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NPL celebrates International Women’s Day 2022

Science and gender equality are vital for tackling some of the greatest global challenges including mitigating climate change and improving health.

As the UK’s National Metrology Institute, NPL recognises the importance of promoting STEM, providing opportunities and inspiring the next generation. We also recognise how diversity in research expands the pool of talented researchers, bringing in fresh perspectives, talent and creativity.

On International Women’s Day 2022, we would like to take the opportunity to highlight just a small proportion of the women contributing to the excellent science and engineering taking place at NPL, which is delivering extraordinary impact for the UK.  

In a recent collaboration with the University of Surrey, Vivian Tong, Higher Research Scientist at NPL, was involved in the consortium that developed a single-step procedure to strain silicon to higher levels than ever before, a potential game-changer for future photonic devices.

At NPL, a key focus is providing measurement expertise that delivers confidence in net zero and the response to climate change. During COP26, scientists including Emmal Safi, deployed an analyser in Glasgow to track greenhouse gas emissions during the conference.

In another collaboration with the University of Surrey, scientists at NPL including Chelsea Nikula and Josephine Bunch, revealed their latest findings showing how a single fingerprint left at a crime scene could be used to determine whether someone has touched or ingested class A drugs.

These are just a few examples of the vital role women at NPL play as part of our community. Throughout the last year many women at NPL have also joined expert groups and appointed Fellows at prestigious organisations, sharing their expertise with the wider scientific community.

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08 Mar 2022