Saturday 17th March 2018

Dr Martyn Sene:

Size Matters: Why Confidence in Measurement is so Important

Our everyday life is peppered with measurements and we usually trust them without thinking.  The petrol pump; our bathroom, kitchen and supermarket scales; tape measures; barometers; and thermometers that confirm a heatwave or provide an indication of health.

These are, however, just the tip of an enormous and mostly invisible iceberg. Just about every aspect of our economy, our quality of life and our very lives depends on confidence in measurements that we make or, more often, that are made on our behalf.  

This confidence is enabled by one of, if not the largest and coordinated science and technology activities on the planet – the international measurement system.


This talk will provide an introduction to the importance of measurement and metrology (the science of measurement), how we can have confidence in measurements and why measurement today requires leading edge (even Nobel prize winning) science and technology.


It will also explore the role of the National Physical Laboratory; the UK’s National Metrology Institute and a global centre of excellence in measurement science and its application. It will provide a glimpse into some of our amazing (and sometimes unbelievable) science and engineering – work that makes a real difference to peoples livelihoods, quality of life and lives.

Saturday 17th March 2018 at 1:30pm at the Amey Theatre, Abingdon School

Print Print | Sitemap
© Abingdon Science Festival | Registered Charity 1176186 | Privacy Policy at