Science is Vital: Live in London – the video

You came, they spoke, we celebrated.  And rallied noisily for UK science. We reckon around 500 people, either in London’s Conway Hall or watching the livestream in gatherings at York, Newcastle, Glasgow and Swansea, came together to send the message to the Government that it needs to reverse the decline in public investment in research in November’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

The event was compered with incomparable wit and assurance by Matt Parker and included speeches, talks (and songs!) from Jenny Rohn, Andrew Steele, Jim Al-Khalili, James Wilsdon, Julian Huppert, Simon Singh, Helen Arney, Uta Frith FRS, Naomi Weir (CaSE), Mark Miodownik, Sue Duncombe, Greg Foot, Lucie Green, Adam Rutherford, and Stephen Curry – as well as video messages from Robin Ince and Ben Goldacre, and a twitter stream of support from all over the UK.

You can watch the whole of the proceedings here (or see below for links that start at each of the individual contributions, which were typically 4-8 minutes in length).


And please remember: the campaign is by no means over yet! Please spread the word and make sure to send your message to George Osborne.


To jump to the start of each contribution, use the links below.

Jenny Rohn (Chair, Science is Vital):

Andrew Steele (Scienceogram, Science is Vital)

Jim Al-Khalili OBE (Professor of theoretical physics and public engagement, University of Surrey; author and broadcaster)

James Wilsdon (Campaign for Social Science)

Julian Huppert (Lecturer in evidence-based science and technology policy, Cambridge University; former MP))

Simon Singh (Award-winning, author, journalist and TV producer)

Helen Arney (Comedian, presenter, songwriter and geek; Festival of the Spoken Nerd)

Uta Frith FRS (Prof of Developmental Psychology, UCL)

Naomi Weir (Director, CaSE)

Mark Miodownik (Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UCL)

Sue Duncombe (CRUK Ambassador)

Greg Foot (Science communicator and Blue Peter’s resident science guy!)

Lucie Green (Professor of Physics, UCL)

Adam Rutherford (Science presenter and writer; host of BBC Inside Science)

Stephen Curry & Jenny Rohn (Science is Vital) – Closing remarks