UK national academies publish joint statement on research and innovation after the EU Referendum

19 Jul 2016

The Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Irish Academy and the Learned Society of Wales have today, 19 July 2016, published a joint statement on research and innovation after the EU Referendum.

These seven academies represent the best researchers in their fields in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. They stand ready to help ensure that the UK maintains its world leading position in research and innovation. The statement covers four topics:
• People
• Collaboration
• Resources
• Regulation

Notes to editors:

1. For further information please contact Laura Norton, Press and Communications Manager at the British Academy: [email protected] / 02079695227 / 07455755952.

2. The British Academy for the humanities and social sciences. Established by Royal Charter in 1902. Its purpose is to inspire and support high achievement in the humanities and social sciences throughout the UK and internationally, and to promote their public value. For more information, please visit Follow the British Academy on Twitter @britac_news

3. The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society. The Academy’s elected Fellows are the United Kingdom’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service. We work with them to promote excellence, influence policy to improve health and wealth, nurture the next generation of medical researchers, link academia, industry and the NHS, seize international opportunities and encourage dialogue about the medical sciences.

4. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

5. The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

6. The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is Scotland’s National Academy. It is an educational charity registered in Scotland (SC000470), operating on an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 for ‘ the advancement of learning and useful knowledge’, RSE Fellows represent excellence in all branches of knowledge. The work of the RSE includes: awarding research funding, supporting innovation, conducting major inquiries, informing public policy, and delivering events to inspire knowledge and learning.

7. The Royal Irish Academy is Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences and humanities. We engage with higher education, government and industry.

8. The Learned Society of Wales (LSW) is Wales’s national academy of science and letters bringing together the most successful and talented fellows connected with Wales for the shared purpose and common good of advancing and promoting excellence in all scholarly disciplines across Wales. Established in 2010, the educational charity provides public benefit including expert scholarly advice on a variety of public policy issues related to science, engineering, medicine, arts, humanities and social sciences.


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