Science: As Vital As Ever
With the government’s spending review coming up in about a month, research is again under threat. Grassroots pressure group Science is Vital is springing into action with a new campaign. We all need to tell the government about the vital importance of research to our health, the environment and the economy. Make your voice heard and get involved:
- Write a postcard to George Osborne explaining why science is vital to you personally. Whether you’re a scientist, a patient or just love science, Science is Vital needs you to tell the government what research means to you. And then ask your friends and coworkers to do the same! Once you’ve submitted your postcard, do share it on social media too. If you’re after some inspiration, check out this gallery of postcards by the Guardian science bloggers.
- Come to the Science is Vital rally in London on October 26th at Conway Hall in central London at 19:00. The evening promises to be a celebration of science, and a demand that the government set out a positive plan for investment. The event will feature a mix of inspirational speakers from the worlds of science, policy, economics, comedy, patient advocacy and the media. Confirmed guests so far include Jim Al-Khalili, Uta Frith, Simon Singh, Julian Huppert, Adam Rutherford, Robin Ince, Lucie Green and Mark Miodownik.
- Get involved with the rally wherever you are. If you can’t make it to London, Science is Vital is organising a few events around the country. And, if you can’t make it to one of those, the whole event will be live-streamed online to watch around the UK and indeed the world.
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Help spread the word
Please tell your friends and colleagues about the Scienceogram! We don’t think many people have looked at government funding of science in quite this way, and the more people are aware of it, the more people can come to an informed opinion about the level of spending.
Most of the figures on this website are UK-based, but we’d love to create a collection of international Scienceograms for countries around the world! Get in touch if you might be interested in taking on this challenge for your country…
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.
A grassroots campaign of UK scientists and supporters formed as a response to threatened government cuts to science in 2010.
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.