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World Metrology Day 2018 - Alien Games: A 'hypothetical' style panel discussion

Event Start:
21/05/2018 4:00 PM
Event Finish:
21/05/2018 7:00 PM
36 Bradfield Road, Lindfield
National Measurement Institute Headquarters

You are invited to the National Measurement Institute's celebrations for World Metrology Day.


Award winning science writer and presenter Bernie Hobbs (from the New Inventors) will join us on a hypothetical exploration, a fun and fact-finding evening of “What if?” involving the scientific schematics of holding an Olympic games against an Alien race.

There will also be lab tours around our very unusual Lindfield site, the built-for-purpose Hogwarts of the measurement world, including the High Voltage lab where lightning is produced, and the laboratories that measure light, sound and the force. Really.

Oh, and it’s FREE! Don't miss the metrological night of the year!

Date: Monday May 21, 2018

Time: Lab tours from 4:00pm, Hypothetical panel discussion from 5:30pm

Place: National Measurement Institute Headquarters, 36 Bradfield Road, Lindfield (ample parking onsite)

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP using the button below.

On our illustrious panel:

Bernie Hobbs 

Bernie Hobbs is best known as a popular judge from ABC TV's The New Inventors, and she's a firm favourite with audiences for her weekly science spots on ABC radio around the country. She has that rare combination of a sharp intellect, quick wit and warmth.

Dr Ilya Budovsky 

Dr Ilya Budovsky heads NMI’s Electricity Section. He is responsible for the development and dissemination of the Australian measurement standards for electricity and time.

Dr Stephen Davies 

Dr Stephen Davies is team leader of NMI’s Chemical Reference Materials team specialising in the synthesis and purity assignment of organic calibration standards. Focusing on areas such as sports doping control and forensics over 500 products are maintained and sold to chemical testing laboratories worldwide. He also represents Standards Australia at annual ISO REMCO meetings working on the delivery of international standard 17034 for the General requirements for the competence of reference material producers and related guidance documents. Dr Davies holds a Bachelor of Science from University of North Wales, Bangor and PhD in organic chemistry from the Durham University, UK.

Dr Jae Daniel 

Dr Jae Daniel is a scientist who has worked in the optics and photonics industry for over a decade. He has built lasers for the UK National Gallery and is co-founder SunSight, an Australian start-up that wants to change the way we see sunscreen.

Siobhan Tobin 

Siobhan Tobin is a physicist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, where she has worked in neutron scattering and radionuclide metrology. She is also the deputy director of the Physics Olympiad schools program.