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How can UK scientists influence EU policy?

5 February 2016

The Lords Science and Technology Committee hears evidence from a multinational company active in research and development in the UK, as well as scientists with experience of EU decision making. The medical research charity, the Wellcome Trust, also gives evidence.

The Committee asks a range of questions on the issues of how UK science is affected by the treatment of science advice and evidence within the EU. The session is part of a wider examination of the relationship between EU membership and the effectiveness of UK science, research and innovation.


Tuesday 9 February in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 9.30am

  • Professor Siegfried Russwurm, Chief Technology Officer & Member of the Managing Board, Siemens
  • Mr Juergen Maier, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens UK

At 10.30am

  • Professor Dame Julia Slingo OBE FRS, Chief Scientist, Met Office and member of the European Commission's Science Advice Mechanism High-Level Group
  • Professor John Womersley, Chief Executive Officer, Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Mr Stuart Pritchard, EU Affairs Manager, Wellcome Trust

Areas of discussion

The evidence sessions cover areas such as:

  • the impetus for international companies to undertake Research and Development (R&D) in the UK
  • the value of EU membership to UK businesses
  • the role of EU science advisory groups
  • how much UK scientists can influence EU policy
  • UK participation in EU funding schemes
  • the movement of R&D talent across Europe
  • the view from the charity sector

Further information

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