Talk of significant cuts in the UK's science budget had some researchers in the country worried about a "brain drain" of researchers to other countries. Recently, the government decided to freeze the budget for the next four years at £4.6 billion, a measure which translates to a cut of sorts when inflation is taken into account, says Imran Khan of the Campaign for Science and Engineering. In a column for the New Scientist's The S Word blog, Khan says even with the budget reprieve, UK science "is not out of the woods." Researchers in Germany are getting a 7 percent increase in their budget, and UK researchers are going to have to fight with the government to make sure it reinvests in science once the four-year freeze is over, he adds. Inevitably, there will also be wrangling over research priorities and money earmarked for certain field, Khan says. Even with all the difficulties ahead, the government has sent a signal to scientists and engineers in the UK that research is still a priority.
UK Science Gets Chilly
Oct 22, 2010