In advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review announcement on 20 October, a group of concerned scientists, engineers and supporters of science have got together and are campaigning to prevent destructive levels of cuts to science funding in the UK through a Science is Vital campaign.
The campaign offers you four ways to voice your concern about the proposed destructive level of cuts to Government funding of science in the UK:
1. Sign the petition (currently over 7,000 signatures!)
2. Write to your MP about the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths (template letter provided, but writing your own is even better)
3. Join the Science is Vital demonstration in central London on Saturday 9 October at 2pm
4. Attend the Science is Vital lobby of MPs in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 12 October 3.30 - 4pm
Investing in research enriches society and helps drive the economy. It led to the UKs 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.
Nations such as the United States, China, Germany, and France have all recognised the importance of investing in science especially in austere times – it could be catastrophic for the UK to do the exact opposite.
View key points in the economic argument against cuts to science funding.