European measurement research: Future development
A public consultation has been launched on the future direction of European metrology research under Horizon 2020, the European framework programme for research and innovation. The consultation offered individuals and organisations the opportunity to give their views on the current state of play of metrology research in Europe and the challenges it faces.
Please note that the consultation process has now finished and the results, the 'European Metrology Research Programme under Horizon 2020', have been published.
The European Metrology Research Programme (EMRP) is the current European programme for coordinated research and development in measurement science. It is jointly supported by 22 participating member states and the European Commission, and was set up to improve collaborative research between the different National Measurement Institutes of Europe and meet the grand challenges faced by European society.
The programme is widely considered to be a success, with a recent interim report stating that it "has transformed a specialised and fragmented community into a public-public partnership." However, the panel also made some recommendations for improvement. The European Association of National Metrology Institutes (EURAMET) is following these recommendations, particularly to improve capacity building for emerging economies, to involve the wider research community and to strengthen innovation links.
The consultation has been set up to specifically seek input in connection with the preparation of a potential successor programme to the EMRP. The questionnaire is open until 23 December 2012 and responses are welcome from all EU citizens and organisations, especially those actively involved in metrology research and its application. Questions cover the relevance of metrology research to challenges within areas such as healthcare and energy, the main problems with current metrology research in Europe, the possible objectives of the new programme and the shape of future policy.
For further details, please contact Chris Noble