This research workshop is intended to promote discussion and the free exchange of ideas in an area of considerable interest to the fields of fracture and fatigue; namely the characterisation of crack tip fields and, in particular, to consider the issue of more accurate multiparameter characterisation, often using a number of simultaneous sophisticated experimental techniques to validate analytical advances. Invited participants will be expected to prepare a 20 minute presentation on a topic of close relevance to the workshop theme, and significant time will be devoted to discussing the ideas presented to identify fruitful avenues for future work and collaboration. Joint Special Issues of FFEMS and IJ Fatigue are planned to contain selected papers which have been extended taking account of the workshop discussions and then peer reviewed. In the light of the success of the previous special issues, it is anticipated that this workshop series will continue to make a significant to future work and discussion in this important area.