The measure of science: keeping science safe

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Friday 9 November

The Conversation Room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Event description

Inaccurate measurements can lead to incorrect medical diagnosis, unusable forensic evidence and food and water not safe for consumption. How do we ensure measurements are correct and reliable? Join experts from the National Measurement Laboratory (NML) at LGC as they explore the underpinning infrastructure that supports multiple chemical and bio-measurements carried out across the UK.

The measure of science

‘The measure of science’ is a series of events in partnership with the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) as part of the Festival of Measurement. On 20 May 2019, the SI units will be redefined in terms of physical constants and the InstMC will be celebrating the importance of measurement in all areas of life in the lead up to this change. To find out more, please see

About the speakers

Caroline Pritchard, Paula Domann, Sarah Hill, Bryan McCullough and Alexandra Whale have over 55 years' experience working for the National Measurement Laboratory (NML), hosted at LGC. Their scientific expertise covers measurement for nucleic acids, metals and speciation analysis, small molecule organics, and proteins. 


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

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