Training Seminar at TÜBİTAK UME in Cooperation with BIPM

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A two day training seminar was held on April 24-25, 2018 as part of the “BIPM – TUBITAK UME Project Placements” which is being undertaken as a cooperation initiative between TÜBİTAK UME and the Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer Programme of the BIPM.

Mr. Andy Henson, Director of the International Liaison and Communication Department and Mr. Chingis Kuanbayev, International Liaison Assistant, from the BIPM participated as lecturers in the seminar which focused on the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA), which forms the backbone of the international metrology system by providing mechanisms to ensure the equivalency of national reference measurement standards and the international recognition of the calibration certificates issued by participating institutes.

Mr. Henson and Mr Kuanbayev gave lectures on the global quality infrastructure and metrology’s role in it and the importance of the Metre Convention before delving into the specifics of the CIPM MRA: it’s interactions with the global quality infrastructure, CIPM requirements and documentation on quality systems and the different approaches taken by regional metrology organizations, the organization and performance of comparisons under the CIPM MRA, CMC declarations and reviews, and the fundamentals of the Key Comparison Database (KCDB).

TÜBİTAK UME staff also contributed to the seminar through presentations on the development and organization of the quality infrastructure in Turkey, EURAMET’s functions as a regional metrology organization and its activities related to the CIPM MRA, EURAMET’s approach to quality system and CMC reviews, TUBITAK UME’s experience in implementing a quality system in compliance with CIPM MRA requirements, how to participate effectively in comparisons, and the calculation of uncertainty budgets.  Additionally, each of the ten participants in the “BIPM – TUBITAK UME Project Placements” programme gave a presentation on the work they are performing at TÜBİTAK UME.

Under the  “TÜBİTAK UME – BIPM Project Placements” programme, TÜBİTAK UME offers ten selected metrologists from countries that have either newly signed the CIPM MRA or have the prospect of doing so in the near term the opportunity to perform research in TÜBİTAK UME laboratories for periods ranging from one month to three months for two separate terms in 2018 and 2019.

Within the application period for 2018 term of the programme, a total of 58 applications from 23 countries were received. Of the 58 applications, 44 were considered acceptable under the terms of the programme.

After the evaluation of the applications, 10 metrologists were accepted to participate in the first terms of the programme which began on April 2, 2018. Currently, Mr. Frank Eric Anang from the Ghana Standards Authority, who is performing research in the field of temperature metrology, Ms. Shima Zanganeh from the National Metrology Center of Iran, studying voltage measurements, Ms. Shamsa Alkayoomi from the Emirates Metrology Institute, studying electrical resistance measurements, Ms. Merima Causevic from the Institute of Metrology of Bosnia – Herzegovina, performing research in fluid flow measurements, Mr. Dagmawi Woldetensai Berhe from the National Metrology Institue of Ethiopia, focusing on  determination of volume and density of mass standards, Ms. Natasha Sichone from the Zambia Bureau of Standards, studying gauge block measurements, Mr. Marat Ustemirov from the Kazakhstan Intitute of Metrology studying pressure metrology, Mr. Thomas Olala from the Kenya Bureau of Standards, concentrating on radio frequency and microwave metrology, Mr. Faisal Alqahtani of the National Measurement and Calibration Center of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, who is studying in the area of dimensional metrology, and Ms. Alena Bayenskaya of the Belarussian State Institute of Metrology, focusing on electrical power measurements, are participating in the programme.

The programme aims to support capacity building in emerging national metrology institutes through in depth knowledge transfer to technical personnel in areas of interest to the personnel and their insitutes and to enhance their engagement with the international metrology community and the BIPM.

The “BIPM – TÜBİTAK UME Project Placements” are being offered as TÜBİTAK UME’s contribution to the Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer (CBKT) Programme implemented by the BIPM, which aims to increase the visibility and participation of emerging metrology systems in the world-wide metrology community. Other contributors to the CBKT Programme include NIST of the United States, PTB of Germany, METAS of Switzerland, NIM of China and NMISA of South Africa.

Applications for the second term of the programme, to begin in 2019, will be accepted in Fall 2018.