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BIPM Metrology Summer School 2008
The co-Directors of the BIPM Metrology Summer School 2008 – Prof Andrew Wallard (Director of the BIPM), Dr Alan Steele (NRC, Ottawa, Canada), and Dr Mike Sargent (LGC, Teddington, United Kingdom) – and the Scientific Secretary for the School, Dr Claudine Thomas from the BIPM, express their thanks to all participants for the success of the BIPM Metrology Summer School, held from 29 June to 11 July 2008.

BIPM Metrology Summer School photograph (7 July 2008)

The aim of the School was twofold:

  1. to present a broad review by world experts of the present state of metrology to a select group of about eighty students drawn wholly from the National Metrology Institutes of Member States and Associates of the CGPM, and
  2. to provide the occasion for these young people, from among whom the leaders of tomorrow's world metrology system will emerge, to meet and make the essential contacts for the future.

The programme was exciting and well balanced, and included a mixture of theory and experiment, Chemistry and Physics, and views of both the current and possible future versions of the International System of Units.

Invited Nobel laureates: Prof. Sir Harry Kroto, Prof. William Phillips, Prof. Klaus von Klitzing
Special guest: Mrs Dava Sobel, author of "Longitude"
and more than forty teachers, chosen among the best Metrology world experts.
Other activities included workshops, poster session, picnic lunches at the BIPM, a Summer School party, and a warm and friendly atmosphere for two weeks...

Download the poster of the School (.PDF)

From left to right: A. Wallard, C. Thomas, M. Sargent, A. Steele