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NPL celebrates World Metrology Day 2021

Metrology, the science of measurement, is at the heart of all science and engineering

World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal applications. This year’s theme was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in health, and therefore in the wellbeing of every one of us.

The future of healthcare could look different in many ways; an increasingly ageing population will demand technologies, products and services to promote independent, quality lives – from robotics and telemedicine to home testing of vital health indicators.

There will be a significant increase in wearable and implantable sensors to generate continuous, reliable and high-quality data about health – think artificial intelligence, virtual reality, nanotechnology and much more. There will also be more predictive, preventative and personalised medicine as we will have a detailed understanding of health and disease for each person.

These changes all require accurate measurement. Metrology covers the routine of making measurements and how they are progressively enhanced over time to increase their accuracy. It also covers the measurement infrastructure that ensures that we have confidence in the measurements - wherever they are taken in the world - which is essential in encouraging people to adopt new technologies. 

Find out more here.

Read Richard Brown’s, Head of Metrology at NPL, interview here.

20 May 2021