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BIPM News:
The Joint Working Group 2.1 "Relativistic Geodesy: First steps towards a new geodetic technique" of the IAG to meet at the BIPM The 2nd meeting of the Joint Working Group 2.1 "Relativistic Geodesy: First steps towards a new geodetic technique" of the IAG will be held at the BIPM on 10-11 October 2018. Exhibition Sur mesure, les sept unités du monde The BIPM is a partner in the exhibition Sur mesure, les sept unités du monde that will take place from 16 October 2018 to 5 May 2019 at the musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris. The exhibition explores the theme of measurement from every angle. Dr Richard Davis (BIPM) is the recipient of this year's NCSLI Wildhack Award Dr Richard Davis is the recipient of the 2018 NCSLI William A. Wildhack Award for outstanding contributions to the field of metrology and measurement science. Competition "Français et Sciences 2018" To promote the revision of the SI to a wider public, the BIPM and the LNE are partners in the competition "Français et Sciences" (French Language and Sciences) which this year focuses on the theme "Weights and Measures". The competition was launched on World Metrology Day (20 May 2018) and will end a few days before the 26th CGPM meeting (13-16 November 2018). The competition is open to French teachers in France and abroad, cultural centres, "Instituts français" or "Alliances françaises", libraries, museums or French language teaching centres. Significant progress on the BIPM Kibble balance The Physical Metrology Department is pleased to announce that the BIPM Kibble balance has been operating continuously and reliably under vacuum since mid-2018. As a consequence of the recent improvements, the measurement uncertainty of the Planck constant has been reduced from the 10-6 to the 10-7 level. CBKT "Train the trainer" course to support the implementation of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Twenty three participants from 17 countries successfully completed the "Train the trainer": transitioning to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 in the CIPM MRA capacity building course. The two-day course, organized by the BIPM and sponsored by METAS, was held on 23-24 May 2018.
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The BIPM's mission and role:

  • Our vision is to be universally recognized as the world focus for the international system of measurement.

  • Our mission is to work with the NMIs of our Member States, the RMOs and strategic partners world-wide and to use the BIPM's international and impartial status to promote and advance the global comparability of measurements.