PolyTrib originated with Professor Mitjan Kalin and the group in 2014 within the Tribology and interface nanotechnology (TINT) research laboratory, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The past 3 conferences took place in Slovenia, hosted by TINT and the Slovenian Society for Tribology.
PolyTrib2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the conference events were postponed. In 2022, PolyTrib is hosted by Professor Nazanin Emami and Luleå University of Technology (LTU) together with Professor Mitjan Kalin and the TINT research lab.
Past PolyTrib conferences attracted a variety of participants from both academic and industrial backgrounds, with attendees from more than 15 different countries, including participants from Asia and Africa, coming from research institutes, universities, and small to large enterprises.