STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition goes virtual for 2021

The STLE Board of Directors decided on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 that the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be a virtual meeting held the week of May 17-20, 2021.

STLE President Paul Hetherington (Petro-Canada Lubricants) stated, “Although it is disappointing that we cannot hold an in-person meeting in New Orleans, we are excited about the prospects of putting on an exceptional 75th Annual Meeting in 2021.”

He continued, “Cancellation of the Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this year was a very difficult decision and we wanted to make sure that in 2021 we have the best opportunity to plan and present a safe and successful virtual meeting for the lubrication and tribology industry. An equally important factor in the Board decision was concern for the safety and health of our conference attendees and the many other people who would have been involved with the production of an in-person meeting.”

“The experience gained from the well-received Tribology Frontiers Virtual Conference held in November validates that virtual meetings can be extremely beneficial to our members and industry colleagues,” Hetherington said. “STLE’s leadership and staff look forward to presenting a virtual event in May 2021 that will be consistent with our reputation as the industry’s most respected venue for technical information, professional development, connecting with exhibitors and networking opportunities.”

STLE 2021 presentations can still be submitted to the abstract submission site at and will be placed on the wait list at this time.

Detailed information on plans for the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition will be available soon at

For more information about 2021 STLE Annual Meeting booth reservations, Commercial Marketing Forum, and sponsorship opportunities, contact national sales manager Tracy Nicholas VanEe at (630) 922-3459,