Size-Strain III is the third of a successful conference series initiated 6 years ago (Liptovski Mikulas (SK), 1995; Freiberg (D), 1998), concerning the study of engineering materials by diffraction techniques. Within this very broad theme, the Size-Strain III subtitle (Analysis of Microstructure and Residual Stress by Diffraction Methods), suggests the specific topics of interest. Interdisciplinarity is a feature of the Size-Strain conferences, which blends different cultures and puts together attendees from various research areas. For this reason, Size-Strain III is the only conference in Europe (and in the world), entirely dedicated to these themes. Importantly, it was conceived and it is held in Europe because most current research and technological applications are done in Europe. An explicit aim of Size-Strain III is to maintain and to strengthen the European leadership in this field.
Size-Strain III has several objectives: (a) to assess the state-of-the-art in diffraction methods and applications addressed to the experimental analysis and modelling of materials microstructure and residual stresses, with a specific interest in stress fields and texture in thin films, coatings and modified surfaces; (b) to gather most of the experts in this field, to deliver keynote lectures, contributed talks and presenting posters, and for producing a high scientific level publication (conference proceedings delivered at the conference, plus a book, to be edited and published after the conference, based on selected high quality contributions presented at the conference); (c) to get together people - known scientists and young researchers - for a free exchange of knowledge and information; (d) to foster collaborations and to improve relationships between European scientists (with special attention to people from less-favoured EC and associated countries (mostly East-Europe, very active in the field)) and the industrial community, also considering the relevant group of diffraction instruments and software producers; (e) to provide young scientists with valid means to start working in this area, by listening overview lectures by known experts and specific, cutting-edge research developments, and also by comparing their own work with results and judgement of experts.