The swiss society for tribology

What is Tribology?

Tribology is the science and engineering of interacting surfaces in relative motion. It includes the study and application of the principles of friction,
lubrication and wear. Tribology is highly interdisciplinary. It draws on many academic fields, including physics, chemistry, materials science, mathematics,
biology and engineering. People who work in the field of tribology are referred to as tribologists.

Swiss Tribology

We have members from industry, universities and institutes.

Our vision is to

  • Generate a technological edge by our tribological expertise
  • Design technical products with a higher efficiency?
  • Increase the profitability of companies, projects and products by our know-how

Our mission is

  • to gain and disseminate expertise knowledge for solving tribological challenges.

Core Values

We use our network to create and share knowledge. We respect the confidential information of our network members.

Executive Committee


Past conferences

2007 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012
2013 2014 2015
2016 2017 2018

Next conferences

  • 12th of November Swiss Tribology Symposium 2019
    Hightech Zentrum Brugg Canton Aargau
    Badenerstrasse 13, 5200 Brugg, Switzerland
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Our Network

Members are working at:

  • Anton Paar
  • Blaser Swisslube
  • Nova Swiss
  • Oerlikon

Universities and institutes

  • ETH Zürich especially the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology – LSST
  • L‘Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne – EPFL,
  • École Ingenieure de Genève – HES SO
  • University of Basel especially the UHV force microscopy group
  • Zurich University of Applied Sciences, especially the Institute of Materials and Process Engineering
  • The Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology – EMPA

Swiss Associations

  • Swiss Association of Lubrificants Industry – VSS
  • Swiss Society for Surface Technology – SGO
  • Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering (SSBE)
  • Swiss Association for Materials Science and Technology – SVMT
  • Swiss Foundation for Surface Technology – SSO

Tribology Associations

  • Austrian Tribology Society – ÖTG
  • Italian Tribology Association – AIT
  • Slovenian Society for Tribology
  • Tribonet – a site devotet to raise awareness of tribology and its branches
  • Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers – STLE
  • German Society for Tribology – GfT


Membership Fee

  • Individual Membership: 80 CHF / year
  • Student Membership: 20 CHF / year

Members of the following societies can become individual members
of Swiss Tribology for a reduced fee of 20.- CHF.

  • Swiss Society for Surface Technology (SGO)
  • Swiss Society for Biomedical Engineering (SSBE)

If you want to become a member, please download the application form and send it to our President Rowena Crockett: