25th International Colloquium Tribology
27 to 29 January 2026 at Ostfildern/Stuttgart

24th International Colloquium Tribology

Industrial and Automotive Lubrication

Topics of the colloquium

Platform for intensive knowledge exchange

The 24th International Colloquium Tribology aims to highlight exciting developments that affect important areas of tribology and support the development of novel technologies that will have a strong impact on future sustainable development.
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Information for participants

The conference will be held in a hybrid flex format. You can choose to attend on-site or stream the presentations live online. Here you will find all relevant organisational information for your participation. Find out about booking conditions, accommodation and travel options.

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Exhibition & Sponsorship

Parallel to the conference, an exhibition in the main foyer is organized, where companies will present their products and services. Take advantage of this ideal opportunity to promote your services to a high-calibre audience of decision-makers, specialists and managers.

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Contributions from research, industry and practice

Program of the 24th International Colloquium Tribology

Download the current and detailed program (as of December 2023) for the 24th International Colloquium Tribology 2024 here! 
Find out about the main topics, presentations and participating speakers. 
The review and selection of presentations was done by our interdisciplinary program committee.
Changes in content and timing are possible in the course of the preparations.


Daily programs of the conference

Our confirmed speaker highlights

Dr. Nick Garabedian, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), GER

The Data Science Frontier in Tribology

Tribologists across career stages face uncertainty when it comes to integrating digitalization and data science into their practices. Embracing data science's potential is vital for the field's future and societal value but the absence of a clear digitalization roadmap hinders the seamless transition from research to application.

This presentation will outline tribology's distinct digitalization challenges and showcase strategies which tackle these obstacles through sustainable data production with the aim of unraveling the complexities of sliding interfaces.

Professor Hong Liang, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

Dynamic Properties of Lubricants for Electric Vehicles

To take on the current challenges in tribology and lubrication engineering, one of the STLE’s technical areas of interests is electrification. In this presentation, we will start with a brief discussion about emerging issues currently facing, followed by detailed discussion of properties and performance of lubrications used in electric vehicles. 

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Lohner, FZG der Technischen Universität München, GER

Towards Superefficiency: Tribology Solutions Shaping Tomorrow’s Gearboxes

Several mechanisms are known to achieve superlubricity, which is related to an ultra-low friction regime with a coefficient of friction less than 0.01. This presentation discusses the efficiency potential of geared transmissions, when machine elements with rolling-sliding contacts like gearings operate in superlubricity. Primary and secondary effects of superlubricity are quantified in the context of different operating conditions. The term superefficiency is introduced.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Matthias Scherge, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkstoffmechanik IWM, Freiburg, GER

Sustainability in Winter Sports - the Tribological Perspective

This paper discusses sustainability challenges in winter sports, particularly focusing on tribology. It examines energy and resource conservation efforts in skiing, bob sledding, and ice hockey. The impact of substitute products on the unique properties of snow and ice for gliding is assessed. Changes in tribological mechanisms when e.g. transitioning from ice to polymer, such as with steel runners, are explained.

Professor Dr. Victoria Van Camp, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, SWE

Minimizing CO2 Emissions and Maximize ROI: Implementing Known Tribology Principles and Design for Zero for a Carbon Neutral Industry

Some 20% of the energy produced today does not generate value but is lost in eg. friction and wear, unrecovered heat, and various electrical losses. Maintenance practices do not include efficiency measures and machinery is generally not designed for easy repair or upgrading. In this talk, we discuss how to improve efficiency and minimize the CO2 impact of industrial equipment, all while lowering total cost of operation.

Our main topics at a glance

Over 3 days, the 24th International Colloquium Tribology  will present around 120 contributions from research, industry and practice in 5 parallel sessions and top-class plenary sessions. The event focuses on the following main topics:

New trends in lubricants and additives
- Oils and greases
- Additives
- Solid lubricants
- Lubricants and coolants for electrical vehicles
- Hydraulic, turbine and compressor fluids
- Food-grade lubricants
- Complex fluids and rheology
- Alternative fuels
- Standards and specifications

Coatings, surface interactions and underlying mechanisms
- New insights in friction, adhesion and wear mechanisms
- Micro- and nanotribology
- Wear and wear protection
- 2D layered materials
- Lubricating thin films
- Tribochemistry
- Elastohydrodynamic lubrication
- Tribology of polymer and composite materials
- Embedded lubrication in polymer and sintered materials

Machine elements and their application in tribology
- Gears and transmission systems
- Bearings
- Seals
- Clutches
- Fuel-economy of engines and powertrains
- Tribological aspects of electrical drive trains
- Tribology of aircraft components
- Tribology in power systems such as wind turbines
- Machining processes


Computational methods and digital transformation in tribology 
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning
- Lifetime and failure prediction models
- Lab-to-field approach
- Digital twins
- Condition-based and predictive maintenance
- Internet of things
- Contact mechanics
- FEM modelling of tribosystems
- Molecular dynamic simulation
- New programming tools for tribology research

Test and measurement methodologies
- Novel measurement techniques
- Online condition monitoring of lubricants and machine components
- Design of experiments in tribology
- Surface characterization
- Particle and contamination identification
- Advanced filtration techniques
- Tracing by radioactive isotopes
- Reliability testing
- Cryotribology

Sustainability and ressource efficiency
- Environmental compatibility
- Life-cycle assessment in tribology
- Circular economy
- Energy efficiency
- CO₂ reduction in engines
- Tribology in hydrogen environment
- Biolubricants
- Water-based lubrication

Recognised experts

Program Committee 2023/2024

The programme committee for the International Colloquium Tribology is composed of recognised experts from research and development, industry and practice. Its tasks include formulating the objectives and determining the main topics of the conference, reviewing and selecting the submitted lecture proposals for the conference programme and providing expert advice to the organiser.

Steering Committee

Priv.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Nicole Dörr
AC2T Research GmbH,
Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Gachot
Vienna University of Technology,
Vienna, Austria

Dr.-Ing. Max Marian
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Macul, Chile

Dr.-Ing. Katharina Völkel
Technical University Munich
Munich, Germany

Program Planning Committee

Univ.- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Albert Albers
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Karlsruhe, Germany

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Bauer
Institute of Machine Components (IMA)
University of Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. rer. nat. Martin Dienwiebel
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Karlsruhe, Germany

Dr. Arshia Fatemi
Robert Bosch GmbH
Stuttgart, Germany

Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Gaule
Hermann Bantleon GmbH
Ulm, Germany

Dr.-Ing. Michael Gleß
Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. Markus Grebe
Kompetenzzentrum Tribologie KTM
HS Mannheim, Germany

Univ.-Prof.  Dr.-Ing. Georg Jacobs
RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany

Dr. Manfred Jungk
Brannenburg, Germany

Dr. Thomas Kilthau
Klüber Lubrication SE & Co. KG
Munich, Germany

Dipl.-Ing. Rüdiger Krethe
OilDoc GmbH
Brannenburg, Germany

Dr. Markus Matzke
Robert Bosch GmbH
Stuttgart, Germany

Dr. Johannes Müllers
Robert Bosch GmbH
Stuttgart, Germany

Prof. Dipl-Ing. Dr. techn.  Andreas Pauschitz
AC2T Research GmbH
Wiener Neustadt, Austria

Dr. Thomas Rühle
Ludwigshafen, Germany

International Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Ichiro Minami
Luleå University of Technology
Luleå, Sweden

Prof. Ion Marius Sivebaek
Technical University of Denmark and Novo Nordisk

Prof. Hugh Spikes
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
London, Great Britain

Prof. Gwidon Stachowiak
Curtin University
Perth, Australia

Kessler Cellar Tour at Esslingen

Have you ever thought about visiting the medieval cellars of Germany's oldest sparkling wine cellar in Esslingen? The cellars extend extensively under the former Speyr Pfleghof below Esslingen's market square. The Pfleghof, today also called the "Kessler House," has been the headquarters of the KESSLER sparkling wine cellars for 190 years.
The labyrinth of twelve interconnected vaulted cellars forms the heart of the KESSLER sparkling wine cellars. Here, the sparkling treasures of the house are stored under the protection of darkness and at a constant temperature of 13°C, lined up on the classic riddling desks. The cellar vaults served for more than six centuries for the storage of the tithe wine, before Georg Christian von Kessler discovered this place for the production of sparkling wine and acquired it in 1832. 
The tour leads through the silent vaults dating back to the Staufer period, and you will learn how the "sparkling gold" of KESSLER sparkling wine is produced.

Date: Thursday, 25 Jan 2024
Departure from TAE: 03:30 p.m.
Start of the guided tour: 04:30 p.m. / duration 1,5h with 3 sparkling wine tasting in a tasting room
Language: English
Return TAE: 06:15 p.m. (on request)
Price: 25,00€ plus 19% VAT

The number of participants is limited to 25 persons.

Evening receptions

Tuesday, Jan 23, 2024 (6.00 – 9.00 pm)

Join our Swabian reception at the TAE-Foyer: Enjoy swabian snacks and beverages after a long day full of talks and have a relaxed chat with other participants. 

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2024 (6.00 – 9.00 pm) 

We invite you to an evening reception at the KUBINO at Ostfildern – the venue is just a 150m walk away. Have a nice evening with music of the Swinging Profs and magical entertainment by Martin Eisele. Connect with old friends while making new ones.

The evening receptions are included in the participants fee and open to all attendees. 

Optimal access to participants


Parallel to the  24th ICT an accompanying exhibition will take place in the main foyer of the TAE, where companies will present their products and services. This is an ideal opportunity to present your services to a high-calibre audience of decision-makers, specialists and managers on an area of over 300 m². The spatial connection of the foyer, cafeteria and lecture rooms gives you optimal access to the participants.

Foyer der TAE


R. Wölfel Analysentechnik GmbH

For over 30 years we serve our customers to find the right instrument to meet their analytical needs. We are mainly focused on lubes, greases and fuels in regard of their tribological as well as their physical properties. We represent various international manufacturers in Germany and provide excellent service for their instruments. Visit us for more information.

i-TRIBOMAT: The European Tribology Centre 

We turn your search for advanced materials into a competitive advantage! i-TRIBOMAT GmbH is a new company launched to provide industry with a single-entry point to access services for tribological characterisation of advanced materials, surfaces, and lubricants. i-TRIBOMAT brings together five of the leading tribology laboratories in Europe as regular service providers, making it the largest tribology service provider in the world. Thus, i-TRIBOMAT gathers more than 250 experts and more than 130 tribometers and advanced characterization setups, as well as simulation and modelling tools to predict product performance. i-TRIBOMAT counts with its own online database dedicated to tribology with more than 10.000 records.

Polytec GmbH

For more than 50 years and with almost 500 employees worldwide, the high-tech company Polytec has been developing, producing and selling optical measurement technology for research and industry. This includes systems for vibration measurement, surface characterization, length and speed measurement, process analytics and optical systems. Optical 3D surface measurement systems from Polytec operate in a non-contact and area-based manner in both the micro and macro range. Polytec is also part of the "Fair Data Sheet" initiative and involved in ISO activities for surface metrology.

Optimol Instruments Prüftechnik GmbH

We are the specialist in measuring friction, lubrication, and wear of any machine components or in the simulation of practical applications. For more than 50 years, our experts have been supporting customers from a wide range of industries. With competent consulting and comprehensive services, we are at your side as a reliable partner and problem solver.

Orbis BV

Orbis BV is a manufacturer of testing instruments that serve the petro- & chemical industry. With over 40 years of industry experience and a strong focus on research and development, Orbis BV passionately seeks to offer worldwide customers the best products and service available in the market. We make petroleum analyzers that save customers time and money, while producing highly precise, accurate and method-according test results.

Tannas & King Refrigeration

Tannas Co. and King Refrigeration (ISO 9001) is a global leader in developing, manufacturing, sales & service of precision laboratory instruments for routine testing and advanced research & development of engine oils, lubricants, and related fluids. We dedicate ourselves to serving our customers — listening carefully to their concerns and needs — responding with intelligent action — transforming their concerns into satisfaction and their needs into mutual opportunities.

Anton Paar Germany GmbH

Anton Paar develops, manufactures, distributes and provides application know-how, support and service for analytical instruments used in research, development and quality control for laboratory and process applications worldwide. Anton Paar is constantly breaking new ground to combine high-precision engineering with scientific curiosity. Based on decades of experience in the field of tribology, Anton Paar offers the widest range of tribometers on the market. The company is the world market leader in the field of density and concentration measurement, the determination of dissolved CO2 and rheology.

Bruker Nano GmbH

Bruker delivers cutting-edge metrology solutions for the challenging demands of applied research and industrial QA/QC applications. Bruker's mechanical testers and tribometers deliver the most comprehensive and versatile means of investigating tribology - friction, wear, load, and hardness. A wide range of solutions for standard and customized tests, precise characterization of wear on parts enable the precise evaluation of the efficiency and tribological properties of lubricants and additives. 

Phoenix Tribology 

Phoenix Tribology is a world-leading provider of friction and wear test systems designed to help you optimize your products. We are dedicated to helping you achieve success through the application of tribological principles. The company have over 60 years experience in designing and building custom testing solutions, and a wide range of standard designs that can meet your tribo-testing needs.

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific produces a wide range of instruments for materials analysis. Our range of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy instruments are designed to deliver high quality results, quickly and easily. Systems can be configured with other surface analysis and materials analysis techniques, including Raman spectroscopy to enable maximum understanding with minimum effort. Contact us to learn about our surface analysis products, and the huge range of other instrumentation for materials science, including electron microscopy and molecular spectroscopy.

Vanderbilt Worldwide Limited

Vanderbilt Worldwide Limited provide Market Development & Technical service on behalf of Vanderbilt Chemicals LLC across the European, Africa, Middle East & Eastern European Regions.
Vanderbilt Chemicals LLC have been supplying the petroleum industry with lubricants additives for nearly fifty years. They market a wide range of chemical products that improve or enhance the performance characteristics of finished lubricating oils and greases.

Falex Tribology N.V.

Falex Tribology has over 25 years of experience offering standard and customised friction and wear testing, targeted at applications and quality control.

TriboTonic, boasting 20 years of knowledge and expertise in the field, offers a comprehensive range of personalised services including instrument sales, servicing, and support. Within Europe, we act as trusted distributors for Falex, PCS Instruments, and CFR Engines for the IQT.

Centre for Industrial Rheology

The Centre for Industrial Rheology provides rheology, viscosity, interfacial and thermal measurement services for the world's largest automotive and industrial manufacturers. Our clients exploit the material insights we deliver to fast-track R&D, understand their competitors and improve product quality. 

Rtec Instruments

Rtec-Instruments develops and manufactures advanced mechanical and surface testing equipment for measurement solutions in research and industrial applications. The range of instruments include:

  • Multifunctional Tribometers combined with 3D-profilometer for characterization of friction and wear
  • Fretting Testers for characterization of lubricants and greases
  • Surface Materials Testers for materials surface characterization (adhesion, hardness, elastic modulus, friction and wear) 

Event partners

Verband Schmierstoff-Industrie e.V. 

German Lubricant Manufacturers Association (VSI) is an association of all major manufacturers of automotive and industrial lubricants in Germany.  With 84 member companies, VSI represents over 90% of the German lubricant industry. The association's task is to represent and promote the idealistic, economic and technical interests of its members. It represents these interests in particular vis-à-vis public authorities, public corporations and trade associations.

Österreichische Tribologische Gesellschaft (ÖTG)

The Austrian Tribological Society (ÖTG) has been active as a working group for friction, wear and lubrication technology since 1976. It acts as an intermediary between industry and (non-)university research institutions and aims to promote all areas of tribology, including its application in maintenance and quality assurance.


The ELGI was established in May 1989 and is an independent, self-governing institute, financed solely by members. It is one of a group of scientific and technical institutes active in the field of tribology dealing with lubricating greases and associated products. The institute is involved in all aspects of this product group, particularly those concerning the technical, economic, ecological and legislative positions in Europe.

Media partners

expert verlag

expert verlag is a german specialist publisher for business and technology based in Tübingen. Its focus is on application-oriented continuing education and training for specialists and managers in the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and management. 


Lube Magazine

Lube Magazine is a bi-monthly publication featuring news and technical articles from across the lubricants industry. Lube is published by the UKLA and is the Official Journal of UEIL. It is distributed to readers in over 100 countries and via relevant sector Trade Events.


Lubes'n'Greases is LNG Publishing's flagship, award-winning, independent monthly magazine for and about the global lubricants industry. On the first of every month, print and digital editions deliver hard news, features and informed opinions covering automotive and industrial lubricants, metalworking fluids, greases, base stocks, additives, packaging, biodegradable and synthetic products, companies, people, issues and trends affecting the industry.

F&L Asia 

F&L Asia Ltd. has been providing world-class fuel and lube industry news and events since 1995. The publication company provides media services to some of the biggest names in the industry and each year produces F+L Week, the industry conference and exhibition premier event. 

Lasting advertising effect


With our sponsorship packages, you as a sponsor benefit from a sustainable advertising effect through integration in the marketing of the trade conference over a longer period of time and additional on-site advertising opportunities:

  • Integration of your logo in the marketing of the event
  • Display of flyers/brochures in the foyer
  • Sponsoring lunch, coffee breaks, evening event
  • Sponsoring a smoothie bar, etc.
  • (Outdoor) demonstrations in the factory hall or on the TAE premises

Contact our customer advisory service without obligation and ask for an individual offer.


Guidelines for Speakers

Once your presentation has been accepted for the conference by the Program Committee, please submit the following by October 31, 2023:

  • Short biography to introduce yourself
  • Short manuscript (2 pages) for the conference proceedings

Brief Biography

Please send us the completed brief biography form for the moderator to introduce you.

Manuscript for Conference proceedings

  • As a conference document, 2-page short manuscripts will be published in a conference volume by expert-Verlag, Tübingen.
  • This is also available as a print or digital copy after the event.
  • Please follow our instructions for manuscript preparation and use our manuscript template.
  • Please choose a competitively neutral presentation for your manuscript.
  • A detailed manuscript is not required.


  • By submitting your manuscript for the conference documents, you fully release Technische Akademie Esslingen e. V. (TAE) from any third-party copyright claims. An infringement of copyright exists, for example, if external image or text templates or DIN standards are adopted in full or in part without reference to the source and without any necessary permission.
  • By submitting your manuscript, you grant us permission to reproduce and distribute your complete contribution in digital and printed form as a conference document for participants of the conference and for third parties, as well as in excerpts for advertising and sales promotion purposes for the conference.
  • The conference document will be distributed in digital and printed form after the conference by expert-Verlag, Tübingen.

Presentation at the symposium

  • The presentation duration is 30 minutes, including 5-10 minutes of moderated discussion.
  • Please choose a non-competitive presentation in 16:9 aspect ratio for your talk and presentation document. Please note that the speaker view in PowerPoint will not be available to you during your talk and notes should be printed out and brought along if necessary.
  • The appropriate technology is already set up in the lecture room and we will take care of setting up your presentation. Please do not use your own equipment for the presentation, such as laptop, notebook or similar.
  • Please bring your presentation material, which you will use at the conference, as PowerPoint and PDF files on a USB stick to the conference.

Publish your full manuscript in a listed journal!

Authors of accepted presentations may submit a full manuscript for publication following the 2024 event in a special issue of the journal „Industrial Lubrication and Tribology“ (Emerald Publishing Limited) or "Tribologie und Schmierung" (expert-Verlag, Tübingen, Germany).

Manuscripts are to be written in accordance with the journal's guidelines and will undergo a peer review process in accordance with the journal's guidelines.

If interested, please contact:

Participation fee for speakers

For speakers whose contribution is included in the conference program, participation in the event including conference documents and catering costs EUR 270.00 (VAT-free).

Please register as a presenter after your presentation confirmation and use our registration form.

If required, we will be happy to reserve a room for you in one of our partner hotels in the vicinity. Please indicate your hotel preference in the registration form.

Co-presenters and co-authors who wish to attend the event should register as regular attendees.

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Recordings during the event

TAE reserves the right to make recordings in the form of photos and videos during events, on which the participants and speakers may also be recognizable. These recordings will only be used for advertising purposes in accordance with legal requirements (e.g. the German Art Copyright Act and the General Data Protection Regulation).

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Conference Proceedings 2024

The conference handbook for the 24th International Colloquium Tribology 2024 is available from expert-Verlag, Tübingen.

Choose between the print and digital editions of the conference handbook. If you have any questions or problems activating the digital conference proceedings, please contact the publisher's support team directly, stating your e-mail address and telephone number: or +49 (0) 7071 9797–30.

Print edition

  • ISBN 978-3-381-11831-1 
  • EUR 148.00 (incl. 7 % VAT)
  • DIN A4, 280 pages, 4-color with numerous illustrations and tables.

Digital edition

  • ISBN 978-3-381-11832-8                           
  • EUR 188.00 (incl. 7 % VAT)
  • DIN A4, 280 pages, 4-color with numerous illustrations and tables.

Conference Proceedings 2022

The conference handbook for the 23rd International Colloquium on Tribology is also available from expert-Verlag, Tübingen.