Announcement of Think Tank C

July 10, 2008

Measurement uncertainty when measuring the impossible

Rome, October 9 – 10, 2008

The Rome Think Tank Event is the third in a series of four meetings organised in the framework of the MINET (Measuring the Impossible NETwork) project.

The Rome Think Tank will revolve around a crucial topic of measurement in general and especially for Measuring the Impossible (MtI), i.e., how to detect, determine and express uncertainty. Uncertainty is a common ground for physical, psychological and social measurement and the expression of an increasing convergence between the so called hard and soft sciences, yet it is not often treated with the necessary awareness.

The Think Tank Event will be an occasion for dialogue and interdisciplinary scientific communication between, the metrological community which has championed the issue of uncertainty for years, and, scientists engaged in measuring the impossible in the various application fields. Such a dialogue will take place through discussions in plenum, working groups, and an educational lecture by a scholar in this field.

For full details on this event, please click here


Summary Programme


OCTOBER 9th, 2008: Afternoon (2.30pm – 5.00pm)



3.10pm – 4.00pm    EDUCATIONAL LECTURE

– LEONARDO CANNAVÒ, University “La Sapienza” of Rome

“Uncertain Measures? A Comparison between Causal and Systemic Sciences from the Viewpoint of an Applied Methodologist”

4.15pm – 5.00pm    DISCUSSIONS IN PLENUM


OCTOBER 10TH, 2008: Morning (9.00am – 1.00pm)





12.30pm – 1.00pm    CONCLUSIONS




Please confirm your participation in the Think Tank secretariat by e-mail ( or fax (+39-06-45435683)

Registration is free of charge. The final deadline for registration is September 15th, 2008.


The local organiser of Think Tank Event C is LSC: Alessandra Cancedda: & Maresa Berliri:

Workpackage 3 Coordinator is Leslie Pendrill, Technical Research Institute of Sweden (SP),

Announcement of MINET Workshop 2

June 18, 2008

AWARENESS, PERCEPTION AND INTERPRETATION: measurements vis-a-vis the complexity of life

October 8th-9th, 2008

Workshop objectives and contents

This workshop is part of a series of events (workshops and sessions at conferences) organised within the framework of the MINET (Measuring the Impossible NETwork) project, funded by the European Commission – 6th Framework Programme of Scientific and Technological Research. MINET aims to achieve a long-term integration and advancement of interdisciplinary research and novel investigative methods for the measurement of multidimensional, complex phenomena which are mediated by the human perception and/or interpretation – so called ‘Measuring the Impossible’ (MtI) research.

MINET workshops aim at achieving a deeper and wider understanding of the themes under investigation in the MtI field. They are a valuable opportunity for an exchange and transfer of knowledge among researchers with an interest in this topic, and especially between the various projects funded under the New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST)– Measuring the Impossible programme.

The complexity of the investigated and measured phenomena is a feature shared by all MtI projects, which have human beings as objects of study or as measuring instruments. The scientific study of topics such as haptic, visual or auditory perception, emotions, the mind-brain relationship, differences among individuals, quality of environments, products and services, and so on, poses remarkable challenges to scientists. MtI projects are meeting these challenges on both a methodological level – by developing theories, models and techniques for measurement – and a substantive scientific level – by producing relevant results in their respective research fields.

The Rome workshop will be an occasion to share advancements, findings and achievements of projects, as well as problems encountered and solutions worked out, in an unrestricted dialogue among the disciplines, inter-disciplines and application areas of the physical, natural, psychological and social sciences that are involved in the MtI field.

Each project funded under the EU NEST “Measuring the Impossible” programme is expected to contribute to the Workshop with a presentation of their progress and results achieved so far.

The workshop is open to everyone to attend to learn more about the Measuring the Impossible projects and participate in discussions.

Further information

Further information can be found on the MINET website. Please click here.

Man, Science & Measurement Symposium 2008 (IMEKO): MINET Session

February 27, 2008


Annecy, France

September 3-5, 2008

IMEKO technical committees TC1 and TC7 are organising a joint symposium on Man, Science & Measurement. This conference will explore emerging challenges and novel concepts in Measurement Science in relation to human activities, considering:

  • Measurement systems as a way for helping human perception of the world
  • Measurement as a way for helping perception of human activity
  • Measurement Science as a focus of interest



We are pleased to announce that there will be a special session within the symposium on the Measuring the Impossible (MtI) projects.  Papers will focus on the principles involved in the measurements being made, with a special attention to the problem of “measurability”, and hence fit well with the scope of this symposium.

Measuring Behaviour 2008 Conference: MINET Symposium

February 27, 2008

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26-29 August 2008

Maastricht, The Netherlands

Measuring Behavior 2008, the 6th international conference on methods and techniques in behavioral research, is the premier interdisciplinary event for scientists and practitioners concerned with the study of human or animal behavior. 

Symposium on “Measuring the Impossible”

A symposium on “Measuring the Impossible” is being organised within this conference, at which papers will be presented on the Measuring the Impossible (MtI) projects, with an emphasis on the techniques used to measure complex phenomena that are mediated by human perception and interpretation.

This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest developments in the EU NEST-MtI projects in addition to learning about the most up-to-date information in behavioural research, that will be presented at the rest of the conference.

Announcement of MINET Training Course 2008

February 5, 2008

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MINET Training Course 2008: Theory and methods of measurements with persons

9-11 June 2008

Palazzo del Principe, Genova, Italy


‘Measurements with Persons’ are measurements to characterise complex quantities and qualities that depend on human perception and interpretation. Providing a means for reproducible measurement of perceptual responses such as pleasure and pain, the perceived attributes of products and services, such as quality or desirability, or the quantification of societal parameters such as security and well-being, has important implications in many areas of commerce, industry, science, medicine and society.
Progress in this area requires the cross-linking of developments across a variety of disciplines, encompassing the physical, biological, psychological and social sciences, for example. Effective collaboration and exchange of information between these areas is essential in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for valid measurements as the basis for decision making.

The course ‘Theory and Methods of Measurements with Persons’ is intended for senior scientists with an interest in understanding and measuring human perceptual responses and behaviours. It will be held in Genova, Italy, in June 2008, organised as a part of an European coordination action, MINET: Measuring the Impossible Network.

In the first part, generic theoretical and methodological issues will be explored, including the conceptual basis of measurement and the approach to experimentation in the various fields involved, the development of formal, representational and probabilistic, theories, and theories and methods for multidimensional problems. In the second part of the course, several application areas will be presented, including sound, visual, touch and smell perception, brain imaging, body language and emotions, and, finally, the use of measurements in decision making.




For full details of the course, incuding an application form, please visit:


Palazzo del Principe

Palazzo del Principe

Announcement First Workshop of Measuring the Impossible Network – MINET

July 17, 2007

1st Workshop, Portorož, Slovenia, 26. September 2007


Measuring the Impossible: what can metrologists and psychophysicists learn from each other?


This workshop will be organized within the framework of the Measuring the Impossible Network – MINET (a 6th EU framework program for scientific and technological research).
The aim is a more insightful and wider understanding of “hard’ (i.e. classical chemical and physical measurements) and ‘soft’ measurements (i.e. measurements mediated by human perception and interpretation). We hope to achieve this by lectures from renowned speakers, combined with a presentation of selected projects within the Measuring the Impossible program, followed by a general discussion.


Morning Program

  • Prof Ludwik Finkelstein, Concepts of Measurability, City University London, UK
  • Prof Janko Drnovšek, Elements of metrological systems, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Prof Birgitta Berglund, Measuring Methods in Psychophysics in Practice, Stockholm University & Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Afternoon Program

  • Representatives of three or four projects of Measuring the Impossible
  • General Discussion
  • Targeted audience

    All participants of projects, which are granted within the framework of the EU New and Emerging Science and Technology program “Measuring the Impossible”, are cordially invited to attend this workshop.

    Date and venue:

    September 26, 2007 in Portoroz, Slovenia.

    Related events:

    On 24-26 September there will be the 16th international Electrotechnical and Computer Science conference in Portoroz, with a special session on Measuring the Impossible on September 25. See for more details.
    On September 27 there will be a think tank event within the MINET program. More details will follow later.


    Please send an email to
    The registration is free. Registration deadline is Wednesday, 19. September 2007.


    Dr. G.W.A.M. van der Heijden
    Dr. G. Gersak, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Prof. J. Drnovšek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
    R. Montgomery, NPL, UK
    R. Sefelin, CURE, Austria
    Dr. A Cancedda, Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza, Italy
    Local organiser: Dr G. Gersak


    Measuring the Impossible Network project aims to achieve a long-term integration and advancement of interdisciplinary research and novel investigative methods in Europe. The measurement of multidimensional phenomena mediated by human interpretation and/or perception for measuring properties such as comfort, naturalness, perceived quality, feelings, body language and consciousness is to be advanced.

    I can’t believe it’s not leather either

    December 1, 2006

    The New Scientist has an article about MONAT, the European project to determine what characteristics are most important to how realistic a fake material seems. The full article is here.