Stakeholders see high potential in EMPIR

Successful event at the European Commission

One of EURAMET’s great success stories, the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP), has just issued its last call for potential research topics. However, EURAMET is developing a successor programme: The European Metrology Programme for Innovation and Research (EMPIR). EMPIR, if approved, will be delivered by EURAMET members and partners with substantial financial support from Europe’s forthcoming initiative Horizon 2020. For EMPIR to be implemented it is reliant on the European Commission (EC) putting forward a proposal that must pass the European Parliament and Council of the European Union’s co-decision process.

To pursue the uptake of EMPIR, the EC recently held a meeting for key stakeholders in the context of its so called Public Consultation. Representatives from governments, industry, standardisation and accreditation bodies and the European and international metrology community met at the EC in Brussels. Angus Hunter (OPTIMAT), the rapporteur of the independent experts in charge of the mid-term evaluation of the EMRP, gave a very positive statement on the programme based on the report. The report says for example that "the EMRP is an excellent example of a joint programme aimed at creating critical mass to address complex, interdisciplinary social challenges and minimise duplication of research efforts."

During the introduction of EMPIR, Dr. Jörn Stenger, EURAMET Vice-Chairperson (EMRP), illustrated the overall goals of the programme: To enhance impact EMPIR will target industry’s needs, address the Grand Challenges in areas of energy, environment and health, open up further for collaborative research and face the increasing demand for organisational and human resources development. With its new metrology research programme EURAMET will open up further for collaboration with other research organisations, industry, and metrology institutes inside and outside Europe. EMPIR will include methods for a systematic participation of National Metrology Institutes beyond Europe. The innovations derived from EMPIR will be a benefit for all interest groups working in the field of metrology or depending on it.

Stakeholders present took the opportunity to state their opinion on the proposed metrology research programme. They see high potential in the programme, especially for industry, capacity building for metrology infrastructure and knowledge transfer. Another valuable outcome is seen in the fact that stronger collaboration between national ministries or organisations will continue even after the projects are finished. Dr. Kamal Hossain, Chairperson of EURAMET, is convinced that the positive process of the Stakeholder Event is a strong indication of the support for the implementation of EMPIR. "We would like to thank our stakeholders for their contribution and positive feedback. And we would like to thank the European Commission for the fantastic partnership and support they provided so far." The Stakeholder Meeting was part of the preparation for the European Commission’s launch of a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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