|Learned societies and professional bodies|
Learned societies are usually national academies of science or similarly constituted bodies, with a broader remit for subject coverage than professional associations, and include:
There are three other key bodies which are concerned with the public promotion and understanding of science for specialists, the public and children:
Foundation for Science and TechnologyThe following professional bodies belong to the Foundation for Science and Technology which was formed in the late 1970s for promoting and developing science and technology, and bringing about the greater efficiency in industry in the UK. The membership comprises about 500 companies, universities, government departments, research organisations, learned societies and invited individuals. The Foundation provides a neutral and authoratitive platform for the frank discussion of ideas and issues through some twenty meetings a year.
Foundation for Science and Technology
Professional bodies generally represent a professional grouping and advance the practice of a particular area, maintaining standards of qualification in the profession as well as promoting a wider awareness of career potential in schools and to the public. There are many bodies and their activities include regular specialist meetings, public lectures, publications and library/information service, plus advice in their field of competence to government.
The Engineering Council
The new Engineering Council consists of a senate of fifty-four members from which two operating boards have been drawn. The Board for the Engineering Profession (BEP) provides leadership across the many engineering disciplines and the Board of Engineers' Regulation (BER) sets and monitors standards of education, training and discipline.
Engineering Training Authority (EnTra)
EnTra aims to encourage and support the uptake within UK companies of world-class engineering skills training.
EnTra is approved by the National Council for Vocational Qualifications (NCVQ) to award National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) based on the national five level framework of occupational standards. EnTra offers over forty NVQs in a wide range of skills. These qualifications are also in demand outside the UK.
Institute of Biology
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE)
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering
The Royal Academy of Engineering is the United Kingdom's independent self-governing body of professional engineers of all disciplines; it was founded in 1976 as the Fellowship of Engineering, and was granted a Royal Charter in 1983. The Academy's objectives are the pursuit, encouragement and maintenance of excellence in the whole field of engineering in order to promote the science, art and practice of engineering for the benefit of the public. Election to the Academy is by invitation only; up to sixty Fellows may be elected annually, together with Honorary Fellows and Foreign Members who have made exceptional contributions to engineering. The Academy is funded by a Government grant in aid, members subscriptions and income from contracts.
The Royal Institution of Great Britain (RI)
The Royal Society
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
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