The Innovation Showcase – 18th March
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Chris Skidmore visits NPL

Chris Skidmore Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation visits the National Physical Laboratory

Today the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) welcomed Chris Skidmore, the Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation. The Minister visited to learn more about the breadth of research and innovation that takes place at NPL and how we work to support academia and industry. 

Peter Thompson Chief Executive Officer for NPL said:

“I am delighted to be able to welcome Chris Skidmore and to introduce him to our exceptional measurement scientists and engineers. Today we showcased our impact in time and quantum technologies, protecting the environment and improving cancer diagnosis and treatment.”


Chris Skidmore with Pete Thompson in the Hydrogen car

NPL has been working to identify the needs of industry and develop clean technologies for use in transport, so the visit began by collecting the Minister in the hydrogen car.

Once the Minister arrived at the main site he went to visit the scientists researching the area of time and frequency. The world's first atomic clock was developed at NPL in the 1950’s, a technology that is now underpinning our digital world from global positioning and navigation to mobile communications and financial trading.


Chris Skidmore in the labs

The next stop was to find out more about NPL’s work on monitoring and protecting our environment. The Minister met with one of NPL’s leading scientists to talk about the work the team is doing on earth observation to monitor climate change, as well as emissions monitoring and air quality.

One in two people born in the UK after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime, so the Minister went to look at the work that NPL does to  improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Every patient in the UK can receive the world’s most accurate radiotherapy treatment because of NPL’s world leading measurement standards.


Lastly, we were delighted to be able to introduce the Minister to some of our very talented apprentices and post graduate students who are undergoing their training at NPL. We host 200 PhD students and have just welcomed our 100th apprentice, which is an important part of developing a science and engineering workforce that can support UK industry.

Chris Skidmore with apprentices Apprentices

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