2019 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference 
(Co-sponsored by ASME Tribology Division)
The Drake Hotel Chicago
October 20-23 , 2019
Chicago, Illinois (USA)




The Future of Tribology Research
STLE’s 2019 Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC), co-sponsored by the ASME Tribology Division, will host researchers from more than 30 countries. The world’s top tribology researchers from industry, academia and government will be gathered to present their latest work. Spend four days exploring the role tribology will play in solving tomorrow’s most critical technical, environmental and societal challenges. The TFC is your opportunity to engage in cutting-edge areas of tribology research. Join us October 20–23, 2019, at the historic Drake Hotel in downtown Chicago. 

This year, the TFC planning committee has created 8 technical tracks: (1.) Surfaces and interfaces, (2.) Biotribology, (3.) Fluid lubrication, (4.) Lubricants, (5.) Machine elements and systems, (6.) Energy/environment/manufacturing, (7.) Tribochemistry, and (8.) Materials tribology.

Conference Highlights

  • Three keynote speakers - Each presenting an outlook on a topic at the forefront of tribology research
  • 8-10 more comprehensive longer "Spotlights" talks and posters by noted principal investigators
  • Technical sessions featuring contributed 20-minute presentations from leading tribology researchers and institutions from around the world
  • Spotlight presentations - 40 minute talks on tribology topics of primary interest
  • Poster competition - Graduate, Undergraduate, and Early Career Researchers
  • Special Symposium "Beyond the Cutting Edge" organized by the editors of Tribology Letters
  • STLE Connect Program network with the next generation of tribology researchers

Abstracts Submission Wait List 

The abstract submission deadline has passed. However, if you are still interested in presenting at the 2019 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference you can still submit an abstract for the wait list. 
  • For podium presentations, you may upload a traditional 150-250-word abstract. The abstract should include details such as (1.) Introduction, (2.) Methods, (3.) Results, (4.) Discussion and (5.) References.
  • For Student Posters, you may upload the traditional 150-250-word abstract with title, authors and abstract. Deadline for poster abstracts is September 15, 2019

Key Dates:

  • December 20, 2018 - Abstract site opens
  • April 15, 2019 - Deadline for podium presentations
  • June 15, 2019 - Abstract acceptance notifications sent to authors
  • September 15, 2019 - Deadline for poster abstract submission
  • September 20, 2019 - Registration & hotel reservations deadline
  • September 25, 2019 - Early bird registration & hotel deadline extension