STLE 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Status Update

STLE 2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibition – March 16 Status Update

March 16, 2020

Dear STLE Stakeholders,

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), the 75th STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition scheduled to take place in Chicago on May 3-7, 2020 is POSTPONED. We are currently working with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, IL (USA) to determine a suitable date to hold the event. As the last few weeks have unfolded, it has become clear that STLE could not hold the 2020 STLE Annual Meeting & Exhibition in a way we could reasonably ensure the safety of all participants from the COVID-19. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this disease.

People with existing reservations do not need to contact the Hyatt at this time.  STLE conference management is working with the hotel to modify existing reservations in an efficient manner, with more information to follow.  For questions, contact Conference Manager Merle Hedland  (

In addition, on March 13, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker mandated that all events with more than 1,000 people be canceled or postponed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Governor also encouraged event organizers around the state to consider canceling or postponing any gatherings of over 250 people to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through the details of rescheduling the event with the hotel, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, corporate members and attendees.

It is disappointing that we are not able to bring the world’s tribologists and lubrication engineers together at this time, but we are looking forward to announcing our future plans shortly.

Kind regards,
Michael P. Duncan
STLE 2019-2020 President

If you are interested in resources regarding COVID-19, we suggest monitoring the CDC’s COVID-19 situation summary (updated several times each week), as well as CDC guidance on COVID-19 prevention.