The aim of this package is to provide European industry with a new academic resource and skills base in the field of measurement of strain at the nano-scale that delivers significant commercial advantage in a highly competitive technological sector.

The key audiences are academics, industrialists and metrologists covering the microelectronics, instrumentation, space, fuel injection, 3D printing, haptic display and ICT sectors. By ensuring full stakeholder community involvement, the research will be disseminated to the most appropriate audience and exploitation routes will become clear.

This impact is achieved through a series of information exchange activities in collaboration with project supporters including training, workshops, web-based dissemination, scientific publications and a three year media relations programme.

All the outputs, knowledge, results, papers and innovations that come from this research are disseminated and displayed on this website. Visit our news section and the references page for the more information and the latest project developments.

Methods of information dissemination

Stakeholder community – The project maintains a database of contacts. This is essential for the dissemination of communications like the quarterly e-newsletter and all project updates. Members of the stakeholder group are also regularly consulted to guide the direction and focus of the project. If you would like to join the stakeholder community and receive regular updates on the project, please send your contact details to

Project website – The Nanostrain pages on the Piezo Institute website are regularly updated with the latest project news, research papers. exclusive webinars from the project partners and a calendar of events from around the world where members of the project will be presenting.

Quarterly e-newsletter – A four page quarterly e-newsletter is developed for distribution to the project stakeholder community as well for upload to the Nanostrain website. The newsletter provides the latest project news as well as an opportunity for members of the stakeholder community to feedback their thoughts through a regular industry Q&A feature.

Conferences – International conferences are one of the best ways to network with industry and academia within this field. The Nanostrain project partners regularly attend academic and industry to present the latest results from the other work packages. To see a full list of upcoming events where you can catch the Nanostrain team, visit our events page.

Papers – With a commitment to open disclosure of its findings, the Nanostrain project publishes its work in peer reviewed scientific journals in order to ensure that the research findings get the widest possible circulation within the academic and industrial research community. A full reference list of published papers can be found here.

Good Practice Guides – The project issues guides to help users make better measurements and obtain reproducible data, ensuring that the technical ‘know-how’ generated by this work is accessible by as many industry users as possible. Typically extended versions of the academic papers described above, they contain more practical details on carrying out measurements than is necessary for an academic paper. These documents are published with an international standard serial number (ISSN), and are freely available for distribution.

Media programme – As part of the project’s commitment to take its results outside of the academic community and get them in front on European industry, partners will regularly reach out to the European and international trade media with the latest news and project developments. These include independent reports on new papers and by-lined pieces authored by project partners themselves looking more broadly at the research area and its potential commercial applications. A full list of media coverage generated by the project can be viewed here.

Standardisation and technical committees – Information on the technical advances made throughout this project are disseminated through a number of standards and technical committees, in which the JRP-Participants are members. These include ISO/TC229 Nanotechnologies” JWG2 “Measurement and characterisation, ISO TC201 committee – Surface chemical analysis and NP1013 in ISO/TC206 – Fine ceramics.

Training Course – Project partners will develop and deliver a training course entitled ‘Metrology for the traceable measurement of strain at the nano-scale’. With the curriculum defined with the input from the project’s stakeholder group, the course will be initially delivered to the JRP-Partners but will also be made available as an online training course for industry.

Webinars – Every quarter the project releases the latest in a series of expert webinars. Alternating between dissemination of knowledge and training/best practice activities, the webinars are all posted on the website on the references page and can be viewed at any time.

Workshops – To enable hands on training for JRP stakeholders, a series of practical workshops will be delivered by several of the JRP-Participants. Planned workshops include 2-3 days of practical seminars presenting the new instrumentation developments, a half-day training programme on basic electronics and a one day practical demo on lamella preparation for industrial FIB users.

Secondments – Secondments and research stays for early-stage researchers are on offer by a number of the project partners with opportunities for short strategic science exchanges between the research teams, unfunded JRP-Partner and industrial collaborators.  

Exploitation plan – The project has set out the possible exploitation routes of the IP it generates in a plan that is regularly updated in line with its biannual project meetings. You can download the latest version of the report here. At the conclusion of the project a second report on further steps that are required to continue the advancement of this new technology in Europe to promote innovation and competitiveness in academia and industry will be issued. The report will point to ways in which the aims and benefits of the project can be propagated into the future and to highlight the requirements for, and role of, metrology in achieving these aims.