Royal Society responds to new Prime Minister

24 July 2019

“Any positive vision for the UK must be built on research and innovation. If we want clean energy and better healthcare. If we want new technologies like AI and genome editing to improve lives. If we want to drive the economy and make the world a better place, we must invest in the people and ideas that can deliver a better Britain and a better world.

“The UK has a proud tradition of scientific achievement – from our understanding of the heavens to evolution, from the steam engine and antibiotics to cancer treatments and artificial intelligence. Today’s innovators, whether they are in university labs or businesses, deserve to live and work in a country that is the best place in the world to do science. The new Prime Minister must build on recent progress, show the UK is open and outward facing and back the brightest minds.

“Among the new Prime Minister’s list of priorities must be to make sure that Brexit does not deal a crippling blow to UK research; to increase investment in the research and innovation that will improve people’s lives; and to ensure that everyone in the UK gets an education that prepares them for the modern world.”   

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society


Read a letter from the Presidents of the UK's four National Academies to the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson (PDF).