After a rigorous selection process, which involved prioritization by the BIPM with input from the Regional Metrology Organizations (RMOs), 17 candidates (out of 76 applications) have been selected and have accepted places on the first BIPM 'Leaders of Tomorrow' training course. The course comes under the umbrella of the BIPM Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer Programme (CB&KT), which aims to increase the effectiveness within the world-wide metrology community of those Member State and Associates with emerging metrology systems.
The 'Leaders of Tomorrow' course aims to provide training for new, inexperienced and potential RMO Technical Committee Chairs and Working Group Convenors to fulfil their CIPM MRA obligations, with the wider benefit of ensuring the effective operation of the CIPM MRA processes. A grant from the NIST (USA), which is funding the course, will fully support 15 of the 17 trainees. A further two trainees are being supported by either their RMO or their home institution. The 17 trainees represent 14 countries and all six of the RMOs.
Planning for the course is progressing well, with a recent update to the course agenda, and many of the guest lecturers having committed to delivering their lectures. The training will be held on 7-18 November 2016 at the BIPM. A second training course is planned for late 2017, and is aimed at staff of NMIs who are just beginning their participation in the CIPM MRA. Demand for training courses has been very strong, and the BIPM continues to look for other sponsorship opportunities to progress the goals of the BIPM Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer Programme. Further details of the CB&KT, this course and other training opportunities can be found on the CB&KT webpage.