We welcomed special guests to PTB on 23 October 2023. We were very pleased that the director of the National Metrology Institute of Thailand (NIMT for short), Dr Pornchai Suteerakune, and his deputy, Anusorn Tonmueanwai, paid us a personal visit during their trip to Europe.
NIMT and PTB have a long history of successful cooperation. As NIMT celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the cooperation between the two institutes is also turning 25. PTB supported its colleagues in Thailand in setting up their metrology institute in its early years. A partnership based on trust, as well as successful technical and scientific collaboration, grew out of this in the years that followed. Together, we have been able to contribute a great deal to strengthening metrology systems in numerous developing countries and hope that we will be able to implement further projects together in the future.
A personal meeting between our president, Prof Dr Cornelia Denz, and Dr Pornchai Suteerakune, who became the director of NIMT in early 2023, marked the start of the visit.
During the remainder of the programme, Uwe Miesner, head of the Asia Section of PTB’s International Cooperation Group, and Clemens Sanetra, an expert in cooperation with Asia, presented an overview of the important aspects of our activities and projects. The speakers emphasized the good cooperation with guest scientists from NIMT. The newly founded International Office of PTB has assumed much of the responsibility for supporting the guest scientist programme. International Office Head Lieselotte Seehausen attended the meeting, which also allowed the guests to meet her in person. Our vice president, Prof Dr Frank Härtig, concluded the visit by presenting the whole of PTB as an institute.
A particular highlight was the meeting that took place between the directors and guest scientists from NIMT who are currently working at PTB. They are Piyaphat Phoonthong, Rattakorn Kaewuam and doctoral candidate Yaowaret Pimsut. This meeting gave Dr Suteerakune and Mr Tonmueanwai an impression of the positive cooperation between NIMT and PTB. Exciting tours of the Time and Frequency department’s laboratory and of the Josephson Effect, Quantum Impedance Working Group’s laboratory rounded off the programme.
We would like to thank the Presidential Board, the Asia Section, the guest scientists, the International Office and everyone else who helped make this day so special through their active participation. We especially extend our heartfelt thanks once again to Dr Suteerakune and Mr Tonmueanwai for visiting us at PTB. We genuinely enjoyed meeting you and speaking with you in person!
Cover image © PTB/Photography, Tim Müller