Science Council


Science Council

The Science Council is the umbrella body for scientific professional institutes and learned societies in the UK. Together, the member organisations represent over 400,000 scientists. A similar organisation, the Engineering Council UK (ECUK), covers engineering institutes.

The Science Council was launched on June 16, 2000 by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, the UK Science Minister, with thirteen member organisations from the former Council of Scientific and Technology Institutes. The Science Council was granted a royal charter on June 12, 2003. It offers, through its member organisations, the qualification of "Chartered Scientist". This is similar to ECUK's "Chartered Engineer" title, and qualifications such as "Chartered Geologist" and "Chartered Physicist" offered by some member organisations.

In January 2007, Sir Tom McKillop FRS, became the new President of the Science Council, taking over from its founding President, the late Professor Sir Gareth Roberts FRS, who served until November 2006. Their offices are at 32 - 36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH.

Aims and Objectives

The aim of the Science Council is:

"To be the leading co-ordinating body for science and the science community by promoting the collective knowledge, resources and achievements of its constituent professional and learned bodies and their members worldwide."

The objects of the Science Council are:

* "To encourage the contribution of scientists and technologists to society, a sustainable environment and the economy and to promote their status and maintain their professional standards."

* "To seek improvement of education and training in science and technology at all levels by contributing to the promotion and recognition of qualifications, accreditation, occupational standards and continuing professional development and by contributing to the development of curricula."

* "To press for the allocation of appropriate resources for academic, government and industrial research."

* "To increase public awareness of the role and contribution of science and technology and to participate in the debates on relevant issues."

* "To ensure that professional interests of scientists and technologists are taken into account in any relevant legislation."

Member Organisations

*Association for Clinical Biochemistry
*Association for Science Education
*Biosciences Federation
*British Computer Society
*British Psychological Society
*Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
*Energy Institute
*Geological Society
*Institute of Biology
*Institute of Biomedical Science
*Institute of Clinical Research
*Institute of Corrosion
*Institute of Food Science and Technology
*Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
*Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
*Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
*Institute of Physics
*Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
*Institute of Professional Soil Scientists
*Institution of Chemical Engineers
*Institution of Environmental Sciences
*London Mathematical Society
*The Mineralogical Society
*Oil and Colour Chemists' Association
*Royal Astronomical Society
*Royal Geographical Society
*Royal Society of Chemistry
*Royal Statistical Society
*Society of Dyers and Colourists
*Society for General Microbiology

External links

* [http://www.sciencecouncil.org The Science Council]
* [http://www.charteredscientist.org CSci]


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