A Call to AMS
Measurement science in the UK faces uncertainty: can CAMS lead the scientific rebellion?
Jonathan James | | Quick Read
Measurement science plays a key – yet often overlooked – role in research and innovation, and their translation into industry. From healthcare to consumer products, energy and environmental regulation, analytical science is ubiquitous – a hallmark of a modern and vibrant economy. Yet, when The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) conducted landscaping reviews of the field (1) in 2015, the findings did not reflect the essentiality of this space.
The EPSRC makes clear the need to actively strengthen analytical sciences in the UK to maintain current standards. If not, adverse consequences will be felt across the entire UK science sector. The solution? A “centralized organization, capable of propelling the field forward,” says the EPSRC.
Enter stage right: The Community for Analytical Measurement Science (CAMS) (2), an initiative designed to build on the foundations laid by the EPSRC’s 2015 report. “Measurement science is a crucial enabler of multidisciplinary scientific research and innovation,” says Melissa Hanna-Brown, Chair of the CAMS Executive Board. “Yet, it is apparent that there are major issues – notably the field’s poor public profile, as well as a lack of proactivity regarding the implementation of emergent technologies across sectors. It is important we address these challenges to maintain one of the UK’s biggest strengths – its leadership in science and innovation,” she says. This June, after significant effort to unite the community, CAMS celebrated their highly anticipated launch at the RSC. Now the hard work begins.
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