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This two day event will attempt to address current challenges in productivity through Tribology and materials and surface coatings and will provide an update of the latest developments in materials analysis equipment in this field.

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
  • One lead presenter of each accepted poster will receive free registration for both days of the event

By entering this Poster Competition you will have the opportunity to win a book from our supporters Taylor & Francis Group.

The winner will also be invited to submit a paper to Tribology - Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces, a Taylor & Francis Group publication. In addition, one lead presenter of each accepted poster will receive free registration for both days of the event.

Abstracts need to be received by Friday 16th February 2018. Please submit your abstract using the below template to Ashley Rowe.

Abstract Template

Meet last year's poster competition winner, Leonardo Wechie

Leonardo Wechie, a PhD student from the University of Leeds, was one of last year’s two poster competition winners. Leonardo talks to us about the benefits of taking part in the IET Tribology Network's prestigious poster competition.

A no-brainer to enter

"I heard about the competition online and thought it was a great opportunity to showcase my work amongst fellow researchers, tribologists and interested parties”.  

Showcase your work

“Nitriding is a popular technique used to treat automotive and industrial components”. “It's well known to reduce friction and wear however, if we compare this to studies of zinc dialkyl dithiophosphate (ZDDP) additives on conventional steel surfaces, there is little very understanding about the tribochemistry occurring at these nitrogen-rich boundary contacts – the how and the why. My poster demonstrated a steer in that direction".

A chance to advance your own career

“Attending this event helps with networking, plus they might find state of the art techniques out there that could advance their own research and approach to tribological problems".

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