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IET/IOP New Challenges in Tribology 2020: Sustainable Transport and Power

Metallurgy and Materials GC13
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Wednesday 1st (08:00) - Thursday 2nd April 2020 (16:00)
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New Challenges in Tribology, 2020 – Cancelled!

It is with considerable regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s “New Challenges” conference. The escalating Covid-19 situation is inevitably creating mounting uncertainty, with potential delegates understandably delaying their registrations and existing registrants potentially impacted by future Covid-19 transmission prevention measures. We are no longer able to guarantee the valuable, broad networking and exhibitor interactions that provide the essential added value to participation in the scientific and technological presentation/poster sessions of the conference.

We apologise for the inevitable inconvenience caused. Conference registrants and sponsors will of course be contacted soon regarding the refunding of their fees. Rest assured that “New Challenges” will be back in 2021 and in the interim we will be exploiting other ways to support the Tribological Community!

Thanks to everyone for your support of the “New Challenges” conference, and particularly to this year’s hosts, the University of Birmingham’s Metallurgy & Materials Department.

Dr Kevin Cooke – Chair, IET Tribology Technical Network


New Challenges in Tribology has been established as a forum for practising engineers to learn from the insights of leading researchers from the UK and abroad.

New Challenges in Tribology 2020 focuses on issues of friction, lubrication and wear in Future Transport & Energy. Increased electrification in Transport and ever greater adoption of renewable wind and wave power for Energy are critical to the long-term reduction and eventual elimination of the use of fossil fuels in the Transport & Energy sectors. Friction and wear of moving parts and between vehicles and their environments will still need to be minimised to reduce energy requirements and operational costs, while maximising systems’ service lifetimes. The conference will highlight current & future opportunities for the international Tribology Community to address these opportunities.


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Date: 1-2 April 2020
Venue: University of Birmingham

Call for posters

Why submit a poster at New Challenges in Tribology 2020?

  • £100 cash prize for the winning poster on each day. Prize is per poster and not per poster author
  • Opportunity to present your work in a quick-fire presentation
  • Abstracts need to be received by no later than 14 March 2020

Posters from all areas of tribology are welcomed, such as:

  • Friction and wear
  • Coatings and surface engineering
  • Testing and condition monitoring
  • Lubrication chemistry etc.

All abstracts must be submitted using the template found online (Word docx.) and they will be reviewed in the order they are received with a final cut-off date of 14 March.

There are two separate poster competitions, the IOP Poster Competition is on Day 1 and you can refer to the Terms and Conditions (Word docx.) for more information. There is then a separate IET Poster Competition on Day 2 and you can refer to the Terms and Conditions (Word docx.) for further information.

Confirmed Speakers

Day 1: 1 April 2020

  • Professor Margaret Stack, University of Strathclyde

  • Professor Ian Sherrington, University of Central Lancashire

  • Dr. Ian Taylor, Shell Global Solutions, UK

  • Professor Robert Wood, University of Southampton

  • Dr. Richard Wellman, Rolls-Royce

  • Dr. Ali Ghanbarzadeh, University of Leeds

  • Dr. Phil Harper, Tribosonic

Day 2: 2 April 2020

  • Professor Hanshan Dong, University of Birmingham

  • Professor Mark Gee, National Physics Laboratory

  • Dr. Robert Quarshie, Knowledge Transfer Network

  • Professor Allan Matthews, University of Manchester

  • Professor Nazazin Emami, Lulea U niversity of Technology

  • Professor Sarah Hainsworth, Aston University


Agenda coming soon….

Registration and Payment

To register & pay for your attendance, please follow the link below to visit the University of Birmingham Online Shop (link). In order to make a payment you will need to register onto the website by clicking the ‘Book Event’ button. Once you have registered you will be taken to the payment form.

Register and pay for New Challenges in Tribology 2020

Fee categories

Discounted rates

  • Students: £32/day (flat rate, no early-bird discount)
  • Early-bird (before 29/02/2020):
    • IET/IoP members: £32/day
    • Non-members: £37/day

Standard rates

  • IET/IoP members: £40/day
  • Non-members: £45/day


Optional dinner: £35/head

Contact us

For enquiries on abstract submission for the poster competition, please contact Professor Ben Beake on

For general enquiries such as online registration, travel and sponsorship opportunities please send your questions to 


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