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  "There is no science without measurements, no quality without testing and no global market without standards"
   
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An Integrated Infrastructure for Measurements:
Paving the way for a united, competitive, sustainable and safer Europe

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In our modern, knowledge-driven societies, research and development are an essential factor for ensuring our industry's competitiveness and our quality of life. Its success, as that of many other economic activities, greatly depends on harmonised and validated measurements and testing procedures.

This is even more of a necessity in the European single market. A common measurement and testing infrastructure enables us to ensure comparability and quality control. It contributes to controlling risks in the environment and to protecting consumers against fraud and threats to their safety and health.

Around the world today, industrial countries are increasingly dependent on accurate and reliable measurement and testing systems. For Europe, building a solidly integrated infrastructure for measurements is a key to promote its competitiveness in the global economy.

The EU has been involved in measurement-related research for more than 25 years. The primary goals of EU-supported measurements and testing activities have been to contribute to European harmonisation, and to support the development and implementation of Community policies and regulations. These are European aims and, in this respect, metrology research contributes significantly to the development of a European Research Area by underpinning the vision of a united, competitive, sustainable and safer knowledge-based Europe.

The Warsaw conference, 'Towards an Integrated Infrastructure for Measurements,' will explore how European metrology research can serve as a further concrete step in the realisation of a true European Research Area. The event will also provide an occasion for scientists from the EU and candidate countries to establish valuable contacts and learn about opportunities in the next Framework programme.

Philippe Busquin
Commissionner for Research

   
 
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Towards an integrated infrastructure for measurements

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  The new framework programme (2002-2006) will be the primary instrument through which the European Research Area objectives will be realised. The conference will examine the importance of measurements and testing in the thematic priorities.

Activities in the field of Measurements and Testing (M&T) contribute to the vision of a united, competitive, sustainable and safer Europe by supporting research efforts that expand the ability to measure and make the mutual acceptance of measurement and testing results possible. The M&T activity underpins the very development of society: scientific progress, industrial development, trade and policy making.

Trade
A common structure for measurements and testing is a prerequisite for the functioning of the single market and world trade. The M&T activity includes, among other things, the research support to mutual recognition agreements in order to lift trade barriers and resolve trade disputes.

Competitiveness
Measurements and tests are needed for industrial product and process development, control of production processes and quality assurance including conformity assessments. Additional important areas for industry are monitoring compliance with legislation, e.g. environmental, and fight against product counterfeiting and illegal imports. Progress in measurement sciences, development of validated procedures and measurements standards are crucial for the industrial development of emerging technologies, such as nanotechnologies.

Society
Measurements and harmonisation play an important role in health care, food safety, consumer protection, improving safety at work, monitoring environmental hazards, improving product safety, etc. They are also important for legal safety by contributing to detection and prevention of a range of criminal and other illegal activities such as doping in sport, food adulterations, sale of fake and inferior products.

   
 
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Aims of the conference

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  The objective of the ERA is to contribute towards a common European research strategy. Forthcoming enlargement of the Union may increase the risk of inefficient overlapping and fragmentation of research activities. The measurement and testing research community sees a strong need to work towards an integrated measurements and testing research and metrology infrastructure incorporating the candidate Member States.

The conference will also address the state of the art in the major fields of Measurement and Testing. The aims of the conference will be to:

  • Present and discuss the state of the art and opportunities for measurements and testing research in Europe and the needs for developing a common infrastructure
  • Inform the audience of the developments in measurements and testing in support of trade, competitiveness and in response to the needs of the society
  • Discuss the major challenges ahead
  • Establish contacts between leading scientists from the Member States and candidate Member States
  • Give information on the opportunities in the next framework programme

The conference target audience includes research institutes, universities, laboratories and industries developing or using measurement and testing techniques. The conference will also be of great interest to other stakeholders working with regulations.

   
 
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An Integrated Infrastructure for Measurements:
Paving the way for a united, competitive, sustainable and safer Europe
Towards an integrated infrastructure for measurements
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