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4th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT2018) @ Hyatt Regency Montreal
Sep 26 – Sep 29 all-day

The 4th International Conference on BioTribology (ICoBT 2018) will be held in Montreal, 26- 29 September 2018.

Biotribology plays an important role in many aspects of our everyday life, from the functioning of articular joints and the comfort of contact lenses to the behaviour of cells and the development of skin injury, such as blisters and bedsores. It is a multidisciplinary field which combines biology, materials, chemistry, surface physics, mechanics and medicine. The aim of the ICoBT meetings therefore is to bring together researchers from across the scientific, clinical and engineering spectrum, to promote communication across the different disciplines and to provide a platform for the presentation of new work in one meeting focused solely on Biotribology.

ICoBT 2018 builds on the successes of the previous three ICoBT meetings. Each meeting had a programme containing over 150 oral and poster presentations and was attended by over 200 delegates with a very diverse background. Sessions covered topics ranging from fundamental science to industrial and clinical applications. The fourth ICoBT will take us to the beautiful city of Montreal, where we introduce a new schedule to the conference, meaning that the meeting will start on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 September and run until midday, Saturday 29 September.

Contributions are welcomed from scientists, researchers, engineers and clinicians working in academia, industry and medicine on fields such as orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, biomechanics, biomaterials, soft matter, cosmetic chemistry, biophysics and biomimetics. The topic of research must be predominately tribology and include a biological surface as part of the interface (e.g. articular cartilage, skin) or have a direct impact on biological function (e.g. prosthetic joints, dental implants). Oral and poster presenters will also be invited to submit a full paper to a Special Issue of the journal Biotribology and participate in the ‘ICoBT 2018 Best Paper Award’ competition.


  • Medical and industrial applications of biotribology
  • Biomimetics: bio-inspired tribology; materials; complex fluids;
  • Biotribology testing and modelling: developing test methods; correlation with perception and customer experience; numerical methods
  • Prosthetic implants: materials and coatings; implant corrosion; synovial joint tribology; explant analysis;
  • Articular cartilage: mechanical and biochemical induced damage; modelling; lubrication mechanisms
  • Soft contacts: contact lenses; stents; bio-probes; cells and tissue interaction
  • Skin and personal care: creams and cosmetics; shaving products; hair conditioners; wounds and wound healing, haptics, tactile perception, toothpaste
  • Oral and dental tribology: tongue-palate interaction; ’mouth-feel’; food texture; multi-phase flow, tooth and implant wear; fretting
  • Biomaterials for tribology: artificial cartilage; meniscus; bio-scaffolds
  • Tribology in sports: equipment design and development; preparation, deterioration and testing of sport surfaces; grip; player interaction and gait analysis

90-th Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology
Oct 14 – Oct 18 all-day

The Annual Meeting of The Society of Rheology is held in mid-October. The meetings ordinarily last three to four days and are open to both members and non-members. Every effort is made to stimulate and encourage fruitful discussion during the technical sessions, with 25 minutes normally allotted to the presentation and discussion of each paper. There are normally no more than four simultaneous sessions, and the program includes plenary lectures, special symposia, informal evening discussions, and instrument exhibits. A banquet is held to honor the recipients of the Society’s awards: the Bingham Medal, the Journal of Rheology Publication Award, and the Distinguished Service Award, all for outstanding contributions to rheology. The Annual Meeting for those years during which an International Congress of Rheology occurs (2004, 2008, etc.) is held early in the following year (except when the ICR is held in the United States).

2018 STLE Tribology Frontiers Conference
Oct 28 – Oct 31 all-day

The Tribology Frontiers Conference (TFC) is where tribology researchers share their latest work and explore our science’s role in solving tomorrow’s key technical issues. Come visit one of the world’s most exciting cities and join us for four information-packed days with tribology’s top minds – you’ll leave with a better understanding of how your company’s products will fit into an ever-evolving technical future. More than 300 tribology researchers are expected to attend.

8th International Forum in Tribochemistry
Sep 12 – Sep 14 all-day

“Tribochemistry Hakodate 2019” will be held on September 12 (Thu.) – 14 (Sat.), 2019 in the Hotel Takubokutei, in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. It will be held as a satellite forum of ITC-Sendai.This is the 8th international forum on tribochemistry organized by the Tribochemistry Technical Committee, Japanese Society of Tribologists (JAST).This international forum on tribochemistry has been held as a satellite forum of ITCs and WTCs since 1995: 1) 1995 in Tokyo, Japan, 2) 2000 in Tsukuba, Japan, 3) 2005 in Nara, Japan, 4) 2009 in Kyoto, Japan, 5) 2011 in Hagi, Japan, 6) 2013 in Lyon, France, and 7) 2015 in Nikko, Japan.
This forum will also be held under the cooporation of the Research Association for Computer Application to Catalysis, Catalysis Society of Japan (CatSJ). It will offer invited and contributed presentations in oral and poster sessions. Those who present a paper are requested to submit an abstract by February 28, 2019 in online via the website (under construction). Participants are also encouraged to take part in the ITC-Sendai which will be held in Sendai after the satellite forum on September 16 (Mon.) – 21 (Sat.), 2019. You will enjoy the forum, the historical heritages and the nature of Hokkaido.

International Tribolgy Conference Sendai 2019 @ Sendai International Center
Sep 17 – Sep 21 all-day