IMEKO News & Events
World Metrology Day 2022
IMEKO celebrates World Metrology Day in 2022 with this special newsletter issue.
This year's topic is "Metrology in the Digital Era". Digitalization plays an essential role in many areas of IMEKO. Our Technical Committees talk about how the "Digital Era" applies to their area of expertise.
Newsletter April 2022
The April issue of the newsletter is out now.
Since February, many things have happened in IMEKO, and there is much to look forward to. The second issue of the Newsletter, April, brings you the latest on all these activities.
Important news: IMEKO signed a Joint Statement of Intent "On the digital transformation in the international scientific and quality infrastructure" with OIML, CIML, BIPM, ISC, CODATA.
We had the long announced Technical Committees Workshop, and our Presidential Board had many fruitful meetings. IMEKO is preparing several events this year. Among the most important ones, our General Council Sessions will be held in Berlin on the 27th and the 28th of August 2022. Finally, after all this time, in-person conferences are possible again. Several Technical Committees are busy arranging the last bits of their events.
This issue includes details of these IMEKO events and the recent TC workshop. The Technical Committee TC12 is introducing itself and another of our Industrial supporters, Swiss SENIS AG. Professor Ken Grattan, active since 1985, reflects on his years with IMEKO.
The first 2022 issue of Acta IMEKO is published
The first issue of a new year is the time for balances. In the last year Acta IMEKO has moved huge steps towards the reduce the publication time and attracting high-value papers.
These improvements were also confirmed by the fact that Acta IMEKO is now indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). DOAJ is one of the most important community-driven, open access service in the world and has a reputation for advocating best practices and standards in open access ...
This issue includes a special issue on the ‘IMEKO TC4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural heritage’, Trento, Italy, 2020 with 17 articles, guest edited by Fabio Santaniello, Michele Fedel, Annaluisa Pedrotti (Italy) and a special issue on ‘Innovative Signal Processing and Communication Techniques for Measurement and Sensing Systems’ with 15 articles, guest edited by Zia Ur Rahman (India) ...
Many novelties are foreseen in this new year, for example the articles of the next issue that are ready for publication will be online by the end of the month (April, May), and the issue will be closed at the end of June as foreseen. This new publication policy will strongly reduce the publication time of the submitted papers, they will be available online and indexed by Scopus as soon as they are ready. In order to keep the articles of different ‘special issues’ close together in the table of contents, we will not use consecutive page numbering throughout the issue beginning with this volume 11. The page numbers of every single article start with one and end with the number of the article’s pages.
(Adopted from the Editorial by Francesco Lamonaca, Editor in Chief)
UN General Assembly's Resolution "Territorial integrity of Ukraine"
With its Resolution 68/262, "Territorial integrity of Ukraine", the UN General Assembly has sharply condemned the recent military actions in Ukraine. Against this background, the Presidential Board of IMEKO discussed what impact this will have on IMEKO's activities.
The Presidential Board, therefore, issues the following statement:
Since its founding in 1958, IMEKO has been characterized as an institution for worldwide collaboration based on mutual trust without regard to political systems or political tensions. This stance has allowed IMEKO to foster scientific contacts in an atmosphere of friendship and understanding. As such, we view our neutrality as a treasured asset that enables peaceful and sustained dialogue amongst collaborating metrologists and scientists around the globe. We believe that this represents a significant contribution to mutual accommodation and peaceful co-existence.
For this reason, we are not taking a position with regard to the situation in Ukraine. As a matter of principle, however, we condemn all forms of violence that inflict suffering and ruin upon humanity.
Newsletter February 2022
The February issue of the newsletter is out now, in it Professor Tilo Pfeifer talks about his 50 years with IMEKO. What an anniversary to celebrate! The Technical Committee 7 dedicated to "Measurement Science" is introducing itself. Dr Dirk Röske gives details about the IMEKO new event portal. This newsletter also brings the latest from the Presidential Board and the Secretariat.
Acta IMEKO in the Directory of Open Access Journals
Acta IMEKO is now recognised by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), an independent, non-profit organisation aimed at increasing "... the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language." (see 'Our mission' at https://doaj.org/about/). 20220202, Dirk Röske, IMEKO Information Officer
The fourth 2021 issue of Acta IMEKO is published
The fourth issue 2021 of Acta IMEKO includes a General Track with five articles. Moreover, this issue contains extended versions of another five selected papers presented at one of the most important International and Italian metrology events organized in Italy: the 2020 IMEKO TC19 International Workshop on Metrology for the Sea - “Learning to measure sea health parameters”, guest edited by Prof. Silvio del Pizzo. There are four papers from the International Excellence Italo Gorini Ph.D School, guest edited by Prof. Pasquale Arpaia and Dr. Umberto Cesaro. Another five papers come from the 40th Measurement Day jointly organised by the Italian associations Italian group of electric and electronic measurements (GMEE) and Italian group of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements (GMTT), guest edited by Prof. Carlo Carobbi, Prof. Nicola Giaquinto, Prof. Gian Marco Revel. Finally, twelve articles originate from the XXIX Italian National Congress on Mechanical and Thermal Measurements, guest edited by Prof. Alfredo Cigada and Prof. Roberto Montanini.
(Adopted from the Editorial by Francesco Lamonaca, Editor in Chief)
Newsletter December 2021
The December issue of the newsletter is out now, in it the IMEKO President, Professor Frank Härtig, is looking back on 2021. There is a piece about Ludwik Finkelstein and the Finkelstein Medal. The newsletter features an interview with the IMEKO President, and besides the latest short news, the Secretariat gives a glimpse of the year 2021.
IMEKO news 2021 December
- IMBiH, the Metrology Institute of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new member organisation, join IMEKO. The Presidential Board warmly welcomed them and approved their Observer status until the next GC session.
- The new, faster way of approving Technical Committee members, scheduled quarterly and events (immediately when initiated) had its trial and works well.
Event organisers are advised to check the „How to organise document” to ensure all the requirements are fulfilled. This document can be found in the download section of the IMEKO Webpage.
- The cooperation between IMEKO and EUROLAB has been renewed and extended. Both presidents signed a new Memorandum of Understanding; of IMEKO, Professor Frank Härtig, and EUROLAB Dr Paolo Moscatti.
EUROLAB will join and support several IMEKO events in 2022.
A series of “45 Minutes Seminars” are planned by the Technical Committees TC11 Measurement in Testing, Inspection and Certification, and TC24 Chemical Measurements. EUROLAB also support the conferences of TC23 Metrology in Foods and Nutrition and the TC6 Digitalisation in September 2022.
The two organisations will explore further opportunities.
- The Ludwig Finkelstein Medal: The IMEKO President, Prof Frank Härtig, received the Finkelstein Medal from the UK member organisation for his notable contribution to measurement internationally.
There will be more to read on these topics in the upcoming newsletter.
In memory of Aimo Pusa
We received the sad news that our colleague and friend Aimo Pusa, born in 1944, passed away on 28th October 2021.
Aimo Pusa was a Finnish expert in mass metrology, weighing technology and in particular in force and torque metrology and since 1982, an active member of IMEKO TC3 "Measurement of Force, Mass and Torque" and from 1993 until 2008, the scientific secretary of IMEKO TC3. Read more about Mr Pusa in our November newsletter.
Newsletter November 2021
The latest newsletter is out now featuring interviews with Professor Paolo Carbone the new President-Elect.
Professor Francesco Lamonaca IMEKO EDitor-in-Chief of Acta telling about his plans for the journal.
There is an article by Dr Antje Herbestreit on the new Measurement journal Food.
Find out more about the company Hottinger Brüel & Kjaer who has been donating IMEKO unconditionally and very generously for over thirty years.
IMEKO Technical Committee TC3 remembers Aimo Pusa.
The new members are listed and some events and news.
Short IMEKO News October 2021
Presidential Board meeting
The Presidential Board met on the 6th of October and agreed on the following:
- New TC Events and new TC Members shall be approved quickly in between TB and GC Sessions.
- If there are no GC and TB Sessions, the TB will evaluate and agree on the TC Events per correspondence, and the Presidential Board approves them.
- The TB approves the new TC Members per correspondence from time to time.
- The PB evaluates new Member Organisations' applications and may grant observer status until the next GC Session.
- The Board agreed that two Technical Board Sessions would be required a year instead of one.
- These much-needed solutions have been sought because IMEKO is growing, and the procedures must be adapted.
- The Board approved the updated guide "How to organise IMEKO TC Conferences, Symposia and Workshops", which will replace the old one in the coming days. This update made the guide compatible with the IMEKO new Constitution.
- The Board granted observer status to the United Arab Emirates.
The IMEKO World Congress 2021
It was a very successful event for the local organisers as well as for IMEKO. The challenges presented by the online event instead of in-person have been very well overcome.
News on the Working Groups
A lot has been achieved, especially on "TC functioning" and "IMEKO Publishing activities". The Technical Board plans a workshop in March for our working groups for presentations and a follow-up discussion on their work and achievements.
TC24 Chemical Measures
Technical Committee 24 welcomes now quite a few new members and has a meeting on the 14th of October. Professor Frank Härtig, our President; MSc Mladen Jakovcic, member organisation delegate of Croatia and vice-chair to TC11 support the new activities such as the plans for a conference in 2022.
News on the Secretariat
The IMEKO headquarters are moving to a new location with the 1st of November. The Secretariat kindly ask everybody to use the known electronic channels for communication.
The third 2021 issue of Acta IMEKO is published
Measurement and control techniques are crucial for achieving reliable and safe autonomous features in robotics. Recent developments in both fields are key enablers for the constantly widening use of robots in industrial, medical, military and service-oriented applications. Faithful to its traditions, the 23rd edition of the International Symposium on Measurement and Control in Robotics (ISMCR), organised by IMEKO Technical Committee 17, has provided a forum for the exchange of the latest research results and novel ideas in robotic technologies and applications, this time with a special emphasis on smart mobility. The symposium focused on various aspects of research, applications and trends in relation to robotics, advanced human-robot systems and applied technologies in the fields of robotics, telerobotics, autonomous vehicles and simulator platforms, as well as VR/AR and 3D modelling and simulation ... Based on their technical and scientific value and the evaluation of the reviewers, the authors of ten contributions were invited to submit extended versions of their papers for this special issue ...
(From the editorial by Bálint Kiss and István Harmati, Guest editors)
The area of technical diagnostics is one of the most significant research fields, one that involves a broad range of measurements, with various sensors, actuators and advanced computing techniques exploited. As we are becoming increasingly surrounded by the growing amount of autonomous machinery, it is crucial to ensure regular and accurate monitoring is carried out. The Technical Committee 10 (Measurement for Diagnostics, Optimization & Control) is responsible for fostering the research on such topics, which is expressed in terms of a wide range of activities, including the organisation of annual conferences and workshops aimed solely at the problems pertaining to fault detection, identification and location. The solutions for these problems include the array of algorithms, measurement tools and procedures applicable for individual devices and industrial processes. The 17th IMEKO TC10 conference held in 2020 is a perfect example of this approach ... The corresponding special issue covers ten papers, which can be divided into three sections, each devoted to a different topic. The selection allows for assessing the advancements in these research and engineering fields ...
(From the editorial by Piotr Bilski and Lorenzo Ciani, Guest Editors)
The third issue 2021 of Acta IMEKO includes a General Track aimed at collecting contributions that do not relate to a specific event. As editor in chief, it is my pleasure to give readers an overview of these papers, with the aim of encouraging potential authors to consider sharing their research through Acta IMEKO ...
(From the editorial by Francesco Lamonaca, Editor in Chief)
The August 2021 General Council Resolutions in short
According to the regulations within IMEKO, the President-Elect Dr. Frank Härtig (PTB, Germany) became the new President of IMEKO. He took over from Prof. Masatoshi Ishikawa (University of Tokyo, Japan) who is now the Advisory President. As new President-Elect Paolo Carbone (University of Perugia, Italy) was elected. Congratulations!
We welcome our new members: INMETRO of Brazil and ETS-UPN (School of Telecommunications and Space Remote Sensing, National Pedagogical University) of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
We also welcome all 44 new Technical Committee members. Details can be found in the September 2021 newsletter.
Newsletter September 2021
The fourth newsletter is out now with facts about the World Congress Yokohama Japan 2021, the General Council Sessions, and the introduction of the Technical Committee 6 dedicated to Digitalisation. There are also two new features; a piece by Prof Ewart Carson, who takes us back in time; to the 80s, meeting Professor György Striker, telling about IMEKO and TC13 of back then. Last, something else new, a piece by Kay Tancock Elsevier's Senior Publisher: "The growing IMEKO journal family at Elsevier."
The second 2021 issue of Acta IMEKO is published
Measurement has always been a tool by which we can observe the world around us. This concept was once again confirmed during the 24th IMEKO Technical Committee 4 (TC4) International Symposium, which showed how topics related to the world of measurement range across many fields of knowledge ... The 24th edition of the Symposium was originally planned to be held in Palermo, Italy; however, due to the COVID-19 emergency, the committee was forced to organise the event as a virtual conference ... As in the last editions, the 2020 Symposium covered a large number of engineering fields, from digitalisation to renewable energy and from acoustic and mechanical measurements to biomedical and chemical fields ... we hope that the readers will find this issue of Acta IMEKO useful and inspiring.
(From the editorial by Giuseppe Caravello and Ciro Spataro, Guest Editors)
This issue includes a General Track aimed to collect contributions that do not relate to a specific event. As Editor in Chief, it is my pleasure to give readers an overview of these papers, with the aim of encouraging potential authors to consider sharing their research through Acta IMEKO ... The heterogeneous topics of the papers submitted to the General Track confirm Acta IMEKO is the natural platform for disseminating measurement information and stimulating collaboration among researchers of many different fields but united by their common interest in measurement science and technologies.
(From the editorial by Prof. Francesco Lamonaca, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Acta IMEKO)
In memory of Tamás Kemény
It is with great sadness that we inform of the passing of Dr Tamás Kemény. He was a long-time Colleague and Friend in IMEKO, serving the organisation almost right from the start. Over a couple of decades, he was our Secretary-General and an active member of the Technical Committee 3 (TC3), dedicated to the Measurement of Force, Mass, and Torque. In addition, he was known for promoting IMEKO and science with his editorial and publication work and presentations. Read some of Tamás's words when he retired.
Newsletter June 2021
This third newsletter is about recent events, our Chinese Member Organisation's (CSM) special Metrology Day celebration, and IMEKO's first TC Workshop. There is the latest news on the World Congress Yokohama and TC news. Something new: part of this issue is dedicated to our TC8. We would like to continue in the upcoming newsletters by introducing a TC in each.
Newsletter April 2021
This year's second newsletter is out now! It is dedicated to the 64th GC we had recently. There is information about the new TCs; TC 6 Digitalisation and TC25 Quantum Measurement Quantum Information. ACTA IMEKO has a new Editor in Chief his first Acta issue is out. there is information about the TC workshop coming up and more.
The first 2021 issue of Acta IMEKO is published
This Issue of Acta IMEKO is dedicated to papers that have been selected from those presented at the 2019 IMEKO TC4 International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, 'MetroArchaeo 2019', held in Florence in December 2019 and those presented at the 2019 Asia Pacific Measurement Forum on Mechanical Quantities, 'APMF 2019', held in Niigata, Japan, in November 2019. The extended papers of MetroArchaeo give an interesting overview of the latest findings in measurement methods and techniques applied for the enhancement, characterization and preservation of archaeological and cultural heritage. The extended papers of APMF show recent progress of the research on the measurements in the fields of mass, pressure, and flow in the Asia-Pacific region.
Prof. Francesco Lamonaca, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief of Acta IMEKO
Newsletter February 2021
This year's first newsletter is out now! You can read about the latest developments in IMEKO, such as a new TC, there is news on coming up workshops and more.
News from the Presidential Board December
The Presidential Board has given out a special newsletter with important information about upcoming events and changes besides their seasonal greetings to you. Please save the dates for these events, IMEKO is looking forward to “seeing you there”!
Special edition Newsletter on the 63rd of General Council is out now!
Please read the detailed information in our newsletter.
IMEKO events and the coronavirus
Dear friends of IMEKO, dear colleagues,
The spread of the coronavirus and the measures taken in different countries forced the organizers of some of the events either to cancel the event or to postpone it. Please check the latest information on our Coming Events page.
World Metrology Day (WMD) 2021
The theme for the World Metrology Day (WMD) 2021 - as always on 20 May - is in this year: Measurement for Health. From the website of the WMD: "This theme was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in health, and thus in the wellbeing of every one of us. Indeed more widely metrology, the science of measurement, plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, in improving the quality of life and in protecting the global environment." Read more on www.worldmetrologyday.org.