Metrology Society of Australasia Conference

NATA MSA Conference 2020

The 2020 Conference of the Metrology Society of Australasia will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 3 – 5 March 2020. The three-day scientific conference will feature presentations and workshops on many aspects of metrology, including:

Traceability and the SI ~ Evaluation of measurement uncertainties
Laboratory practice, accreditation and proficiency testing
Environment and climate change ~ Chemical and biological metrology
Temperature and humidity metrology ~ Dimensional metrology
Electrical metrology ~ Pressure metrology ~ Mass metrology
Flow metrology ~ Photometry and radiometry 

Invited Speakers

Dr Barry D Inglis

Comité International des Poids et Mesures (retired)

“The International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and its Role in the 21st Century”

Dr Barry Inglis is the immediate past President of the International Committee of Weights and Measures (Comité International des Poids et Mesures, CIPM), the peak expert body established under the Metre Treaty in 1875. Dr Inglis was elected a member of CIPM in 2000 and served as President from 2010 to 2019. He was the 15th President of the CIPM, the first Australian to hold this position and only the second person from outside of Europe and the UK.

Dr Inglis was a Research Scientist at the CSIRO from 1968-2004, serving as Director of the National Measurement Laboratory from 1994-2004. In 2004 he was appointed the inaugural CEO and Chief Metrologist of Australia’s National Measurement Institute (NMI), a division of the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, a position he held until his retirement in 2007. He has an outstanding international reputation in metrology, particularly in the field of electrical metrology and has played a leadership role in all aspects of Australia’s technical infrastructure. He was a member of the Council of Standards Australia (1994 – 2004), a Commissioner on the governing board of the National Standards Commission (1994 – 2004), and from 1992 to 2011 he was a Director on the Board of the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA), serving as Chair from 2003 to 2011. He has also been active in metrology issues in the Asia Pacific region over many years and was Regional Coordinator/ Chairman of the Asia Pacific Metrology Programme (APMP) from 1994 to 1999.

Dr Murray Early

Measurement Standards Laboratory
New Zealand

“The 2019 SI Redefinition: Now what?”

Murray is a Principle Research Scientist at MSL working on a wide range of electrical metrology topics including cryogenic current comparators and the quantum Hall effect. More recent interests encompass the conceptual foundation of the Giorgi system (on which the SI is based) and the educational challenge of the revised SI. He recently completed a three year term as chair of the Technical Committee for Electricity and Magnetism for APMP (Asia Pacific Metrology Program) and represents New Zealand’s interests at the BIPM Consultative Committee of Electricity and Magnetism (CCEM) where he also chairs the Working Group on Low Frequency.


Dr Jonathan Mittaz

University of Reading

“Applying principles of metrology to Earth Observation satellite data”

Jonathan Mittaz is a National Physical Laboratory Senior Research Fellow at the University of Reading. Starting with a Physics degree from Oxford University and a PhD in Astronomy from University College London he spent some time as an astronomer/astrophysicist before switching to Earth Observation in 2006 starting at the University of Maryland. There he worked as part of the team working on Sea Surface Temperature products within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Center as well as undertaking studies on Earth Observation satellite infrared sensor calibration. From there he moved to a joint position at the University of Reading and at the UKs National Physical Laboratory with a remit to apply the principles of metrology to Earth Observation satellite data. This has mostly involved looking at the long historic satellite data time series records used in climate change studies and has resulted in a number of projects including the Horizon 2020 project FIDUCEO.

Dr Colin Allison


“Chemical metrology of atmospheric greenhouse gas measurements”

Colin Allison studied Chemistry in Melbourne and Sydney and completed a PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of New South Wales. After two years post-doctoral work in Canada he returned to Australia and joined the CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research measuring greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Colin's expertise in the measurement of the stable isotopic composition of carbon dioxide has led to collaborations with many international organizations including the IAEA and BIPM. Colin continues this work in metrology as an Honorary Fellow with CSIRO and will describe the role of metrology in this aspect of climate change research.

Conference Program

The full programme of the conference will be available shortly.

Conference Schedule

The preliminary conference schedule is as follows:

Monday 2nd March 2020 Welcome reception (evening)   
Tuesday 3rd March 2020 Conference Day 1; Conference dinner at MCG
Wednesday 4th March 2020 Conference Day 2; MSA AGM
Thursday 5th March 2020 Conference Day 3

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at:

The Angliss Conference Centre
555 La Trobe St
Melbourne, Vic, 3000

The Angliss Conference Centre is located in the William Angliss Institute in the north-western corner of the Melbourne CBD, just opposite the beautiful Flagstaff Gardens. It is within the Melbourne Free Tram Zone, located just a block from Flagstaff Station or ten minutes’ walk from the airport bus (Skybus) terminal at Southern Cross Station. More information on access to the venue is available here.

Conference Dinner

Our conference dinner will be held at the iconic MCG on the evening after the first day of the conference.  The dinner will be preceded by a guided tour which will take in key highlights including areas such as the famous Long Room, player change rooms, and a walk on the arena edge (all subject to availability).  The conference dinner is free with the conference registration, and additional tickets can be purchased for accompanying partners, work colleagues, etc.


Registration is now open!  Register early for the discounted rates.

  Member Non-Member
Full Registration (3-days)    
Early-bird registration (until 03/12/2019) $500 $550
Full registration (until 03/02/2020) $600 $650
Late registration $750 $800
Other Options    
1-day conference pass $225 $250
Conference dinner (included with any full registration) $130 $130
Welcome drinks (included with any full registration) $25 $25

Note that Members of the MSA receive a $50 discounted rate.
  Membership is only $45 per year, so click here to Join the MSA now and receive your discount! 

Sponsorship Opportunities

A sponsorship booklet is available for download here.  There are a variety of sponsorship options available ranging from $1,000 up to $10,000  (note that the Platinum sponsorship is already taken).  For more information or to express an interest in sponsoring the conference, please contact Keith Fordham.

Platinum sponsor: $15,000
• Gold sponsor: $10,000  (only 1 left)
• Dinner sponsor: $10,000
• Silver sponsor: $5,000  (only 3 left)
• Welcome reception: $5,000
• Coffee sponsor: $3,500
• Bronze sponsor: $2,500
• Lanyard sponsor: $2,500
• Lunch, Tuesday: $1,000
• Lunch, Wednesday: $1,000
• Lunch, Thursday: $1,000

Exhibitors will be able to set up their exhibition space on the afternoon before the conference, so that they will be visible during the Welcome Reception on the evening before the conference.

We would like to thank the sponsors that have already committed to MSA2020, shown below.


The conference venue has a special arrangement with several nearby hotels at a range of price points.  More information can be found here.

More Information

For more information, please contact the chair of the local organising committee Tony Bergen.

Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Dinner and Lanyard Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor



Other Sponsors:
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