RMS Statement on the Outcome of the UK EU Referendum
Official Statement from the Royal Microscopical Society Executive Committee, Council and Section Chairs
The Royal Microscopical Society is a truly international society with members across 50 countries. An important aim of the Society is to support the science of microscopy, in particular by encouraging collaboration and cooperation between those engaged in research associated with microscopy. The Society is therefore very supportive of mechanisms, such as Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation, which seek to foster scientific collaboration between countries in Europe. Microscopy in the UK has benefitted hugely from EU networks such as ESTEEM and ESTEEM2 in electron microscopy, ELMI in light microscopy and in the future the EuroBioImaging project.
The Society is concerned that the outcome of the UK EU referendum will limit the potential for international collaboration and freedom of movement. Like many scientific societies, we will continue to make the case that the inclusion of UK researchers in European-wide programmes, and the ability for researchers from other EU countries to make their base in the UK is crucial for UK science.
It is important also to emphasise that the RMS will continue to be the leading international society it has always been. We are the largest member society of the European Microscopy Society, and hosted the 2012 European Microscopy Congress. We will continue to warmly welcome members from any country and we will serve and support all members equally no matter where they are located. We have RMS Diploma candidates from several different European countries and our outreach activities are also expanding internationally. We will continue to ensure an international presence on our committees and scientific sections. Conferences, schools and workshops organised by the RMS, especially the Microscience Microscopy Congress (mmc) series will continue to be international meetings, welcoming microscopists from the widest possible range of countries and encouraging partner organisations from neighbouring countries to become part of the mmc organising group.