Plenary and Award Lectures

Plenary and Award Lectures

Plenary Lectures

Monday, 7 September 2020

Prof. Stuart Lyon

University of Manchester, UK

European Corrosion Medal lecture

Stuart Lyon - largeStuart Lyon on currently holds the position of AkzoNobel Chair in Corrosion Control, School of Materials, University of Manchester, United Kingdom (since 2012), Director of Research from 2013 to 2017. He obtained is BA in metallurgy and materials science (1979), MA and PhD in solid-state electrochemical sensors (1983) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and his DSc for research excellence in atmospheric corrosion from the former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) (2002). Starting his scientific career at UMIST in 1983, he was appointed Professor in Corrosion Control at the School of Materials, University of Manchester in 2007.

Throughout his career, he has been actively engaged with professional institutes including the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), of which he was the President from 2005 to 2007, member of the Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and also Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Science Engineering and Technology, a publication of IOM3 since 2006.


TuesdaY, 8 September 2020

Prof. Maria Forsyth

Deakin University, Australia

Title: Environmentally friendly multifunctional corrosion inhibitor systems

maria_forsythProfessor Maria Forsyth “FAA” (Fellow Australian Academy of Sciences), is the Director of ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Energy Storage Technologies, StorEnergy, past ARC Laureate fellow and currently an Alfred Deakin Professorial Fellow at Deakin University and an Ikerbasque Visiting Professorial Fellow at University of the Basque Country.  She is the Associate Director in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) and Deputy Director of the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) at Deakin University in Australia, where she leads the research effort in energy storage and corrosion science.   Specifically, her work has focused on understanding the phenomenon of charge transport at metal/electrolyte interfaces and within novel electrolyte materials.  Such materials have included a range of novel ionic liquids, polymer electrolytes and plastic crystals.  This has provided a basis for understanding the behaviour of such materials, and thus moving towards overcoming the performance limitations, of applications ranging from novel fuel cell designs and battery storage to corrosion prevention technologies.
Professor Forsyth leads collaborative projects in lithium and sodium battery technologies funded through recent Australian Research Council grants and with various industries.  She is a co-author of over 550 journal and conference publications attracted more than 20000 citations.  She has delivered more than 25 invited and plenary talks in the past 5 years. She was one of the team that delivered the ACOLA report “The Role of Energy Storage in Australia’s Future Energy Supply Mix” to the Chief Scientist in 2017.  Professor Forsyth has served on several editorial boards and is currently senior editor for Journal of Physical Chemistry letters. She is the recipient of the Galileo Galilee award for her contributions to the Polymer Electrolyte and energy storage field, has received the Australian Corrosion Association Corrosion Medal and was awarded to The Victorian Prize for Science and Innovation (VESKI) in 2017.


Wednesday, 9 September 2020 (morning)

Prof. Fabrizio Zucchi

University of Ferrara, Italy

Cavallaro Medal lecture


In 1968, Fabrizio Zucchi started his University career as a Lecturer in Corrosion and Corrosion Protection of Metals at the University of Ferrara, Italy. From 1980 to 1984 he held the position of full Professor in Chemistry at the Polytechnic of Turin. From 1984 to 2008 he continued in the position of Full Professor, first in Dental Materials within the degree course of Dentistry and from 1991, in Chemistry for Engineering within the degree course of Materials Engineering and then Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ferrara.
Prof. Zucchi has belonged to the ’A. Daccò’ Corrosion Study Centre (now ‘A. Daccò’ Corrosion and Metallurgy Study Centre) of the University of Ferrara since 1960. From 2000 to 2011 he was the Director of the Centre. After his retirement in 2008, he continued to operate dynamically as contract professor with teaching activity at the University of Ferrara, collaborations with the industry and with his scientific activity within the ‘A. Daccò’ Centre until 2016.
From 1998 to 2001, Fabrizio Zucchi was the Chairman of the EFC Working Party "Corrosion and Scale Inhibitors" Working Party (WP1) and Co-Chairman of this WP until 2014.


Wednesday, 9 September 2020 (Afternoon)

Dr. Carol Frances Glover

University of Virginia, USA

Young EFC proposal 

Title: The many colours of metal-based primers: corrosion protection mechanisms and latest developments

carol_gloverCarol is a post-doctorate research associate at the University of Virginia where she specializes in developing Cr-free coatings. She has worked on multiple coatings projects for TATA Steel, PPG Industries and Axalta Coating Systems and has enjoyed contributing to the corrosion community’s on-going battle with understanding the corrosion mechanism of magnesium and its alloys. She teaches an undergraduate “Corrosion and Batteries” course and previously spent time teaching at Harbin Engineering University, China. She gained her doctorate at Swansea University in the beautiful South Wales, UK. Her favourite things, besides saving metals from rusting, are running and climbing mountains!


Thursday, 10 September 2020 or Friday, 11 September 2020

Dr. Oumaïma Gharbi

Sorbonne Université, France

Young EFC proposal 

Title: The additive manufacturing of high strength Al alloys: a new challenge in corrosion science

oumaima_gharbiOumaïma Gharbi is an adjunct lecturer at Sorbonne University, Paris, France. Dr. Gharbi’s research is focused on materials durability, including the corrosion of 2xxx and 7xxx series aluminium alloys, electrochemistry, and surface chemistry. She carried out her PhD research at the IRCP- Chimie Paristech and was awarded her doctorate in 2016 from Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France. Her research highlights include the application of novel electrochemical methods, coupled with electron microscopy, to deterministically reveal corrosion mechanisms of complex alloys. Dr. Gharbi joined Monash University, Australia, in 2017 as a postdoctoral research fellow, where she studied the durability of additively manufactured Al-alloys. Since September 2018, she joined Sorbonne University as an adjunct lecturer, where she is applying her expertise on the durability of light metals in Ionic Liquids.