With a grim future for its Economy, the leaders went on an austerity drive. They threatened to cut science funding. Scientists community was outraged. The UK produces as much as 10% of global scientific output with only 1% of the global population, they argued. The Science is Vital campaign was born and it helped force the government to not reduce but freeze science funding for next four years. In real terms, that means an overall cut of 10%. Is that still too much?
Leaders acknowledge that science is vital for the economy, but is that enough? – eu:sci, January 2011 issue