SCI is preparing a submission to the Science and Technology Committee enquiry on the Brexit science and innovation Summit, and we are inviting our members to submit their comments to help shape our response.
The committee has asked for evidence relating to the challenges to science and innovation in the UK after leaving the European Union (EU), with a focus on the actions needed to tackle these issues and what opportunities will be available to UK science post-Brexit. The evidence collected from submissions and discussions at the upcoming Summit will be presented by the committee to government at the start of phase two in Brexit negotiations.
Specifically, the committee is asking for comment on:
- The Government’s Future Partnership Paper 'Collaboration on science and innovation', including any challenges not fully acknowledged and opportunities not fully explored.
- The issues identified in previous S&T Committee reports – EU Regulation of the life-sciences and Leaving the EU: Implications and opportunities for science and research– that have since been addressed, and which still require attention.
- The pros, cons and remaining uncertainties for science and research following the recent UK/EU agreement for an ‘Orderly UK withdrawal'.
- The consequences of any short-term uncertainty during the negotiation period, and how these can be addressed.
- The UK's future participation in Horizon-2020 and its successor programmes, including any alternative models that should be explored.
- Whether recent science co-operation deals (eg. the Joint UK-China Strategy for Science and UK-US Science and Technology Agreement) provide a suitable model for collaboration with other countries post-Brexit, including the EU.
SCI has a unique strategic position within this debate, with members holding a wide range of scientific expertise spanning industrial scientists and academics. With our unique diversity, this enquiry provides a great opportunity for SCI to represent the perspectives of our members in relation to science and innovations post-Brexit.
What SCI would like from you
Framed by the suggested lines of enquiry from the Science and Technology committee, we have set up a short survey for you to fill out, which will help to shape SCI’s response to the enquiry. If you wish to contribute, please fill out this survey by 28th January 2018.