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2019 Varenna Metrology School and METAS project

Varenna Metrology School and METAS

The BIPM and the Italian Physical Society are running a joint Metrology School "New frontiers for metrology: from biology and chemistry to quantum and data science" in Varenna (Italy), during the summer of 2019. Additional information can be found on the dedicated BIPM webpage.

There are opportunities for a limited number of sponsored participants from NMIs/DIs of Member States or Associates that have emerging metrology systems. Award winners will combine their attendance at the Metrology School with a short (two- to six-week) placement at METAS, the Swiss NMI, to pursue a specific metrology topic of interest. The grant is aimed at young metrologists with strong scientific ability/potential expected to be the 'high flyers' of tomorrow.

  • Application process
  • Applications are open until 18 April 2019.

    Online application form

    Successful applicants will be selected and notified of their placement by 26 April 2019.


  • Financial support:
  • Successful applicants will receive a grant for travel, course fees and subsistence to cover:

    1. attendance at the Metrology Summer School organized by the BIPM with the Italian Physical Society and held at the International School of Physics Enrico Fermi in Varenna (Italy), and
    2. a short placement (between two and six weeks) at METAS (Switzerland), to pursue a specific metrology project or topic of interest.


  • Programme:

  • Part I: The Metrology School

    The Varenna Metrology School consists of three modules:

    • Module on "Physical metrology" addressing:
      • The realization of the unit of mass, the Avogadro project, measuring electricity, optical clocks with trapped ions and test of the equivalence principle with optical clocks, time scale for metrology and navigation systems, radiometry, photometry.

    • Module on "Fundamental metrology" addressing:
      • Measurement uncertainty, mathematical and statistical tools for time varying quantities, global traceability, big data, metrology at the international stage, the SI, temperature measurements beyond ITS-90.

    • Module on "Quality of life"
      • Applications of metrology in chemistry and biology, radiation dosimetry, global temperature measurement, clinical chemistry, atomic weights of the elements, radioactivity metrology, reference materials in chemistry, metrological application of NMR and qNMR in organic analysis.

      Details of the modules can be found on the dedicated website.



    Part II: The METAS placement

    This is a short placement (between two and six weeks) at METAS, to pursue a specific metrology project or topic of interest. This could, for example, be to learn about using a particular piece of measurement equipment, and/or apply a specific measurement technique used by METAS, or work on a joint metrology project/activity.




  • Course dates:
    • 4-6 July 2019: Module on "Physical metrology" (optional)
    • 7-9 July 2019: Module on "Fundamental metrology" (core and mandatory)
    • 10-12 July 2019: Module on "Quality of life" (optional)

    The placement at METAS is expected to immediately follow the metrology school, but in exceptional circumstances it may precede the course.


  • Sponsor:
  • METAS is providing funding for both the Metrology School (either for two or three modules) and the METAS placement.


BIPM CB&KT programme