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Hon.-Prof. Dr. Roman Schwartz

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Roman Schwartz

Roman Schwartz was born in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in 1955. He attended school in Bonn-Bad Godesberg and Großhansdorf (near Hamburg), studied physics at the Technical University of Braunschweig and completed his studies in 1982 with the "Diplom" degree in physics. In 1983, he moved to the Mass Laboratory at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and obtained the doctoral degree of "Dr.-Ing." in 1993 in the area of precision mass determination as an external scientist at the Technical University of Berlin. In 1994, he moved to the Laboratory for Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments, for which he took on the leadership position in 1996. In 2001, he became Head of the Department for Solid Mechanics, in 2006 Head of the Mechanics and Acoustics Division, and on 1 April 2014, he was appointed the Vice-President of PTB. Since 1 January 2015, with the introduction of the new German Weights and Measures Act (“Mess- und Eichgesetz”) he is also Head of the Conformity Assessment Body of PTB as well as Chair of the National Measuring Instruments Committee (“Regelermittlungsausschuss”).

Academically, Roman Schwartz has worked on the influence of sorption layers in high-precision mass determinations in mass metrology as well as on mathematical approaches for the realization and dissemination of the mass scale. His studies and advances have provided a large contribution to the reduction of the measurement uncertainty in precision mass determinations in air and in vacuum. Since 2005, he has been a lecturer at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) where he teaches "Traceable Measurement of Mechanical Quantities". In June 2017, he was appointed an Honorary Professor to the LUH.

Since 1995, Roman Schwartz has been actively participating in national and international committees of scientific and legal metrology, among others, in the Consultative Committee for Mass and Related Quantities (CCM) of the Metre Convention as well as in the European Cooperation in Legal Metrology (WELMEC). Under his leadership, the first European guidelines for software and modular testing of legally controlled measuring instruments were developed.

Since 2006, Roman Schwartz has been the German representative to the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML); from 2010 – 2017 he was the Vice-President of the International Committee of Legal Metrology (CIML). Under his leadership, the new OIML Certification System (OIML-CS) was developed, which will replace the current OIML Mutual Acceptance Arrangement (MAA) and Basic Certificate System in 2018. In October 2017, Roman Schwartz was elected as President of the CIML for a six-year term.