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  • Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA)

    GINA's objective is to work with health care professionals and public health officials around the world to reduce asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality. Produces guides for health professionals, pocket guides for asthma management and prevention, and patient guides for families. Also co-ordinates activities for World Asthma Day (this year on 5 May).
  • National Asthma Campaign

    Website with lots of useful information and publications on asthma. Gives information if you or your child has asthma, all the latest news and research details, journals and factsheets and details of the Asthma Helpline.

    Link to the National Asthma Campaign Scotland at


  • Biometric Consortium

    Focal point for research, development, testing, evaluation, and application of biometric-based personal identification/verification technology.


Food safety

  • Institute of Food Science and Technology

    Professional qualifying body for food scientists and technologists.

Genetic modification

Climate change

Inventions and patents

  • UK Patent Office

    Responsible for Intellectual Property (copyright, designs, patents and trade marks) in the UK.
  • Institute of Inventors

    Inventions, Patents & Inventor's Club run by Engineer Inventors.

    Government initiative, supported by European Funding, which provides specialist advice and counselling for Scotland's inventors and small innovative companies.

Mobile phones

Natural disasters

  • NASA Natural Disaster Database

    Bibliographic database on research, programs, and results which relate to the use of satellite remote sensing for disaster mitigation.
  • Natural Disasters

    Website dedicated to providing information and pictures about natural disasters.
  • ReliefWeb

    Disaster response information on current natural disasters and archival material dating back to 1981, listed chronologically.

Nuclear energy

  • DTI Nuclear Energy

    Government information, from the Department of Trade and Industry, with background information on nuclear power.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEE)

    The agency works with its member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

    Non-departmental public body, set up in April 2005 under the Energy Act 2004 to take strategic responsibility for the UK's nuclear legacy.
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

    Information on sites such as Dounreay and the decommissioning and regeneration of nuclear sites in the UK.
  • World Nuclear Association

    Global organisation that promotes the peaceful worldwide use of nuclear power as a sustainable energy resource.

Renewable energy

  • Energy Saving Trust

    Set up by the UK Government after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, one of the UK's leading organisations addressing the damaging effects of climate change.
  • Scottish Renewables

    Scotland's Forum for the Renewable Energy Industry, supporting the development and provision of a sustainable energy future for Scotland.

 Sports medicine

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