About Us

Introducing the Institute

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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  pdf public benefit (299 KB) 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-focussed industries.

Click here for a brief Introduction to the Institute of Measurement and Control by the CEO Dr Patrick Finlay

Our Members

In keeping with the commitment to excellence, the Institute welcomes as members those practising or interested in measurement and control across the full spectrum of technologies. Honorary Fellow (HonFInstMC) recognises distinction in relevant scientific or technical achievements or meritorious service to the Institute. From Fellow (FInstMC) - the most senior membership grade, recognizing significant contribution to the industry - to Student, the Institute accommodates the aspirations of individuals at all stages of their professional careers. Acceptably qualified and experienced members are also able pursue further professional qualifications, including Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and Engineering Technician (EngTech) registration with the Engineering Council. All members are offered the fullest possible support for their professional development. This support includes accreditation of academic/technical courses and employers training and development programmes.

In essence, the Institute is its members, the majority of whom are domiciled in the UK. Catering at regional level for the members’ professional, technical – and occasionally their social interests – are the Institute’s Local Sections. These are run by members for members and provide active environments for individuals’ networking and professional development. We are expanding internationally with a noticeable membership in Hong Kong and a growing membership in Texas, Malaysia, Qatar and China. ’

Our Companions

Companies are welcome to join the Institute’s Companion Company Scheme. Access to this website, use of the Institute’s logo, promotion in its publications offers them the opportunity to demonstrate their association with the Institute and to so enhance their business profiles.

Our Activities

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.

Our links

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.

Our organisation

Quality Policy and Management System

Appendix 1: InstMC Organisation Processes

Our Organisation

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the Institute and comprises the elected Officers of the Institute and the Immediate Past President, whose appointments are all ex officio, and representatives elected by/from Council; their terms on the Board being subject to triennial review. Membership of the Board is published in the  pdf Annual Report (9.54 MB). Their powers and duties are laid down in the Royal Charter and Bye-laws pdf Royal Charter and Bye Laws (238 KB). A principal concern of the Board is the institute’s discharge of its obligation and commitments to serving the public benefit. Although accountable for their decisions and actions, the Trustees have the authority to delegate responsibilities. The Board therefore operates through Council and a hierarchy of Boards and Committees, some of which have their own sub-committees and panels.


Council is the members’ elected body to foster and promote their interests in the Institute. Its primary role is to advise the Trustees on Institute activities and operations and to represent the members’ views in these matters. A particular responsibility, laid down in the Bye-laws is to monitor the governance of the Institute. Through its dialogue with the Board, Council therefore makes an important contribution to the running of the Institute.
Elections to Council are held annually on a national basis and regionally, via the Local Sections, triennially. The term of service on Council for all elected members is three years with members serving and retiring on a staggered basis so that there is continuity. Council can co-opt members with expertise in specific areas relevant to its concerns.

Officers of the Institute

The Officers of the Institute are the President, (up to six) Vice Presidents, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. The President is appointed as determined by the Trustees, normally in consultation with Council, for an initial term of two years’ office. All other Officers are elected from and by the members for initial terms of three years’ office. All appointments are reported to and confirmed at the Institute’s Annual General Meetings.

Recognising professional excellence – Our Awards

Recognising professional excellence

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

Finkelstein Medal

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