In the wake of the EU referendum, the Biochemical Society is keen to ensure that the UK molecular bioscience community maintains its high international profile and that our open approach to trans-national collaborative opportunities remains clear.
The Society is proud to be a global community, representing scientists from more than 80 countries worldwide.
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Over the coming months, we will be working along with our sister learned societies and other organisations to urge the UK Government to ensure that both funding and opportunities for scientists to collaborate across the EU are priorities in the forthcoming negotiations.
In order to support these activities, we will continue to gather evidence and case studies to inform our engagement with policy makers. If you have been or expect to be affected by the changes, or have evidence of the challenges or any emerging opportunities for biochemistry, molecular biology and the wider biosciences, please share your experiences by writing to the Policy Team.
Stephen Metcalfe, Chair of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, has published a statement [on 21 March 2017] outlining the priorities for the science community as we trigger Article 50 and start our Brexit negotiations.
Report: The Impact of EU Membership on UK molecular bioscience research
The recent referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU has significant implications for the molecular bioscience community, with key considerations ranging from funding to free movement of labour and potential for collaboration. In order to help inform the Biochemical Society’s policy activities in this area, an online survey was carried out in February 2016 to capture the views and experiences on this important issue of researchers working in molecular bioscience. We were delighted with the enthusiastic response to the questionnaire and would like to thank those who took part.
In light of the result of the EU referendum, the Biochemical Society is keen to ensure that the UK government is mindful of the significant potential damage to the molecular bioscience community and to UK life science more broadly of the decision to leave the European Union.
We have fed into a number of consultations on EU and UK science to represent the views of our community.
- June 2018: We fed into the Royal Society of Biology’s response to the ‘an immigration system that works for science and innovation‘ inquiry.
- February 2018: We contributed to the Royal Society of Biology’s response to ‘Brexit, Science and Innovation Summit‘ inquiry
- October 2017: We fed into both the Royal Society of Biology’s and the Campaign for Science and Engineering’s response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s ‘call for evidence on EEA-workers in the UK labour market’
- July 2016: We fed into the Royal Society of Biology’s response to the Leaving the EU: implications and opportunities for science and research inquiry.
- March 2016: We fed into the Royal Society of Biology’s response toEU regulation of the life sciences, by the Science and Technology Committee.
- December 2015: We have contributed to the Royal Society of Biology’s response to the consultation on the Relationship between EU membership and UK science.
A collated list of resources with information relevant to the European and EU context for UK life sciences, collated by the Royal Society of Biology, is available online.