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New challenges in Tribology


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The competitiveness of UK industry depends on keeping ahead of new developments in Tribology.

Date and Time

05 April 2016 - 09:00-16:30


Birmingham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Tribology TPN. Contact Sophie Smith at SophieSmith@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Tribology enables the control and optimisation of wear and friction in engineered products and systems. Tribology underpins industry, so it has great economic and social significance. It also contributes to meeting the growing demands for environmentally-sustainable technologies.

The competitiveness of UK industry depends on keeping ahead of new developments in Tribology. Future success depends on updating the knowledge and understanding of the workforce, so that these developments can be incorporated into future products and systems.

This inaugural event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jost Report, which coined the term “tribology” and focused strategic investment into this fascinating and challenging field.

It will provide a forum between industry and academia where new developments and the latest ideas in Tribology can be highlighted and where new and evolving challenges can be identified.

Please see full programme (subject to change)

Call for posters

Your chance to get involved - could you deliver a poster?

Do you have an exciting project that you're working on in the field of Tribology that could be of interest to your peers?

Tribology is the science and technology of interactive surfaces in relative motion. It incorporates various scientific and technological disciplines such as surface chemistry, fluid mechanics, materials, lubricants, contact mechanics, bearings, and lubrication systems. It is customarily divided into three fields: friction, lubrication, and wear, and most work in tribology covers at least two of these.

Submit a 200-word abstract for an opportunity to be invited to exhibit a poster and deliver a short presentation. There will even be a panel of judges on the day who will interview you informally and watch your session - with certificates being awarded!

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Tribology and tribo-engineering
  • Coatings and surface engineering
  • Testing and condition monitoring
  • Lubrication chemistry

Why exhibit a poster?

  • Meet potential employers from industry and academia
  • Network with your peers
  • Enter the competition to gain recognition for your achievements
  • Showcase your work and get expert feedback

Abstracts need to be received by Tuesday 8 March. Please submit your abstract using this template to Sophie Smith at SophieSmith@theiet.org

Key dates

08 March 2016 - Submission of abstracts

22 March 2016 - Notification of acceptance

05 April 2016 - Event date


Please see full programme (subject to change)


Dr Kevin Cooke, Miba Coating Group, Teer Coatings Ltd.
Professor Duncan Dowson, University of Leeds, UK
Professor Eustathios Ioannides, SKF Engineering & Research Centre, Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and SKF, UK
Professor Simon Iwnicki, University of Huddersfield, UK
Professor Staffan Jacobson, Uppsala University, Sweden
Dr Ian Taylor, Shell Global Solutions (UK)
Professor Robert JK Wood, CEng FIMe, University of Southampton, UK

Chair of Discussion Forum: Professor Anne Neville

Please see speaker details for full information and presentation titles.


Alicona Metrology

Anton Paar


Kluber Lubrication



Reasons to attend

  • Develop your understanding of Tribology
  • Gain advanced technical know-how from global leaders
  • Make connections with peers across industry and academia
  • Seven hours of high-quality CPD

Importance of Tribology

  • Tribology is the key to a wide range of industrial processes and underpins the ability of the UK to produce world-leading engineered components, machines and systems.
  • World-class competence in Tribology depends on company awareness of new developments in the field.
  • The UK benefits from having several well-established university research groups in tribology.
  • It is important that the main UK industrial and academic participants attend an event that will bring research and industry together for an up-date and exchange of ideas.

This event will:

  • Offer a unique forum, enabling researchers to present their latest work in the field of tribology.
  • Enable industry delegates to hear about these new ideas and new graduate engineers and researchers to acquire the latest knowledge in the field.
  • Highlight the challenges that industry faces to maintain a UK lead in this area, which will translate directly into new opportunities for research and collaboration.
  • Offer substantial opportunities for networking with potential technical partners
  • Have a poster exhibition, showcasing the work of early-career researchers and engineers
  • Show an exhibition of products and services from leading companies

As it is a new event, it will occupy the following strategic niches:

  • Targeting all aspects of Tribology (which is a broad, multi-disciplinary science)
  • Designed to inform, inspire and influence an industrial audience of practicing engineers
  • Free to attend

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


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Additional information

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