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Chartered Scientist (CSci)

Why not become a Chartered Scientist? asks Dawne Riddle.

The Science Council sets professional standards for practising scientists, independent of scientific discipline. This is done through professional registration, which includes Chartered Scientist, and their registers are the only registers that are transferable across the different disciplines of science.

Would Science Council professional registration be relevant to you? You first need to identify what a ‘scientist’ means.  Here is the Science Council’s definition:

“A scientist is someone who systematically gathers and uses research and evidence, making a hypothesis and testing it, to gain and share understanding and knowledge.”

A scientist can be further defined by: how they go about this, for instance by use of statistics (Statisticians) or data (Data scientists); what they’re seeking understanding of, for instance the elements in the universe (Chemists, Geologists etc), or the stars in the sky (Astronomers); and where they apply their science - for instance, in the food industry (Food Scientist)

However all scientists are united by their relentless curiosity and systematic approach to assuaging it.  If this definition of a scientist resonates with you, you would either consider yourself primarily as a scientist or equally a scientist and a geologist.

  • To find out more about how professional registration as a Chartered Scientist can be useful in supporting your professional development and career aspirations as a practising professional scientist, visit