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Committee Activities


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Early Career Activities

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The Group, through its members' activity, has contributed to the development of British, European and international standards through representation on BSI and international committees. SCI has been active in covering expenses, not otherwise met from grant in aid from the UK government, for approximately the past 20 years.

With the aid of this support, its members have been able to influence the development of various standards both as principal authors of documents and chairing of committees at various levels throughout the standards organisations involved.

The goal of members has, and will always be, that of delivering the best possible science, and particularly chemical sciences, to a business interface, to ensure a practical ethical application of the benefits to industry and society as a whole.

Benefits of Continued Support

The benefits of this activity to SCI are:

  • An open, transparent public fulfilment of SCI charitable objectives facilitating the application of science at the highest level.
  • Promotion of SCI goals and objectives
  • Maintenance of an extensive network of active scientists. The advantage of this network is that speakers are approached for the many events run by the Environment Group on behalf of SCI.

Members' Contributions

Members contribute their time freely to this activity, which in some cases totals many days each year, without charge. Employers also bear some costs in this activity, by the sacrifice of staff from normal activity. Self-employed members arguably make a greater sacrifice because their fundamental ability to earn a living is sacrificed by spending time on this activity.

Areas of Activity

In all cases the motivation for this activity is the greater public good through the conduit of SCI goals.

Principal areas of activity followed by the Group in this regard are standards relating to:

  • The assessment, maintenance and management of soil quality
  • The assessment, maintenance and management of water quality
  • The characterisation and management of sewage sludge disposal, to maintain public health and minimise environmental impact.
  • Development and maintenance of environmental policy within CEN and its application in the development of future standards.

This work is also supported by an SCI involvement in the Standing Committee of Analysts (SCA) at a strategic level. It is the voluntary work of the SCA which provides the fundamental method development work, which allows the UK to contribute strongly through BSI to the development of standards outside the UK, by donating the research output freely at a global level.

Environment, Health and Safety Group Committee members regularly write BSI post-meeting reports. Copies of these reports are available to read by applying to the committee, please contact SCI's Committee Support on e: committeesupport@soci.org or t: +44(0) 20 7598 1513, if you are interested in being sent copies.

Members are urged to monitor the BSI web site for environmentally-linked standards particularly in the area of soil and water quality and those related to environmental monitoring. It is particularly important that comments are made on drafts posted for public consultation to ensure that all views are considered and that good science prevails.


Contribution to SCI Journals

Articles are invited for all of SCI's peer reviewed journals. See list of journals for more information.

Prizes, Medals and Awards

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