First international research workshop on Quality Infrastructure (QI)

The International Cooperation of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the Chair of Innovation Economics at the Technische Universität Berlin is pleased to invite you to the first research workshop on quality infrastructure. The consulting firm Mesopartner supports the preparation and implementation of the workshop.

Until now, QI has been dealt with mainly by practitioners. There is much grey literature and few peer-reviewed scientific publications.

This hybrid workshop aims to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss the scientific foundation of quality infrastructure and exchange information on the state of research in the field.

The meeting’s agenda will include a session on the contribution of quality infrastructure to digitalisation and sustainable development.

The event will take place on 27 April 2023 from 14:00-17:00 CET at PTB in Berlin and online. 


2:00 pmWelcomeDr. Frank Lienesch, Head of PTB’s Legal and International Metrology Division 9, PTB
2:10 pmOpening remarks: From research on standards to QIProf. Dr. Knut Blind, TU Berlin, Institute for Technology and Management, Chair of Innovation Economics and Head of the Innovation and Regulation Unit, Fraunhofer ISI.
2:20 pmOpening remarks: Interest of QI bodies in researchEmanuele Riva, Chair of IAF, and past chair of INETQI (and Vice General Manager in Accredia)
2:30 pmPresentation: Research on QI: Object and state of the artDr. Ulrich Harmes-Liedtke and Ann-Sara Ramkissoon, Mesopartner
2:50 pmQI research example 1:  Sustainability Certification Schemes (SCS) and labels supporting the transition to a sustainable bio-based economyDr. Luana Ladu, TU Berlin, Institute for Technology and Management, Innovation Economics and Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Section 2, Department: Digitalization of the quality infrastructure
3:10 pmQI research example 2: Quality Infrastructure services to enhance product value chains in EthiopiaProf. Frank Ebinger, Professor of Sustainable Innovation and Transformation Management, Nuremberg Institute of Technology
3:30 pmInterchange of research topics, questions, and funding opportunities: 1-2-4-All[1].
Documentation on a Digital Whiteboard (MURAL)
All participants
4:45 pmOutlook on a global QI research agenda and communityProf. Carlo Pietrobelli, Professor of Economics of the Department of Economics at University Roma Tre, Italy; Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, Maastricht, and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
5:00 pmEnd of the event


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What is the difference between quality assurance and quality infrastructure? I was recently asked this question by a young colleague who has just started coordinating projects to promote quality infrastructure. The answer to this question is undoubtedly essential for every newcomer to quality infrastructure. Moreover, it is also a welcome stimulus to think more fundamentally about the relationship between these concepts.

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Data on international standards

QI Data Series

What are the differences between countries using international standards?

For decades, the United States, Western Europe and Japan have led international standard development. Representatives of these countries chaired most international standards committees and led standard making through agenda-setting and the know-how of national companies and scientific institutions. Representatives from other countries also participated in standards committees but chaired only a few technical committees. Standards takers are those countries that adopt standards but do not participate in developing those standards.

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Women in the Quality Infrastructure System

Gender inequality is still present throughout the world

The world is equally composed of women and men. However, gender inequality is still present throughout the world. As published by the United Nations in October 2020, only 47% of working-age women participated in the global labour market, while for men, the percentage was 74%. This gender gap has remained relatively constant since 1995, i.e., the difference between men and women employed worldwide has not changed in the last 25 years.[1]

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