The MC will oversee the outreach and dissemination strategy of the Action and direct the dissemination activities to the following target groups:
- Researchers in the field of friction and tribology directly involved in the Action;
- Researchers (academy/industry) active in the same and related fields not involved in the Action;
- Undergraduate and PhD students;
- Opinion formers, European-level and regional-level Research Policy decision-makers;
- National and European funding agencies;
- Media: scientific and non-scientific press, digital media and TV;
- Other European Cooperation projects, Networks of Excellence;
- International channels such as, e.g., ICTP/UNESCO which reach researchers of developing countries;
- The general public, including high-school classes.
The content of the dissemination activities will be adapted to the needs of these specific groups:
- Highly specialized and technical scientific contents: this category encompasses all scientific achievements of the Action research groups and especially the research highlights, whose dissemination will be crucial for tribology researchers (targets 1 and 2 in sect. H.1).
- Technical news and highlights: news concerning the opening of new positions, the organization of conferences, schools and workshops, highlights of the freshly published papers in the field will constitute a basic tools for the everyday work of the Action researchers.
- Selected scientific contents for training and education: a selection of key works and seminal papers accompanied by other introductory material will focus target 3.
- Statistical data: this information will characterize several aspects of the output of the Action and will be an excellent self-evaluation tool. Some statistics about the participants of the meetings, the published papers, the collaborations among the Action groups and contacts with other communities will be helpful for targets 4 and 5 to size and evaluate the tribology community.
- Broad impact information for general audience: non-technical articles treating the hot topics in tribology will help people pertaining to targets 6 to 9 to get the flavour of the activities carried out by the researchers and their potential impact on industry and society.
The key tools for disseminating the scientific achievements (item a in section H.2) are the joint publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, symposia proceedings, and communications to international conferences.
The website will be a central pillar of the dissemination plan, providing information about the Action itself, the management structure, contact details, and documents about events, training schools, publications, job/project opportunities, reports, and manuals. Statistical data, including item d, will be available in the open-access part of the web site.
Mailing lists for the committees and members of WGs will allow information exchange at each level. Technical news and highlights (item b), will be delivered as a periodic newsletter.
Training will be covered by schools plus lectures given by leading scientists during the Action meetings. Training in advanced techniques of science communication will be included in the activities targeting early-stage researchers. The material of the lectures will be available on the Action website. All researchers, and especially young researchers, will be strongly encouraged to contribute actively to WikiVersity, the academic open-access part of Wikipedia, still missing a satisfactory coverage of tribology.
Non-technical articles, press releases and invitations for media exposure (when appropriate) will contribute to dissemination to the general public (item e).
The progress of the Action will be evaluated periodically during the MC meetings, using intermediate brief reports on the dissemination activities and outcomes presented by the Outreach Coordinator.
The annual reports will cover the dissemination activities. These reports are in fact dissemination tools themselves and will be made publicly available through the Action website.
The dissemination plan will be updated periodically, to strengthen specific methods, as well as to introduce new measures. Moreover, the outreach strategy will be adapted to arising needs, like that to improve internal and external communication processes. In particular, according to the COST rules, at the end of the third year, the MC will produce a revised dissemination plan to be included in the annual report.