The Europeanisation of Metrology Research - how national research managers have built a European programme and what it means for research governance

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Abstract

This paper will report on work undertaken in the context of understanding more about the roles of non-university public research institutes in the European Union context. We have undertaken a historical review, mapping and characterisation of metrology research institutes, including interviews with senior managers to understand the evolution and recent changes in the institutes. We then undertook a foresight exercise, again with the managers and related experts, to gain an understanding of drivers for change and future scenarios.This sector is extremely interesting as it shows how managers have formulated and orchestrated a new funding model, namely a European programme of metrology research, which is now implemented as an Article 169 action. Highly diverse organisations (in terms of size, funding and research capacity, as well as in national context) now coordinate and share a common R&D programme, mainly as a response to static or dwindling budgets for research and also anticipating competitive threats from outside Europe. This case demonstrates how highly nationally-focussed institutions have acted pro-actively and strategically well beyond their institutional boundaries and entered into national research policy and European decision-making processes. Public research institutes in other fields identify the need for more European cooperation, with diverse drivers for this. The paper reflects upon the lessons for governance which the metrology case offers for other domains, and argues that this model is not necessarily likely to emerge elsewhere.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Tentative Governance in Emerging Science and Technology – Actor Constellations, Institutional Arrangements and Strategies”, October 28-29, 2010.
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010
EventTentative Governance in Emerging Science and Technology – Actor Constellations, Institutional Arrangements and Strategies”, October 28-29, 2010. - University of Twente
Duration: 28 Oct 201029 Oct 2010

Conference

ConferenceTentative Governance in Emerging Science and Technology – Actor Constellations, Institutional Arrangements and Strategies”, October 28-29, 2010.
CityUniversity of Twente
Period28/10/1029/10/10

Keywords

  • metrology, europeanisation, ERA, research governance, public research institute

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