Internal Newsletter | Issue 9 | 4 November 2016

Metrology research programmes and co-ordination

Evaluation of EMRP and EMPIR
The final evaluation of EMRP and the mid-term evaluation of EMPIR are in progress. The European Commission (EC) established an expert group for this task. Interviews with members of the EURAMET community will be conducted by the expert group in December 2016 and January 2017.

Further input is being provided by the EC consultation on metrology research, impact case studies and the results of the study on co-ordination in metrology. Publication of the final evaluation reports is envisaged in the second half of 2017.

Thanks to those who contributed to the EC's consultation on metrology research, which closed on 7 October 2016. EURAMET was informed that 250 surveys were completed.

Positive feedback for EURAMET at ministry meeting
On 11 October 2016, a meeting for ministerial delegates on EURAMET's metrology research programmes took place at the Belgium NMI (SMD) in Brussels. With 35 participants from 17 European countries, the European Commission, and EURAMET, the event provided a good opportunity to exchange views about the programmes from different perspectives.

An overview of the EMRP and EMPIR programmes and their achievements was given, including the role of EURAMET's Research Council, which provides strategic advice. Following this, different national perspectives were given by the ministerial delegates. The statements included positive feedback for the programmes and gave valuable input and advice for a possible future programme. One of the event's highlights was the talk on 'EU and metrology: past, present, future' by Dr Peter Dröll, from the Directorate General for Research & Innovation at the European Commission.

"We are very honoured by the positive feedback we received for the metrology research programmes", said the EURAMET Chairpersons. "The input given is helpful for possible future improvements."

Study on co-ordination in metrology in progress
The co-ordinated development of an appropriate and fit-for-purpose European metrology infrastructure is one of the key objectives of EURAMET's metrology research programmes. As reported, EURAMET is carrying out a 'Study on co-ordination in Metrology' together with an external consultancy to provide evidence that this objective is being met.

At the Board of Directors meeting in September, the first results of the survey and interviews were presented. Publication of the final report on the study is envisaged in January 2017.

NMI / DI Directors' workshop on co-ordination in metrology - January 2017
EURAMET organises a workshop for NMI and DI directors to collect views, expectations and ambitions towards more co-ordination in European metrology. The workshop will take place at PTB in Berlin on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 (participation on invitation only). On the agenda are the presentation of the results of the co-ordination study, a discussion on EURAMET's strategy on co-ordination in metrology and future research programmes.

Standardisation and metrology

First liaison between ISO and EURAMET registered
EURAMET is happy to announce that the liaison with ISO/TC 48 for laboratory equipment is officially approved. This is the first registered liaison between a technical committee (TC) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and EURAMET.
>> Read more on the liaison between ISO and EURAMET

Next meeting for standardisation and metrology communities
CEN-CENELEC and EURAMET will hold the 3rd STAIR EMPIR meeting on Thursday 15 December 2016. The standardisation and metrology communities are invited to discuss ideas for the 2017 EMPIR call on pre- and co-normative research projects and further collaboration. Deadline for registrations is 23 November 2016.
>> Read more on the 3rd STAIR EMPIR meeting

EURAMET celebrates 20+10=30 anniversary in 2017

11 January 2007 was the day of EURAMET's inauguration. 20 years earlier, in 1987, its predecessor EUROMET was founded. To celebrate these events, EURAMET is preparing several actions for 2017 such as an anniversary publication, a series of newsletters and a new EURAMET slogan. Additionally a number of events ist planned, including an anniversary symposium at the General Assembly. Detailed information on the individual actions will be provided to you in due course.

The anniversary publication will also cover the time of EUROMET. Therefore, the anniversary team is looking for pictures related to EURAMET / EUROMET from the last 30 years.

If you have any pictures you would like to share with us or if you have any questions, please send an e-mail to

Successful start for EURAMET’s new Working Group for Capacity Building

EURAMET's Board of Dircetors (BoD) Working Group for Capacity Building held its first annual meeting on 6 and 7 October 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. The group was happy to report positive results in its focus areas.
>> Read more on the first working group meeting

New Delegates, Alternates and Research Council Members

In 2016 several new Delegates, Alternates and Research Council Members joined the EURAMET community. EURAMET congratulates the Delegates and Alternates on their nomination and the new Research Council Members on their election.

New Research Council Members
New Research Council Members are Philippe Bouyer, Institut d’Optique d’Aquitaine (France) and Jana Kolar, CERIC-ERIC (Italy).

New Delegates and Alternates:

CountryDelegate / Alternate
AlbanienEngjell Guri (DPM), Alternate
CyprusGeorge Hajipapas (MCIT), Delegate
FinlandMikko Merimaa (MIKES), Delegate
LatviaValdis Gedrovics (LATMB), Delegate
MaltaNicola Testa (MCCAA), Delegate
MaltaFrancis Farrugia (MCCAA), Alternate
NetherlandsHugo Vos (VSL), Delegate
NorwayHans Arne Frøystein (JV), Delegate
NorwayHenning Kolbjørnsen (JV), Alternate
PolandWlodzimierz Lewandowski (GUM), Delegate
SerbiaCedomir Belic (DMDM), Delegate
SlovakiaRoman Kovać (SMU), Delegate
SlovakiaMatej Krivosik (SMU), Alternate
SloveniaSamo Kopac, Delegate, MIRS

EURAMET welcomes all new office holders and wishes them success in their new roles. Grateful thanks go to their predecessors for their work and contribution to the organisation.

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