The Concrete Institute of Australia recognises the need to provide all members of the concrete industry an opportunity to be involved to promote and develop excellence in concrete research, technology, application, design and construction. In particular, this includes young professionals as they bring new, fresh and innovative ideas and information to the industry.

The mission of the CIA Young Professionals Group is to promote the engagement of young professionals in the concrete industry and to encourage involvement within the Institute, at events and conferences. This can be done by:

  • Promoting collaboration
  • Building networks and connections
  • Exchanging knowledge and experiences
  • Organising events and activities
  • Liaising with international young member groups
  • Getting involved with the Concrete Institute of Australia

At Concrete 2023 we have a number of activities that are aimed at our Under 35 professionals to help develop these skills and opportunities.

Under 35’s Best Paper Award

Two new awards were introduced in 2021 – Best Under 35 Paper and the Best Overall Paper. These are judged by a panel of experts, the Best Under 35 Paper panel will also include members from our CIA Young Prossionals Group.


Jemma Ehsman

Jemma Ehsman is a Structural / Materials Engineer at GHD based in Perth. She has been working in the engineering industry for over four years and has gained a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering (Hons) and a Bachelor of Engineering, Environmental Engineering (Hons) from the University of Newcastle. She has experience in structural analysis, condition assessment and development of remedial, maintenance and strengthening strategies of port, marine, mining and civil infrastructure.
She was the co-author of the best paper award at Concrete 2019 and is the Young Member Representative on the National Council of the Concrete Institute of Australia.


Dr Marie Joshua Tapas

Dr Marie Joshua Tapas is a Research Associate at the UTS-Boral Centre for Sustainable Building where she leads the durability work as well as co-supervises multiple PhD projects. She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Materials Engineering and a PhD in Civil/Materials from the University of Technology Sydney. She is an experienced materials engineer with expertise in various materials characterization equipment and proficiency in cement and cementitious materials. With over 10 years combined working experience in both the industry and academia, she is also an experienced team lead, skilled at managing laboratory operations and training of laboratory personnel. She is the current RILEM Youth Council Representative for the Pacific Region.

Why should you come to Perth for Concrete 2023?

Listen to the three members in the video below to hear the benefits of coming to Perth next year, how you get involved and how to convince your boss that travelling to the Conference is a worth while experience!