If you’re interested in the research and measurements the NPL undertake, this year will see the return of its popular Open House (now held every 2 years). On Tuesday 20th May 2014, World Metrology Day, the doors will be open to the public again for non-scientists to explore the many labs, research and experiments on show.
To cater for all those interested (2,500 in 2012), you must register in advance if you wish to visit. The event is free and will run from 2-8pm.
NPL has been named the official birthplace of atomic timekeeping by the European Physical Society (EPS). The announcement was made during an event at NPL in January and a plaque commemorating the historic occasion was unveiled.
The award recognises NPL as the location of the first practical atomic clock (1950’s) – changing global timekeeping and paving the way for modern communications and location services such as GPS, computer systems and mobile networks.
Schools can participate in the NPL Schools Climate Poster Challenge – designs can relate to any aspects of climate change and one of many prizes on offer for schools and individuals as part of Climate Week 2014. Posters must be submitted by 28th February 2014.
Registration is also now open for this year’s NPL Water Rocket Challenge which will take place on 18th June 2014. You can participate as either a school team in the afternoon or an adult enthusiast or youth group in the evening event.