In 2000, these two bodies together identified priorities for nanoscale research. Four joint workshops were organised for 2002 on:
nanomanufacturing and processing;
nanotechnology – revolutionary opportunities and societal implications;
instrumentation and tools for nanotechnology; and
Another co-operation agreement in the materials science field, which includes nanotechnology, was signed in 2001 between the EU and China. This will allow European research organisations and companies to participate in Chinese research projects and vice versa. And, an agreement with Russia is also under discussion.