Some more #SciCuts stuff

As the spending review draws closer and the impending cuts to the science budget loom ever more, a spate of further articles have been produced in opposition to them.

The Guardian reports on the potentially exacerbated Brain Drain caused by the relatively poor conditions for research in a given field in the UK compared to other countries. Meanwhile, UCL mentions a new report out showing the career paths of PhD educated individuals and hence the areas of the economy enriched by the skills learnt.

Meanwhile, the contribution of the field of chemistry to the economy is £250 billion a year, according to a report commissioned by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

And the BBC reports on how a small seed of money has grown into a sprawling oak as the Earth Observation market has become well developed enough to need no subsidy. The case the report hinges on is Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd‘s growth from a small subsidy run venture to one that has just announced it will be spending £100 million on three new satellites built and operated by itself, paid for by the licensing of observational data they will gather (immediate capital coming from sales of already generated data). This means that through the tax system, the subsidy has now reversed flow from government coffers to industry, now going from industry back into government coffers, but the initial seed was required to get the ball rolling on this.

If you’re a company looking for that sort of a start up opportunity for some scientific development, the STFC may have some help. The research council is offering prizes of fixed term free use of facilities and scientists for appropriate research. Details on the application process are here. Of course, if you can think of research requiring longer terms, different facilities or just miss out on the competition, then you can always try hiring the facilities. Researchers are cash hungry and often open to industrial partnerships relevant to their work.

Further details on the 9th of October Science is Vital march have been put on the web.


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