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Nominations open for the Inaugural "CORROSION Awareness Honour"New_Star

Nominations are now open for the first ever CORROSION Awareness Honour. In association with the World Corrosion Organization (WCO), the Chinese Society of Corrosion and Prevention (CSCP) and the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC) have collaborated to create an international award to celebrate outstanding achievement in raising public awareness of corrosion. 

The CORROSION Awareness Honour recognises pioneering individuals who have made a substantial contribution to increasing awareness of the importance of corrosion and corrosion protection amongst government, industry and the general public. The award consists of a certificate issued by WCO and the sum of 1,000 Euro. The closing date for applications is May 31, 2021. The award winner will be notified by July 15, 2021. Click here to view the award flyer and submission instructions.

New corrosion publications for Corrosion Awareness DayNew_Star

On the occasion of WCO's Corrosion Awareness Day 2021, the French publisher “Les Techniques de l’Ingénieur" has released free of charge five engineering articles (in French and English) on five major corrosion issues regarding nuclear corrosion, seawater corrosion, coatings, inhibitors and tribocorrosion. Please click here to download the five English and five French papers. This offer is valid for 6 months starting from Corrosion Awareness Day, April 24, 2021

WCO President's Message for Corrosion Awareness DayNew_Star

Current WCO President Prof. Damien Féron has released a video message to all for Corrosion Awareness Day on 24th April. To view his message, please click here (4:47, 167MB). 

Corrosion Awareness Day, 24th April 2021 - Events Overview

Keep checking back to our site to see the ever growing list of events planned for 2021! 

The COVID-19 crisis has made the traditional way of partaking in events - travelling, setting up a booth, and talking with as many people as possible - almost impossible right now, but that doesn’t mean we have to give up on these opportunities. Virtual events, events taking place over Zoom or on the internet, are more important than ever and Corrosion Awareness Day (24th April) has also jumped on board and this year will be based on virtual events. A list of events is given below:

Virtual Award Ceremony - EFC European Corrosion Medal Winner 2020 (Prof. Stuart Lyon) (10:30 CEST Monday, 26th April)

Webinar "A short history of corrosion protection” (in Polish) - PSK, Poland (Friday, 23rd April) 

Online Technical Session & Corrosion Physical Model Competition - NACE Islamabad, Pakistan (Saturday, 24th April)

Webinar - SWERIM, Sweden (Friday, 23rd April)

Webinar and photo competition - HUNKOR (in Hungarian), Hungary (Friday, 23rd April)

Young EFC

WCO Forum at CORROSION 2021 (Monday, 26th April)

EFC WP4 (Nuclear Corrosion) Online Seminar (Friday, 23rd April)

“Iron and Rust” (Faire-Fer in French) theatre production in Arles, France (Friday, 23rd April)


Corrosion Awareness Day 2020 - Webinar - Corrosion and Low Carbon Energies 

UPDATE - The presentation slides are now online. Click on the respective author below to view their slides! 

The COVID-19 crisis has an impact on nearly every aspect of life and we hope that you and your families are well. This year the World Corrosion Organization (WCO) has organized a Webinar dealing with Corrosion and Low Carbon Energies on Corrosion Awareness Day. The topic is of paramount interest at the moment because of the shift from fossil fuel-based energy production to low carbon energies.

WCO has organized a panel of internationally renowned speakers on this topic.


Friday, 24th April 2020, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST


Chair: Damien Féron (CEA, France)

  • Raul R. Rebak (GE, USA): Environmental Degradation of Light Water Reactor Fuel Rods in the Entire Fuel Cycle
  • Digby D. Macdonald (University of California at Berkeley, USA): Corrosion issues in Fusion Reactors
  • Gareth Hinds (NPL, UK): Cost reduction of water electrolysers via insights into anode current collector corrosion
  • Ralph Bässler (BAM, Germany): Corrosive CO2-stream components, challenging for materials to be used in CC(U)s applications
  • Polina Volovitch (ENSCP, France): Corrosion & solar panels

 You can listen to the presentations which show the state of the art and discuss current developments with the experts.

Click here to obtain details on how to join the webinar.

Corrosion Awareness Day 2020 - COVID-19 update 

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it's been named by the medical community, has now infected over one million people worldwide. Events across the globe have been canceled or postponed because of the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Corrosion Awareness Day is fast approaching and we encourage you to innovate and modify your initiative to an online format.  Other ideas could be to write an article or disseminate some news about corrosion Issues.

Have a look to the attached flyers from YoungEFC and the NACE Islamabad Pakistan Section (here and here) for inspiration. An overview of global events can be seen in the following table.

Let´s keep the spirit of the Corrosion Awareness Day and #stayathome

We wish you all the best for a successful activity and do not forget to report your summary with a photo after the event.

For further information concerning COVID-19 please visit the WHO web site.


WCO Expert Panel Discussion during EUROCORR 2019 

As part of the WCO session at EUROCORR 2019 in Seville, a panel of experts will discuss opportunities and challenges that are faced for digitization in corrosion protection (download flyer here).

Panelists  include:

Willi Meier (WCO Director-General)
mien Féron (WCO President)
Roman Bender (DECHEMA e.V.)
Jim Harper (Elsevier)
Yaiza Gonzalez-Garcia (YoungEFC)

Details of the discussion are:

Title: State of the art opportunities for digitization in corrosion protection
Date: Friday, 13th September 2019
Time: 11:45 am - 13:45 pm
Location: Andalucia 4, Barceló Sevilla Renacimineto, Seville, Spain

 The WCO will again be present with a booth at the EUROCORR conference, this year in Seville, Spain. Drop in and say hello to us from 9th to 13th September at Stand #39.


Corrosion Awareness Day 2019 Report 

This year’s Corrosion Awareness Day saw a hive of activities around the globe. WCO President Damien Féron was extremely active giving presentations in China and then in France.

WCO Past President Prof. En-Hou Han organized a great event from 22 to 24 April in Shenyang, China. WCO President Damien Féron visited China for the event and was impressed by the number of participants, the diversity of them (from academics to around 10-year-old pupils) and the quality of the conferences, of the posters and of the corrosion experiments (see PDF file here). At the end of this event and at the initiative of Prof. En-Hou Han, they wrote and signed what was called the “WCO Shenyang declaration”. A copy of the document can be found here.

Further events were organized in France, Spain, Israel, South Africa, Pakistan, Portugal and the USA.  We have collated the best images from the events and put them into a gallery here.


Corrosion Awareness Day 2019 is in full swing!

Corrosion Awareness Day is in full swing yet again. On the 24th April each year Corrosion Awareness Day highlights the enormous costs associated with corrosion worldwide (3 to 4% of GDP of industrialized countries). For the first time, this year a webinar was organized where participants from around the world logged in and were able to  follow two presentations and interact with the online global community. WCO Director General Prof. Willi Meier presented the state of the art concerning corrosion and digitalization, which will pave the way for the WCO session at the EUROCORR conference in Seville in September this year. Furthermore, he emphasized the collaboration between WCO and Elsevier concerning corrosion information platforms on the internet.

In the second presentation, Roman Bender gave a state of the art address on online corrosion databases that are available and the requirements for comprehensive, quality data.

Willi said the webinar was an extremely successful event and is looking forward to seeing many of you in Seville later this year.

If you were able to participate in and/or organize events for Corrosion Awareness Day this year we would love to hear from you! Contact us at  with photos/links of your events and we will post them here on our page.

Professor Damien Féron is new WCO President 

Professor Damien Féron from the CEA-Saclay in Gif-Sur-Yvette (France) is the new WCO President . His position was made official at the WCO General Assembly Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on the 26th March, 2019 (to read more about Professor Féron please click here). He succeeded Professor En-Hou Han. Damien thanked the outgoing President for his tireless work and looks forward to working closely with his global corrosion colleagues. To read the letter penned by Professor Féron about his vision for the WCO and Corrosion Awareness Day please click here.

 April 24th is Corrosion Awareness Day

Did you know that corrosion costs us an astounding US 2.5 trillion dollars globally?

Not to mention corrosion can cost lives and jobs…..

Corrosion Awareness Day highlights the estimated US$2.5 trillion annual cost of corrosion worldwide (3 to 4% of GDP of industrialized countries) reflecting in part many decision-makers in industry and government not fully understanding the consequences of corrosion and how critical it is to control it.

However, the potential to reduce that cost by $875 billion annually through appropriate application of existing corrosion abatement technologies is readily achievable through access to and use of highly experienced corrosion professionals, harmonizing standards, along with continuing education and training all underpinned by promoting greater corrosion awareness.

This year, to raise awareness of corrosion and the problems that it causes in conjunction with aspects of process safety in the chemical industry, WCO Director General Willi Meier gave a presentation at the 2018 Europe Regional TSC Meeting for CCPS (Center for Chemical Process Safety) in Paris titled “Learning from incidents:  Hydrogen Embrittlement Incident”. Attendees at this presentation learnt of the importance of good material selection, process controls, and regular inspection of equipment. When proper safety considerations and controls are established, the risk of hydrogen embrittlement failures is greatly reduced. His presentation was well received and roused interesting discussion at its conclusion and highlighted the need for closer cooperation between CCPS and the WCO.

If you were able to participate in and/or organize events for Corrosion Awareness Day this year we would love to hear from you! Contact us at with photos/links of your events and we will post them here on our page.

 WCO Session at EUROCORR 2017

The theme of the inaugural WCO Session at EUROCORR 2017 was “Impact of corrosion on potable water supplies”. The session was chaired by WCO President En-Hou Han. More than sixty delegates from the international corrosion community gathered for the session at the Prague Congress Centre on Monday, 4th September 2017. Here they listened to five speakers present various problems associated with corrosion in potable water supplies from around the world. The titles of the presentations and their authors are listed below (click on the author to see photos of the presenters):

 “Testing - Inspection - Certification: Qualification of plastic pipes at a glance” - Jürgen Heinemann

 “Corrosion Effect on Potable Water in China - Current status and future challenges” - En-Hou Han

 “Hygienic evaluation and qualification of materials in contact with drinking water” - Wilhelm Erning

 “Major concerns of future potable water and smart cities aspects” - Amir Eliezer

 “Mitigating Corrosion in Potable Water Systems in Russia” – Anna Sushkova

 The proceedings from the contributing authors will be used to produce a white paper for publication.

 Safe water supplies, hygienic sanitation and good water management are fundamental to global health. Investment to improve potable water, sanitation, hygiene and water resource management systems makes strong economic sense. The WCO has a major role in ensuring that governments, industry, academia, and the general public understand that by following appropriate strategies and obtaining sufficient resources for corrosion programs on potable water, the best engineering practices can be achieved. In addition to the value of saved human lives, other benefits include higher economic productivity, more education, and health-care savings.


Corrosion Awareness Day, 24th April 2017

Corrosion Awareness Day 2017 will see the WCO start a new campaign with the release of the Prague Communiqué. This campaign is aimed at highlighting the problems of corrosion and the Member Organizations ongoing commitment to develop and deliver corrosion protection solutions. To view the Prague Comminqué click here. If you have any questions or queries regarding the new campaign then please contact us here.

President's Letter 2017

Professor En-Hou Han, President of the World Corrosion Organization, has recently written his president's letter for this year outlining the objectives for the coming years. To read his letter please click here.

Professor Willi Meier is new WCO Director General

Professor Willi Meier from the DECHEMA in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) is the new WCO Director General. His position was made official at the WCO General Assembly Meeting in Vancouver, Canada on the 8th March, 2016. Willi thanked outgoing Director General George Hays for his tireless work and he then presented his ideas to guarantee the sustainable growth and development of the WCO in the future. Read more about Professor Meier and his background.

Meet our UN Representatives

Our newest UN Representative is Dr. Kathryn De Lawter. Kathryn will be working closely with George Hays at the UN. We are also proud to have young people represent us at the UN.  Find out more about our newest Youth Representative Patricia Sierra