- Science is Vital is currently spearheading a petition which calls on the government to reverse the decline in UK science funding, and set a target for public support of science at 0.8% of GDP, in line with the rest of the G8. This follows an open letter in the Telegraph, signed by fifty high-profile UK scientists making the same call.
- If you’re a scientist, Science is Vital is also running a survey to try to map the effects of the cash freeze on the ground. Whether you’re a PI or a post-doc, if you’re currently working in the UK (or have recently left) they want to hear your stories about funding.
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There are a few organisations in the UK that also advocate increased investment in scientific research. Check them out for some more ideas and information.
The Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) is an independent organisation that aims to raise the political profile of science and engineering. They do great work on behalf of academia and industry in lobbying government and politicians across many scientific issues, including funding.
A grassroots campaign of UK scientists and supporters formed as a response to threatened government cuts to science in 2010.