Festival of Measurement

The Institute of Measurement and Control, the host of IMEKO 2018, is launching the first ever Festival of Measurement at the start of the IMEKO World Congress on 3rd September 2018. 

The Festival of Measurement will:

  • promote a culture of accurate measurement in the engineering industry
  • raise Public awareness of the importance of measurement in daily life
  • promote metrology as a career and highlight its importance in STEM subjects.

The Festival will run for exactly 23 million seconds, ending just after World Metrology Day, 20 May 2019.  From this date the entire SI system of units is defined with reference to universal constants rather than physical artefacts.

During the lead up to World Metrology Day there will be a greater than normal focus and discussion around the science of measurement in industry and the wider media. The Institute of Measurement and Control has designed the Festival of Measurement to be a catalyst for these discussions and to promote measurement awareness and excellence.

Background

On 20th May 2019 (World Metrology Day) the SI unit of the Kilogram will no longer be based on a physical artefact held in France. Scientists have found a way to define a kilogram using measurable universal constants, bringing it in line with the rest of the SI units. This a great step forward in terms of continued standardisation and global reproducibility of measurement. It is expected that in the lead up to World metrology Day 2019 there will be a greater than normal focus and discussion around the science of measurement in industry and the wider press.

The Institute of Measurement and Control plans to be at the forefront of these discussions and use the opportunity this provides to promote measurement awareness, and excellence across the UK. During the festival InstMC would like to highlight the pervasive nature of measurement in daily life and highlight its importance in industry, commerce and research.

The main aim of the festival is to make the public more aware of measurement, encourage industry and commerce to be fully aware of the financial and reputational implications of good measurement practice, and encourage young people to consider metrology focused career options.

Activities

  • Festival launch at IMEKO
  • Calibrated ruler and measurement worksheets for every secondary school in UK
  • Series of public and industry lectures (including 6 events at the Royal Institution)
  • Undergraduate measurement competition
  • Measurement pledge for industry to adopt
  • Publication of a measurement white paper
  • Series of events at Science Museum
  • Curation of online resources including videos, webinars and infographics
  • More activities to follow…

The Festival is supported by many industrial companies and professional bodies.  Further details are available on the Festival website www.festivalofmeasurement.com.

Register now!

Online registration is now open!

Register before 30th June 2018 to receive the early bird discount.