Keep the EU and UK collaborating in science #dealforscience

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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.


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

Thank you from the petition organisers: EU-LIFE, EuroScience, Wellcome, Young European Research Universities, Association of Medical Research Charities, Federation of European Academies of Medicine, Universities UK, The Francis Crick Institute and Marie Curie Alumni.

Thank you for your support, Wellcome from 3RU
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  • Dear Petition Supporter,

    Thank you for your support for EU-UK science collaboration.

    International collaboration makes science stronger and we should not let Brexit disrupt this. Ensuring that the UK can join the Horizon Europe programme will ensure researchers can continue to tackle shared challenges, such as cancer and climate change.

    Now is our last chance to stand up for science. The Brexit negotiations are in their final stages – the last scheduled round finishes at the very start of October. Both sides agree with the principle on ongoing collaboration and participation in Horizon Europe has been discussed frequently. However, there has been too little progress towards an agreement.

    Ahead of the last negotiating round, we published... further

  • Today four leading researcher network organisations joined the #DealForScience petition, expressing their commitment to international collaboration in science.

    These are:
    Dutch Academic Network UK
    Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK
    Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom
    Polonium Foundation

    Please share the news and encourage individuals and organisations to join us.

    By working together, we can protect science.

My contribution may or may not be considered a proper Pro argument. However, what I mean is that the decision to leave the EU is one of the most stupid decisions the UK has ever taken. Not just when it comes to research in general and science in particular but when it comes to just about everything else.

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

  • on 24 Oct 2020

    I am a researcher and I am worried about my professional future and those of my colleagues.

  • on 07 Sep 2020

    because I'm a research living and working in UK

  • on 07 Sep 2020

    Most useful impactful research has been done through across Europe and Global collaboration. For this to be effective continuing relationships are imperative.

  • on 06 Sep 2020

    Science is an important pillar in our future and both EU and UK need each other

  • on 04 Sep 2020

    I have spent my entire professional life in collaborative research across the European Union and beyond, and know at first hand the benefits of EU organised research funding and research projects.

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