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The metrology experts of the future come from Braunschweig

The International Graduate School of Metrology will be relaunched

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)


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Also in future, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the Technical University (TU) of Braunschweig will continue to cooperate closely in the promotion and mentoring of doctoral candidates in metrology - the science of measurement. As of 1 January 2014, TU Braunschweig and PTB have founded a joint graduate school under the name of "Braunschweig International Graduate School of Metrology" (B-IGSM). Within the scope of a structured promotion, the graduate school offers doctoral candidates from the field of electrical engineering and information technology, physics, mechanical engineering and life sciences a well-founded metrological training. The offer of events comprises lectures, seminars, topic workshops and international summer schools. The B-IGSM continues the tradition of the former graduate school of the same name which had been operated by TU Braunschweig with the participation of PTB, and with financial support by the State of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). Since its foundation, approx. 50 doctoral candidates from 20 countries have passed through the graduate school and left it with a doctor's degree and the IGSM metrology certificate.

"For quality assurance and precision in industrial production, enterprises need competent staff members", says professor Meinhard Schilling from TU Braunschweig, chairperson of the B-IGSM. "We are training such staff members here in Braunschweig". The idea of the graduate school: during their PhD thesis, candidates for a doctor's degree who conduct research on subjects with regard to metrology and measurement accuracy will be mentored and will be given well-directed support by the B-IGSM. Scientists of PTB and TU Braunschweig jointly support the promotion and impart metrological concepts and principles in courses and lectures. "The fact that so many subject areas cooperate in the B-IGSM shows that metrology and accuracy are real cross-sectional tasks which will, in future, become ever more important", says Dr. Corinna Kroner from PTB, course director of the B-IGSM. The graduate school has an expressly international orientation. Instruction is given in English, about half of the doctoral candidates comes from abroad. "What they get here is unique", says Schilling, "the combination of academic fundamental research at a university with the specific science of PTB with the focus on metrology is a unique feature of the B-IGSM."

The new cycle of courses starts with the summer semester 2014. For mid-October, a summer school is planned again at the International House Sonnenberg in the Harz Mountains, with lectures of renowned scientists and with student working groups.

Together with the Research Institute for Nanometrology (which is presently under construction) of TU Braunschweig and PTB, the B-IGSM is part of the Metrology Initiative Braunschweig which will strengthen and further develop Braunschweig as an international research region for metrology. jok/ptb


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