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BIPM News:
2016 "Leaders of Tomorrow" course Eighteen participants, designated by their RMOs as future leaders in the global metrology system, have completed a two-week "Leaders of Tomorrow" training course as part of the BIPM Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer programme. The course was held on 7-18 November 2016. Three young scientists complete METAS sponsored training Three young scientists from Argentina, South Africa and Albania have successfully completed training through a short placement at METAS, which was organized under the banner of the BIPM CB&KT programme. Are ozone concentrations in the atmosphere being underestimated? An article just published in Analytical Chemistry by the BIPM reports an independent value of the cross-section of ozone, which provides further evidence to suggest that the currently adopted conventional value of this quantity is too high, meaning that the reported ozone concentrations in the atmosphere are at present being underestimated. Time Department launches database and interactive tool for time scale contributors The BIPM Time Department has launched a new database and interactive tool for time scale contributors that is updated monthly with an inventory of laboratories that contribute to UTC and UTCr, their equipment and calibrations. BIPM-WADA Symposium on Standards and Metrology in support of Anti-Doping Analysis The BIPM hosted a joint symposium with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 28-29 September. One hundred invited experts from NMIs, the clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine community and from WADA and the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratories discussed the latest initiatives in areas of metrology for organic and biological analysis relevant to this high-profile measurement sector. Responses to the survey concerning promotion of the new SI The CIPM Task Group for the Promotion of the New SI will use the findings of the survey to develop future materials that can be used by the NMIs and the broader metrology community to promote the benefits of the redefinitions as widely as possible. JCRB meeting held in east Africa for the first time The JCRB met in Nairobi (Kenya) on 14-15 September 2016. This marked the first time it has met in east Africa. Discussions centred around the actions and recommendations of the Working Group on the Implementation and Operation of the CIPM MRA. Human Resources collaboration between NIST and the BIPM As part of the BIPM's objective to continuously improve its administrative procedures, Ms Susanne Porch, Human Resources Director, NIST (USA), visited the BIPM on 5-8 September 2016 to share experience on HR best practices.
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The BIPM's mission and role:

The mission of the BIPM is to ensure and promote the global comparability of measurements, including providing a coherent international system of units for:

  • Scientific discovery and innovation,
  • Industrial manufacturing and international trade,
  • Sustaining the quality of life and the global environment.

The unique role of the BIPM enables it to achieve its mission by developing the technical and organizational infrastructure of the International System of Units (SI) as the basis for the world-wide traceability of measurement results. This is achieved both through technical activities in its laboratories and through international coordination.