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Dr.-Ing. Prof. h. c. Frank Härtig, Vice President of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), assumed the presidency of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) on 3 September 2021. Over the next three years, he will spearhead this non-governmental federation of 42 member organizations concerned with the worldwide advancement of measurement technology. Härtig's appointment to his new post came during the 2021 edition of the IMEKO World Congress, which was held digitally this year.

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Eine frohe Botschaft macht die Runde: Bis 2025 wollen niedersächsische Forschende einen 50-Qubit-Quantencomputer realisieren. Aus diesem Grund besuchte der niedersächsische Wissenschaftsminister Björn Thümler am Montag Wissenschaftsstandorte sowohl in Hannover als auch die PTB in Braunschweig. Mit von der Partie waren die Präsidentin der TU Braunschweig Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, PTB-Vizepräsident Dr.-Ing. Prof. h. c. Frank Härtig und Journalisten. Eingeladen hatte das Bündnis Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS), um die wichtigsten Quantentechnik-Laboratorien und beteiligte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler vorzustellen. Minister Thümler lobte: „Niedersachsen ist in der Quantentechnologie aktuell ein Stück voraus. Mit Hilfe von QVLS sollen aus Science Fiction Science Facts werden.“

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A brief introduction to PTB

Entrance of PTB Braunschweig

Here in a nutshell are a few Opens internal link in current windowFacts about PTB, or read the current facts and figures from the Opens internal link in current windowAnnual Report. If you want more details, here you will find a Opens internal link in current windowDescription of Tasks of PTB. Furthermore, we recommend our general Info Sheet about PTB which you can download in the right-hand column as a pdf file.

Important research topics

The SI with its 7 base units
In the new International System of Units (SI), seven fundamental constants are determined as defining reference values. (Diagram: PTB)

We present you with an overview of PTB's diverse research landscape as well as some especially highlighted topics in the chapter l Opens internal link in current windowResearch & Development, including the key strategic points in European metrology research (Opens internal link in current windowChallenges and Prospects) as well as the various success stories surrounding Opens internal link in current windowPTB's Technology Transfer. How firmly PTB is integrated in the international research landscape you can see briefly, on the one hand, in the Opens internal link in current windowOverview and, on the other hand, we individually present the respective research institutes of the worldwide metrology landscape in the chapter Opens internal link in current windowInternational Affairs.


Evaluation report (in Geman only)
Stand: Januar 2012

In 2002, PTB as a whole was evaluated – with an excellent outcome. In 2008, an evaluation of PTB research followed, carried out by the Wissenschaftsrat (German Council of Science and Humanities) with a subsequent Implementation Report in 2012. You will find more about this at Opens internal link in current windowPTB in the World of Research or in the pdfs of the evaluation reports which you can download in the right-hand column.

The next evaluation will follow in 2016.