The launch of UK Tribology network
Five key learned societies, IOM3, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry have joined forces to create the UK Tribology Network. The launch of UK Tribology establishes a single voice with a largely outward facing remit to reach as much of UK industry as possible to enable the uptake of best tribological practice.
The core mission will be to engage effectively with schools, colleges and universities to ensure tribology is understood before students transfer to the workplace. The UK has a strong tribology and surface engineering base (both industrial and academic), but due to the fragmentation of activity within the UK the impact on reducing the very high cost (circa 1.4% of GDP) of uncontrolled friction, lubrication, surface selection and wear-control within industry has been limited.
This event is a chance to learn about the collaboration and will feature keynote presentations by industry experts that will highlight the importance of tribology to industry and society and showcase the wide range of applications within this area. Professionals from a range of industries are encouraged to attend, including engineers, physicists, chemists, material scientists, biologists, mathematicians and computer scientists involved in tribology and industrialists involved in R&D, design and development and life cycle management.
The launch event will also incorporate a poster session (prize sponsored by the IET). Prospective poster authors are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words for consideration by the Organising Committee. The abstract must provide sufficient information for a fair assessment including the objective of the paper, the methodology used and the conclusions or results of the work. The abstract must be written in English.
The launch event took place on 21 October 2015 in London.