Brian Cox has today used an article in The Sun to warn against cuts to the science budget. In a rare sighting of science policy in the UK’s top tabloid, Professor Cox explains: “We are the most efficient scientific nation in the world, generating research at a level second only to the US while investing less than most other developed nations…. Is it any wonder half our national wealth rests on this great British success story?”
“A UK government report in 2007 called this strategy the Race To The Top. To race to the bottom – trying to pay UK workers less to compete with India or Brazil, is not an option. Britain is currently at the top.”
Professor Cox will be speaking on this topic at our Conservative party conference fringe event (in partnership with the 1994 Group), alongside the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, Sir Martin Taylor FRS, Chair of The Scientific Century, Professor Paul Wellings, Chair of the 1994 Group and Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University, Richard Lambert, Director General, CBI, and Professor Tim Besley FBA, Kuwait Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics.
This event is taking place on Tuesday 5 October, from 19:30-21:00 in Hall 8B, The ICC, Birmingham (inside the secure zone). We hope you can join us for what is likely to be a lively discussion.
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