Research, Innovation and Science

Commissioner delivers speech at the Royal Society, London

Commissioner delivers speech at the Royal Society, London
"It is right that UK innovation and business has a global outlook but with a vibrant research and innovation system, the UK has everything to gain from the Innovation Union and the European Research Area and nothing to lose."

London, 7 February 2011

The UK in the EU: a win-win for science and innovation

Professor Casselton, Professor Smith, distinguished Fellows of the Royal Society, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is truly an honour to be invited to speak to you today, my first speech in London as the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

The Royal Society is one of the greatest scientific bodies in the world and a powerful voice for scientific excellence. I know that you had your 350th anniversary last year, and throughout that long period of time, the Royal Society and its distinguished Fellows have been pioneers in movements that have changed our world: the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the Atomic Age and the Space Age, and now the era of the Internet and genetic science.

And today, as in the last three and a half centuries, the Royal Society is still at the cutting edge of research and the forefront of debate on the role of science in society. And your role has never been more relevant than in today's economic climate.