1st NWE & Kick-off meeting

date: November 17, 2020

category: Trainings

Summary of training event and kick-off meeting (19th - 30th of October 2020).

GreenTRIBOS is ambitious (≈3 mio €) and unique joint doctorate programme on Green Tribology for Sustainable Engineering, held under umbrella of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), European joint doctorates (EJD) on green tribology for sustainable engineering.

It brings together four world-leading academic members in the field of Tribology; University of Ljubljana, University of Coimbra, University of Leeds, and Luleå University of Technology, including 26 most innovative industrial Partners from 10 countries, such as VOLVO, TOTAL, SKF, etc.

12 highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) were chosen among 664 applicants from all over the world. They will be working in three science-based work packages to develop integrative green concepts, their functional mechanisms, and lifecycle analyses to verify the sustainability, as well as quantifying the tribological performance to reduce energy consumption, resource depletion and polluting emissions. The details of research projects are presented in the following link https://www.greentribos.eu/research-projects/.

The GreenTRIBOS Kick-off meeting and the 1st Network Wide Event (NWE) were successfully organized by University of Leeds, UK on October 19th – 30th, 2020. The entire 2-weeks event was held online  via Teams application. This is how we all greatly contributed towards Covid19 pandemic issues. We did our best to follow the prescribtions and regulatons of EU governments and reduce direct contacts. Nevertheless, by switching to online we all made impact towards greener environment.

print screen Kick off meeting

Print screen photo of the Kick-off meeting

Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) were addressed by the Dean of Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Prof. Dr. Mitjan Kalin (Coordinator). He warmly welcomed and congratulated the researchers who were selected for the participation in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), funded by EU. Additional opening remarks were given by Dr. Stojan Sorčan, Slovenian National Contact point for MSCA. He expressed his support and pride towards the GreenTRIBOS and wished a fruitful collaboration in the future.

Kick-off meeting was organized to show the project plan and its organizational structure. The deliverable plan and work packages were presented, and the sub-projects were refreshed. The ESRs had chance to introduce themselves and got know each other, since they will jointly work on various aspects of green tribology.

print screen Kick off meeting2

Print screen photo of participants at the Kick-off meeting and 1st NWE

The meeting was encurageable and fruitfull. In addition, it was a pleasure to see all the supervisors and ESRs together for the first time.

We are looking forward to the next 2nd NWE, which will be organized by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana where the first results from ESRs will be presented and discussed.


Marko Soderžnik, 17.11.2020