The D.I. Mendeleev All-Russian Institute for Metrology (VNIIM)
State Scientific Centre of the Russian Federation
State Test and Measurement Instrument Certification Centre

Firsthand News About Watt-Balance

On January 25, the TV Channel Five broadcast the news about Russia going to make her own Kibble balance to provide a remedy for the exhausting “standard kilogram”. Having mentioned, as an example, the equipment located at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the channel described the principles of such measuring instrumentation, and referred to the experience in designing balances in Russia. Despite a clarification from VNIIM, the channel has wrongly inferred that Russian watt balances are made in the Urals.

To correct the slipup of the TV commentator, the press service of VNIIM invites the interested audience to the laboratory where, without any exaggeration, an unprecedented research work on the design of the domestic watt-balance is underway. Dr. Alexander Jankovsky, Head of the research department of measurement standards in the field of motion quantities, torque force and gravimetry, presents the history of the issue and the current stage of the work:

Anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev#180;s death

The 115th anniversary of Dmitry Mendeleev´s decease was commemorated in St. Petersburg on February 2, 2022. Representatives of the City Committee on Science and Higher School, universities, scientific and public organizations laid flowers and honored the memory of the great Russian scientist-encyclopedist, teacher, public and state celebrity, at his grave at the "Literators´ footbridge" of the Volkov cemetery.

The audience was addressed by Vladimir Okrepilov (RAS Academician, President of the Metrological Academy), Irina Ganus (First Deputy Chair of the Committee on Science and Higher School), Irina Balova (Director of St. Petersburg State University Institute of Chemistry), Vladimir Ostrovsky (Professor of St. Petersburg State University), and Elena Ginak (Head of the Metrology Museum at VNIIM).

Expanding participation in congress and exhibition events

VNIIM presented an overview of congress and exhibition events planned for 2022. Along with the traditional ones, such as International Arctic Forum "Arctic - Territory of Dialogue", Moscow International Book Fair, National Oil and Gas Forum "Neftegas", Saint Petersburg International Gas Forum, Saint Petersburg International Scientific and Educational Salon, International Forum "Russian Industrialist", International Exhibition and Forum "MetrolExpo", Tatarstan Oil and Gas Chemical Forum, International Exhibition Testing&Control, our Metrology Institute intends to demonstrate its achievements at new venues. Among them - the conference "Clusters open borders", aimed at development and promotion of interregional cooperation of Russian clusters, and the Infrastructure Congress "Russian PPP Week" - the largest event in Russia and CIS countries on the topic of infrastructure development and public-private partnership.