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BornMichael John Galsworthy
OccupationProgramme Director of Scientists For EU, Visiting Researcher London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Known forCo-founder of Scientists for EU and Healthier IN the EU

Mike Galsworthy is the co-founder of Scientists for EU and Healthier IN and a media commentator about the effects of Brexit on the scientific community in the United Kingdom.[1][2] He is currently a visiting researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and was previously Senior Research Associate in the Department of Applied Health Research, University College London (UCL).


Galsworthy gained his PhD in Behaviour Genetics from the King's College London in 2003.[3] His first scientific publication received international press attention.[citation needed][4][5][6] Foreshadowing his media career, he said of the experience: "I found that clearly explaining scientific results and aims to a lay audience was quite a challenge, but also very rewarding.”[5] He was awarded the Thompson Award for best student presentation at the Behavior Genetics Association, Keystone Colorado, 2002.[7] Galsworthy has a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy.[8]



Galsworthy completed ten years of postdoctoral work in Switzerland and Slovenia, returning to London in June 2012 to take a position as Senior Research Associate at UCL.[8] He remains affiliated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a visiting researcher.[9][10][11] His research interests include health services research, research mapping, and science policy of the EU.[12]


Since returning to the UK in 2012, Galsworthy has become known for initiatives in science policy and grassroots pro-EU activism through his work with Scientists for Labour, Scientists for EU, and Healthier IN the EU. He currently works full-time for Scientists for EU.[13]

Scientists for Labour[edit]

Scientists for Labour is a socialist society affiliated with the Labour Party whose concern is science and its implications for policy.[14] Galsworthy has been an executive member of Scientists for Labour since 2014.[15] He drafted their policy plan, The economic and societal need for science, which was published in June 2014.[16]

Scientists for EU[edit]

Galsworthy advocated grass roots support for continued EU membership long before the announcement of the 2016 EU referendum.[17][18][19] On 8 May 2015, the day after the UK general election 2015,[20] Galsworthy co-founded pro-European Union (EU) research advocacy group Scientists for EU[19][21][22] with fellow scientist Rob Davison.[23][24][25] Its advisory board included high-profile UK scientists, including former EU chief scientific advisor Anne Glover, and MPs from different political parties.[25]

Galsworthy articulated two concerns that Scientists for EU aimed to address: "first, a lack of clarity and cohesion within the community on EU benefits and Brexit risks; and, secondly, a lack of public understanding on the UK/EU relationship in science."[19] His decision to found the organization was driven by his reaction to the tone and content of the Brexit debate, which he described as a "colossal, nationwide rejection of expert opinion" fostered by "media... focused on the political soap opera, not the facts".[26]

On 22 May 2015, the group wrote an open letter to The Times emphasizing the benefit to science and innovation that membership of the EU conveys.[25][27] As Programme Director of Scientists for EU, Galsworthy lobbied for EU membership across mainstream, scientific, and social media.[28] Scientists for EU became a high-profile organization presenting the case for EU membership, largely due to Galsworthy's media presence.[29][30][31]

In March 2016, Galsworthy presented evidence on the impact of EU membership on UK science to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.[19][32] Galsworthy answered questions about the balance between structural and competitive EU funding for science, the effectiveness of EU science collaborations, and the potential loss of influence over EU scientific regulations after Brexit.[19] Commenting on the committee's report in April 2016, Galsworthy stated that the EU science programme offered "huge added value" to the UK and "the overwhelming balance of opinion is for remaining in."[33]

Following the referendum, Galsworthy's immediate priority was to document its impact on the UK science community.[13] Hundreds of scientists contacted Galsworthy voicing concerns about the future of scientific research in the UK after Brexit, many saying they planned to leave the UK.[34][35][36][37][38] For some, xenophobia was a significant concern.[35][36][39] Galsworthy concluded, "It is clear that the UK has overnight become less attractive as a place to do science." [37]

Galsworthy has continued to publicize the benefits of EU membership for Britain and the negative consequences of Brexit for science and healthcare, including uncertainty over immigration and funding, and the loss of influence over EU regulations and policy.[10][21][40]

In a notice posted on the research section of the European Commission on 6 October 2017, UK researchers were informed that if the UK does not agree on a new science cooperation arrangement with Brussels after it leaves the EU in March 2019, they will not receive any more EU funding or will have to leave existing projects. The statement regarding Horizon 2020 funding said, "If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grant period without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to be eligible to receive EU funding (while continuing, where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article 50 of the grant agreement."[41] Galsworthy said the notice, "Will cause immediate uncertainty from UK applicants [for Horizon 2020 funding] and from applicants who were thinking of including UK partners."[21][42]

Despite the referendum result – which caused "chaos" and friction between the various grassroots organizations opposed to Brexit[23] – in Galsworthy's view Scientists for EU has been successful in raising the profile of science in UK politics.[13] In 2017 both Labour and Conservative election manifestos committed to raising the budget for research and development to 3% of GDP. In Galsworthy's view, "This is a big step up from the general election of 2015 where science didn’t feature. I think the referendum really helped push that onto the agenda."[43]

Healthier IN the EU[edit]

Together with Martin McKee, Galsworthy also co-founded Healthier IN the EU,[23] a grassroots organization making the health case for continued EU membership.[44][30] In 2016, Healthier IN the EU wrote an open letter printed in The Times entitled The benefits to the NHS of staying in the EU with 198 cosignatories including many distinguished British doctors and medical researchers.[45]

Galsworthy and McKee co-authored an analysis of the effects of Brexit on the NHS, published in The Lancet, that predicted negative consequences for healthcare in Britain under every scenario.[46] The paper was widely publicized in the mainstream press.[47]

Shortly before the 2017 general election, Healthier IN the EU and Vote Leave Watch organized an open letter calling on the Conservative Party to commit to spending an extra £350m per week on the NHS after Brexit. The letter was signed by Galsworthy and McKee together with some of the UK's leading medical professionals.[48] The amount of £350m per week corresponded to the savings attributable to Brexit claimed by the Vote Leave campaign. Following the publication of the letter, foreign secretary Boris Johnson received negative press coverage for falsely claiming that the pledge was already in the Conservative Party election manifesto.[49]

Both Scientists for EU and Healthier IN the EU participate in People's Vote, a campaign group calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the UK and the European Union.[24][50]


Galsworthy appears as himself in the full-length documentary film Postcards from the 48%, which opened 23 June 2018 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and went on general release 6 July 2018.[51][52] The documentary was made by, and featured, members of the 48% of the electorate who voted Remain in the 2016 British EU Referendum.[53]

Political views[edit]

Galsworthy was dismayed by the anti-intellectual tone and content of the Brexit debate[26] but does not see this as a feature of the UK political landscape more generally.[54] Despite his pro-EU activities, Galsworthy has been described as "unlike hardline Remainers" in his willingness to express a degree of appreciation for Prime Minister May where he feels it is warranted.[30]

According to a profile in Der Standard, Galsworthy "persistently seeks clarification and sees it as a central science mission in the era of fake news."[11] Consistent with these actions, Galsworthy recognizes and opposes the debasement of knowledge in populist politics.[35][54]

He has described President Trump as "a dictator in American caricature form".[55]


Title Director Release Date Ref.
16: Listening to Unheard Voices Dominic Buxton 1 September 2017 [56]
Postcards from the 48% David Wilkinson 23 June 2018 (Edinburgh International Film Festival) [51]


  1. Galsworthy, Mike (24 December 2015). "Convinced by arguments to leave the EU? Consider the damage a Brexit would do to British science". The Independent.
  2. Galsworthy, Mike (1 June 2016). "In a world of cross-border cooperation, Brexit will harm the UK". New Scientist.
  3. Galsworthy, Michael John (2003). A psychometric and quantitative genetic study of cognitive task performance in a heterogeneous stock (hs) population of MUS musculus (PhD thesis). King's College London.
  4. Galsworthy, Michael J.; Dionne, Ginette; Dale, Philip S.; Plomin, Robert (2000). "Sex differences in early verbal and non-verbal cognitive development". Developmental Science. 3 (2): 206–215. doi:10.1111/1467-7687.00114. ISSN 1363-755X.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "One Student's View". Observer (APS). 20 June 2003. Retrieved 1 Aug 2018.
  6. Chaudhuri, Anita (17 July 2000). "Vocal discord". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  7. "Historical table of BGA Meetings". Behavior Genetics Association. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Staff writer (17 July 2013). "Spotlight on Mike Galsworthy". UCL News. University College London. Retrieved 12 July 2018. This week the spotlight is on Dr Mike Galsworthy, Senior Research Associate in the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR)
  9. LSHTM Communications Team (19 April 2013). "European Commission must innovate to get value from €70 billion science funding programme". lshtm.ac.uk. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Wilsdon, James (14 July 2016). "Six leading scientists give perspectives on UK science after Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Illetschko, Peter (31 January 2018). "Fakten gegen die britische Gerüchte-Politik" [Facts against British rumor politics]. Der Standard (in German). Retrieved 29 July 2018. versucht es Galsworthy beharrlich mit Aufklärung und sieht das auch als eine zentrale Aufgabe der Wissenschaft in Zeiten von Fake-NewsCS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  12. Michael Galsworthy profile, theconversation.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Abbott, Alison; Callaway, Ewen; Cressey, Daniel; Gibney, Elizabeth; Vesper, Inga (2017). "How Brexit is changing the lives of eight researchers". Nature. 543 (7647): 600–601. doi:10.1038/nature.2017.21714. ISSN 0028-0836.
  14. "Scientists for Labour website". www.scientistsforlabour.org.uk. Retrieved 1 Aug 2018.
  15. Galsworthy, Mike (18 February 2014). "Eurosceptics could damage British science and innovation". The Guardian.
  16. Byrne, Liam (11 July 2014). "Scientists for Labour Respond to One Nation Labour's Plan for Science – 11 July 2014" (blog). liambyrne.co.uk. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  17. Galsworthy, Michael; Browne, Michael (11 September 2013). "Britain should stay in the EU … for science". The Conversation.
  18. Galsworthy, Mike (1 January 2016). "The EU vote isn't just about Westminster – we need grassroots campaigns too". The Guardian.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Mike Galsworthy (et al), Programme Director, Scientists for EU (1 March 2016). "The Relationship between EU Membership and the Effectiveness of UK Science: Oral Evidence Session". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). United Kingdom: House of Lords, Select Committee on Science and Technology. Video.
  20. "Who we are". scientistsforeu.uk. Scientists for EU. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Kelly, Éanna (11 October 2017). "UK scientists told: in no-deal Brexit scenario they will have to leave EU research projects". Science Business. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  22. Chaffin, Joshua (9 December 2016). "Britain's Europhiles splinter into dozens of grassroots movements". Financial Times. Retrieved 12 July 2018. (Subscription required (help)). ...Scientists for the EU has emerged as a social media champion... Scientists for the EU has more than 173,000 Facebook followers. Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Lynskey, Dorian (28 April 2018). "'It's not a done deal': inside the battle to stop Brexit". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Mason, Rowena (1 February 2018). "Groups opposed to hard Brexit join forces under Chuka Umunna". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Stone, Emma (13 October 2015). "Scientists launch campaign to oppose UK exit from EU". Chemistry World. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  26. 26.0 26.1 Gatehouse, Jonathon (8 Jun 2016). "Brexit vs Bremain: It's decision time". Maclean's.
  27. "Science and the EU". The Times. 22 May 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  28. Citations:
  29. Finn, Mike (2018). British Universities in the Brexit Moment: Political, Economic and Cultural Implications. Emerald Group Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78743-743-2.
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 Marsh, Stefanie (6 October 2017). "A Harsh Wake-Up Call for Some Brexiteers". The Atlantic. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  31. McKee, Martin; Galsworthy, Michael J. (2016). "Brexit: a confused concept that threatens public health". Journal of Public Health. 38 (1): 3–5. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdv205. ISSN 1741-3842.
  32. "How does EU membership influence UK science? Lords Committee hears from referendum science campaign groups". www.parliament.uk. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  33. Rincon, Paul (20 April 2016). "Concern over Brexit's impact on science". BBC News. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  34. Woolcock, Nicola (15 October 2016). "Brain drain has begun . . . and it's costing millions, academics warn". The Times. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 Johnston, Ian (12 July 2016). "Racist, xenophobic and anti-intellectual: Academics threaten to leave Brexit Britain". The Independent. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  36. 36.0 36.1 Hutton, Will (16 July 2016). "Why Brexit may be a deadly experiment for science". Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  37. 37.0 37.1 Cookson, Clive (9 August 2016). "Brexit Briefing: Scientists feel the effect". The Financial Times. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  38. Gross, Michael (2016). "Angry voters may turn back the clocks". Current Biology. 26 (15): R689–R692. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.07.056. ISSN 0960-9822.
  39. Kinstler, Linda (5 November 2016). "Brexit Is Jeopardizing Britain's Intellectual Legacy". The Atlantic. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  40. Citations:
  41. "Participant Portal H2020 Online Manual". ec.europa.eu. European Commission. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  42. Oakes, Kelly (11 October 2017). "British Scientists Could Be "Required To Leave" EU Projects If There's No Brexit Deal". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  43. Burke, Maria (23 May 2017). "R&D election funding pledges put research at heart of UK economy". Chemistry World. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  44. "About Us". Healthier IN the EU. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  45. McKee, Martin; et al. (4 April 2016). "The benefits to the NHS of staying in the EU". The Times. Retrieved 16 July 2018. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help) Subscription free copy of the text and signatories.
  46. Fahy, Nick; Hervey, Tamara; Greer, Scott; Jarman, Holly; Stuckler, David; Galsworthy, Mike; McKee, Martin (2017). "How will Brexit affect health and health services in the UK? Evaluating three possible scenarios". The Lancet. 390 (10107): 2110–2118. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31926-8. ISSN 0140-6736.
  47. Citations:
  48. Peck, Tom (17 May 2017). "Conservatives must make manifesto commitment of £350m a week for the NHS, say doctors". The Independent. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  49. Cowburn, Ashley (21 May 2017). "Boris Johnson falsely claims £350m for NHS after Brexit pledge is in the Conservative manifesto". The Independent. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  50. Fletcher, Martin (30 May 2018). "Inside the headquarters of Britain's anti-Brexit brigade". New Statesman. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  51. 51.0 51.1 "Postcards from the 48%". Official Site. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  52. Postcards from the 48% (2018) on IMDb
  53. "Postcards from the 48%". British Film Institute. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  54. 54.0 54.1 Huang, Saffron (9 October 2016). "A Departure from Truth". Harvard Political Review. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  55. Leftly, Mark (27 January 2017). "Not Everyone in the U.K. Is Overjoyed About May's Meeting with Trump". Time. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  56. "16: Listening to Unheard Voices". Dominic Buxton. Retrieved 3 August 2018.

External links[edit]

  • Galsworthy, Michael. "Profile". The Conversation.

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