UK DRI supports the Stick to Science campaign for European scientific collaboration

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The UK DRI is proud to support the Stick to Science campaign – a pan-European coalition of scientists, universities and research institutes, calling for an open and inclusive research and innovation landscape in Europe that is free from political barriers.

The campaign was set up in response to ongoing uncertainty about whether the UK and Switzerland will be able to fully associate to Horizon Europe – the EU’s key research and innovation funding programme. Associations would allow scientists across Europe to collaborate, but they have been delayed due to ongoing political negotiations.

The campaign urges the EU, UK and Switzerland to reach association agreements rapidly. This will enable European scientists to come together and work to solve global challenges such as climate change, pandemics, and the increasing prevalence of dementia, to the benefit of all.

International collaboration is vital to the advancement of the field of dementia research Olivia Marshall, Public Affairs Manager, UK DRI

As an organisation, the UK DRI strongly values international collaboration. In 2020, we formed the CURE-ND alliance with the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the Paris Brain Institute and Mission Lucidity in Belgium. CURE-ND is committed to sharing expertise and presenting a strong united voice to champion brain research in Europe.

The UK DRI joins other organisations such as Universities UK, Wellcome, and The Royal Society as a signatory of the Stick to Science campaign, and we will continue to advocate for close scientific collaboration in Europe and beyond.

Olivia Marshall, Public Affairs Manager at the UK DRI, said:

"International collaboration is vital to the advancement of the field of dementia research, and we're really proud to have signed in support of the Stick to Science campaign to help ensure UK DRI scientists can continue to collaborate with colleagues across Europe."

Article published: 17 March 2022

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