The Science Technologists Association was formed in 1948 and granted a certificate of incorporation in 1954 to become the Institute of Science Technology (IST) and in October 2007 the IST became the Institute of Science & Technology. Its past traditions lay in the promotion and development of the science and practice of laboratory science technology.
As we know, the world of science and technology moves forward at a tremendous pace and is one of continual and rapid change. This modern technology-driven world has opened up many new and exciting fields of science. Increasingly, the multi-disciplined approach towards developing new and innovative solutions is changing the face of industry, research and education.
The IST itself has continued to move forward and expand its own horizons so that it can best position itself to support its members and their needs in the 21st century.
We now reach out to provide individual and focused professional support to a wide group of specialist, technical, and managerial colleagues in a broad range of environments such as science, engineering, industry, local authorities, schools, FE, HE, research/analytical/health facilities, government departments, and many more in the UK and overseas.
Our aim is to make the Institute all embracing and, in order to achieve this, help/advice networks, skills training, specialist forums, recognised qualifications, continuing career development opportunities and guidance will be available to the membership. Recognition of professional standing is high on our agenda and, most importantly, expansion of the vibrant community of specialist, technical and managerial colleagues who will work together to help make a difference and shape the future.