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

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has thrown the world of science and innovation into great uncertainty on both sides of the channel. The ramifications of Brexit are still unknown, but it is certain to affect jobs, funding and collaborations for decades to come.

On the eve of Europe Day 2017, EuroScience, Academia Europaea and the Royal Institution with support from Elsevier have come together to hold a summit for scientists, policymakers and key influencers to debate the wide-ranging consequences of this historic decision.

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.

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.


1.00pm – 1.30pm Coffee and tea
1.30pm – 1.40pm Welcome by professor Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, president EuroScience
1.40pm – 3.30pm Panel on the impact on UK science and innovation
3.30pm – 3.50pm Break
3.50pm – 5.40pm Panel on the impact on science and innovation in the remaining EU-27
5.40pm – 6.00pm Wrap up and closing

Panellists and moderators#

Among the panelists are:

  • Prof Dame Janet Thornton, M.A.E, Director-emeritus European Bioinformatics Institute, member of the Scientific Council of the ERC
  • Prof Alex Halliday, M.A.E, Physical Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society
  • Prof Nicole Grobert, Oxford University and Williams Advanced Engineering Ltd
  • Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland
  • Prof Ole Petersen, M.A.E, Vice-President Academia Europaea
  • Dr Rolf Tarrach, President European University Association

Panellists will speak in a personal capacity.

  • Mr Clive Cookson, Financial Times
  • Prof Gail Cardew, Professor of Science, Culture and Society and Director of Science and Education, Royal Institution

The debate in detail(info)
Download the programme(info)

Facts and figures#

A special booklet will be available with some key facts and data on various interactions in the area of science, higher education and innovation between the UK and other European countries. It can be downloaded here one month ahead of the debate.

How to register#

Registration is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register click here.

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With support of Elsevier


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