Materials Performance

SEP 2018

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53 MATERIALS PERFORMANCE: VOL. 57, NO. 9 SEPTEMBER 2018 The 2nd European Conference & Expo 2018 organizing committee. NACE President Jeffrey Didas (right) presented a NACE 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Mario Celant. NACE International Institute President Chris Fowler (left) and Roberto Malfanti (right) presented the NACE European Area 2018 Chris Fowler Award to Lucrezia Scoppio. Giovanna Gabetta received an award from the NACE Milano Italia Section Board in honor of her efforts in governing the section for over 25 years. Milano Italia Section T he 2nd European Conference & Expo 2018, "From the Industry to the In- dustry," was held May 27 to 29, 2018, in Genoa, Italy. The event was organized by the NACE International Milano Italia Section and NACE European Area at the Magazzini del Cotone, a former cotton storehouse located in a picturesque setting right on the old harbor of Genoa. The conference, organized under the patronage of NACE International, BP, ENI, and Equinor, and the sponsorship of Arkad-ABB, Saipem, Tecnimont, Univer- sità degli Studi di Milano and Wood, repre- sented a unique opportunity for corrosion engineers, scientists, researchers, asset owners, inspectors, and other profession- als to learn and network. Nearly 500 delegates came from over 40 countries across the world to choose among 150 paper presentations. Of these, 38% came from Italy, 42% were from the rest of Europe, 12% from America, 8% from Asia, and 1% from Africa, confirming that this was indeed an international event. It is the largest corrosion venue and exhibi- tion held in Italy in 2018. The event started on Sunday evening with an opening reception, where attend- ees were able to mix and mingle with a glass of fine wine and a wide selection of delicious dishes. In fact, the catering areas were set right in the middle of the exhibi- tion area for the cocktail party, as well as all the coffee breaks and lunches, thus allowing delegates to interface with the exhibitors, seizing new business avenues and opportunities. Nearly 60 companies exhibited at the conference, covering the complete range of products and services addressing corro- sion prevention, from protective coatings to cathodic protection (CP), paint manu- facturers, inspection and repairing, testing instruments, laboratory testing, consult- ing and engineering, steel suppliers, and associations. After a brief welcome from conference chair Lucrezia Scoppio, NACE President Jeffrey Didas opened the conference on Monday with a plenary lecture on IMPACT PLUS. The conference was then divided into five parallel tracks with presentations of technical papers distributed among subjects from various disciplines of great industrial impact: 8 Oil & Gas Pipelines 8 Oil & Gas Upstream 8 Coating Technology 8 Pipeline Coating 8 Failure Analysis 8 Cathodic Protection 8 Corrosion in the Refinery Industry 8 CRAs and Welding 8 Corrosion Inhibitors and Monitoring 8 Microbiologically Induced Corrosion The BP mentoring initiative supported a student poster competition. The Milano Italia Section and European Area sup- ported this initiative by contacting several universities and institutes around the world. In total, some 18 university stu- dents participated (50% coming from Italy and 50% from abroad). The posters were displayed in the exhibition area during the conference and were described by the stu- dents. The students' work was judged by an expert panel during the lunch on Tues- day. The jury selected two winners who will receive a generous prize: travel and accommodation to attend CORROSION 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. In addition to the conference and expo, seminars, technical education sessions, and knowledge exchange took place. These included a NACE course on MR0175, a NACE workshop on preparation of exam questions, a PCS 1 Basic Principles course, a workshop on the use of instruments for coating inspection, a workshop on CP by APCE, and more. The signature event was the gala dinner held on Monday evening at Palazzo della Meridiana, an historical building of Genoa constructed over the period 1493 to 1557. More than 180 people attended the excel- lent dinner, accompanied by a duo that played international hits. At the conclusion of the dinner, a farewell cocktail event was held accompanied by a toast with Prosecco and the wish to repeat such a successful conference in two years. Fundamental in making the event successful were the sponsors, exhibitors, advertisers, and media partners. (—Lucrezia Scoppio) Your Association in Action

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