Day-to-day industrial processes frequently require the measuring of dynamic forces – unlike metrological traceability, which has yet to advance from its early stages.
GTM Testing and Metrology GmbH, the internationally leading metrology supplier, has been supporting Helmholtz-Fonds e.V. for many years now. For GTM, this is the natural way to express its appreciation of the Helmholtz-Fonds – a one-of-a-kind non-profit association that has been promoting research and development in the field of physical precision metrology and its associated applications for more than 100 years. Now Horst Mischke, one of GTM’s two CEOs, has been appointed a member of the Fonds’ supervisory board.
It was back in 1912 that a major call for donations by Emil Warburg – president of the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt PTR (Imperial Physical Technical Institute) at the time – culminated in the foundation of the Helmholtz-Fonds e.V. The idea was to help recruit excellence for the PTR, to purchase valuable instruments and to facilitate educational trips to counterpart institutes in Europe and the United States. The association’s eponym Hermann von Helmholtz undertook great efforts in researching physiology. He is best-known for his epochal treaty “Über die Erhaltung der Kraft”, in which he formulated the physical principle of conservation of energy. He was a fellow founder of the PTR – one of the predecessor institutes to Germany’s Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt – in 1882. The PTR’s curators would later go on to found the Helmholtz-Fonds e.V. in 1913.
Today, the association aids and promotes a multitude of projects from all fields of metrology by hosting seminars and colloquia, by awarding titles and prizes and by maintaining special subsidy programmes for junior scientists at universities and schools. Every two years, the association awards the Helmholtz Award. Germany’s most highly acclaimed metrology award is presented for outstanding scientific and technological research in the field of “precise measurement in physics, chemistry and medicine”.
Through its agenda, the Helmholtz-Fonds is considered a driving force for a technology transfer that in turn drives innovation.
GTM supports the Helmholtz-Fonds e.V. with deep conviction and great dedication. “We joined because we want to keep on setting standards,” says Horst Mischke, CEO at GTM, “and because we believe in the association’s philosophy and its programmes.”
Horst Mischke is delighted to be part of the supervisory board. “Because it’s a position you’re appointed to, it’s both a request and an honour at the same time. I embrace both with all of my heart and will support the Helmholtz-Fonds in its important duty,” Horst Mischke adds.