Closing date for nominations: 5:00 pm AEST, 30 April 2016.
Announcement of award: 20 May 2016.
The Barry Inglis Medal is an annual award that acknowledges and celebrates outstanding achievement in measurement research and/or excellence in practical measurements by an individual (or group) in the fields of academia, research or industry in Australia. This achievement may be in the form of a single major contribution or a body of work developed throughout a career.
The medal is named in honour of Dr Barry Inglis, the inaugural CEO and Chief Metrologist of Australia’s National Measurement Institute (NMI) which was set up in 2004. Prior to taking up this position, Dr Inglis was the Director of the National Measurement Laboratory within CSIRO.
Measurement is both a technique and a process that underpins much of life as we know it but is often taken for granted. As an enabling technology, measurement provides the foundation for the progress and advancement of human society.
With the continuing advancement of science and technology, Lord Kelvin’s words are even more pertinent today than when they were first espoused: ‘When you can measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge but you have scarcely in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science.’
However, the relevance of measurement is broader than direct applications in science and technology; it underpins decisions in economics and politics and often is the foundation for innovation in many other areas.
NMI believes that it is only by recognising and celebrating achievements in measurement that this important infra-technology will be adequately acknowledged.
Eligible applicants are individuals who, or groups that have made a highly significant contribution to the science of measurement, or have long-standing eminence in the field of measurement and its application and practice, or have provided exceptional leadership in the field of measurement, or have demonstrated a combination of any of the above criteria.
Excellence in measurement may include but is not limited to:
A completed Nomination Form together with supporting documentation must be submitted by 5.00 p.m. AEST of the closing date for entries. The preferred mode of submission is via email. Please ensure that the information provided in the Nomination Form is accurate, up-to-date and complete as no changes will be entertained once the form has been submitted.
Supporting documentation shall consist of:
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Please view the NMI prize news item.