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IMEKO TC20: International Conference on Measurements of Energy

4th to 6th September, 2023 | PTB Braunschweig, Germany

The Future of Metrology and Energy Research: Women Pioneers and Innovators

We are delighted to extend an invitation to an in-person event that will be held as part of the prestigious International Conference on Measurements of Energy at PTB Braunschweig, Germany. The event, titled "The Future of Metrology and Energy Research: Women Pioneers and Innovators," is scheduled to take place on the 5th of September from 16:30 am to 17:30 am.

This event will feature a panel discussion aiming to explore the invaluable contributions of women in the fields of metrology and energy research and their pivotal role in shaping the future of these industries. We are privileged to have the following accomplished women in metrology and energy research as our esteemed panelists. Their diverse perspectives and expertise promise to provide valuable insights into the subject matter.

The discussion will revolve around key points that include inspiring the next generation of women, addressing gender bias in these fields, the significance of mentorship and networking, and the importance of fostering a supportive work environment.

We cordially invite you to participate in this engaging session. If you have any questions or queries, kindly send it to us. You also have the option to select whether your question will be asked anonymously or attributed to your name. The session will commence by addressing your questions to foster an interactive and dynamic discussion.

We look forward to your active participation in "The Future of Metrology and Energy Research: Women Pioneers and Innovators" event, as we collectively celebrate and support the remarkable contributions of women in these essential scientific domains


Prof. Benoîte Lefort

Institut Supérieur de l'Automobile et des Transports - ISAT, France

Jun.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Federica Ferraro

Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

Federica Ferraro was appointed  Junior Professor in Alternative Aviation Propulsion Systems at IFAS, TU Braunschweig in May 2023. Prior to this role, she was a postdoctoral researcher and research group leader at the Institute for Simulation of reactive Thermo-Fluid Systems (STFS) at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Her research focuses on numerical modeling and simulations of reacting flows for innovative sustainable technologies. The overall objective of Ferraro’s research activities is to contribute to the development of future climate-neutral, efficient combustion systems for transportation and power generation sectors. 

Dr.-Ing. Gisa Foyer

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig, Germany

Dr.-Ing. Gisa Foyer received her doctoral degree in civil engineering from the Technische Universität Braunschweig in 2013. She is a researcher at PTB since then and has worked in the department Solid Mechanics until 2018 as a postdoctoral researcher and project manager in the fields of force and torque measurement. 2018 she became head of the working group Communications Technology of Weighing Instruments in the department Mass. Her work include software testing on weighing instruments and digitalisation of calibration certificates for weights and mass standards. She is the among other committee work the  lead of the NoBoMet project group Digital certificates in Metrology  which develops digital formats for certificates under the European directives 2014/31/EU (NAWID) and 2014/32/EU (MID).

Dr. Tara Liebisch

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany

Dr. Tara Liebiesh is a scientific Manager and R&D Strategy Officer of the Division of Optics at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig. She obtained her Ph.D. in solid state quantum dot systems from the University of Michigan and continued her research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to joining PTB, she was the Scientific Manager of the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology (IQST) at the University of Stuttgart. 
Rydberg atoms, precision measurements using portable atomic devices (clocks, gyroscopes, magnetometers, electromagnetic field sensors, interferometers), quantum cryptography, laser trapping and cooling of atoms, training, and career development for young researchers, physics education are among her research interests.

Ms. YanYan Beer, M.Sc.

Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Germany

Yan Yan Beer has been a dedicated PhD student at the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), the Division of Biochemistry, since 2021. Her project is related to the development of a reference method for the quantification of viral load. She received her Master's degree in Molecular Life Sciences from the Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen, The Netherlands. From 2012-2016, Yan Yan worked at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany as a biological laboratory technician focusing on microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology.

About Wimer

Women in Metrology and Energy Research (WIMER) is a network for all dedicated women working in the metrology and energy fields. Our main goal is to bring primarily women scientists, doctoral candidates, and students engaged in research and development in the fields of energy and measurement from all over the world together on a common stage. In 2022, WIMER was established by successfully participating in the International Conference on Green Hydrogen. International speakers, professors, and scientists from academia and industry were invited to share their achievements and challenges in combining work and life.

In the research workforce, as in many other fields, women are underrepresented, following to data from the OECD International Survey of Scientific Authors (ISSA2). According to ISSA2, roughly 30% of corresponding authors in the science field are female, indicating women researchers may face more challenges in starting and progressing in their careers as researchers. In order to inspire young female students and graduates to pursue their dream careers and to overcome obstacles in the workplace, we invite regularly experienced women scientists to share their challenges, achievements, and breakthroughs with us. 

WIMER is strongly committed towards growing the women's network. Through regular networking events, you can interact with our experts and meet successful women in your field, providing you with additional prospects for your future professional advancement.

The WIMER committee is also striving to secure any funding or sponsors that will allow young women and girls to begin or expand their research in the energy and metrology sectors. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to work or collaborate with us. 

Along with the women, we also invite male co-workers to participate in our events and take part in the discussions and associated activities in a supportive manner in order to better understand the challenges of women. 


WIMER's vision is to create a more equitable and inclusive working environment for women and lead the way in making meaningful contributions to the development and innovation in the fields of metrology and energy research.

Goals for WIMER

  • To inspire women in metrology and energy research and motivate them to go far in their careers, especially those in influential roles.

  • To promote the involvement of women in metrology and energy research and foster a community of support and collaboration among women in these fields, we aim to build a unique network of partners from industry, academia, and government as well as students, and graduates.

  • To provide workshops, seminars, and conferences to support and mentor the next generation of women.

  • To raise awareness and promote diversity and inclusion in these fields.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the WIMER team with any questions or comments.

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38116 Braunschweig 

Phone: 0531-592-3301 (Administration Office)