“Metrology 2025- the Grand Challenge for Metrology” Symposium opens in Beijing: promote metrology reform to facilitate the Asia Pacific development
2015-11-11

    The Symposium of “Metrology 2025-the Grand Challenge for Metrology” was held in Beijing on November 4, 2015. Dr. Barry Inglis, President of International Committee of Weights and Measures (CIPM) delivered a keynote speech. Mr. Zhi Shuping, Minister of AQSIQ, Dr. Peter Fisk, the Chairperson of Asia Pacific Metrology Program (APMP) and Dr. Martin Milton, Director of International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) addressed the symposium.
    AQSIQ Vice Minister Mr. Wu Qinghai, Chief Engineer Mr. Han Yi, BIPM Honorable Director Dr. Terry Quinn, CIPM Vice President and Under Secretary of United States Department of Commerce Dr. Willie May attended the meeting.
    Prior to the symposium, Zhi Shuping met with Dr. Barry Inglis and other important delegates. They conducted open and frank discussions on how to work together to promote metrology development and face the challenge of redefinition of the International System of Units (SI). Inglis sang highly of the achievements and development of metrology science in China. He stated that China is a founding member of APMP and also an important member of CIPM and BIPM. China National Institute of Metrology (NIM) has been taking part in various events of APMP on behalf of China over time, and is playing a leading role in the Asia Pacific metrology community. NIM was the chair-constituent of APMP from 2009 to 2012, and several executive committee members were from NIM. Currently. NIM is an active participant in the redefinition of SI, particularly at this important moment when SI will be under great changes. China has grown from a learner or receiver to a promoter and donator of APMP, and has played an important role in promoting the development of regional and international metrology organizations.

    Zhi Shuping pointed it out that metrology is the basis of fair trade, the “eye” of industrial production, and the “seed” and “engine” of technical innovation. APMP, since its founding, aims to promote the development and coordination of metrology science among its member economies, and has made great contributions to the development and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region. As a founding member of APMP, China has been attaching great importance to metrology development as well as international cooperation and communication. At present, China has developed and improved its technical, legislative and administrative systems on metrology. Some cutting-edge and fundamental programs on metrology are achieving concrete results and some key and common key technical bottleneck problems are being tackled. Metrology is playing a more and more important role in the economic and social development in China. China is willing to work together with all governments, international and regional metrology organizations to further promote the development of metrology in the world and consolidate the communication and cooperation on metrology regulation and technology in the Asia Pacific region.

    Zhi Shuping stated that as the international metrology community is going through some major reforms including the SI redefinition, we hope that APMP could continue to coordinate the efforts of its member economies and help to further the metrology cooperation and realize the common development and improvement of the region. In years to come, China will stick to the development concept of “innovation,coordination, green, openness and sharing”, and to speed up the transformation from speedy development to quality-based and highly efficient development. In this transformation process, metrology will play an outstandingly important underpinning role. China will continue to emphasize the strategic role of metrology, further improve our metrology capacity and consolidate international cooperation on metrology. China will work together with all other Asia Pacific economies to further promote the metrology reform in the world and create the beautiful future of the Asia Pacific region.

    Dr. Peter Fisk and Dr. Martin Milton both affirmed the achievements made by APMP and gave positive comments on the theme of the symposium. They said that at present the international metrology system is going through historical reforms, the SI will be redefined in 2018, and the global rules on measurement will be reorganized, so all APMP member economies shall work together to promote the development of metrology in the areas of advanced manufacturing, health care and new energy, and to further improve the scientific and measuring capacity of metrology.

The motive power behind the reform of international metrology system is the combination of quantum technology and internet technology. At this symposium Dr. Barry Inglis gave a presentation under the name of Proposed Revision of SI, and introduced the latest progress of SI redefinition. Directors from national metrology institutes of the US, Germany, and China and renowned Chinese experts in relevant areas conducted in-depth discussions on precision medicine, underpinning role of metrology for industry 4.0, smart grid, new energy and national quality infrastructure.   
    China joined APMP in 1981. The symposium is one of the most important events of the 2015 General Assembly of APMP and related activities. More than 400 delegates from 31 economies attended the meeting, including officials from Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Finance, and National Development and Reform Commission of China.

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