The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, which employs over 600 scientists, will be opening its doors to the public on 20th May, in celebration of World Metrology Day.
From 12:00 – 19:00, visitors will have the opportunity to meet NPL’s scientists, engineers and experts who are undertaking world-leading science and engineering to help solve some of the challenges we face.
There will be the chance to meet the scientists who are using underwater cables to detect earthquakes, working on satellites to look at the changes to our earth from space and using digital imaging to measure changes in structures over time.
World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of 17 nations. The Convention sets the framework for global collaboration in metrology, the science of measurement, and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications.
This year the theme for the day is Metrology in the Digital Era, chosen because digital technology is revolutionising the way we live and work.
From future-proofing time with atomic clocks and testing driverless vehicles to developing the next generation of medical ultrasound and making the most of renewable energy, NPL is aiding the UK’s journey in digital innovation. Metrology underpins the development of pioneering digital technologies, enabling research and innovation to flourish in the UK.
Visitors will be able to see inside a range of laboratories to witness NPL’s science and engineering in action. There will be a live simulation of road vehicle sensors used in driverless vehicles, the chance to see inside an MRI scanner and explore the physics behind solar energy and the technologies that will help us to reach net zero.
Information about the science that will be on display and how to register can be found at npl.co.uk/open-day.