From Precious Lumps of Metal to Constants of Nature: a New Era in the Metric System


From Precious Lumps of Metal to Constants of Nature: a New Era in the Metric System

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Will everyday measurements ever be the same again? Join Dr Ilya Budovsky, a leading scientist at Australia’s National Measurement Institute, on an intriguing journey though the history and the upcoming revolutionary changes in how we measure the world. The scientists at the National Measurement Institute develop and maintain measurement standards of physical, chemical and biological measurement to deliver internationally recognised measurement services to Australian industry. If you’ve ever wondered what makes everyday measurements possible, or if there really are 200 g of TimTams in that packet, then this is the talk for you. 2019 is set to be a massive year of change for the International System of Units (the SI). Following years of worldwide research and discussions, involving some of your very own scientists right here in Sydney, in November 2018, the General Conference on Weights and Measures have put in place one of the most fundamental changes to the SI since its inception, which come into force on 20 May 2019, the World Metrology Day. But why would you need to change something that’s supposed to be standard? Come and find out from Dr Ilya Budovsky, a measurement scientist of international standing responsible for the Australian standards of electrical units and time.


  • Dr Ilya Budovsky
    Dr Ilya Budovsky, National Measurement Institute of Australia