EURAMET-BIPM hold training course on ionising radiation metrology at NPL

EURAMET-BIPM Technical Committee for Ionisation Radiation group photo

EURAMET-BIPM training course on ‘Organisation & Piloting of Inter-comparisons in Ionising Radiation’ attracts worldwide leading metrology institutions

In October 2019, EURAMET and the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) organised a training course at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL, Teddington, UK) on the comparability of measurements in the field of ionising radiation. The 3-day training course brought together students, lecturers and ionising radiation experts from leading metrology institutes worldwide to share ideas and discuss plans for piloting and organising comparison exercises in this field. Positive participant feedback has highlighted the event’s notable success in providing a platform for improving the skills and knowledge of EURAMET’s ionising radiation community.

The highly informative course covered several key areas of ionising radiation metrology; including dosimetry, radioactivity and neutron measurements. Lecturers from the BIPM, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other European metrology institutions gave presentations on the technical and logistical aspects of comparisons, and practical exercises were included to engage attendees in interactive discussions. These exercises also covered the determination of international reference standards for ionising radiation, such as key comparison reference values (KCRV). Here, course attendees had the chance to discuss how KCRVs are calculated in different fields – from the BIPM’s approach based on primary standards, to the approach of many participating institutes that makes use of the weighted mean. On the last day of the course, students were given the opportunity to present an overview of what they had learnt, enabling course organisers to receive feedback on the event.

Tanasko Tasić, the Capacity Building Officer at EURAMET, comments on the training course:

 “I have never been at a workshop with so many constructive discussions, both during the official programme and during the breaks. There was a lot of networking between BIPM, EURAMET and IAEA experts and students at the workshop. This personal contact between all involved parties will hopefully foster worldwide operation of comparisons in future”.

A total of 22 students attended the course, from European metrology institutions and other regional metrology organisations. The well-attended event sparked a renewed collaborative spirit among metrology institutes not just around Europe, but worldwide. Following the success of the event in advancing the knowledge and professional networks of its participants, several ideas for follow-up training courses have already been suggested – including potential plans to repeat the event for COOMET (the Euro-Asian Cooperation of National Metrology Institutions) and SIM (the Inter-American Metrology System).

This training workshop is funded by the Human and Institutional Capacity Building strand of EMPIR. EMPIR projects are co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the EMPIR Participating States.

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