MSA2020 - 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.