Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Written Evidence

Memorandum 31

Submission from Herbert Carlson, Chief Scientist Emeritus, Air Force Office of Scientific Research

  This is a short note to register my considered judgement that the UK has for decades played a leading role in the International ground based Space Sciences community, and that the direction I'm led to understand current funding is going for this field of science in the UK comes as a shock, despite having followed the increasingly distressing news that has emerged over the past year. Given the growing importance of that field as judged by leading scientists and funding agencies in so many other nations, I had been lulled into a false sense of security that the threat would be resolved with a favorable outcome.

  Given the intensity of surprise and alarm for this field, which I anticipate to be felt by many abroad, if the presently considered budget cuts start to become implemented, this note is to ask what might colleagues and funding agencies in other nations say, or to whom might they write, to urge a meaningful reconsideration by the UK Research Councils, of the value of the research field now under threat, and a reconsideration of how it fits into the overall UK national science picture.

February 2008

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