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National Academies explore impact of EU membership on UK science

7 January 2016

The Lords Science and Technology Committee continues its inquiry into the relationship between EU membership and the effectiveness of UK science, research and innovation. It hears from representatives from the four National Academies as well as senior figures from the world of social science within the UK.

Areas the Committee covers includes the impact of EU membership on natural science and social sciences, and how EU membership influences business investment in R&D in the UK, as well as issues such as freedom of movement of people, the provision of science advice and the use of evidence in policy-making.


Tuesday 12 January in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Professor Ric Parker CBE FREng, Director of Research and Technology, Rolls-Royce plc (representing the Royal Academy of Engineering)
  • Professor Sir Robert Lechler FKC, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Professor Alex Halliday FRS, Vice-President, The Royal Society

At 11.40am

  • Professor Dame Helen Wallace, Europe Liaison Chair, British Academy
  • Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President, The Learned Society of Wales
  • David Walker, Head of Policy, Academy of Social Sciences

Possible questions

The evidence sessions cover questions such as:

  • What is the single biggest influence that EU membership has on UK science, research and innovation?
  • How significant is EU funding in terms of the vitality and productivity of the UK science base?
  • How does the UK's EU membership influence R&D investment by businesses in the UK?
  • Does the balance of regulatory power between the EU and the UK need to change?
  • What is the effect of freedom of movement of people within the EU on the science and research community in the UK?
  • How important are EU funding schemes to the social science community in the UK?
  • Are the National Academies planning to engage the wider public in the scientific dimensions of the EU membership debate?

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