STLE 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition – Cancelled

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition scheduled to take place in Chicago has been cancelled. The meeting was originally planned for May 3-7 and was postponed March 16.  After thoughtful analysis of the situation and consultation with leaders within the tribology and lubricants community during the past few weeks, STLE’s board of directors made the decision to not hold the meeting in 2020.

“We believe this to be the most prudent course of action in light of the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” said STLE President Michael Duncan.  “Simply put, it would have been impossible to conduct an Annual Meeting at which STLE could ensure the health and safety of all involved and provide the business and networking benefits that make this a premier event.”

STLE thanks its members and participants for your patience and understanding in the time leading up to this decision and as we go forward.   The STLE Board of Directors has provided a list of FAQs to help with any questions you may have about the cancellation. Click here for the list of FAQs.

75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition

Postponed - We are working to determine suitable dates to hold the event
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois (USA)

The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (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 500 concurrent technical sessions
  • Opening keynote program featuring leading innovators in the field of tribology research and lubrication engineering
  • 11 lubrication-specific courses taught by world-class instructors
  • More than 120 exhibitors displaying the industry’s newest technologies, products and services
  • International business networking

Hotel Reservations
The STLE 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

More details to come on new reservations dates.
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Details on the Exhibition
The STLE annual trade show is where you can catch up on the lubricant industry's latest products, services and technologies.

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Abstract Submissions

Please note: The abstract submission deadline for the 2020 STLE Annual Meeting has passed. However, we will keep the abstract submission site open to receive any abstracts for the wait list.


If you are interested in presenting at the 2020 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition, please submit a 100-150-word abstract online at While you do not need to prepare a full manuscript to be included on the meeting technical program, you are invited and encouraged to submit a manuscript for review and possible publication in STLE's peer-reviewed journal, Tribology Transactions. 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)