Professional Bodies

By becoming a member of the Science Council, your organisation will join others such as The Royal Society of Chemistry, The Institute of Science and Technology, BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT, who through Science Council membership demonstrate their commitment to supporting their scientific community through setting standards for competence and conduct, backed up by the quality assurance and professional development necessary to uphold such standards.

Our members form a network providing mutual support and professionalism in the practice of science; and through the Science Council speak with one voice to achieve greater recognition for science and technology as we create public benefit through scientific practice that continues to be above reproach.

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Information for professional bodies

Powers as a Science Council member

As a Member, your organisation is demonstrating its support for the Science Council, and by doing so, commits to holding the charity’s Board of Trustees to account for the delivery of its charitable objects.

Membership of the charity bestows certain rights. These are electing and (in certain circumstances) removing the elected members of the Board, electing the President, electing and (in certain circumstances) removing organisations from membership, approving the appointment and remuneration of the auditors, approving amendments to the annual subscription fee, approving changes to the charity’s Royal Charter and Bylaws, and receiving and considering the annual report and accounts of the Council. In addition, Members can nominate individuals for interview and, if selected, election to the Board of Trustees.

Every Member Body has the right to send two representatives to the AGM and to any General Meetings held, to question the members of the Board, and offer help and support in enabling the charity to fulfil its purpose. At any AGM or General Meeting, each Member has one vote.

In addition, every Member is required to appoint a nominated representative to the Science Council and give a written undertaking that the organisation will promote the Object and the interests of the charity, and be bound by all constitutional and regulatory provisions of the charity.

Benefits of Science Council membership

Membership of the Science Council gives all staff and volunteers in your organisation access to advice and support tailored to professional bodies and learned societies in science.

Find out more about the benefits of membership for your organisation.

Science Council Member Bodies may also apply for a license to award registration with one or more of the Science Council's registers. Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Licensed Body.

Our Members and Licensed Professional Bodies

Member organisations cover a breadth of scientific disciplines and sectors.

See which professional bodies comprise the Science Council.

Licenses to award professional registration

The Science Council licenses professional bodies to award professional registration for scientists to their members, which recognises scientific standards independent of discipline.

Find out how to become a licensed professional body.

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The Science Council has a newsletter and policy bulletin for people from professional bodies and science organisations.

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