Workshop: Introduction to metrology for young and early career marine scientists

15-17 November 2022

at Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Helsinki, Finland

SYKE through MINKE project is organizing a three-day hybrid training-workshop:

Aim of the workshop
Technology is continuously improving the ability to provide copious quantities of diversified marine data over large areas at reasonable costs and, slowly but surely, the idea of a truly global real-time ocean observing “system of systems” is gaining maturity. But to be useful – particularly at a transnational level – all incoming data have to be comparable and amenable to fitness-for-purpose assessments in relation to specific user requirements. Implicitly, this means that the measurements from which they are derived should be metrologically sound, traceable to the SI as far as possible, and must respect the international system governing measurement. Basically, the degree to which these three conditions are realized will constitute the validity and value of any gathered data, especially in the long-term and from the point of view of usability.

Understanding that people will be key to mainstreaming metrology into the marine observing field, the EU project, MINKE, is organizing a three-days training-workshop entitled “Introduction to metrology for young and early career marine scientists” to begin to address the existing gulf between the relevant communities. The first day of the workshop will be dedicated to the specificities of measuring in the marine environment, the second to hands-on sessions/demonstrations in the laboratory, and the third will focus on the metrological context, where issues such as calibration and the traceability of measurements will be discussed.

The workshop will be held from 15 to 17 November 2022 in Helsinki, Finland, as a hybrid event permitting either remote (virtual) or on-site participation, with the possibility of a shift to a fully online event in the case of a national/global COVID-19 emergency. Check the latest restrictions and guidelines: https://raja.fi/en/frontpage

PROGRAMME

  • Day 1 The measuring context

Chair of the workshop, Rajesh Nair, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS

09:00 – 09:30 Coffee and registration

09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and opening words

Teemu Näykki, Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE
Rajesh Nair, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, OGS
Andrea Merlone, Italian National Institute of Metrology Research, INRiM

09:40 – 09:55 Where do we need metrology in oceanic measurement?

Marc LeMenn, French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, SHOM

09:55 – 10:30 Measuring in the marine environment – Challenges and demands

Tamaryn Morris, National Weather Service of South Africa

10:30 – 11:05 Pollution Cluster of the Integrated Monitoring and Assessment Programme (IMAP) of Mediterranean: Progress towards preparation of the 2023 Mediterranean Quality Status Report

Jelena Knezevic, UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP)

11:05 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 12:10 Measurements in the laboratory – Introduction to the most commonly used laboratory methods

Florence Salvetat, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, IFREMER

12:10 – 12:50 Sensors and instruments (Introduction and description of the most commonly used sensors, Best Practice in handling sensors, Sensor maintenance, Things to watch out for (e.g. fouling).

Manolis Ntoumas, Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, HCMR

12:50 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:30 Get together and presentations from the participants

Interaction and discussion forum at workshop venue. To foster the networking, (at least) the participants receiving reimbursement present short (5-10 minutes) PPT presentations about their field of study. Also, other participants may present their topics; send your proposal for the presentation to the organizers. Maybe also some poster session could be possible during the afternoon.

 

  • Day 2 Demonstrations and Excursiont

Chair of the workshop, Rajesh Nair, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS

09:00 – 12:00 Demonstrations

Sensor calibrations
Real-time measurement uncertainty evaluation for on-line turbidity measurement
Proficiency tests and interlaboratory comparisons
Visit at SYKE laboratories

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Traveling from SYKE to R/V Aranda

14:00 – 17:00 Excursion to R/V Aranda

Logistics of monitoring cruises
Use of CDT device
Flow-through system
Chemical measurements
Biological measurements

19:00 – Dinner

Note: Morning session on Day 2 will be shown online to remote participants. Afternoon session at R/V Aranda will not be shown online to remote participants, but it will be recorded and made available for the participants after the workshop.

 

  • Day 3 The traceability chain

Chair of the workshop, Rajesh Nair, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS

09:20– 10:00 The international measurement traceability framework (International and regional metrology communities (Euramet, TC-MC, TC-T…), BIPM and WMO interactions for environmental and climate observations, vocabularies, accreditation system and the ISO/IEC 17025 standard)

Andrea Merlone, Italian National Institute of Metrology Research, INRiM

10:00 – 10:20 Coffee break

10:20 – 11:10 Understanding the characteristics of sensors – Application to temperature and conductivity measurements

Marc LeMenn, French Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service, SHOM

11:10 – 12:00 Challenges and demands specific to marine measurements (Laboratory calibration, in-situ calibration, sampling for reference measurements, validation with field samples, open issues concerning the traceability chain from NMI standards to field measurements)

Florence Salvetat, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, IFREMER

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 15:15 Round-table with participants (space for interaction and discussion with attendees regarding their measurement challenges, calibration issues, etc. Panelists will discuss and answer the questions raised by the audience)

Moderator: Paola Fisicaro, French National Metrology Institute, LNE
Panelists: The speakers of the workshop

15.15 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:00 Wrap-up and close

Rajesh Nair, National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, OGS
Andrea Merlone, Italian National Institute of Metrology Research, INRiM
Teemu Näykki, Finnish Environment Institute, SYKE

Note: Changes in the programme are possible

Practical information for MINKE Workshop participants

  • Travelling information

To Helsinki

The Helsinki airport (HEL) has several links with foreign cities. Airlines include Finnair and many other international airline companies.

Helsinki Airport locates 20 kilometres from Helsinki City Centre, from where it takes around 30 minutes by car or the train to reach the airport. A bus ride from Helsinki takes 40‒50 minutes.

More information about Helsinki airport transport connections: https://www.finavia.fi/en/airports/helsinki-airport/access

Helsinki can be reached also by ferries from Sweden, Estonia and Germany.

 

To SYKE

The Workshop is organized at “Joint conference centre for SYKE, Luke (the Natural Resources Institute of Finland) and the university”, address Latokartanonkaari 9, Helsinki, Finland.

Information about transport connections to SYKE:

https://www.syke.fi/en-US/SYKE_Info/Contact_information/Transport_connections_to_the_Finnish_Env(48224)

For example, buses 75, 77, 78, 717, 721, and 788 will drive near to SYKE.

Helsinki Metropolitan Area Transport

https://www.hsl.fi/en

Journey Planning Service

https://www.traficom.fi/en/services/matkafi

Guide Map Service (City of Helsinki)

https://kartta.hel.fi/?setlanguage=en

Information about Helsinki region

https://www.myhelsinki.fi/

https://www.visitfinland.com/en/places-to-go/helsinki-region/

Guidelines for travellers (Finnish Border Guard)

https://raja.fi/en/guidelines-for-travellers

Current COVID-19 info

https://raja.fi/en/covid19-info

Accomodation

https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en/see-and-do/accommodation

Hotels near to Helsinki main railway station are well-situated as the train from the airport will arrive there. Also buses to Viikki (where SYKE is located) will departure there.

ARE YOU A STUDENT, EARLY CAREER SCIENTIST OR TECHNICAL PERSONNEL FOR MARINE SCIENCES?

  • Support for in-person attendance for MINKE Workshop: Introduction to metrology for young and early career marine scientists

A limited amount of funding is available for supporting in-person attendance, and participants wishing to avail of this possibility should fill in the attached application form (see link below) and send it to the organizing committee by the 13th of October. Only expenses relating to international travel (from an applicant’s country of residence to Helsinki and back) and local accommodation costs will be considered. Workshop organizer will book the flights and accommodation for the participants selected to be funded. Kindly note that priority will be given to applicants from the developing countries in the selection process for awarding reimbursement. We seek a balance in the background of the funded participants (students, early-career scientists, technical persons), in the field of science (biology, chemistry, physics etc.) and in the geographical distribution. Participants receiving financial support will be required to prepare and present short (5-10 minutes) talks in English concerning their work during the workshop to help foster networking.

How to participate?

  • Participants wishing to avail of this possibility should fill in the application form (link to application) and send it to the organizing committee by the 13th of October 2022. See further details and requirements in the application document.

Deadline: 7th of November, 2022
Registration Closed