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New Measurement Network to encourage innovation throughout the UK

Businesses and universities across the UK can sign up to access the most up-to-date measurement knowledge and research to add weight to their work and help new ideas flourish

National Physical Laboratory

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is launching a new Measurement Network to provide comprehensive access to the latest measurement science. It will bring together nineteen existing NPL knowledge transfer clubs and networks into a central hub - making it easier for a wide range of stakeholders to engage with NPL and for new groups to develop as technologies change.

The Network is designed to stimulate innovation in the UK by providing easy access to world-class measurement knowledge and expertise through a single network. By uniting existing groups under a single banner, NPL will be able to provide a more efficient and coordinated service for stakeholders including industrial partners, SMEs, universities and manufacturers.

The new network will provide targeted events and information for members. This will disseminate the latest research and knowledge from NPL in the sectors that are most relevant to each member.

Key markets and user communities will be invited to collaborate with NPL to provide measurement input into other fora such as the Knowledge Transfer Networks, building links to maximise reach and impact.

Jane Tebbey, Network Manager at NPL said: "Economists have shown that our work in cutting edge measurement science contributes approximately £2 billion per annum to UK GDP. We want to make sure that the effects of this work are felt as widely as possible across the businesses and campuses of the UK, and have established the Measurement Network to do just that. I want to encourage, industrialists, academics and policymakers to sign up and see the benefits that NPL can bring to them."

Measurement Network members will also have the opportunity to influence the research that NPL undertakes by setting the direction that the network should take. This will ensure that some of the work NPL undertakes is driven by the needs of the community and seeks to address the measurement challenges facing industry.

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Organisations and individuals who want to become members should sign up at www.npl.co.uk/measurement-network

Notes to Editors

The Network will bring together the following NPL clubs and networks:

NPL's Measurement Network will provide a resource focused on key areas in line with NPL's major technology areas, the National Measurement Office's national challenges and the Technology Strategy Board's key application areas. It will provide the knowledge exchange network for the National Measurement System across the UK.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is one of the UK's leading science facilities and research centres. It is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate standards, science and technology available.

NPL occupies a unique position as the UK's National Measurement Institute and sits at the intersection between scientific discovery and real world application. Its expertise and original research have underpinned quality of life, innovation and competitiveness for UK citizens and business for more than a century:

  • NPL provides companies with access to world leading support and technical expertise, inspiring the absolute confidence required to realise competitive advantage from new materials, techniques and technologies
  • NPL expertise and services are crucial in a wide range of social applications - helping to save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure. Support in areas such as the development of advanced medical treatments and environmental monitoring helps secure a better quality of life for all
  • NPL develops and maintains the nation's primary measurement standards, supporting an infrastructure of traceable measurement throughout the UK and the world, to ensure accuracy and consistency.

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