20 May 2011   |   8:30 am,   -

World Metrology Day 2011 Symposium

To commemorate the founding of the Metre Convention, 20th May is celebrated by the international measurement community as the World Metrology Day (WMD), with the theme this year “Chemical Measurements – for Our Life, Our Future”. The Symposium is held at the Discovery Theatre, Matrix, Biopolis, Singapore on 20 May 2011. The focus on chemical measurements is fitting as the year 2011 is also designated by the United Nations as the “International Year of Chemistry”.

A total of 97 participants from the local industry and accredited laboratories participated in the half-day symposium-cum-exhibition organised by National Metrology Centre (NMC) A*STAR and Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

Dr Lee Loke Chong, Executive Director of NMC, giving the opening address at the World Metrology Day 2011 Symposium

Invited keynote speaker at the Symposium was Dr So Hun-Young, 
Director, Division of Metrology for Quality of Life, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS) from South Korea. In his presentation, Dr So highlighted the importance of comparability of measurement data required for addressing environmental issues.

To assist the industry in achieving comparable and traceable chemical measurements, NMC A*STAR has established gas metrology capability that is essential for: industrial pollution control, monitoring of ambient and indoor air quality, and myriad of industrial processes for power generation, chemicals, petrochemicals, electronics, waste management, etc. NMC has also designated HSA as the Designated Institute to set up metrology in chemistry capabilities for food, pharmaceutical, medical, healthcare and forensics.

A*STAR NMC has recently developed gas metrology capability to provide reference gas standards needed to validate analytical instruments used to measure pollutants. These gas standards are produced at NMC using methods that ensure traceability to the International System of Units (the SI), and their comparability are assured as these standards are compared with that of national metrology institutes in other countries. Consequently, the analytical measurements done in Singapore will be accepted by Singapore’s major trading partners.

The initial phase of the development of MiC infrastructure will see NMC coming up with reference standards for pollution gases such as carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2), and calibrating instruments for the measurement of ground level ozone (O3). The new capability will also cover propane, a form of hydrocarbons, which comes from automotive exhaust. In the area of climate change monitoring, NMC will provide standards for greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). NMC expects its gas metrology capability to be extended later to other pollutants like volatile organic compounds in the next phase of development of the gas metrology capability.

Precise weighing of reference gas standards prepared in specially made gas cylinders

Programme of the Symposium is as follows:




Opening Address
By Dr Lee Loke Chong,
Executive Director, National metrology Centre, A*STAR


Keynote Address:
Metrology in Chemistry: Comparability of Data for Environmental Issues 
By Dr So Hun-Young
Director, Division of Metrology for Quality of Life, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS)


Morning Break & Exhibition


Environmental Management in Singapore
By Mr Koh Min Ee, Executive Engineer, Pollution Control Department, National Environment Agency


Gas metrology Infrastructure in Singapore
By Ms Agata Rakowska, Senior Metrologist, National Metrology Centre, A*STAR


Traceability and Comparability of Chemical Measurements in Forensics, Food safety and Healthcare
By Dr Teo Tang Lin, Senior Scientist, Chemical Metrology Division, Health Sciences Authority


Shimadzu’s Approach Towards Green Instrumentation
By Ms Janice Chia, Manager, Analytical Instruments Division, Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd


Lunch & Exhibition

The Symposium was supported by National Environmental Agency and sponsored by Shimadzu (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, Agilent Technologies Singapore (Sales) Pte Ltd, Mettler-Toledo (S) Pte Ltd, and Sartorius Stedim Singapore Pte Ltd.

For more information, please contact Mr Teo Chin Chye at telephone no: (65) 6279 1934, or via