Workshop 1

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.


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