Science funding – a good investment

Science costs money.  If we want good science, we need to pay for training of new scientists, support personnel, and equipment and materials for research.  In exchange for this investment, science has given us a fundamental understanding of the universe – the nature of light, the movement of the planets, how we and all the other life on this planet evolved, and so much more.  It has used these fundamental principles to develop modern medicine, improved agriculture and all the incredible technologies we have come to rely on.

Unfortunately these sorts of innovations take a lot of time and money to develop.  In the current economic climate, it’s no surprise that politicians are looking for ways to cut spending.  However, science and technology are the roots of our current prosperity.  Cutting research budgets would be short-sighted, limiting our chances for growth and development in the future.

There are currently two petitions going around to support science funding.  The first is call for the UK government to reinvest the proceeds from the 4G auction into research and infrastructure.  4G technology is only available for auction due to past public investment, so it makes sense to reinvest this money to support future innovations.  If you agree, and you’re a British resident or citizen, you can sign the petition here.

The second petition is a call for the European Union to maintain investment in science.  EU funding through the European Research Council  has supported ground-breaking research in variety of fields from quantum theory to neuroscience, weather prediction, agriculture, ageing, biodiversity and much more.  While it is clear that the EU has difficult decisions to make about spending, cutting the science budget would be a step backwards, saving only a small amount in the short term, while reducing the opportunities for future growth and slowing the development of innovations that could improve all of our lives.  If you agree, you can sign the petition here.

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