Brexit: UK leaving European Union

A discussion on Brexit: the impact on science & innovation in the UK and the rest of Europe

EuroScience, Academia Europaea and the Royal Institution with support from Elsevier are organising an important debate on Brexit: the facts behind opportunities & challenges for both the UK & European Science Establishments.

The event is scheduled on May 8, 2017 on the occasion of Europe Day from 13.30 – 18.00 GMT, at The Royal Institution in London, UK. As you may recall, Europe Day is on May 9, celebrating the 1950 “Schumann Declaration” which was at the beginning of what is now the European Union.


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EuroScience is very committed to the idea of a European science and innovation community, witness our biennial ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) events and our web magazine EuroScientist, and we are very glad to have assured the cooperation of the Royal Institution and Academia Europaea as well as the support of Elsevier for organizing this debate. After short introductions two panels will discuss what BREXIT in any of its variants might mean for UK science on the one hand, and for the remaining European science on the other, based on data on the mutual collaborations and interactions in this area. The panels will identify strategies for sustaining science and innovation in the UK and the remaining EU 27 as well as risks and negative impacts involved.


Panel one on the impact on Science and Innovation in the UK


  • Mr Clive Cookson, Financial Times


  • Prof Dame Janet Thornton, European Bioinformatics Institute, member of the Scientific Council of the ERC
  • Prof Alex Halliday, Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society
  • Prof Nicole Grobert, Oxford University and Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd, Founding Member of the Young Academy of Europe

Panel two on the impact on Science and Innovation in the remaining EU-27


  • Prof Gail Cardew, Professor of Science, Culture and Society and Director of Science and Education, Royal Institution


  • Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Prof Ole Petersen, Vice-President Academia Europaea
  • Prof Rolf Tarrach, President European University Association


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With support of Elsevier

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