September 2010 saw the launch of the Science is Vital campaign – a grassroots movement aimed at highlighting the important role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in supporting economic growth, as well as to wider society, ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Supported by CaSE, Science is Vital hosted a petition against proposed funding cuts, which was handed into Number 10 Downing Street with nearly 34,000 signatures, held a rally outside HM Treasury, attended by over 2,000 people, and organised a lobby of parliament with over 100 constituents and 24 MPs attending.
As a result, the UK’s science budget was frozen in cash terms – around a 10% real terms cut over four years – and the budget was ring-fenced. For further details about the successes of the ‘Science is Vital’ campaign see the November 2010 issue of CaSE News.
Further ‘Science is Vital’ resources: