Public Benefit Declaration

The Board is mindful of its responsibility to ensure that the Science Council, as a charity, acts for the benefit of the public. Our Public Benefit Declaration provides an overview of activities undertaken by the Science Council, under the three core strands of its strategy that aim to deliver on its charitable purposes for the public benefit.


The object of the Science Council is to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and education in science, pure and applied, for the public benefit. We achieve our object in the following ways:

Registers and licenses

  • Advancing professionalism in science by promoting high standards of professional competence, conduct and performance of the science workforce, which requires registrants to demonstrate a commitment to continuing professional development and abide by a Code of Conduct which includes the obligation to have regard for the public interest at all times.
  • Supporting science employers to enhance the competence, skills and knowledge of the science and science technician workforce, through the promulgation of the benefits of professional registration.

Community and membership

  • Providing professional bodies with fora to share learning and good practice on issues affecting science and the science workforce.
  • Working in partnership with Member Bodies and other professional bodies, science employers, academic institutions and national academies to achieve a science workforce that reflects the diversity of society, and creates environments free from harassment and discrimination in which everyone feels included and valued.

Policy and influence

  • Maximising the influence and collective capacity of Member Bodies to raise the value of science to society by facilitating discussion, development and coordination of messages on key policy issues that impact on society and the environment.
  • Championing the recognition of the science workforce and the role they play in delivering societal benefit.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

  • Encouraging, supporting and celebrating the different people that cultivate a diverse scientific community by continuing to include the
    widest possible range of experiences and perspectives to inform the evolution of the Science Council’s work.
  • Supporting Member Bodies and partner organisations to embed inclusive behaviours and practices in all activities, and decisions.