VIRTUAL STLE 2020 Tribology Frontiers Conference 
(Co-sponsored by ASME Tribology Division)
November 9-13, 2020

Extended abstract deadline for (oral) presentations has passed. We are still accepting abstracts for the wait list.
Poster presentations: September 1, 2020

The Future of Tribology Research
STLE’s Virtual 2020 Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC), co-sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Tribology Division, will host researchers from more than 30 countries. The world’s top tribology researchers from industry, academia and government will present their latest work, digitally through a virtual platform. 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 online November 9-13, 2020 at

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
  • Technical sessions featuring contributed 20 minute presentations from leading tribology researchers and institutions from around the world
  • 10 or more invited or offered longer, more comprehensive “Spotlight” talks by noted Principal Investigators.  Check the box provided to be considered for one of these “Spotlight talks”
  • Graduate, Undergraduate and Early Career Researcher poster competition
  • The return of the popular Special Symposium “Beyond the Cutting Edge”, organized by the editors of Tribology Letters
  • Special “New Horizons in Tribology” Symposium sponsored by the ASME Tribology Division

Abstract Submissions

Poster presenters may submit a traditional 150 word abstract. We are asking the Oral presenters to submit the 150 word abstract as a summary and then upload an optional one-page extended abstract in Word format based on the conference template to be archived by on the STLE website

Please note: The username and password for access to the STLE Website will not work for the abstract submission site. A separate account will need to be created. Once on the submission home page, click the “Create Account” tab at the top of the page. (
There is a character limit of 1000 characters including spaces (approximately 150 words) for each abstract. This limit does not include Author names and institutions)

  • For oral 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. Extended abstract deadline for oral presentations has passed. We are still accepting abstracts for the wait list.
  • For Student Posters, you may upload the traditional 150-250-word abstract with title, authors and abstract. Deadline for poster abstracts is September 1, 2020.

Important dates to remember

  • Jan. 10 - Abstracts submissions site opens.
  • April 1 - Abstract deadline for oral presentations.
  • May 1 - Abstract Extension deadline for oral presentation
  • Sept. 1 -  Abstract deadline for poster presentations.
  • Nov. 9 - Tribology Frontiers Conference begins.