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World Metrology Day

World Metrology Day is an international annual event that marks the signing of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. The Metre Convention created the International Bureau of Weights and Measures and set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and its application in industry, science and society. The theme for World Metrology Day 2016 is ‘Measurements in a dynamic world'.

In recognition of World Metrology Day, NMI created two perpetual awards:

  • 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, NMI’s inaugural Chief Executive and Chief Metrologist. Prior to taking up this position, Dr Inglis was the Director of CSIRO’s National Measurement Laboratory.

  • The NMI Prize is an annual award that acknowledges and celebrates outstanding achievement in measurement research and/or excellence in practical measurements by a young individual working in academia, research or industry in Australia. This prize is reserved specifically for nomination by young Australians as a means of promoting measurement science and fostering it's application and techniques in innovative fields.

Value of each Award

A$2000

Important Dates

Closing date for nominations: 5.00 pm AEST, 30 April 2016
Announcement of winners: 20 May 2016

Scope

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 also underpins decisions in economics and politics and is often 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants eligible for the Barry Inglis Medal are individuals or groups who 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.

Applicants eligible for the NMI Prize are individuals up to 35 years of age who have made a highly significant contribution to the science of measurement either as an individual or as a member of a group.

Nominations

All nominations can be sent via email communications@measurement.gov.au.

 

Honour Roll

​Barry Inglis Medal

​NMI Prize

​2008 John E Sader

2009 Michael E Tobar

2010 Ken Baldwin

2011 Philip NH Nakashima

2012 Not awarded

2013 Not awarded

2014 Bruce Forgan

2015 Graham Jones

​2008 Paul L Stanwix

2009 Eric F May

2010 Not awarded

2011 Michael J Biercuk

2012 Sharath Sriram

2013 Daniel Creedon

2014 Douglas Little

2015 Alessandro Rossi