The sixth European Conference on TRIBology, ECOTRIB, is back in Ljubljana, returning after a decade to its roots and the Slovenian capital, where the first ECOTRIB was organised in 2007. In hindsight, with 10 years’ experience, the conference, organized by the Slovenian Society for Tribology in collaboration with tribological societies from Austria, Italy and Switzerland, has become well established and recognised in Europe. It covers a specific and very narrowly targeted field in the world of engineering – tribology, which includes biotribology, surface characterisation, contact mechanics, wear, friction, green tribology, tribochemistry, tribology of machine elements and manufacturing processes.

Featuring an extensive programme, ECOTRIB presents the latest innovations with 155 contributions from presenters coming from 27 countries, 8 keynotes speakers, 16 invited lectures, 99 technical presentations and 32 posters. The conference will also award the best student contributions with financial prizes and plaques, presented by the Awards Committee Jury. Selected peer-reviewed contributions will be published in one of the three renowned tribology journals: Wear, Tribology International and Lubrication Science.

Slovenia and the CD Congress Centre Ljubljana, the hosts of the latest ECOTRIB conference, were also the hosts of the first ever ECOTRIB congress back in 2007 when the conference welcomed participants in this vibrant city with a rich cultural life and history, and a destination that is recently experiencing even greater congress industry development, hosting more and more large-scale congresses and conferences. The CD Congress Centre Ljubljana also played an important part in the Slovenian congress industry development, paving the way to putting Ljubljana and Slovenia on the European congress-industry map. The city of Ljubljana has been experiencing great tourism growth over the recent years, becoming one of the most attractive tourist locations in Europe. It was also named the European Green Capital 2016 and is the proud holder of the 2015 Tourism for Tomorrow Award. With its central location in the middle of Slovenia, everything is within easy reach in this pocket-sized country, so the ECOTRIB participants will also have the possibility to discover several other attractions, including the world-famous Postojna Cave or Bled, the wonderful Alpine meeting destination.