IOP responds to government paper on EU collaboration on science and innovation

6 September 2017

The IOP has welcomed the publication by the UK government of a paper outlining its position on collaboration with the European Union on science and research.

IOP welcomes Brexit stance


The full paper, including references to specific programmes, can be obtained from the government website.

IOP associate director Philip Diamond said: “The continued focus from government on science and innovation is very welcome. UK science is world leading and drives economic growth and productivity. The networks, partnerships and collaborations between the UK and the rest of the EU have been central to this success.

“The government’s position paper sets out some possible options for future agreements and partnerships with EU agencies, including the atomic collaboration Euratom

“But it is essential that firm commitments are agreed quickly - the current uncertainty over future access to collaborations, funding and research facilities, and especially the status of EU nationals, is damaging UK science.”

Science minister Jo Johnson said: “From space exploration and developing better and safer medicines, to nuclear fusion research, the UK and Europe has a long history of close collaboration to meet the world’s great challenges. It’s in our mutual benefit to maintain this successful partnership, and this paper clearly outlines our desire to have a full and open discussion with the EU to shape our joint future.

“With science and innovation at the heart of our Industrial Strategy and our additional investment of £4.7 bn for research and development, we are ensuring we are best placed to continue being at the forefront of new discoveries, and look forward to continuing that journey with the best minds across Europe.”

Our membership of the main European research programme, Horizon 2020, enables UK researchers and businesses to develop vital collaborations with leading European labs and partners.  And Horizon 2020 allows associate membership for non-EU countries, including Switzerland, Norway and Israel.

British science is currently one of the biggest winners of membership of the European Union.  Between 2007 and 2013, the UK received £8bn from the EU – £3bn more than it put into the research budget.

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