Introducing the Institute
Founded in 1944 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1975, The Institute of Measurement and Control is committed to promoting the professional excellence and standing of engineers and technologists at all levels in the automation, instrumentation, control and related industries. Our aims are to serve the public benefit by advancing the science and practice of measurement and control technologies and their various applications, to foster the exchange of views and the communication of knowledge and ideas in these activities, and to promote the professional development and qualification our members. The Institute is therefore both a learned society and a professional qualifying body occupying a niche in the automation-focused industries.
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As a learned society, the Institute delivers a range of services and benefits to Members. Key services include:
- the Yearbook, a principal source of information and reference for practitioners in instrumentation and control
- Measurement and Control, a monthly journal containing news and technical articles of interest to the membership generally, with special features on particular topics, and
- Transactions, a series of refereed papers at the forefront of the theory and practice of measurement and control, and
- a technical on-line library of guidelines and practitioners' papers on measurement and control applications (InstMCTOL).
There are also a range of conferences and symposia, nationally and internationally, organised by the Institute on its own or in conjunction with other institutions and societies or on behalf of international federations. Many of its shorter technical meetings are run by its Local Sections which are invariably able to use their links with local industry for topics.
Supporting the Institute's learned society activities are its Technical Panels which cover measurement science and technology, safety, standards, systems and control, systems management and weighing and force measurement. Comprised of members volunteering their experience and expertise in particular fields, the Panels provide much of the Institute's interface with industry. The Panels also provide forums through which the Institute can channel its commentaries on, and responses to, matters of public concern and consultation.
The Institute has strong links with international bodies such as the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO), where it represents the UK, and the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) as well as bilateral links with other overseas professional organisations. Within the UK the Institute participates in the activities and deliberations of the United Kingdom Automatic Control Council (UKACC), to whom it now provides the secretariat, the British Standards Institute, the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, and the affairs of the engineering and science professions generally. It has developing links with the UK's National Measurement System, in particular with the National Physical Laboratory, GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK, and the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers.
The underpinning emphasis of all the Institute's activities and services is to provide thinkers and practitioners with opportunities to participate in the affairs and proceedings of an organisation that is committed to promoting excellence in the profession it serves.
Recognising professional excellence – Our Awards
1. Awards for outstanding achievement and contributions to measurement and control
Sir George Thomson Gold Medal - awarded quinquennially, the Medal acknowledges contributions to
measurement science resulting in fundamental improvements in the understanding of the nature of the physical world
Oxburgh Medal – Incorporating the Institute's Alec Hough Grassby Award, the Oxburgh Medal recognizes the work of Ronald Oxburgh, Baron Oxburgh, KBE, FRS, HonFREng, President of the Institute 2012- 2015 and is awarded annually to any person whose contribution to measurement, instrumentation and control in the field of environmental science and engineering is of outstanding merit
Sir Harold Hartley Medal - for outstanding contribution to the technology of measurement and control
The Callendar Medal - for outstanding contribution to the art of instruments or Measurement
Honeywell International Medal - for distinguished work in control by Chartered Measurement and Control Technologists
Finkelstein Medal - for notable contributions to measurement internationally
2. Awards (for service to the Institute/profession)
The Tallantire Award (formerly the Institute Exceptional Achievement Award) - awarded, when appropriate, for exceptional commitment and service to the Institute and to achieving its aims and objectives
Honorary Fellowship – recognising distinguished, and normally long, service to the Institute and or measurement and control
L B Lambert Award - for meritorious service to the Institute particularly, but not exclusively, through involvement with Local Sections.
3. Awards (for written work)
Honeywell Prize - for the best paper in Measurement & Control (based on most downloaded article) (April 2013 – April 2014) in the Journal
ICI Prize - for best paper in the Transactions, preferably concerning work on the industrial application of control
Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers Award - for best paper, in either the journal or Transactions, on development or application of scientific instrumentation