Statement from EMBRC UK Node

British Antarctic Survey, the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland, the Marine Biological Association,  the Scottish Association for Marine Science, University of St Andrews (Scottish Oceans Institute) and Scottish Government (Marine Scotland) collectively are the partners of the UK EMBRC Node.  Participation in EMBRC is key to accessing the necessary infrastructure, collaboration partners, networks and funding to better understand the UK seas in order to provide for their sustainable use and to maintain the global influence and reputation of UK marine science.

In light of the vote for the UK to leave the European Union there are uncertainties over essential future funding for the UK marine biology community. The UK Node partners wish to reassure potential collaboration partners that we will strive to maintain the UK marine biological community’s position as a key EMBRC country partner, playing its full part in European and international collaborations.

UK EMBRC partners are encouraged by the statement made by the UK chancellor in August 2016 undertaking to underwrite the payment of EU research grants extending beyond the point at which the UK leaves the EU, demonstrating that the UK marine biological science community continues to be open for business.