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City University London to host Glorious Measurement STEM event on 6 March

Full-day event for school students to culminate in Edwards Lecture given by the President of the Royal Society, Nobel Laureate, Sir Paul Nurse.
by John Stevenson

City University London, in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM), will be hosting Glorious Measurement, a prestigious STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) event for school-aged students. A programme for Key Stage 3 will take place in the morning, followed by activities for Key Stage 4/5 in the afternoon.

Glorious Measurement features interactive exhibits which include '3-D LaserTech', fingerprint recognition, laser height measurement, 'robots you can relate to' and a Lego magnetic force microscope. There will also be talks from Lord Ronald Oxburgh, President of the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) and Professor John Tyrer of Loughborough University.

nullThe full-day event will be attended by the Lady Mayoress of the City of London and will include a Q&A session with Nobel Laureate Sir Paul Nurse. The 40th Edwards Lecture, titled 'Great Ideas of Biology', will take place in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre at 6:30pm. It will be delivered by 2001 Nobel Laureate and President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse. He will be discussing the novel idea of the central role performed by information management in generating biological organisation.

Sir Paul Nurse is a geneticist working on what controls the division and shape of cells. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. He was Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oxford, CEO of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK and President of The Rockefeller University in New York. He is currently Director and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute. He was also awarded the Royal Society Copley Medal in 2005.

nullThe Edwards Lecture honours the work of F.D. Edwards, a member of staff at City University London's predecessor institution, the Northampton Institute, and Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.

He founded the internationally-renowned Edwards High Vacuum Company. 

Professor Sanowar Khan, Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, said:

"Glorious Measurement is evidence of City's commitment to STEM education and our investment in the next generation of scientists and engineers. We are pleased that City's long-standing relationship with the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers will result in a full day for young enquiring minds to explore the wonders of measurement and instrumentation. We are also honoured and delighted to be welcoming Nobel Laureate, Sir Paul Nurse. There is an air of anticipation surrounding the scholarly insights into genetics and biology that he will share during the Edwards Lecture."

Professor Ken Grattan, Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation and Dean of the City Graduate School, said City has a long and noble tradition in the area of measurement science and technology:

"City is a major centre for teaching and research in measurement and instrumentation in the United Kingdom. It has been a pioneer in the development of the subject as an academic discipline. In 1947, the UK Government established the National College of Horology and Instrument Technology for the teaching of clock and watch making. It was located at the Northampton Institute as City was then known. Since City was given its charter as a fully-fledged university in 1966, research into measurement and instrumentation has played a major role in the study of physics and engineering at the University." 

This has given impetus to City's leading role in both the Institute of Measurement and Control (InstMC) and the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO). The focus of current work ranges from the fundamentals of the subject of measurement science, through to mathematical modelling and instrument design, to sensors and optical devices for a range of applications including those found in the biomedical, security and manufacturing industries.

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