May 14

World Metrology Day 2012 – Measurement for safety

World Metrology Day celebrates the signature by representatives of seventeen nations of the Meter Convention on 20 May 1875. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention – the worldwide uniformity of measurement – remains as important today as it was in 1875.

20 May celebrates 137 years since the signing of the Meter Convention. This year, the theme of World Metrology Day is “Measurement for Safety” – a wide-ranging topic but one which concerns everyone in a multitude of situations. Every day this week, I’ll be describing, through a series of blogs, how LGC, the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and biological measurement, is using measurement to ensure ‘Science for a safer world’.

I will also be tweeting interesting facts and anecdotes about measurement…it is not a mundane as you might think! Follow @LGCGroup or #worldmeasurementday on twitter.

World Metrology Day blog series

Measuring DNA mutations for early breast cancer diagnosis

Detecting explosives with measurement

River Thames clean up

A standard meal – But would you want to eat it?

Identifying geographical origin for sustainable energy

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