open letter in the Times

Scientists for EU joined with top UK scientists to write this open letter that appeared in the Times

We’re very pleased to say that we joined with top UK scientists to write this open letter that appeared in The Times on 22nd May 2015. In the letter we stated clearly that UK science and innovation is best served by the UK’s continued membership of the EU.

The gains to UK innovation come from the freedom of movement that allows stronger collaboration, an absolute must in this age of ‘Big Science’. The UK also benefits from being a leader in the strategic planning of EU science priorities. Of course, the UK also benefits in terms of science funding grants.¬†

Wider beneficiaries are education, skilled jobs, small innovative businesses and the economy as a whole.

In this open letter we urged Jo Johnson, as the new minister for science and universities, to stand up for these benefits in the political discussions ahead.

Our cosignatories were:

  • Lord Rees of Ludlow, Astronomer Royal
  • Professor Sir Tom Blundell, president of the Science Council
  • Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
  • Dr Andrea Taroni, chief editor of Nature Physics
  • Dr Philip Campbell, editor in chief of Nature
  • Professor Steve Smith, vice chancellor of University of Exeter and chairman of UniversitiesUK’s International Policy Network
  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond, vice-chancellor of University of Aberdeen and chairman of UniversitiesUK’s Research Policy Network
  • Professor Dame Athene Donald, professor of experimental physics at University of Cambridge and member of the European Research Council’s scientific council.


  1. As founding director of the science communication company Green Ink ( I belief strongly that the UK should remain in the EU. The research needed to tackle Europe’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, can only be conducted collaboratively. We must do all we can to maintain and strengthen Britain’s collaboration with our European partners — something best done from within the EU.

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