NATA MSA Conference 2020

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


Download the Conference Booklet

Photo Gallery

Conference Sponsors


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 Murray Early

Measurement Standards Laboratory
New Zealand

“The 2019 SI Redefinition: Now what?”

Dr Jonathan Mittaz

University of Reading

“Applying principles of metrology to Earth Observation satellite data”

Dr Colin Allison


“Chemical metrology of atmospheric greenhouse gas measurements”

See the full bios of the invited speakers here.

Conference Programme

Note: The programme is subject to change without notice

Detailed downloadable version - click here

Monday 02/03/2020
Start End  
6:30 PM 8:30 PM Welcome Reception


Tuesday 03/03/2020
Start End Who / what Title
9:00 AM 9:20 AM MSA President
NATA (Sponsor)
Welcome, introductory statements, housekeeping
9:20 AM 10:00 AM Dr Barry Inglis Keynote address
10:00 AM 10:30 AM Morning tea
10:30 AM 11:10 AM Dr Murray Early Invited talk
11:10 AM 12:30 PM Session 1 (4 talks) Traceability and the SI Revision
12:30 PM 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Session 2 (3 talks) Temperature
2:30 PM 3:15 PM Workshop 1 Method for Dry Block Spatial Surveys (Temperature)
3:15 PM 3:45 PM Afternoon tea
3:45 PM 4:30 PM Workshop 2 Calibration of Microwave Furnaces (Temperature)
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Fluke
(Sponsor Session)
6:30 PM 10:30 PM MCG Tour and Conference Dinner


Wednesday 04/03/2020
Start End Who / what Title
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Session 3 (3 talks) Lab Management and MU
9:30 AM 10:10 AM Session 4 (2 talks) Anti-doping analysis
10:10 AM 10:40 AM Morning tea
10:40 AM 11:20 AM Dr Jonathan Mittaz Invited talk
11:20 AM 12:20 PM Session 5 (3 talks) Environment
12:20 PM 1:20 PM Lunch
1:20 PM 2:20 PM Session 6 (3 talks) Dimension and Pressure
2:20 PM 3:05 PM Workshop 3 Pressure Interest Group
3:05 PM 3:35 PM Afternoon tea
3:35 PM 4:15 PM Session 7 (2 talks) Humidity
4:15 PM 5:00 PM Workshop 4 Humidity (Aus-NZ cooperation to facilitate consistency)
5:00 PM 6:00 PM MSA AGM
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Drinks and canapes


Thursday 05/03/2020
Start End Who / what Title
8:30 AM 9:50 AM Session 8 (4 talks) Electrical (1)
9:50 AM 10:20 AM Morning tea
10:20 AM 11:00 AM Dr Colin Allison Invited talk
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Session 9 (3 talks) Electrical (2)
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM 2:20 PM Session 10 (4 talks) Flow
2:20 PM 3:00 PM Session 11 (2 talks) Education and outreach
3:00 PM 3:30 PM Afternoon tea
3:30 PM 4:15 PM Workshop 5 Can model-based testing be accredited and is it traceable?
4:15 PM 4:20 PM MSA President Closing remarks

Shading Guide:

Special sessions: keynote/invited talk, opening, closing Social Activity
Workshops and sponsor sessions Breaks
Oral presentation sessions MSA AGM

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at:

The Angliss Conference Centre
Level 5, 555 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Click here for more information on the venue and how to get there.

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.

Health Advice

  1. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV):
    As you will no doubt be aware, the novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV has caused concerns around the globe. We strongly recommend that people follow the advice of the World Health Organisation ( when planning their travel. In the days leading up to the conference and during the conference, if you are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus, we ask that you do not attend the conference and seek medical advice.


  2. Bushfire Smoke:
    The situation in Melbourne is much improved recently. Air quality advice can be found from EPA Victoria ( 


Don't delay, register now!

  Member Non-Member
Full Registration (3-days)    
Full registration (until 09/02/2020) $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

We would like to thank the sponsors that have already committed to MSA2020, shown below.  Your support makes the conference possible.

There are still a variety of sponsorship options available.  For more information please refer to the sponsorship page.


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

Conference Organising Committee

The local organising committee working tirelessly to co-ordinate MSA2020 consists of:

Tony Bergen (Chair)
Daniel Turner
Jane Warne
Keith Fordham
Liam Shanahan
• Paul McMullen
• Tiger Chen

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:
 Supported by: