14 September 2015: Science: As Vital As Ever
Science is again threatened with cuts: help us tell the government that science is vital
The government is once again threatening research with cuts of 25% to 40%. Join us at 7 PM on 26 October, at Conway Hall in London or online for a high-impact event calling on the Government to reverse the decline in science funding, and write a postcard to George Osborne explaining why science is vital to you.
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- Watch the video of our rally on October 26th in London and spread the word to everyone you know that science is vital.
- Write a postcard to George Osborne
- Our blog at the Guardian launching the campaign
- Help us advertise the campaign where you work using this handy postcard or poster
- Watch and share our new campaign videos on funding of research into cancer, energy and blue skies research.
5 June 2015: We’ve written an open letter to the new Minister for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, welcoming him to the role and outlining some of our concerns about science funding in the UK.
Investing in research enriches society and helps drive the economy. It led to our preeminent position in the 20th century, and will be vital in meeting the challenges of the 21st – whether they be in energy, medicine, infrastructure, computing, or simply humanity's primal desire for discovery.
The UK has a proud history of excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We are world leaders in many fields of research, producing over 10% of global scientific output with only 1% of the global population, and despite spending less on science per capita than most of our competitors.
Our world-class research universities and institutes which attract excellence and investment from around the world have made us a global hub for science. Nations such as the United States, China, Germany, and France have all recognized the importance of investing in science especially in austere times – it could be catastrophic for the UK to do the exact opposite.