In early October, Anneliese organised the Summit for Oxfordshire to bring togther representatives of the science & technology and higher education sectors in the county to discuss the impact of the Brexit vote, and how the sectors could best respond to the many challenges that leaving the EU will bring.
If you agree with the pledges below, please sign the Declaration here.
Oxfordshire Science Declaration
We, the undersigned, affirm our commitment to keeping Oxfordshire open to science and scientists, and to maintaining Oxfordshire’s place as a leading high-tech cluster, with a broad and growing diversity of established and emerging STEM (science. technology, engineering and maths) industry sectors.
We pledge to work towards:
• Protecting the rights of all those scientists and researchers living and working in Oxfordshire from different cultures, and combatting discrimination in all forms.
• Encouraging the openness of knowledge across borders through continuing international co-operation
• Promoting awareness of the positive impact of science and research on the local and national economy as a key element of the UK’s future industrial policy
• Continuing European- supported experiments and agencies in Oxfordshire, and encouraging them to remain in our county
• Maintaining the current level of funding for science, research and development in Oxfordshire by ensuring current funding for Oxfordshire projects provided by the EU is maintained; protecting research funding from currency fluctuations that have occurred since the referendum and ensuring that European colleagues are aware of the role of Oxfordshire-based scientists and facilities in promoting excellent research.
• Recognising the recent actual and suggested improvements to Oxfordshire’s transport infrastructure, including the improvements to the strategic road network linking the A34 junctions to STEM areas, and to work with the Oxfordshire Growth Board to ensure that further transport links will allow greater accessibility to Oxfordshire’s STEM businesses, industries, and research centres.