Tribology of the Low Countries – Ghent, 28 & 29 April 2022

28 & 29 April 2022, Ghent University (Belgium)

The Tribology section of the Dutch “Bond voor Materialenkennis” and Soete Laboratory,  Ghent University kindly invite you to a new edition of the “Tribology of the Low Countries” Symposium, which takes place on April 28th & 29th, 2022, at the unique historical location of St. Peters abbey in Ghent, Belgium.

This 2-day symposium provides a forum to disseminate the latest research in the field of tribology, conducted by research groups in Belgium and the Netherlands. The 2-day programme consists of three separate modules which allow flexible attendance aligned with your specific interests:

  • Module 1 – Workshop “Friction And Wear Control” & Laboratry Visit (April 28th 2022)
  • Module 2 Sarton Medal Ceremony & Social Event (April 28th 2022)
  • Module 3 Seminar “Tribology of the Low Countries” (April 29th 2022)


The full programme contains all the necessary information, including information about the venue, about the symposium fee, and some hotel recommendations:

Tribology of the Low Countries, 28 & 29 April 2022 (Pdf file)

  • Module 1 – Workshop “Friction and wear control for increased lifetime and performance of machine components” & Laboratry Visit (April 28th 2022) – The first module is dedicated to the control of wear. Attention is given to wear mechanisms and wear models illustrated by some practical examples from industry. It is closed with a visit to the Soete Laboratory of Ghent University.

  • Module 2 – The Sarton Medal ceremony (April 28th 2022) puts tribology in a broader perspective with a lecture by em. prof.dr. ir. Harry van Leeuwen (Eindhoven University of Technology) on the evolution in tribology in the Low Countries over the past. Although starting with the rediscovery of the tribological achievements of an early 18th century Dutch scientist with Belgian roots, emphasis will be given to the last decades. The day will be concluded with a fascinating networking event.

  • Module 3 – Seminar “Tribology of the Low Countries” (April 29th 2022) – The tribological research that is currently being conducted at the Belgian and Dutch universities, knowledge centres and laboratories, will be presented by means of short pitches. Lectures will be given by prof.dr. Matthijn de Rooij (University of Twente) and prof. Jean-Luc Bozet (Université de Liège).


Please, fill out this registration form before April 18th 2022
(There is max. of 150 persons/module)


St. Peter’s Abbey (St.-Pietersabdij) is a unique historical location in the centre of Ghent. With a history dating back to the 7th century, it is one of the most iconic places in Ghent. The abbey buildings, which date from the mid-17th century, now serve as a cultural centre and the church is still one of the most important central churches in Ghent.

We hope to welcome you there!

Best regards,

Prof. Patrick De Baets  (UGent & chairman of BvM-tribology)

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