Think Tank Event C

Measurement uncertainty when measuring the impossible

Rome, October 9 – 10, 2008


The Rome Think Tank Event was the third in a series of four meetings organised under 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 human perception and/or interpretation.


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MINET Think Tank Event C, entitled ‘Measurement uncertainty when measuring the impossible’ was intended to provide an interactive forum for discussion on the topic of measurement uncertainty. Since this is topic is relevant to all scientific disciplines, a good and productive exchange of information amongst the Measuring the Impossible projects and other participants was expected, and was achieved.

The event successfully provided an occasion for dialogue and interdisciplinary scientific communication between, on one hand, the metrological community which has championed the issue of uncertainty for years, and, on the other hand, scientists engaged in measuring the impossible in the various application fields.

Programme and Report on the Event

The Full programme is available to download here.

A report on the Think Tank Event is available in MINET Newsletter 4. Sign up for MINET newsletters here.


The purpose of MINET Think Tanks is to stimulate creativity and start interdisciplinary collaboration, in order to create a common language and shared viewpoints on the issue of “measuring the impossible”, also with a view to promoting cooperation within projects in this field.  The two previous Think Tanks were devoted respectively to terminology and concepts (Berlin, April 13 2007) and measurement systems and techniques (Portoroz, September 27 2007).  The fourth and last event (2009) will be focused on decision-making and risk assessment.  See the following websites for more details: or


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