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NPL Launches Measurement Network

Photonics.com
May 2010
TEDDINGTON, England, May 14, 2010 — 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.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is launching a network to provide comprehensive access to the latest measurement science. It will bring together into a central hub 19 existing NPL knowledge transfer clubs and networks, 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 expertise through a single network. By uniting existing groups under a single banner, NPL will 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, disseminating the latest research in the sectors that are most relevant.

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 maximize 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.

For more information, visit:  www.npl.co.uk/measurement-network 




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