The British Academy has longstanding links with a range of partners across Europe and its engagement with European researchers and the European Institutions remains a core element of its international work. The Academy presently chairs the All European Academies (ALLEA) and Framework Programme 9, which brings together a selection of European Academies to promote the value and contribution of the social sciences and humanities for European Union research and innovation programmes.
On Tuesday 19 July the Academy of Medical Sciences, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Irish Academy and the Learned Society of Wales published a joint statement called Research and Innovation: After the EU Referendum.
There have also been presentations to the House of Lords, in both the lead up to and aftermath of the referendum. Professor Dame Helen Wallace DBE CMG FBA presented oral evidence to the Lords Science & Technology Select Committee pre-referendum. The Academy’s President, Lord Stern also presented oral evidence, post referendum, to the Lords Science & Technology Select Committee.
Our work on the role of the EU in research and innovation is currently focused on Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area. Horizon 2020 is the current research and innovation programme running from 2014 until the end of 2020. The European Research Area aims to create a unified research area open to the world, based on the European internal market, in which researchers, scientific knowledge and technology circulate freely. On behalf of ALLEA, the Academy recently held an expert workshop to support the development of content for Horizon 2020's 2016-17 Work Programmes. The workshop focused on inequalities, which chimed with the European Council's call to 'reverse inequalities' in its Strategic Agenda for the Union in Times of Change.
We have also organised a range of events including roundtable and panel discussions in the European Parliament on inequalities in Europe and demographic change in Europe with the All European Academies, the European Science Foundation and the European Parliamentary Research Service. In partnership with the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh we have organised a lecture and debate with European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.