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How science is organised in the UK
click on the links below to find out more about:

the organisation of science and technology in the UK (gost)


learned societies and professional bodies

or take a look at our links directory


  • science gateways
  • engineering professional bodies and academies
  • research/teaching
  • UK universities


    This section of our website includes our guide to the organisation of science and technology in the UK ('GOST'). Gost is also available as a hard-copy publication from your local British Council office, and is currently in its fourth edition. The guide, sponsored the British company ICI, offers a comprehensive picture of how science is managed, funded and undertaken in the UK, with particular attention to government departments, ministries and agencies, and their roles. Click on the link to the left to have a look at Gost.

    Non-governmental organisations (NGOs), professional associations and learned societies also play a major role in science in the UK. We include here some background information and contact details, to explain this role and what such organisations do.

    In addition, we recommend a look at our web directory. This is a comprehensive alphabetical set of links to the websites of all the major UK science institutions and organisations involved in science activity. (NB the British Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.)

    We hope that you find these pages useful and informative. If you do, or if you have any queries or suggestions, do let us know.

    Click here to return to the science homepage.

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