Bringing in the European talent was a game-changer for my UK lab

Sir Fraser Stoddart

The UK is home to some of the most creative and talented scientists of our time.  They cover the spectrum all the way from molecular biology to quantum physics.  In the middle of that spectrum lies chemistry and materials science.  Interacting with these core fundamental sciences are world-leading atomic and molecular nanotechnologists alongside engineers of all persuasions. My area is the creation of molecular machines, for which I shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2016. A major catalyst on my life’s journey from Edinburgh to Stockholm was when I first threw my laboratory door open to researchers from across Europe and let the talent flood in.

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Our New Team!

Our new staff have started! Please meet Nick & Kirsty.

You will recall that back in June, we started a crowdfund for two new roles. Well, we smashed the 30K crowdfunding mark and so immediately advertised for two 6-month posts; one at Scientists for EU and one at our spin-out campaign Healthier IN the EU

Both of those positions were embedded with European Movement in order to build on our growing collaboration.

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Brexiters' Clinical Trials Conundrum

The Lords gave a drubbing to Mrs May yesterday on the Customs Union, as you may have noticed if you don’t solely watch BBC News.

But what has gone virtually unnoticed is that the government is in full retreat on the new EU Clinical Trials Directive. This enables novel medicines to be tested across the EU28.

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Why do you want to Remain? 2017

We received a simple question this Christmas Eve, "Trying to understand why you want Great Britain and Northern Ireland to stay in the EU?" As an end of year roundup, we thought we'd publish our response as an open letter. The EU is a boost to our universities, our NHS, our industries, our jobs, our peace and our economy. That's become pretty clear this year. Here's our summary of why we think the way we do.


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Open letter to Boris Johnson MP, on Brexit opportunities for gene therapy

Dear Mr Johnson,

I read with great interest your letter of 15 September to The Telegraph entitled My vision for a bold, thriving Britain enabled by Brexit. I was thrilled to see that you chose to highlight the potential of my research field of gene therapy on this document. Quoting your words:

The NHS is a national asset whose data banks record the dizzying range of diseases that our flesh is heir to. Freed from EU regimes – often cumbersome and hard to change – we will be able to accelerate our work on gene therapy – an infant science, now taking its first faltering steps, whose potential is gigantic. Britain is already at the forefront of this, and we can lengthen our lead.

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Scientists for EU and partners respond to the UK Government’s position paper on Science




Scientists for EU, Healthier IN the EU, the European Movement UK and Britain for Europe have issued the joint response below to the government’s position paper on science:

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New Remain super-group!

Scientists for EU and our sister organisation, Healthier IN the EU have joined in partnership with European Movement and Britain for Europe to form a Remain campaign super-group, to really challenge the secretive Brexit government over the months ahead. 


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