Campaign launched

The UK is promised a referendum on membership of the EU. There is strong euro-scepticism in the UK and the outcome of such a referendum is far from certain.

This is of great concern to UK universities, researchers, industry scientists, engineers and innovators. UK innovation benefits greatly from EU investment and ease of movement for workers, students and families.

The referendum should be welcomed because the concerns of the people should be addressed openly and widely.

The case is there to be made: that the UK is stronger when it collaborates closely with Europe and that British innovation is a world leader because of that partnership.

About Scientists for EU

We are a collaboration of universities, researchers, industry scientists, engineers, health professionals, students and more that are coming together to state a particularly clear case for the UK to stay within the European family of countries.

Formed in the wake of the 2015 general election, when it was obvious that an in/out referendum was imminent, we are a non-partisan campaign. Our supporters may have party affilitions but we see that innovation, research and development has no such boundaries.

We will make the case for freedom of movement of staff, freedom of movement of students and of course the benefits of combined resources for funding.

In such economically charged times, our campaign will draw special attention to the economic benefits of funding innovation and to freedom of movement. This benefit spreads throughout the economy, far from being restricted to the institutions that produce the innovations.

Membership of the EU is necessary to maintain Britain's position as a world leader in innovation, and that innovation is necessary for a brighter future for all of Britain.

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Collaboration is a big part of our positive message on the benefits of EU membership. In our campaign we feel very lucky to be collaborating and receiving support and advice from the following people:

  • Lord Rees of Ludlow, Astronomer Royal
  • Professor Sir Tom Blundell,president of the Science Council and co-founder of Astex Therapeutics
  • Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureat in Physiology or Medicine
  • Dr Andrea Taroni, chief editor, Nature Physics
  • Dr Philip Campbell, editor-in-chief, Nature
  • Professor Sir Steve Smith, vice-chancellor, University of Exeter, and chairman, Universities UK's International Policy Network
  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond, vice-chancellor, University of Aberdeen, and chairman, Universities UK's Research Policy Network
  • Professor Dame Athene Donald, professor of experimental physics, University of Cambridge, and member, European Research Council's scientific council
  • Daniel Zeichner, Member of Parliament for Cambridge

And the following groups and organisations:

  • University College London
  • Scientists for Labour

If you are a university, a science policy group, an innovating firm, or any other allied organisation, please do contact us to get involved.

For more information or to get involved, contact Dr Mike Galsworthy at, or you can message us via Facebook or Twitter

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