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Committee hears from former European Commission Chief Scientist and universities

15 January 2016

The Lords Science and Technology Committee hears from former European Commission Chief Scientist and senior figures within UK universities on the impact of EU membership on their sector.

The Committee continues to examine the relationship between EU membership and the effectiveness of UK science, research and innovation.


Tuesday 19 January in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Professor Dame Anne Glover, former Chief Scientific Advisor to President Barroso and currently Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen

At 11.40am

  • Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Kent
  • Professor Sir Peter Downes, Convener of Universities Scotland and Principal & Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee
  • Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Chair of the Russell Group's EU Advisory Group and Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge

Areas of discussion

The first evidence session covers areas such as:

  • how the EU uses scientific evidence
  • how systems of scientific advice differ between the EU and the UK
  • the influence of UK scientists at the EU level
  • the potential scenario of the UK becoming an Associated Country

The second evidence session covers areas such as:

  • the impact of EU funding on UK universities including the effect on universities in different regions
  • EU funding levels awarded to the UK in comparison to other Member States
  • the EU's freedom of movement principle
  • university-business collaborations

Further information

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