The 9th conference on measurement science was held from 27 to 30 May, 2013 in the Smolenice castle, the conference center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The topics of the conference traditionally covered three areas: theoretical problems of measurement, measurement of physical quantities and measurement in biology and medicine. Printed proceedings of presented  papers are available from the conference organizers. Selected presentations in extended form will be published in the on-line journal Measurement Science Review published by Versita and de Gruyter and indexed in Web of Science, Thomson Scientific SSCI, Scopus, EBSCO and several other databases.

In the conference that is organized since 1997 participated 98 registered participants, specialists from 14 countries of Europe and Asia. Among the participants were prof. Regtien (The Netherlands), prof. Takayama (Japan), prof. Hoffman, Dr. Köning (Germany), prof. Durakbasa (Austria), prof. Andrejev (Russia), Dr. Duby (UK) and specialists from Slovakia - prof. Smieško, president of the Council of Sovak Universities, T. Svantner, president of the Slovak Metrological Society. During the opening ceremony vicepresident of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Dr. Juraj Lapin welcomed the conference participants.

The conference traditionally was devoted to three main topics: theoretical problems of measurement, measurement of physical quantities and measurement in biology and medicine. Three invited lectures opened the scientific sessions. The first one, presented by Dr. Kessel from PTB Braunschweig (Germany), was about uncertainty evaluation for quality tracking in natural gas grids. The second one, presented by prof. Kozmann from University of Panonia in Veszprém (Hungary) was devoted to the new possibilities and constraints in bioelectrical imaging. The third one, prpeared by prof. Trattnig (Austria) but finally presented by his close coworker  Dr. Szomolanyi documented the new possibilities of the MR imaging using the 7 Tesla tomograph in Vienna. In 10 sessions another 46 oral presentations were given and 38 contributions were presented as posters during two poster sessions.

Also this time a Young Investigator Award competition was organized for young specialists in measurement science to appreciate and support their outstanding works. Scientific value, quality of writing and quality of presentation were evaluated by an international jury with members from 7 countries. From 18 submitted works, the best oral and best poster presentation was selected. In the first category, poster of Jakub Schlenker (Czech Republic) was selected. The poster was devoted to the possibilities of recurrence analysis in patients with vasovagal syncopes. As the best oral presentation the presentation of Dr. L. Valkovic (Slovakia) was selected. In the paper information mainly on revealing slower hepatic metabolic rates in patients with steatohepatitis using a 7 Tesla MRI  was reported. Besides the award with financial contribution the winners can publish full length papers in the on-line journal Measurement Science Review. Authors of selected presentations will be also invited to submit full papers for publication in the Measurement Science Review journal.

The Congress Center in the Smolenice castle again created good working atmosphere during the conference and enabled numerpous informal discussions during the sessions and breaks, and stimulated new starting cooperations.

Besides the scientific program, excursions to the historical city of Trnava and a hiking tour to Little Carpatians were organized. Program for accompanying persons included also walking tour to the Driny cave. During the welcome dinner, the Varga ensemble  palyed enjoyable music and the folk music Červeník offered local songs during the barbecue party. The participants could also taste outstanding local wines during the wine tasting in the castle chappel.

Printed proceedings of presented papers and posters were available already at the time of the conference. Conference proceedings can be also bought from the conference organizers. For more information on the conference you can download the conference leaflet.