The Science Council, established by Royal Charter in 2003 and whose mission is to advance science and its applications for public benefit, is a membership organisation that brings together learned societies and professional bodies across science and its applications.The IST has recently had it’s application for membership and licensed body status approved and now becomes one of the 8 professional bodies licensed to accredit RSci and RSciTech registrations.
The Science Council’s members bodies span across science and its applications and it works with them to represent this sector to government and others. 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 is currently at the forefront of developing new professional registers for scientists and technicians (with the support of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation) to run alongside the existing Chartered Scientist award (CSci). The Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci) awards are now available through a number of bodies, of which the IST is one. The Science Council’s aim is to create a framework of professional registration across the science workforce, recognising high standards of professionalism at all levels. The IST’s aim is to work within this framework to deliver the benefits of this scheme to the Institutes’s members. Details of the framework is available via the Science Councils Professional Registers website.
Entry standards will be based on a combination of knowledge and understanding, professional competence and commitment to professional ethics, conduct and CPD (continuing professional development). Further details of the IST’s registration process will be available on this site very soon. In the meantime if you have any questions or wish to express your interest in the RSci and RSciTech registration process please contact us.