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SIUFocus London: Brexit - The Divorce Battle over Life Sciences and Funding

  • LGS, Imperial College Business School, South Kensington Campus SW7 2AZ, London UK (map)

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in what could either be described as a catastrophic self-destruction or a glorious grasp at independence. Wrapped up in a state of confusion over their status in the United Kingdom are scientists from Europe and abroad. 

Despite the constant reassurance from academia and industry about scientists’ current status, scientists are worried about what would happen to their jobs and funding after the UK officially leaves the EU in 2019. Will the scientific sector in the UK suffer from less funding from Europe? Will scientists in the EU and abroad flock to other countries such as France or Germany? What type of incentive system should the UK set up in order to continue to attract the greatest minds from around the world?

These are a few of a multitude of questions that will be addressed during this session to understand the direction Brexit will take science in the UK.

GUEST SPEAKERS: BETH THOMPSON, KIMBERLY CORNFIELD, MICHAEL BROWNE

LGS, Imperial College Business School, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ

The event will proceed as follows:
19:00-19:20 Beth Thompson, Policy Adviser, Wellcome Trust
19:20-19:40 Kimberly Cornfield, Head of Proposal Management, University College London
19:40-20:00 Michael Browne, Head of European Research & Innovation, University College London
20:00-20:20 Q&A and panel discussion