Evolution of the Metric System - from precious lumps of metal to constants in nature

Start Date & Time: Thursday, 16 August 2018 6:00 pm

End Date & Time: Thursday, 16 August 2018 8:00 pm

Address: Chatswood Library on The Concourse, Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Cost: Free

Places Available: Booked Out


Will everyday measurements ever be the same again? Join Dr. Ilya Budovsky, a leading scientist at Australia’s National Measurement Institute, on an intriguing journey though the history and the upcoming revolutionary changes in how we measure the world.

The scientists at the National Measurement Institute develop and maintain measurement standards of physical, chemical and biological measurement to deliver internationally recognised measurement services to Australian industry. If you’ve ever wondered what makes everyday measurements possible, or if there really are 200 g of TimTams in that packet, then this is the event for you.

2018 is set to be a massive year of change for the International System of Units (the SI). Following years of worldwide research and discussions, involving some of your very own scientists right here in Sydney, in November 2018, the General Conference on Weights and Measures is expected to put in place one of the most fundamental changes to the SI since its inception.

But why would you need to change something that’s supposed to be standard? Come and find out from Dr. Ilya Budovsky, a measurement scientist of international standing responsible for the Australian standards of electrical units and time.

A special thanks to Northern Sydney Science Hub and Inspiring Australia for supporting our program.

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Contact: Willoughby City Library on 9777 7900 or email

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