STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition

The STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the lubricants industry’s most respected venue for technical information, professional development and international networking opportunities. Each year STLE’s five-day conference showcases some 500 technical presentations, application-based case studies, best practice reports and discussion panels on technical or market trends. Our annual trade show and popular Commercial Marketing Forum spotlight the latest products and services of interest to more than 1,600 lubrication professionals that come from around the world, representing a full range of the industry’s most prestigious corporate, government and academic institutions.

Meeting Highlights
  • Daily oral and student poster presentations in over 200 concurrent technical sessions
  • Opening keynote program featuring leading innovators in the field of tribology research and lubrication engineering
  • 12 industry-specific education courses taught by world-class instructors
  • More than 150 exhibitors displaying the industry’s newest technologies, products and services
  • International business networking
About STLE

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) is an international professional membership association dedicated to the study of interacting moving surfaces. Improving the performance of equipment and products, conserving resources and protecting the environment through tribological advances is the mission of the society.

STLE is the leading technical organization serving more than 13,000 industry professionals and 250 companies and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector. STLE offers its members industry-specific education and training, professional resources, technical information, certification programs and career development.

Important Dates to Remember

  • October 16, 2017 - Deadline to submit a 100-150-word abstract
  • November 30, 2017 -  Exhibit Booth Deposit Due
  • December 1, 2017 -  Speakers receive notification of abstract acceptance
  • January 31, 2018 -  Exhibit Booth Payment Deadline
  • March 15, 2018 – Deadline for Student Posters & Commercial Marketing Forum presentations
  • April 18, 2018 – Early Bird Registration & Hotel Reservation Deadline
  • April 23, 2018 – Deadline for Extended Abstract Submissions & Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the official dates of the 2018 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition?
The official STLE meeting dates are Sunday, May 20 to Thursday, May 24, 2018. Full-day education courses are offered on two days beginning at 8 am: Sunday, May 20 and Wednesday, May 23. The Trade Show Exhibition runs Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23.

Where will the 2018 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition be held?

The meeting venue is the Minneapolis Convention Center, located at 1301 Second Ave. S, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. The primary meeting hotels to reserve sleeping rooms are the Hilton Minneapolis (Headquarters hotel) and the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. Hotel registration is now open, as rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your room space, please click here

When does registration open?
Individual pre-registration is now open. For more information and to register for the meeting, please click here

What does my Annual Meeting registration fee include?
Full conference registration includes access to all of the technical sessions, including Commercial Marketing Forum (Monday through Thursday), admission to the Trade Show Exhibition (Monday through Wednesday), Monday evening Networking Reception and the Tuesday afternoon Presidents Luncheon. Education course registration is available at a discounted rate with full annual meeting registration.

What meals are included in the standard Annual Meeting registration?
Annual Meeting registration includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages at the Monday evening Networking Reception, the Tuesday afternoon Presidents Luncheon, and beverages during the morning and afternoon networking breaks on Monday through Thursday.

When will copies of the Annual Meeting extended abstracts and presentations be available?
Extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the STLE website and the Annual Meeting Mobile App to attendees a few weeks prior to the meeting. It is up to the individual speakers on whether they choose to make their extended abstracts or presentations available to attendees during and after the meeting. Attendees may also contact speakers to see about requesting a copy of their presentations.

When will the pre-registration list be available?
The list of all pre-registered attendees will be made available on the STLE website in April 2018 prior to the meeting.

What is the dress code?
Business casual dress is appropriate for STLE events at the annual meeting. Technical session and education course speakers often choose attire that is more formal on the day of their presentation.

Can I take photos or record presentations?
Video, still photography, and audio recording is not permitted in any of the annual meeting technical sessions or Commercial Marketing Forum presentations. Audio recording is permitted in the education courses with advanced permission of the instructor. No video of any kind is permitted. Video or still photography of an exhibitor booth is prohibited, unless permission has been granted by the occupant. The only exception to the statements above is for working press with STLE, provided press registration.

Are there accommodations for people with disabilities and those requiring special assistance?
If you require special assistance, auxiliary aids, or other reasonable accommodations to fully participate in this event, please email Merle Hedland at Information regarding disabilities and special assistance will remain confidential.

I am interested in sponsorship, exhibiting and/or advertising opportunities. Whom should I contact?
Please contact Tracy Nicholas VanEe at (630) 922-3459 or