Implementing Metrology in the European Research Area (iMERA-Plus)

The first phase of the European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) was known as iMERA-Plus, implementing Metrology in the European Research Area, and was launched in 2007. It was one of the first of a new type of medium-sized actions launched under FP7 (ERA-NET Plus), which aimed at aligning and enhancing national programmes.

Resources from the publicly funded metrology laboratories from 19 European countries, plus the European Commission's measurement institute (IRMM) were committed within a single joint call for metrology research projects.

In total, 64.6 M€ of resources were brought together, with the European Commission providing 21 M€ of funding, the balance provided from national resources. The two-step call ran between May and December 2007, and pivoted on independent peer review and selection of the very best metrology research proposals.

A total of 21 collaborative projects were launched in four targeted programmes, each project chosen for the quality of science and potential to make a significant contribution in its field. The successful JRPs were launched between February and July 2008 and ran for three years.

The 21 iMERA-Plus projects produced a wide range of significant impacts in metrology, industry and other fields of research, as well as contributing to the redefintion of a number of SI units.

Following completion of the projects, EURAMET displayed a series of posters at the International Congress of Metrology 2011. The posters highlighted the need for funding, the technical achievements and the impacts of each of the 21 projects.


There are posters for each of the 21 completed iMERA-Plus joint research projects available.
The posters show the technical achievements and the impacts of each project.

Below are downloadable, low-resolution versions of each of these posters.
High-resolution versions of the posters, suitable for printing up to A0 size, are also available on request. Please e-mail the Management Support Unit if you wish to receive a copy.

PosterJRP Short NameJRP Coordinator

Theme 1: SI and Fundamental Metrology

The watt balance route towards a new definition of the kilograme-MassGérard Genevès (LNE)
Avogadro and molar Planck constants for the redefinition of the kilogramNAHGiovanni Mana (INRIM)
Foundations for a redefinition of the SI base unit ampereREUNIAMFranz Ahlers (PTB)
Determination of the Boltzmann constant for the redefinition of the kelvinBoltzmann constantJoachim Fischer (PTB)
Optical clocks for a new definition of the secondOCSPierre Lemonde (LNE)
Candela: towards quantum-based photon standardsqu-CandelaMaria Rastello (INRIM)

Theme 2: Health

Breath analysis as a diagnostic tool for early disease detectionBreath analysisAdrian van der Veen (VSL)
Metrology on a cellular scale for regenerative medicineRegnmedPaul Tomlins (NPL)
Increasing cancer treatment efficiacy using 3D brachytherapyBrachytherapyMaria Pia Toni (ENEA)
External Beam Cancer TherapyEBCTUlrike Ankerhold (PTB)
Traceable measurements for biospecies and ion activity in clinical chemistryTRACEBIOACTIVITYBernd Güttler (PTB)
Traceability of Complex Biomolecules and Biomarkers in Diagnostics - Effecting Measurement Comparability in Clinical MedicineCLINIBIOTRACEHelen Parkes (LGC)

Theme 3: Length

Traceable Characterisation of NanoparticlesNanoparticlesAlexandre Cuenat (NPL)
New Traceability Routes for NanometrologyNANOTRACEMarco Pisani (INRIM)
Metrology for New Industrial Measurement TechnologiesNIMTechFrank Härtig (PTB)
Absolute long distance measurement in airLong distanceJean-Pierre Wallerand (CNAM)

Theme 4: Electricity and Magnetism

Next generation of power and energy measuring techniquesPower & EnergyPaul Wright (NPL)
Nanomagnetism and SpintronicsNanoSpinMassimo Pasquale (INRIM)
Next generation of quantum voltage systems for wide range applicationsJOSYRalf Behr (PTB)
Enabling ultimate metrological Quantum Hall Effect (QHE) devicesULQHEFélicien Schopfer (LNE)
Traceable measurements of field strength and SAR for the Physical Agents DirectiveEMF and SARThorsten Schrader (PTB)




This brief final report outlines the rationale for the EMRP, its early benefits and unique features, for a general audience.