World Metrology Day
- 20 May -
Welcome to the 2018 World Metrology Day Resource website.
The theme for World Metrology Day 2018 is Constant evolution of the International System of Units. This theme was chosen because in November 2018, the General Conference on Weights and Measures is expected to agree one of the largest changes to the International System of Units (the SI) since its inception. The proposed changes are based on the results of research into new measurement methods that have used quantum phenomena as the basis for standards that are fundamental. The SI will be based on a set of definitions each linked to the laws of physics and have the advantage of being able to embrace further improvements in measurement science and technology to meet the needs of future users for many years to come.
Indeed more widely metrology, the science of measurement, plays a central role in scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade,
in improving the quality of life and in protecting the global environment.
World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the
Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the
science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal
applications. The original aim of the Metre Convention - the world-wide
uniformity of measurement - remains as important today as it was in 1875.
The World Metrology Day project is realized jointly by the BIPM and the OIML. We hope that you enjoy this site and that your Country or Metrology Organization will join us and participate in this year's event.
The WMD Team
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