Two levels of dissemination targets must be identified: on the one hand, the members of the Action and, on the other hand, external targets.

Internal dissemination of results and knowledge shall be controlled by the coordinators of each WG, paying special attention to preserve confidentiality in the cases of IP (intellectual property) sensible issues.

There are several external targets that should be considered for dissemination. One of the most important is the scientific community, which will be reached through articles in specialized journals and conference communications to specific conferences and symposia. Research frameworks in which the participants in the Action would be member are good forum for dissemination and for interacting with other researchers working in the field. Industrial agents are another key-target, as the main interest of the Action is the technological development, and industrial agents are intended to be the final-users of the results. Other important targets for dissemination are the young scientists since the Action has the determined objective of training and education and they will be the vehicle to expand the knowledge worldwide.

The main objectives of dissemination and publicizing are to contribute to the general scientific and technological knowledge and to attract industrial agents as final users of the developments of the research centres. These two objectives must be managed in different ways. One has to distinguish between results that contribute to general knowledge and those that could be object of direct industrialization. These last should be treated in a more confidential way and be the object of IP protection. In the first stages of the COST Action, the MC must reach a consensus between the participants to establish the IP issues and policies.

In the first stages of the Action the main objective of dissemination will be to promote the visibility of the consortium, its ideas and intentions. Once the consortium starts to generate results, the tools for their dissemination will be used according to the objectives.

The internal dissemination of the project results will be ensured by posting them on a private website, which can be only accessed by the members of the Action through password protection.

For external agents, the methods of dissemination of the knowledge generated in the Action will be those commonly used, such as posting the information on a public website, presenting communications in conferences and publishing scientific papers in regular journals. Other ways of dissemination addressing targets out of the scientific community will be implemented; industrial targets will be approached directly by proposing specific meetings after identifying the companies potentially interested in the results. For this purpose, demonstrators will be generated.

The existence of universities in the COST Action eases the recruitment of graduate students for doing a PhD in the frame of the Action, which, additionally, gives rise to an internationalization of this formation as a supplementary benefit. Conferences and seminars in educational centres by the distinguished members of the consortium will be an asset for this task.

The plan of dissemination must be dynamic and flexible. The Dissemination Board will coordinate the actions by finding the best targets, methods and moments for presenting results or making publicity and dissemination actions.

DB mission goes beyond the simple coordination of the task of publication of results. The creation of a lobby around the new concepts in ICT materials and devices developed by the members of the Action is the most important task of this Board. Partners must contribute to the generation of this lobby by adequately citing the Action and publicizing it and its doings beyond their own results.

Intellectual properties (IP) resulting from this collaboration will be protected through patent applications with the assistance of each University’s commercialization organizations. Furthermore, the applicants’ existing links with industry will be used to ensure that potential routes for commercialization are explored.