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Creating a vision of the 2030s

NPL studies current trends in technologies and possible outcomes in order to cope with future challenges and ensure the UK's measurement system is prepared. By considering the drivers for change, a framework was developed to identify the key technology trends and consider the implications for measurement science and metrology. Technology and Measuring Foresighting was delivered by a diverse team of 26 people from NPL and its partner measurement laboratories in the UK. This foresighting exercise used a set of tools developed by the UK Government Office for Science.  

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Technology and Measurement Foresighting booklet

Diverse research: comprehensive findings

Horizon scanning - gathering information on emerging trends and their impact

Structured interviews - detailed input from 27 industry and technology experts

Analysis - extensive discussion and analysis

Validation - workshops for feedback and guidance from more than 70 experts

NPL's Technology and Measuring Foresighting team worked closely with the University of Surrey and the University of Strathclyde, NPL staff, the UK Measurement Forum and NPL's Science and Technology Advisory Committee and Programme Expert Groups.

Many thanks to all those who were interviewed in depth for Technology and Measurement Foresighting

Hermann Hauser  

Entrepreneur /Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd  

Sir Patrick Vallance  

Government Chief Scientific Adviser  

Dame Frances Saunders   

Past President IoP, ex-Chief executive DSTL  

Dame Sue Ion   

Chair of the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board (NIRAB)  

David Brettle   

Head of Medical Physics and Engineering at Leeds Hospital  

Sir Jim McDonald  

Principal & Vice-Chancellor, Strathclyde  University 

Brigadier Tim Hodgetts   

Senior health adviser to the British army  

Dr Elizabeth Donley  

Head of Time and Frequency, NIST  

Tony Wood   

Senior Vice President, Medicinal Science & Technology, GSK  

Dr Hayaatun Sillem  

CEO of Royal Academy of Engineering  

Prof. Philip Withers   

Chief Scientist, Royce Institute and Regius Professor of Materials    

 Simon Devonshire 

 Entrepreneur, investor, Non-Exec Director Innovate UK 

Emma Howard-Boyd  

Chair, Environment agency   

Prof Sir Ian Boyd   

Immediate past Chief Scientific Adviser for DEFRA  

Prof. Richard Craster 

Dean of NatSci at Imperial College London  

Mark Fletcher 

Global water lead,  ARUP 

Paul Bramley 

Founder and Technical Director, Metrosol 

Michael Liebreich    

ex-CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance  

Emily Farnworth 

Head of Climate Initiatives, World Economic Forum  

Andrew Lord   

Senior Manager, Optical Networks Research, BT  

Prof. Ric Parker 

Chair, Singapore Aerospace Programme 

Nick Walker 

Director, iXscient  

Prof Roy Sambles 

Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Exeter 

Paul Taylor  

Partner, Cyber Security in Financial Services, KPMG 

Prof. Maarten Steinbuch  

Chair of Control Systems Technology, University of Eindhoven 

Prof. Grahame Blair  Executive Director, Programmes, STFC 

Prof. Klaus von Klitzing

Nobel Laureate, Physics, 1985

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