A petition to sign from ‘Science is Vital’, a group of concerned scientists, engineers and supporters of science who are campaigning to prevent destructive levels of cuts to science funding in the UK.
I am writing to you to ask for your help in supporting an urgent
campaign aimed at preventing destructive funding cuts to science and
engineering in the UK. With the comprehensive spending review around the
corner, many scientists and engineers are becoming increasingly anxious
about their prospects over the next few years – and indeed the prospects
for British science and engineering as a whole.
There is significant concern amongst the scientific and
engineering community over how realistic doing ‘more with less’ is,
given that UK science is already amongst the most efficient and
productive in the world. This concern has precipitated into a grassroots
movement from concerned researchers, dubbed ‘Science is Vital’. CaSE is
assisting Science is Vital in organising a campaign to emphasise the
political as well as the economic cost of not supporting science and
Would you be able to help us by a) lending your organisation’s
official support to Science is Vital, and/or b) spreading the word about
the campaign’s activities to your members and colleagues?
We’d like people to:
– sign the petition, launched today and available at
– ask their MP to sign EDM 767 (http://bit.ly/edm767)
and inviting them to a lobby of Parliament on the 12th of October at
3:30pm in Committee Room 10
– attend a public rally in support of science and
engineering on the 9th of October
You can find out more about all of these at
I should stress that Science is Vital is a genuine grassroots
movement that people are putting their own time into building. They and
we would be extremely grateful if you could encourage anyone you know
with an interest in these issues to participate.
Do write back to me if you would like to discuss any of this,
and it would be great if you could let us know if you are able to help
in either of the ways described above.
Campaign for Science and Engineering
29 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PP
Tel: 020 7679 4995
Mob: 07967 831 333