Award winners announced for 2020 World Metrology Day


Thursday, 21 May, 2020


Award winners announced for 2020 World Metrology Day

Yesterday (20 May) was World Metrology Day, celebrating the central role of metrology, or measurement science, in trade, scientific discovery and innovation. Marking the 145th anniversary of international Metre Convention, which established a global measurement system for trade and innovation, the theme of this year’s event was ‘Measurements for global trade’, recognising the importance of the science of measurement in helping Australian industry to access and compete in global markets.

Over at the Australian National Measurement Institute (NMI), Chief Metrologist and CEO Dr Bruce Warrington marked the day by announcing the recipients of the Barry Inglis Medal and NMI Prize. These awards are held annually and recognise significant contributions to measurement science, research and leadership, with this year’s recipients highlighting the broad range of organisations undertaking and applying measurement research in Australia.

Professor Warwick Bowen was awarded the 2020 Barry Inglis Medal for his role in the development of quantum technologies and innovative practical solutions to the benefit of measurement science. The medal recognises Prof Bowen’s work developing sensors at The University of Queensland, enabling the study of individual molecules, medical imaging and mineral exploration. He has partnered with Australian industry to commercialise these technologies, and has made an important contribution to health, industry and fundamental research outcomes.

Dr Renée Webster meanwhile received the 2020 NMI Prize in recognition for her work with Defence Science and Technology, part of the Department of Defence. Dr Webster’s efforts included the development of new analytical approaches to improve our understanding of the complex chemistry of fuels at high temperatures and trace impurities produced prior to combustion. According to Dr Warrington, “This work is particularly important for high-performance military aircraft and contributes to the safe and effective operations of the Australian Defence Force.”

As Australia’s peak measurement body, the NMI plays a vital role in supporting manufacturing to innovate, as well as giving regulators, industry and consumers confidence in the safety and quality of products and services.

Image caption: NMI Prize winner Dr Renée Webster prepares to analyse chemical warfare agents for their molecular fingerprints.

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