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

University of Birmingham
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research
Wednesday 1st (08:00) - Thursday 2nd April 2020 (16:00)
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New Challenges in Tribology is returning for the new year.

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

Topics could include but not limited to:

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

A template for abstracts can be found online (Word docx.). Please refer to the Terms and Conditions (Word docx.) of the poster competition before your submitting your entry.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Prof. Margaret Stack, University of Strathclyde
  • Ian Taylor, Shell Global Solutions, UK
  • Dr. Ali Ghanbarzadeh, University of Leeds
  • Richard Wellman, Rolls-Royce
  • Prof. Hanshan Dong, University of Birmingham
  • Prof. Mark Gee, National Physics Laboratory
  • Dr. Robert Quarshie, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
  • Prof. 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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