20th May – World Metrology Day

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20th May is World Metrology Day, commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. The Principality of Serbia joined the Metre Convention on 21st September 1879 when it undertook to introduce the International System of Units (SI), to realise national standards in accordance with the definitions adopted by the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM), as the governing body of the Convention, to periodically compare Serbian standards with international standards kept by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. The Directorate of Measures and Precious Metals, as our National Metrology institute, continues the original membership of the Metre Convention from 1879.

The theme chosen for 2013 is “Measurements in Daily Life”. In the course of a typical day it is surprising how often measurements come into play, whether checking the time, purchasing food or produce, filling up a vehicle with fuel, or undergoing a blood pressure check. Not surprisingly, most people are unaware that in the background there is a worldwide community specialising in metrology, the science of measurements, making sure it all works.

Across the world, national metrology institutes continually advance measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at whatever level of sophistication is needed. Therefore, World Metrology Day recognises and celebrates the contribution of all the people that work on behalf of all.

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