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Creating impact from science and engineering

Our world-leading measurement solutions are critical to business and government, accelerating research and innovation, improving quality of life and enabling trade. We ensure our cutting-edge measurement science has a positive impact in the real world.

 

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Find out how NPL is improving life for everyone

Excellent science

As the UK's National Measurement Institute, NPL develops and maintains the national primary measurement standards. From new antibiotics to tackle resistance and more effective cancer treatments to unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. 

For over a century, we have worked with customers to translate scientific expertise into economic prosperity, skilled employment and improved quality of life. 

 

National challenges

Using our expertise to help you make a difference to some of the biggest challenges in industry, energy, environment and healthcare.

National challenges

Impartial and independent

We help save lives, protect the environment and enable citizens to feel safe and secure, as well as supporting international trade and commercial innovation.

As a national laboratory, our advice is always impartial and independent, meaning consumers, investors, policymakers and entrepreneurs can always rely on the work we do.

 

London Live

From air quality and cancer treatment to robots and driver-less cars, the technology is exciting, dynamic and fascinating.  London Live visited NPL to see some of our activities and understand how important measurement is.

London Live

Fugitive emissions

NPL offers a complete solution for monitoring your fugitive emissions. Our controlled release testing facility independently validates instrument accuracy, ensures national traceability and improves performance.

Fugitive emissions

Online learning for real world measurement skills

Working and learning can run in parallel and give extraordinary personal and business impact.

E-learning

Be part of something amazing

We recruit energetic and imaginative people who share our values and want to work in an atmosphere of support and collaboration.

Careers

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  • Quantum Showcase

    15 Nov

    The 5th annual Quantum Showcase takes place on Friday 15th November at the QEII Centre in London.

    The showcase will demonstrate the fantastic breadth of quantum activity taking place across the country that has resulted from the National Quantum Technologies Programme.

  • Conference on Applied Radiation Metrology (CARM 2020)

    14 Jan - 16 Jan

    CARM is the latest in a series of annual three-day conferences run by NPL for the nuclear metrology community, bringing together expertise from areas as diverse as the nuclear industry, detector manufacturers, radioanalytical laboratories and academia.

  • European energy gases workshop

    22 Jan

    Bringing together European experts from industry, academia, government, and from across the measurement community to discuss and prioritise the technical challenges presented by current and future energy gases, and the role that measurement could play in addressing them. This workshop is run by the European Metrology Network (EMN) for Energy Gases, which with a broader remit than traditional metrology, aims to become the central nucleus to cover all of the measurement needs raised by the diversification of energy sources and thereby to facilitate the energy transition with respect to quality, efficiency, safety and trade aspects.

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

We're looking for fantastic, talented people like you, to join us in a number of science and business roles, to help us deliver our world-leading science, technology and engineering, and make a real impact in the UK.

Current vacancies

Case study

Simulating radiation therapy using virtual reality to create a safe environment for training clinicians

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Case study

Combining complex data sets to improve our understanding of dental wear

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Developing standardised MRI phantoms to aid quantitative image comparison clinical trials

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Case study

Improving confidence in pre-clinical evaluation of new intra-operative cancer detection technologies

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Strategic partners

We have a partnering agreement with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the University of Strathclyde and University of Surrey. This strategic partnership is enabling us to work more closely with the academic community and is the basis of our Postgraduate Institute, which is creating the next generation of world-class measurement scientists.

Strategic partners

Work with us

Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success.
Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070