The program for this conference is available via the following link.

We plan to have the following PLENARY LECTURES

Dr Stuart Davidson
Science Area Leader – Mechanical Metrology
National Physical Laboratory, UK

Plenary Lecture 2 - The New Kilogram – how we built a consensus and what will we do with it in future?

The SI unit of mass, the kilogram, was redefined in May of last year. This was made possible by an agreement between the laboratories having realisation experiments to use a “consensus value” for the maintenance and dissemination of the new kilogram until such time that the individual realisation experiments are shown to be reliable enough to do this. This talk will explore the rationale behind this approach and look forward to the potential benefits of a kilogram definition based on a fundamental constant.

Stuart Davidson is the Science Area Leader for Mechanical Metrology the National Physical Laboratory. He has been responsible for some major advances in the field of measurement including the direct measurement of the density of air, weighing in vacuum and the use of surface analysis to predict the stability of mass standards. He is a past chairman of the EURAMET Technical Committee for Mass and Related Quantities, and current chairman of the CCM Working Group for Mass. He also chaired the Task Group which oversaw the implementation of the redefined kilogram and the development of the kilogram consensus value which is currently being used to maintain and disseminate the SI unit of mass. He also works on the development of the NPL next-generation Kibble balance to realise the new kilogram.


Dr. Thomas Bruns
Head of department "Acoustics and Dynamics"
PTB, Germany

Plenary Lecture 3 - "Infra-AUV" improving traceability in the low frequency range for Acoustics and Vibration

Measurement of seismic and infra sound activity are of increasing global importance for the monitoring of extreme events such as volcano eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis or nuclear weapon testing. The respective low frequency monitoring techniques using infra sound, seismic or under water acoustic measurements are well-established for local applications and in large networks of monitoring stations like the IMS or GSN. However, the sensors used in such monitoring stations are rarely, if ever traceably calibrated. This deficiency is owed to the fact that the required low frequency calibration capabilities are typically not yet available on the primary level of national metrology institutes, even more so are the necessary on-site calibration methods unavailable, which are needed to cope with immobile sensor set-ups on the monitoring stations. In an effort to answer the proactive request of the CTBTO to the CCAUV in 2017, a consortium of EUROPEAN Metrology Institutes, monitoring station operators and infra sound experts will start in 2020 to develop and validate methods to provide the desired traceability chain from the primary laboratory to the monitoring station on-site. The plenary will give an insight in the motivation, the structure and the research and development plan of this multi-national research project.

Thomas Bruns studied Physics at the University of Göttingen in the field of Nuclear and Particle Physics until 1993, and gained his PhD in the area of Biomechanics and computational Physics in 1999.
Since 1998 he works as a scientist and metrologist at PTB in the fields of dynamics and mechanics, currently leading the department for Applied Acoustics and Dynamics and the working group Acceleration.
Beyond that he is active as convenor in ISO (TC108/WG34) and EURAMET (TC-AUV), a long term member of the CCAUV and initiator and founding member of IMEKO TC22.


Dr. Michael Griepentrog
Senior scientist and project group leader, Department "Materials Protection and Surface Technologies"
BAM, Germany

Plenary Lecture 4 - "Instrumented Indentation Testing (IIT) - A critical journey from the very first steps to the modern state of the art"

Nowadays the Instrumented Indentation Testing (IIT), in the nano range often named as nano indention, is one of the most commonly used methods to determine the mechanical properties of materials in the micro and nano range. This method is already extensive standardized in DIN EN ISO 14577 part 1-4. The application of this standard in daily testing praxis shows that the established values have an excellent precision. New parts of this standard are under development.
Starting with the beginning of instrumented indentation testing in 1898 the historical background and the main assumption of the Oliver and Pharr method will be explained and critical discussed.
Further the essentials of the new standardization project “Linear elastic dynamic instrumented indentation testing (DIIT)”. (Part 5 of ISO 14577) regarding calibration, test procedure, data evaluation and estimation of uncertainty will be presented.
Due to the high local resolution of the IIT, it is possible to map the local distribution of measured mechanical properties of a chosen surface area of the investigated sample (mapping). A new method, the Express Test, gives the user the possibility to perform such a mapping in a very short time. This method will be presented and the results of measurements on different materials will be shown and compared to standard indentation tests.

Michael Griepentrog studied Physics at the University of Kishinew (USSR) and at the Institute of Physics of Semiconductors Nowosibirsk (USSR). In 1979 he defended his Diploma Thesis and was graduated as Diplom-Physiker (advanced degree in Physics). From 1979-1984 he was scientific assistant at the Berlin Humboldt University. In 1984 he defended his doctoral thesis and was graduated as Dr. rer. nat in Physics. (Doctor of Natural Sciences in Physics).
From 1984-1991 he was research staff member at Faculty of Physics, Department Processes of atomic collisions in solid state physics” Humboldt University of Berlin. Since 1991 he is research staff member of BAM Department 6 Materials Protection and Surface Technologies as Project leader, project group leader, senior scientist.
Today his main research is dedicated to the evaluation of mechanical properties of micro and nanostructured objects using different methods of instrumented indentation techniques. He is one of the authors of EN ISO 14577 Metallic Materials – Instrumented indentation test for hardness and materials parameters; ISO/DTR 29381 Metallic materials – Measurement of mechanical properties by instrumented indentation test – Indentation tensile properties and EN 1071 -7 Advanced technical ceramics- Methods of test for ceramic coatings - Determination of hardness and Young's modulus by instrumented indentation testing. He is chairman of DIN NA 062-01-41 AA “Hardness testing for metals” and chairman of ISO/TC 164/SC 3 “Hardness Testing”.


Dr Tokihiko Kobata
Director, Center for Quality Management of Metrology,
National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ),
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Plenary Lecture 5 - Characterization of pressure gauges for Improving reliability in pressure measurements

The measurement of pressure is one of the essential measurements in people’s lives, society, industry, and science and technology. For the pressure measurement conducted at the various sites, diverse digital pressure gauges are employed for wide pressure ranges, from low pressure to high pressure. We have focused on the characterization of pressure gauges and have spent effort on the precise evaluation of their properties. We have also engaged in the development of transfer devices using the digital pressure gauges for pressure calibrations and comparisons.

Tokihiko Kobata completed the doctorate courses at the Department of Physical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tsukuba University in 1995. Doctor (Engineering). Joined the National Research Laboratory of Metrology, Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (AIST) in 1995. Visiting researcher of the National Institute of Standards Technology, USA from 2000 to 2001. Senior researcher of the Pressure and Vacuum Standard Section, National Metrology Institute of Japan (NMIJ), AIST in 2000. Section chief from 2011 to 2012. Director of Research Planning Office for Metrology and Measurement Science, AIST from 2012 to 2015. Deputy Director of Research Institute for Engineering Measurement, NMIJ from 2015 to 2018. Director of Center of Quality Management of Metrology, NMIJ in 2018 to present. Engages in research for pressure standard and pressure measurement. Chairperson of IMEKO TC16 from 2016 to 2019.

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