The Science Council is a UK organisation that was established by Royal Charter in 2003. The principal activity of The Science Council is the promotion of the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of and education in science pure and applied, for the public benefit. The Science Council is the Competent Authority with respect to the European Union directive 2005/36/EC.
It is a membership organisation for learned and professional bodies across science and its applications and works with them to represent this sector to government and others. Together, the member organisations represent over 400,000 scientists.
The Science Council promotes the profession of scientist through the Chartered Scientist designation and the development of codes of practice; it promotes awareness of the contribution of professional scientists to science and society and advances science education and increased understanding of the benefits of science.
The Science Council provides a forum for discussion and exchange of views and works to foster collaboration between member organisations and the wider science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical communities to enable inter-disciplinary contributions to science policy and the application of science.
The Science Council was founded by the late Professor Sir Gareth Roberts FRS, who served as the Council's Founding President. In February 2007, Sir Tom McKillop FRS, became the new President of the Science Council and he was succeeded in June 2011 by the current President Professor Sir Tom Blundell.
In November 2008 the Science Council launched Future Morph a website aimed at providing children, parents, teachers and the general public with information about science and how it might help in future careers.
In October 2011 the Science Council launched two additional professional registers - Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci) – alongside the prestigious Chartered Scientist award, to build a framework of professional standards and recognition across the science workforce.
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