Plastic gears conference aims to bring together theorists, experimentalists and industrialists in the field of polymer gears research as well as applications. The conference will be held from 17th to 18th June 2021 at the Faculty of Polymer Technology (FTPO) in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia. We hope to provide a venue for discussions between scientists and engineers from academia and industry, bridging fundamental and applied aspects of the polymeric gears.

Due to the unfortunate Covid-19 situation, the conference will be organised as a hybrid conference, online and onsite. The situation in Slovenia is getting better and we hope that in June it will be even better, in Slovenia as well as in other parts of the world. However, we suggest checking the status of your country and Slovenia frequently, to avoid unnecessary travelling complications.

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The conference is organised within a project MAPgears: Advanced materials, methodologies and technologies for the development of lightweight power transmission components for drives technology. The project is co-funded by the Republic of Slovenia - Ministry of Education, Science and Sport - and the European Union – European Regional Development Fund.


The topics will cover all areas which are important in polymer gears production:
  • Simulations
  • Materials
  • Innovative processing
  • Tools
  • Characterisation (gears, materials)
  • Tribology
  • Applications

Invited speakers

Dr. Ken Mao
Dr. Ken Mao, Reader in Mechanical Engineering

University of Warwick, School of Engineering, Warwick, Great Britain

Title: The Performance Enhancement of Polymer Composite Gears and their Applications in Lightweight Gearbox

Prof. Dr. Selvaraj Senthilvelan
Prof. Dr. Selvaraj Senthilvelan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati 781039 Assam, India

Title: Bending Fatigue Performance of Polymer Gears

Dr. Aljaž Pogačnik
Dr. Aljaž Pogačnik

Bauhar s.p. KISSsoft AG

Title: Tooth form optimization of plastic gears

Phillipp Kilian
Philipp Kilian

Head of Tribology development, Evonik Industries AG, Darmstadt, Germany

Title: PEEK gears for high power transmissions

Prof. Dr. Karsten Stahl

Technische Universität München, Institute for Machine Elements, Gear Research Centre (FZG)

Title: High performance plastic gears – recent advances in application and research


Prof. Dr. Andreas Hausberger

Polymer competence center Leoben (PCCL), Polymer Tribology and Processing Technologies

Title: Challenges for Gear Contacts in Polymer Tribology 


Dr. Damijan Zorko

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia

Title: Durability and performance of autoclave-cured carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite gears

Prof. Dr. Carlos Fernandes

University of Porto, INEGI, Campus FEUP, Porto, Portugal

Title: Hybrid polymer gears: context, modelling and preliminary validation


The conference will be organised as a hybrid with onsite and online lectures. MS Teams platform will be used. Since not all participants are familiar with MS Teams, all the lecturers will obtain a trial link a few days before the conference, so they can test giving presentation and get help if needed. Here is a link with basic instructions on how to join the meeting for all participants.

The program will be announced at the beginning of June.

Conference dinner will be organised on Thursday, 17. 6. 2021.

Registration, abstract submission and deadlines

Conference registration fee:

  • Onsite (200 EUR + VAT 22%)
  • Onsite students (100 EUR + VAT 22%)
  • Online (150 EUR +VAT 22%) 
  • Online students (75 EUR + VAT 22%) 
  • Invited lecturer: FREE



Abstract submission and registration: 1. 5. 2021

Information on acceptance of abstract: 15. 5. 2021

Preliminary program: 1. 6. 2021



*Selected peer-reviewed manuscripts will be offered for a publication in a special issue of the journal »Polymers (IF 2019 = 3.426)« (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/polymers).

You can download the template for the abstract HERESend the abstract to: conference@ftpo.eu 


Conference Plastic gears will be held at the Faculty of Polymer Technology in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia.

How to get there?

By car:
The easiest way is by car. Slovenj Gradec is located in a beautiful valley in north-east of Slovenia, 120 km from the capital city, Ljubljana. At the highway, Ljubljana-Maribor, take the exit ŽALEC and continue in a direction Velenje, Slovenj Gradec. Drive carefully, also because there is a stationary radar in the centre of Velenje, and police are measuring speed regularly in several places (Paka pri Velenju, Šmartno pri Slovenj Gradcu,…).

By plane:
The transport from the Ljubljana airport (Airport Jože Pučnik) can be booked by GoOpti. The other airports in the vicinity are Zagreb (Croatia) and Graz (Austria) but it might be a bit inconvenient to come to Slovenj Gradec. However, GoOpti is offering transport from those airports as well. If several of you come at approximately the same time we might help to organise transport.

By train
The nearest train station is Velenje. If you get there we will organise the transport to Slovenj Gradec, just let us know in advance.

You can book an accommodation at:
Hotel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.hotelslovenjgradec.si/
Vila Pohorje: http://vilapohorje.si/ (Hotel and hostel)
Hostel Slovenj Gradec: http://www.turizem-slovenjgradec.si/en/accommodation/youth-hostel
Hiša Ančka: https://www.hisaancka.si/home_eng/
Tourist farm Plesnik: http://www.rotovnik-plesnik.si/staying
Tourist farm Lešnik: https://www.farmtourism.si/farm/ekoloska-turisticna-kmetija-lesnik
Tourist farm Klevž: http://www.klevz.si/index.php/prenocisca

Coffee breaks
A morning, and afternoon coffee breaks will be served in the conference site.


For other info please write to: conference@ftpo.eu



Local Organizing Committee

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irena Pulko

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Dr. Borut Černe

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia

Dr. Matija Hriberšek

Podkrižnik d.o.o. Slovenia

Dr. Matjaž Milfelner

TECOS, Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre, Celje, Slovenia

Gašper Bergant

Polycom, Škofja Loka, Slovenia

Silvester Bolka

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Maja Mešl

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Sara Jeseničnik

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Scientific Committee

Prof. Dr. Sabu Thomas

Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Prof. Dr. Kovács József Gábor

Department of Polymer Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Dr.-Ing. Thomas Tobie

Universität München, Institute for Machine Elements, Gear Research Centre (FZG), Germany

Dr. Jože Tavčar

Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Miroslav Huskić

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Assist. Prof. Dr. Blaž Nardin

Faculty of Polymer technology, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia

Prof. Dr. Jože Duhovnik

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovenia