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18:00 - 20:00 12 May 2016

EU membership and UK science


Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre | Roberts Building (link Map)
Malet Place | London | WC1E 7JE | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Professor Graeme Reid, UCL and Advisor to the House of Lords inquiry
Emran Mian, Social Market Foundation and witness to the House of Lords inquiry
David Walker, witness to the House of Lords inquiry and formerly at the Academy of Social Sciences
Professor Alex Halliday, Royal Society
Jackie Hunter, CEO of Stratified Medical Ltd and former CEO of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

The science and research community in the UK is one of the strongest in the world, even as it faces growing international competition since the 1970s. During that time, the UK has also been engaged in European integration. But is there a connection between EU membership and the performance of UK science and research?

On 20 April 2016, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published a report into the relationship between EU membership and the effectiveness of UK science. This report has unearthed a wealth of evidence on the nature and extent of UK-EU interactions in this sector, gathered from a spectrum of well-informed witnesses. Particularly salient given the approaching referendum on UK membership of the EU, it reinforces some elements of conventional wisdom and challenges others.

At this seminar, part of the UCL EI's Britain & Europe series, we shall hear contributions from experts in UK science and research to discuss the report and the implications of its findings.


Uta Staiger
+44 (0)20 7679 8737 | u.staiger@ucl.ac.uk


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