The General Election is less than a year away and it has been a busy period for Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE). We have published two significant reports: one describes the current state of diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and how it can be improved; the second provides new evidence on the economic significance of the UK science base. At the same time, UK science has been front and centre in the national press and discussed at the highest levels of Government due to a proposed merger between two pharmaceutical giants. As if that wasn't enough, the EU elections took place in May and CaSE worked with EuroScience to draw out each party's policies on science and engineering in the UK and EU. But how did we get to this point? Why was CaSE created and why is it still here? With the help of Peter Cotgreave, the first Director of CaSE, we take a look back over the science funding landscape since the foundation of Save British Science.

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