Allison Hunter attended "Brexit and the European Parliament: What does it mean for science and research?" on Friday, November 10th at Europe House, London.
David Davies (Brexit Secretary) did not attend and nor was there any government representative present.
Internationally renowned UK universities are world renowned due to their ability to attract the best academics, technicians and researchers. Not having clarity on the rights of EU citizens is already unsettling existing staff.
James Briscoe (Francis Crick) made the point that after Brexit there will be a wider perception, not just from within the EU, that we are not open, not progressive and not supportive and that we will suffer the reputational loss of the UK as a trustworthy and reasonable place to do research. One of the main points at the end was that we as individuals need to go out from the meeting and draw the public’s attention to the benefit of international scientific collaboration in addressing life and global threatening issues.
Further points made in the discussion can be heard in full on Facebook.
Stephen Curry has written in the Guardian about Brexit - Universities are part of the solution to dysfunctional Brexit debates. Academics have every right to teach and talk about Brexit, because they can help to address the problems it has raised. Click here to read the full article.