Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University recently hosted the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) for a collaborative workshop to advance corrosion studies and materials solutions within Qatar.
The workshop at HBKU’s Researchery brought together 45 corrosion experts representing diverse industries, who collectively highlighted the critical importance of corrosion impact studies for Qatar, particularly as they apply to the country’s economy, industrial processes, and safety measures. Participants included professionals from Qatar’s Industry as well as Alain Thomas, CEO, AMPP.
Over the course of proceedings, Qeeri’s Corrosion Centre and AMPP explored collaboration opportunities, including the establishment of an AMPP chapter in Qatar. It is anticipated that future cooperation between both organisations will enrich research efforts, facilitate training and certification programmes, and knowledge exchange within the corrosion field, ultimately contributing to the economic sustainability and safety of the region.
Dr Marc Vermeersch, executive director of Qeeri, emphasised the significance of such collaborations: "The partnership between Qeeri Corrosion Centre and AMPP represents a pivotal step in our commitment to addressing national corrosion challenges. Through such collaborations and workshops, we aim to create innovative, practical solutions tailored to Qatar's unique environmental conditions."
Dr Hanan Farhat, senior research director of the Corrosion Centre, said: "This workshop is a testament to our dedication to advancing corrosion and materials research and knowledge in Qatar. We are honored to collaborate with AMPP and leverage their expertise in training and research to further our mission in ensuring the sustainability of Qatar’s industrial and urban infrastructure, and preventing the impact of corrosion related leaks on the environment."
“Establishing an AMPP chapter in Qatar is not just an opportunity; it's a strategic imperative,” said, Thomas. “With the amazing effort of Dr Hanan and the incredible dedication of the area’s leaders to create a chapter, we are poised to produce an impactful presence in the heart of the Middle East. This new chapter will foster collaboration and knowledge sharing and symbolise our commitment to advancing corrosion control and materials protection on a global scale”