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Influence Government policy in the scientific instrumentation sector through lobbying and consultation on regualtory policy.

Keep up to date through close links with professional bodies and societies.

Support the future of the industry through educational scholarships, bursaries, grants and apprenticeships.

Broaden personal and business networks within the sector.

Help maintain the traditions of the Company and the CIty of London.

Enjoy the social calendar of the Livery, in particular the formal dinners, outing and technical visits.

Make new friends from the various parts of the industry and share experiences.



Freemen are admitted by three traditional routes:

Patrimony: any child, male or female, born to a Freeman of the Livery, is entitled on reaching the age of 21 to be admitted to the Freedom of the Company and become eligible to claim admission to the Freedom of the City of London.


(i) on successful completion of apprenticeship to a Liveryman;

(ii) on successful completion of a SIM scholarship in higher education, the sponsored scholar may be admitted to Freedom of the Company, initially as a Scholar Freeman.

Redemption: on payment of an admission fee by people with an adequate knowledge and experience of scientific instruments but who are not sufficiently senior to become a Liveryman; or are eligible but are awaiting a vacancy in the Livery.

Freemen are expected to progress to become Liverymen as soon as they are eligible and if there is a vacancy.


  • " If anybody says he can think about quantum problems without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them. "
    Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885-1962) Danish physicist.
  • " A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. "
    Edward Teller
  • " I think science has enjoyed an extraordinary success because it has such a limited and narrow realm in which to focus its efforts. Namely, the physical universe. "
    Ken Jenkins
  • " If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate "
    Henry J. Tillman
  • " Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope. "
    Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends, 1972
  • " The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..." "
    Isaac Asimov
  • " Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. "
    Wernher Von Braun
  • " Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men. "
    Jean Rostand
  • " Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. "
    Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis, 1905
  • " The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. "
    Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964
  • " Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature. "
    Martin H. Fischer
  • " Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. "
    Bertrand Russell
  • " DNA was the first three-dimensional Xerox machine. "
    Kenneth Boulding
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