Dr Chris Weale
2013Dr Chris Weale
2014Prof. Brian CherryDr Chris WealeDr Graeme Sussex
2015Prof. Brian Cherry
2016Assoc. Prof. Scott WadeProf. Maria ForsythDr Rob Francis
2017Prof. Brian CherryAssoc. Prof. Scott WadeDr Rob Francis
2018Assoc. Prof. Scott WadeProf. Nick BirbilisSarah Furman
2019Dr Wayne Neil Sarah FurmanRay Valdez
2020 (3MT Round)Dr Ian MacLeodDr Graeme SussexDr Bruce Hinton
2020Prof. Nick BirbilisDr. Peter MartDr. Chris Weale