Leeds-Lyon Symposium on Tribology


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Tribology for a Sustainable Future

Symposium date: Tuesday 8 September - Thursday 10 September 2020

The unprecedented demand to optimise engineering systems for enhanced sustainability and longevity brings new and emerging challenges for tribological interfaces. To address the global push for sustainability, advances in experimental and in-silico models and materials degradation mitigation is essential. This will likely require novel approaches in surface, lubricant and system design across the majority of industrial sectors (e.g. energy, automotive, aerospace, biomedical). In this Leeds-Lyon Symposium, we will capture the exciting developments which cut across many tribological areas to create efficient tribological systems that will underpin the development of novel technologies with great impact on future sustainable development. Offerings of original research are requested in (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Sustainable and green lubricants
  • Novel materials with advanced tribological performance
  • Advanced measurement and simulation methods
  • Interface life-cycles
  • Sustainable interfacial design


These symposia are jointly sponsored by the University of Leeds (UK) and the Institut National des Sciences Appliquèes (INSA) de Lyon, Université de Lyon (France).  The inaugural symposium was held in 1974 and since then there has been an annual meeting in the month of September, the sponsoring Institutions acting as hosts on alternate occasions.  After 46 successful events, the symposium has become an established event in the international tribology calendar.  Each year the symposium provides an opportunity to tribologists and those working in related fields to discuss and assimilate recent advances of tribology and to exchange views and ideas on a broader basis. Combining both breadth and depth the symposium will provide an outstanding forum to review recent advances in tribology and applied surface science and to examine the contribution these areas can make to a sustainable future.

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