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Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.

Excellent science

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 

 

National challenges

Using our expertise to help you make a difference to some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, environment and healthcare.

National challenges

Impartial and independent

We help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and commercial innovation.

As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.

 

Analysis for Innovators

NPL is part of Analysis for Innovators (A4I) which gives UK businesses access to cutting-edge R&D and expertise to help solve measurement problems.

Analysis for Innovators

The measure of all things

The revision of the SI comes into effect on 20 May 2019, find out what it means to you.

The SI redefinition campaign

  • Edinburgh Science Festival

    6 Apr - 21 Apr

  • Materials for Clean Energy Conference

    8 Apr - 10 Apr

    The Materials for Clean Energy Conference (MCEC) will focus on the latest developments in the fields of energy harvesting and energy storage, bringing together academics and industry leaders.

  • NuSec Nuclear Security Detection Workshop

    15 Apr - 16 Apr

    This event will focus on current and future technical challenges in nuclear security detection and the programme will include keynote invited speakers, submitted talks and poster presentations.

  • Manufacturer Measurement Network

    16 Apr

     

    Two key themes regarding the future of manufacturing are access to appropriate technology and how to develop a team with the appropriate skills to meet the current and future needs of the business – including team members who have grown up with advanced technology and want to use it to drive innovation and product ability improvements within businesses.

  • Space Technology

    23 Apr

    The UK Space sector continues to grow, with income now reaching £14.8 billion and an average of 39 new companies joining the sector every year since 2012. Scotland plays an important part in the success of the sector, with 18% of the UK Space sector employees based in Scotland.

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

Case study

Piston ring manufacturer doubles throughput

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Case study

Development of a practical Johnson noise thermometer

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Case study

Saving lives through early foot ulcer detection

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Strategic partners

We have a partnering agreement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey. This strategic partnership is enabling us to work more closely with the academic community and is the basis of our Postgraduate Institute, which is creating the next generation of world-class measurement scientists.

Strategic partners

Work with us

Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer services team on +44 20 8943 7070