The bi-annual LUBMAT Conference and Exhibition on ‘Lubrication, Maintenance and Tribotechnology’ took place in Manchester’s Hilton Deansgate in June, with the special theme of ‘Energy Systems’.
Hosted alternately in Spain and the UK, and co-organised by UCLan’s Jost Institute for Tribotechnology, the event saw almost 150 delegates representing 23 countries and over 60 industrial organisations.
With the special theme of ‘Energy Systems’ the three-day conference featured sessions considering maintenance, lubrication and tribology in the design and operation of components in power generation systems and transmissions across a range of energy applications including: wind energy systems, marine and offshore power-plant, nuclear power generation, stationary engines, save power systems, tidal power systems, solar energy collection, internal combustion engines, gas turbines, hydro power systems.
The conference programme featured almost 80 presentations, and also featured an exhibition and networking events at Manchester Town Hall, where delegates listened to the Manchester Chamber Choir and the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry which hosted the conference dinner.
Director of the Jost Institute, Prof Ian Sherrington, said: “This fourth conference in the series has attracted engineers from around the world. In running this event we are proud to have drawn some of the biggest international names in engineering as our partners, including the American Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the British Gear Association from the UK. They form a perfect complement to our permanent Spanish partners IK4 Tekniker and underline the developing interest in this series of meetings and its growing impact and relevance. We are absolutely delighted with the continuing success of this initiative.”
One of the most remarkable features of the event was that even though it was a full scale international meeting organised by professionals a large proportion of the event management and operation was conducted by students under the guidance of University staff. Margarita Martinez Ortiz from Colombia, a student on placement from the School of Sports, Tourism and the Outdoors at UCLan, was the Event Co-ordinator. She was assisted by Kelly-Marie Staunton and Lauren Davies, who are also students in the same School, while graduate interns James Hyland and Bridie Farrell provided media support with student Aida Dominguez-Morales from Spain acting as Community Manager supporting web-based media communication mainly using Twitter.
Placement student Margarita Martinez Ortiz said: “This has been the perfect opportunity for me to put into practice the theory I have learned at university. I am now, more than ever, sure of the career path I want to follow, and feel much more prepared to enter the job market. Working to assist the organisation of LUBMAT has allowed me not only to gain valuable experience, but to get to know myself and start my professional growth process.”
The next LUBMAT Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Euskalduna Conference Centre in Bilbao, Spain between the 7th and 8th June 2016.