Welcome to WeSST

We are hosting WeSST – the Web Seminar Series on Tribology

In October 2021 we are hosting a CECAM workshop under the theme:

Constructing Digital Twins in Tribology

About WeSST

WeSST wants to introduce online seminars as a tool for knowledge dissemination in the tribological community.

In our warming world the justification of long-distance air travel is becoming increasingly difficult, but the need for sharing of knowledge in scientific research remains vital. We believe that online seminars are a convenient additional mainstream mode of scientific information dissemination.

Speaker lists and recorded talks of previous series can be found here.

WeSST 2 will be held as a one-day workshop on the 11th October 2021 with invited talks, a Twitter poster conference and lightning talks from the poster presenters.

How does it work?

  • The talks will be hosted on Zoom and recordings are available on our YouTube channel
  • It is important to register! Registered attendees will receive email updates on the seminars and a link to the video streaming prior to each seminar.
  • Interaction with the speaker from the participants during the live sessions will be possible via questions submitted via the Zoom chat during the seminar and selected by a moderator.


09:00 – Welcome & Introduction

09:10 – Louise Wright, NPL – Models, Data, and Digital Twins

09:30 – Stuart Clarke, University of Cambridge – Experimental Reflections on the Solid/Liquid Interface: Going to Extremes

10:00 – Daniele Dini, Imperial College London – Linking Models and Experiments in Tribology

10:30 – Michael Moseler, University of Freiburg – Digital Twin or Digital Cartoon: Can we Master Chemical Complexity in Applied Tribology?


11:00 – Coffee break and Twitter Poster Conference


11:30 – Martin Müser, Saarland University – TBC

12:00 – Denis Mazuyer, École Central de Lyon – Combining Experimental and Numerical Approaches to Understand Friction of Textured Lubricated Contacts

12:30 – Andreas Almqvist, Luleå University of Technology – Fundamentals of Physics-Informed Neural Networks


13:00 – Lunch and Twitter Poster Conference


14:00 – John Bucknall, BP – Digital Tribo-Twins of Engine Contacts

14:30 – James Kermode, University of Warwick – Accuracy, Transferability and Uncertainty Quantification for Complex Interatomic Potentials Suitable for Tribological Applications

15:00 – Lucia Nicola, University of Padova – Towards a Dual Scale Model for Plastic Contacts


15:30 – Coffee break and Twitter Poster Conference


16:00 – Round Table: Do We Need Digital Twins in Tribology?

17:00 – Closing Word


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Chiara Gattinoni

London South Bank University

Chiara is a Lecturer at London South Bank University. She is a surface scientist with an interest in the computational modelling of tribological and catalytic processes. She dreams of seeing ab initio methods become routinely used in tribology and she is working hard to make it happen.

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James P. Ewen

Imperial College London

James is a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow at Imperial College London. His research focuses on the application of molecular simulations to study surfaces and interfaces. Currently, he is particularly interested in mechanochemical effects on lubricant additive behaviour.


Please register for WeSST2 via the CECAM website


We welcome questions, queries and comments. Please contact us with the below email address or through our Twitter account.

Email: contact@wesstribo.com

Twitter: @wesstribo