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|Born||Michael John Galsworthy|
|Occupation||Programme Director of Scientists For EU, Visiting Researcher London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine|
|Known for||Co-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. 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. His first scientific publication received international press attention. 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.” He was awarded the Thompson Award for best student presentation at the Behavior Genetics Association, Keystone Colorado, 2002. Galsworthy has a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy.
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. He remains affiliated with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a visiting researcher. His research interests include health services research, research mapping, and science policy of the EU.
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.
Scientists for Labour
Scientists for Labour is a socialist society affiliated with the Labour Party whose concern is science and its implications for policy. Galsworthy has been an executive member of Scientists for Labour since 2014. He drafted their policy plan, The economic and societal need for science, which was published in June 2014.
Scientists for EU
Galsworthy advocated grass roots support for continued EU membership long before the announcement of the 2016 EU referendum. On 8 May 2015, the day after the UK general election 2015, Galsworthy co-founded pro-European Union (EU) research advocacy group Scientists for EU with fellow scientist Rob Davison. Its advisory board included high-profile UK scientists, including former EU chief scientific advisor Anne Glover, and MPs from different political parties.
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." 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".
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. As Programme Director of Scientists for EU, Galsworthy lobbied for EU membership across mainstream, scientific, and social media. Scientists for EU became a high-profile organization presenting the case for EU membership, largely due to Galsworthy's media presence.
In March 2016, Galsworthy presented evidence on the impact of EU membership on UK science to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee. 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. 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."
Following the referendum, Galsworthy's immediate priority was to document its impact on the UK science community. 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. For some, xenophobia was a significant concern. Galsworthy concluded, "It is clear that the UK has overnight become less attractive as a place to do science." 
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.
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." 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."
Despite the referendum result – which caused "chaos" and friction between the various grassroots organizations opposed to Brexit – in Galsworthy's view Scientists for EU has been successful in raising the profile of science in UK politics. 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."
Healthier IN the EU
Together with Martin McKee, Galsworthy also co-founded Healthier IN the EU, a grassroots organization making the health case for continued EU membership. 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.
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. The paper was widely publicized in the mainstream press.
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. 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.
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. The documentary was made by, and featured, members of the 48% of the electorate who voted Remain in the 2016 British EU Referendum.
Galsworthy was dismayed by the anti-intellectual tone and content of the Brexit debate but does not see this as a feature of the UK political landscape more generally. 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.
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." Consistent with these actions, Galsworthy recognizes and opposes the debasement of knowledge in populist politics.
|16: Listening to Unheard Voices||Dominic Buxton||1 September 2017|||
|Postcards from the 48%||David Wilkinson||23 June 2018 (Edinburgh International Film Festival)|||
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