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Science Minister gives the CaSE Annual Lecture

CaSE Annual LectureLast night saw the Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson, give the 30th anniversary lecture of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

The event was kindly hosted by the Royal Institution and was attended by a sold-out audience from across the science and engineering community. You can watch a video of the lecture here.

The Minister took the opportunity in his speech to announce new funding, and highlight the importance of the UK’s international research partnerships and the strength of ties with European research partners. Ahead of the lecture, the Science Minister had an article published in The Times, warning that Brexit risked damaging the UK’s world-beating scientists. Read More »

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30 years of CaSE; does science still need saving?

1986 AdvertThirty years ago today, on 13th January 1986, a full page advertisement paid for by 1500 scientists appeared in The Times calling on the public to ‘Ask your Member of Parliament to save British science before it is too late’.

This led to the formation of the pressure group Save British Science, since renamed the Campaign for Science and Engineering.

This crowd-sourced action was prompted by a dire situation in UK research. Scientists were concerned about the ‘brain drain’ abroad, swingeing cuts to universities and whole areas of research being lost due to declining funding. They felt they needed a voice for science in Parliament, which is what we have provided ever since.

Today, despite recent Government’s efforts to protect the science budget, investment in research continues to fall behind that of our main industrial competitors and CaSE’s work is more important than ever. Commenting on the anniversary, Professor Denis Noble, one of the original founders, said:

“It would have been impossible for those of us who founded the organisation in 1986 to foresee such a strong case being made for science and engineering nearly 30 years later.”

30 years on from the original advert, CaSE Director Dr Sarah Main has had the following letter published in today’s Times:

Dear Sir

Thirty years ago today, 1500 scientists placed an advertisement in The Times calling on your readers to ‘Ask your Member of Parliament to save British science before it is too late’. It expressed their concern at the ‘brain drain’ abroad and at research lost due to declining budgets.

The parallels with 1986 are stark. Budgets are being heavily hit and government investment in science continues to fall behind competitor nations, even 30 years on.  There is a ‘brain block’, as opposed to a ‘brain drain’, as science students turn away from the UK believing they are not welcome.

The advert appealed to the public to make a stand for British science. I believe science is worth investing in. It is one of the UK’s great strengths and reaps rewards for us all. I wonder if your readers would agree and would stand up for British science today?

Stephen Metcalfe MP has also sponsored the following Early Day Motion in Parliament, celebrating CaSE’s 30th anniversary:

That this House marks the thirtieth anniversary of the advertisement placed in The Times on 13 January 1986 by 1,500 scientists which called on the public to ask their hon. Members to save British science before it is too late; notes that at that time concern was expressed about the brain drain abroad and the loss of research in the UK due to declining budgets; further notes that the organisation entitled Save British Science was established as a result and was later renamed the Campaign for Science and Engineering; applauds the work that both organisations have done over the last thirty years to promote UK science; and finally welcomes the efforts that the UK science and engineering community make to strengthen links between Science and Parliament.

In 30 years time, we expect science and engineering to be integral to shaping what life is like across the world. Will the UK be a creator of new knowledge and solutions to the world’s problems or a follower waiting for other countries lead the way?

The UK is a science superpower. Let’s not let it slide into second rate. Let’s back it with everything we’ve got.


The 30th anniversary gives an opportunity for those involved with CaSE, both past and present, to recall their time with the organisation and why CaSE remains so important.

Professor Bill Banks, University of Strathclyde and former Save British Science/CaSE Board Member:

“I was on the Committee when we changed the name and ethos to CaSE. I think it was an excellent move giving engineering an authoritative and powerful voice right to the heart of government. It has proved immensely beneficial over the years.”

Professor Dame Athene Donald, University of Cambridge and CaSE Advisory Council Member:

“CaSE is an organisation that, being independent and well-informed, can take a hard look at the issues facing the community and ask the questions of Government that need to be asked. It serves an extremely valuable role for the whole scientific community.”

Please feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments section below.

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CaSE Vacancy: Membership Engagement and Development Manager

Position: Membership Engagement and Development Manager
Full-time
Location: London
Salary: £28-34,000 depending on experience
Closing date for applications: 30th November 2015
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CaSE AGM – 16th December

CaSE will be holding its 2015 Annual General Meeting on 16th December, 5-6pm, kindly hosted by the Wellcome Trust. The AGM will discuss CaSE’s activities and finances, and appoint new board members.

You can register for the event here. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its November 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • The new House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has this week published its report on the Science Budget, calling on the Government to back science in the upcoming Spending Review. Both our Acting Director and Chair gave evidence to the Committee, and the report’s publication received coverage in The Times and The Observer. CaSE has set out and commented on the Committee’s recommendations here. Read More »
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‘Future of Science Policy’ event in Manchester

CaSE is hosting a science and innovation policy event with the University of Manchester, as part of the city’s ‘Year of Science’, on 3rd November.

The event, ‘The Future of Science and Innovation Policy’, is free and open to the general public.

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New Policy Officer joins CaSE

I am really excited to join CaSE and the EPC to work on this project. There is growing conversation around the potential impacts of the UK leaving the EU. For example, Universities UK have initiated a campaign, Universities for Europe, and the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have launched an inquiry into the relationship between EU membership and UK science. It will be really interesting to help inform this debate by examining the data available on the impacts that EU funding has on the UK research community. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its September 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

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CaSE Annual Review 14-15 published

CaSE has published its Annual Review for 2014-15. It gives a summary of CaSE’s activities over the year, including meetings with ministers, policy consultations, and campaign achievements. Highlights during the year include: Read More »

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CaSE welcomes new member Facebook

FB-f-Logo__blue_144Facebook is one of the world’s largest social networking services with offices and research facilities all around the world. With approximately 500 staff in the UK, Facebook relies on a skilled workforce of software engineers, mathematicians and data scientists to drive its business. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes new member Arthritis Research UK

20120704_LoT_isolate (00000002)Arthritis Research UK is the leading UK funder of research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. It is the UK’s fourth largest medical research charity and the only charity solely committed to funding high quality research into arthritis. Read More »

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its July 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

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CaSE welcomes new member BHF

SimonGillespieThe British Heart Foundation (BHF) are the nation’s heart charity and the largest independent funder of cardiovascular research. Read More »

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CaSE welcomes the Babraham Institute as members

FOT_0003The Babraham Institute is a world-leading research centre performing fundamental cell and molecular biology research to underpin lifelong health and healthy ageing. Located at the heart of the Babraham Research Campus, the Institute plays a key role within the Cambridge bioscience cluster. The Institute also works closely with a range of industrial partners through research collaborations to explore commercial translation of its research.

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Recent Round-Up

latest-e-bulletinCaSE has published its June 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • With the new Government up and running, CaSE has published a briefing which highlights how championing science and engineering can help support a strong economy, create high-value jobs, and help us all live healthier and happier lives. Read More »
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latest-e-bulletinCaSE has published its May 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

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CaSE welcomes City University as members

Prof-Paul-Curran-headshotCity University London is a leading international university dedicated to academic excellence as well as focused on business and the professions.

Professor Curran, Vice-Chancellor says of their decision to join CaSE:

“City University London is pleased to support CaSE in its efforts to raise the profile of science and engineering and, in particular, the need to maintain investment in education and research.  This is timely given the impending General Election and the parties’ relative commitments to science and engineering.”

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Recent Round-Up

latest-e-bulletinCaSE has published its April 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

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Recent Round-Up

CaSE has published its March 2015 e-bulletin, giving a summary of all CaSE’s activities and news over the last month. These include:

  • Ahead of the Election, CaSE has been inviting Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to write for CaSE on why science and engineering is important to the UK and how they would support this as a Member of Parliament. So far we’ve received over 100 responses from candidates and we’ll be publishing their comments regularly in the run-up to May 7th. Read More »
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CaSE welcomes Imperial College London as members

Imperial College Provost, James StirllingImperial College London is a science-based university with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Located in the heart of London, it is a multidisciplinary space for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle global challenges.
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