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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.

 

Fugitive emissions

NPL offers a complete solution for monitoring your fugitive emissions.

Fugitive emissions

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

Explore our award winning courses

Develop your people and boost your business through measurement and calibration training.

Training

  • 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.

  • What's a nanosecond between friends?

    1 May

    An event to review the state-of-the-art in clocks from the highest precision scientific devices to timing applications driven by cost and power. What is the implication of time on technology's future?

  • 89th IUVSTA Workshop

    19 May - 24 May

    This workshop will bring together leading experts in the field of biological and soft matter studies to discuss sample preparation methods that preserve biological structure and molecular integrity for high-resolution imaging using high vacuum techniques.

  • EURAMET DCQM Meeting

    20 May - 21 May

    The ​bi-annual ​meeting ​of ​DC ​and ​Quantum ​Metrology ​will ​be ​held ​at ​NPL ​20-21st ​May ​2019. 

    The ​meeting ​is ​open ​to ​NMIs ​worldwide ​and ​will ​present ​a ​mixture ​of ​technical ​talks, ​planning ​of ​intercomparisons, ​reports ​on ​R&D ​projects ​and ​CMCs. ​They ​also ​provide ​an ​excellent ​opportunity ​to ​meet ​with ​experts ​in ​specific ​fields. ​There ​will ​be ​a ​small ​fee ​for ​the ​attendance ​of ​each ​meeting ​to ​cover ​catering ​and ​an ​evening.

  • Industrial Methane Measurement Conference

    22 May - 23 May

    This conference will bring together leading experts from around the world to discuss current capabilities, policy developments and the latest technologies for measuring industrial methane emissions.

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

Quantifying dosage and creating innovation in radiopharmaceuticals

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Reducing erosion on wind turbine blades

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Installation of an RF antenna range in China

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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