2021 Summer School: Tribology and Surfaces Interactions

23 – 27 August, 2021 Fieschertal, Switzerland

This course is intended to give participants (graduates, researchers and industrial professionals) a solid background in tribology and surface interactions. It covers the fundamentals concepts of tribology including surfaces, contact mechanics, friction, lubrication and wear, the description of different techniques for multiscale wear analysis (experimental and computational) and application examples illustrating how to use the theoretical background in engineering practice. At the end of the course, participants will have the tools to identify and to approach tribological systems combined with appropriate material selection and surface design.


Hotel Alpenblick, Fieschertal, Switzerland (TBC)

Who should attend

The course is open to participants with basic backgrounds in material science and mechanics.

The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 28.

This course may be validated for 2 ECTS credits in the doctoral program of EPFL and ETH Zurich after acceptance by the corresponding institution. In this case, full attendance and a final examination after the end of the course on the final day is required. Please contact Carey Sargent for details.


Registration is possible through this link. Please note that payment is now required upon registration using the PayOnLine platform, which accepts major credit cards, PayPal and Twint. Course fees being paid directly by an EPFL laboratory only may be paid by account transfer – please contact Carey Sargent if you are an EPFL student and prefer this method of payment.

Fees for the week

PhD students from EPFL, ETHZ, PSI, Empa and CSEM:

Other academic participants: CHF 1,300.-

All other participants: CHF 2,000.-


The final program will soon be available here. The course will cover:

Surfaces/friction; Contact mechanics; Lubrication; Wear Fundamentals; Wear techniques/exp; Wear techniques/exp surface analysis; Wear modeling; Wear of materials/metals; Wear of materials/ceramics polymers/composites; Contact mechanics of layered systems; Surface treatments for tribology; Wear-corrosion interactions; Case Study 1, Bearings; Case Study 2, Watch tribology/microtechnology; Case Study 3, Biotribology