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The MIKES delegation visits NIM

September 27th, Prof. Timo Hirvi, Director General of the Centre for Metrology and Accreditation, Finland (MIKES), visited the National Institute of Metrology (NIM). Accompanied him were Metrology Director Dr. Heikki Isotalo and Program Director Dr. Tero Eklin. NIM Director Fang Xiang, heads of related administrative department and research divisions met with the MIKES delegation.

The delegation was invited to a meeting with the host in the first. During the meeting, Mr. Fang and Dr. Isotalo exchanged the general information about NIM and MIKES. They also shared the recent research updates and the plans for development of the two National Metrology Institutes (NMIs). Since the two sides had a common interest in conducting research on energy and environment related measurements, Dr. Eklin presented MMEA (Measurement, Monitor and Environment Assessment), a research program launched by CLEEN Ltd., one of Finland’s Strategic Centers for Science, Technology and Innovation (SHOKs). On hearing the presentation about the MMEA program, Mr. Fang was highly complimentary about its innovative approaches, in which the state-of-the-art technologies can be applied to solve practical measurement problems. He hoped that MIKES, as one participant of the program, could introduce the advanced approaches and concepts to NIM through the bilateral cooperation in the future.

After the meeting, the MIKES delegation paid a visit to laboratories in NIM’s Changping Campus, including the Nano-Particle (PM2.5) Measurement Laboratory, the Nano-Dimensional Measurement Laboratory and the Boltzmann Constant Determination Laboratory, etc. The guest had a thorough talk with the laboratories’ technical staff, which helped the both sides to better understand each other’s research capabilities and focuses.

MIKES is the NMI of Finland. Besides implementation of the national measurement standards system and realization of the SI units, it also performs high-level metrological research and develops measuring applications in partnership with industry. Though NIM and MIKES had exchanged visits not later than the 1990s, the formal cooperation between the two NMIs started in 2009, when an MoU on metrology cooperation was signed between MIKES and the Department of Metrology of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ). 

(Chen Hanghang)