How will Brexit affect science?

Leading researchers, thinkers and policymakers came together at the Ri earlier this month to discuss the implications of Brexit.

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On Monday 8 May the Ri, in association with EuroScience, Academia Europaea and Elsevier, organised a debate on 'Brexit: the scientific impact'. The two sessions of the event looked first at the impact on UK science and innovation, whilst the second looked at how Brexit will affect science in the remaining 27 EU countries. 

The new Director of the Royal institution, Prof Harper, commented after the event:

'The undertaking of Brexit will affect all our lives in some way. What was clear from the lively debate on Monday was that those involved in science and the wider research community will be affected in very specific ways, not only here but also in the remaining EU27. We were delighted with the wide ranging debate which not only considered institutional and financial implications, but also the manner in which science may be perceived and undertaken within the region in the future.'

The event was streamed live on the Royal Institution YouTube channel, and can be watched again here

For more background on the debate, EuroScience commisioned a detailed booklet with lots of data behind the debate, which can be downloaded here.

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