Next WTC 2021


September 5-10, 2021 - Lyon, France

Abstract submission is now open until 15th of October 2020.

It is our great pleasure to announce the opening of abstract submission for the 7th World Tribology Congress. This international event will be an opportunity to bring together a large scientific community, to promote international exchanges and collaborations on the current topics on tribology.

Please see the 1st Call for abstracts.

For more information visit the WTC 2021 website or send an email to


21th September 2020
Professor Jean Michel Martin of Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France awarded Tribology Gold Medal for 2019

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London, has announced that the winner of the 2019 Gold Medal...

14th August 2020
Professor Mark Robbins has passed away

This is a great loss to the entire Tribology community.

4th August 2020
Tribology Gold Medal 2020 nominations

Nominations for the 2020 Tribology Gold Medal are open until the 31st of October 2020.

2nd August 2020
The first Peter Jost Tribology Award call for nominations is now open!

The deadline for nominations is the 1st of January 2021.

Tribology conferences and Meetings

9th - 13th
Nov 2020
1st - 2st
Dec 2020
Bilbao, SpainLubmat 2020
26th - 29th
Apr 2021

Videos about Tribology

Global impact of tribology

  • 20% of world total energy consumption goes to overcome friciton
  • 18-40% of that can be saved by applying new technology, and that would corresond to 8.7% of global energy use and 1.4% of the global GNB
  • the biggest potential savings are in transportation and energy industry
  • 30% of the fuel consumption in an average passenger car goes to overcome fricition
  • 40% of the energy used in mineral mining is used for overcoming friction; friction and wear results in 970 million tonnes CO2 emissions in mineral mining annually corresponding to 2.7% of total world CO2 emissions
  • CO2 emissions are 4.5 times higher for an ICE passenger car compared to a similar battery electric car when electricity comes from renewable energy
  • Moving from fossil to renewable energy sources would cut down the energy losses due to friciton in energy production by more than 60%