Researchers need certainty on scientific collaboration between the UK and EU.

Science has been a key success of the EU and must remain a priority to keep Europe competitive. International collaboration makes science stronger and we should not let Brexit disrupt this.

Researchers need a long-term solution to allow them to continue working together on the big challenges our societies face, transforming peoples’ lives for the better. It’s essential that politicians quickly find a way to keep this collaboration as easy as possible.

We call on the EU and the UK to sign a research and innovation agreement as soon as possible. This should include:

  • A commitment by European countries to work together to make the European Research Area a world leader in science;

  • Full researcher mobility between the UK and the rest of Europe for all levels and career stages;

  • A commitment to collaboration, including UK associate membership of Horizon Europe;

  • Co-operation on regulations that support science.

Reason

Sign our petition to show that science is stronger with international collaboration.

#dealforscience

Thank you from the petition organisers: EU-LIFE, EuroScience and Wellcome.

Thank you for your support, Sarah Rappaport from BE
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There is no science without cooperation.

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I think the petition is not well thought through. 1) "We call on the EU and the UK to sign a research and innovation agreement as soon as possible." - Isn't such signing possible only after the UK has left the EU? Is the petition arguing that UK should leave EU ASAP? 2) "Science has been a key success of the EU and must remain a priority to keep Europe competitive. " Is this addressed to the EU that includes the UK, or only to the 27? The petition should be: Stop the Brexit madness! "No-deal" Brexit is insanity! Science in the UK and the rest of EU will suffer!

Why people sign

  • 1 day ago

    Over the last 5 years, over 4,000 peer-reviewed journal papers were co-authored by School of medicine researchers with Trinity College researchers and their counterparts in UK Institutions. We want this level of research impact continued.

  • 1 day ago

    As a researcher, I know that we can make better science if we collaborate - not least, because our current funding is EU based and would be revoked and all future funding impossible if there was a no-deal Brexit.

  • 1 day ago

    To maintain collaboration between UK and EU whatever the future.

  • 1 day ago

    I am an international researcher in the UK sector. My best collaborators are in the EU and we need to keep this spirit of cooperation and openness alive, beyond borders

  • David Bennett xn Oxford

    1 day ago

    I am a scientist collaborating in multiple EU consortia which I think are hugely beneficial and I dont want to see that collaboration stop

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