Our president, Dominic Tildesley, gave oral evidence to the committee last December. Professor Tildesley commented: "Our evidence showed that the UK’s EU membership was regarded as having a mostly positive influence on the effectiveness of UK science, research and innovation, especially with respect to funding and collaboration."
EU membership has been part of the UK in broad and deep ways. From the point of view of science, research and innovation there is now considerable uncertainty about how an EU exit will affect access to EU funding for research, the freedom of researchers to work across the EU and the application of EU regulations across the science and technology sector.
We will be monitoring post-referendum developments closely to understand and respond to the impacts on and opportunities for the research community. We will continue to support our members in developing strong international collaborations and doing the kind of cutting edge research needed to drive forward innovation and tackle global challenges.