Measurement science: collaboration with Turkey
A new project has been launched which will bring together European and Turkish experts in measurement science. The JRC Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) will work with scientists from the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority (TAEK).
The three-year project is funded by the European Union under the instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA), and it aims at providing Turkey's citizens an increased quality of life in areas such as environment, health, food safety and consumer protection through an enhanced measurement infrastructure. A well-functioning measurement infrastructure is also necessary for the adoption of the EU body of law and the project can thus be seen as supporting the accession of Turkey to the EU.
Through the project, the IRMM will provide consultancy, training and support to the highest metrological institutes of Turkey, i.e. the National Metrology Institute (TÜBİTAK-UME) and to the Sarayköy and Çekmece Nuclear Research and Training Centers (SANAEM and ÇNAEM) of TAEK. Scientists of the JRC Institute will also provide training in the field of chemical and ionising radiation metrology to laboratories and universities, in order for them to optimise the use of services they obtain from the National Metrology Institute, and to help them incorporate metrology-related subjects into educational curricula.
The science of measurement – also known as metrology – is probably the oldest science in the world, and underpins almost every aspect of our daily lives. From buying food in the supermarket to undergoing blood tests in the hospital, it is almost impossible to go through the day without referring to weights and measurements.