Top 10 Odd Things to Measure and the Measurement of Colour - Thurs 2nd Nov, 6.30pm

As part of our commitment to providing enrichment opportunities for pupils and to extend their understanding beyond the curriculum, we are delighted to welcome Andrew Hanson who is a Senior Research Scientist based at the National Physical Laboratory.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute and as such is involved in ensuring all manner of walks of life function smoothly through the use of the National Measurement System. Andrew will briefly discuss what he feels are the top 10 strangest things NPL has been involved in, that he is allowed to talk about.

Andrew will then elaborate on his own area of work – colour measurement. Colour informs, influences consumer choices, warns us and comforts us. As with every aspect of life, it needs to be measured to ensure good communication and confidence in manufacturing processes for a diverse range of goods from pills to paints. But how do we ascribe numbers to a human perception which is incredibly versatile and variable? The challenge is enormous and human colour perception science is still a lively topic today. Be warned! This demonstration talk will contain surprises – there is a lot more to colour than meets the eye.

The lecture will be held in the Recital Room on Thursday 2nd November at 6.30pm and should last about 1 hour including time for questions.

If you would like to attend the lecture, please email Mrs Harrison ( Additional spaces can also be reserved for family and friends of Yarm School.

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