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EFC President and Vice President


EFC President

Associate Prof. Dr. Tomáš Prošek
(term of office: 1 January 2023 - 31 December 2024)

Tomáš Prošek graduated from the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague in 1996. From 2001 until 2015, he worked at RI.SE in Stockholm, Sweden, and at the Institut de la Corrosion in Brest, France. He was responsible for construction, building, and infrastructure activities with a focus on atmospheric corrosion of galvanised and coil-coated steel materials. Since 2016, he has been leading the Department of Metallic Construction Materials at Technopark Kralupy of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague.

His research focusses on corrosion protection by metallic and organic coatings, atmospheric environmentally assisted cracking, interactions of hydrogen and metals, outdoor and accelerated corrosion testing, and corrosion monitoring.

In addition to teaching and research activities, Tomáš Prošek is the president of the Association of Czech and Slovak Corrosion Engineers (AKI) and the European Federation of Corrosion (EFC). He serves as a member of the Board of Administrators (BoA) and the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) of EFC.

He was awarded by the Prize of the Polish Corrosion Society in 2018, Edward C. Greco Award of the International Corrosion Council for leadership in organisation and conduct of the 20th International Corrosion Congress in 2017, EFC Kurt Schwabe Prize to young scientists in recognition of the scientific and technical contribution to the field of corrosion in 2006 and the Czech Business Council for Sustainable Development Award in 1996.


EFC Vice-President

Prof. Dr. Gareth Hinds
(term of office: 1 January 2023 - 31 December 2024)

2002 - present: NPL Fellow/Science Area Leader, Electrochemistry Group, NPL, United Kingdom

2022 - present: President, World Corrosion Organization

2018 - 2020: President, Institute of Corrosion

2019 - present: Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow

2017 - present: NACE Fellow

2015 - present: IOM3 Fellow

2014 - present: ICorr Fellow

1992 - 2002: Electrochemistry PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


EFC Past President

Dr. Joerg Vogelsang
(term of office: 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024)

Jörg A. Vogelsang obtained a Diploma in Chemistry in 1988 and he wrote his PhD thesis in the group of Prof. Dr. M. Hauser at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the University of Stuttgart entitled "Convolution kinetics treatment of various excimer formation mechanisms with respect to nonstationary diffusion and molecular reaction parameters" (1991). Since 1992 he has worked for Sika, firstly in Stuttgart, Germany and after 2002 in Zurich, Switzerland. In Stuttgart he was responsible for basic research in corrosion of reinforcements in concrete and corrosion protection by organic coatings.
As a founding member of the EFC Working Party Coatings he became its chairman in 1998. In parallel, he was very active in the German corrosion society GfKORR, where he was appointed as member of the Scientific Committee in 1999 and he founded also a coatings working party for GfKORR in 2000. From 2001 until 2007 he served as chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) of the EFC.
In 2001, he was appointed as member of the scientific board of the "Karl-Winnacker" research institute of the DECHEMA e.V. and he was elected to the board of administrators of GfKORR e.V. After his move to Zurich in 2002, he created a surface and material science lab; in 2008 he was placed in charge of all analytical activities in Zurich and, since then, has coordinated Sika’s group activities in chemical analysis. In 2012, he was promoted as Corporate Head of Analytics & Testing. Since 2013, he has been an elected member of the EFC Board of Administrators (BoA) and in 2014 he commenced service as the vice president of GfKORR e.V.
He is also very active in standardization; he is member of several standardizing committees in Germany and in ISO, where he was Chair of TC35 SC9 for three terms. His special interest is the standardization of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and electrochemical methods applied to organic coatings in general. He has published more than 50 papers.
He served as the Vice-President of the EFC in 2019-2020 and as the EFC President in 2021-2022.