Post-Brexit pathways for research – science editorial

The UK’s departure from the European Union has provoked intense discussion on all sides about how the benefits of EU-UK research collaboration can be preserved.

James Wilsdon
James Wilsdon

James Wilsdon, professor of research policy and associate director of the Grantham Centre, has written an editorial in Science magazine. The piece explores explores what is now settled and what remains uncertain.

He argues that “Beyond the political grandstanding, UK science remains, in essence, stuck at the Brexit crossroads it arrived at some 43 months ago.”

The article draws on a recent report by Wellcome and the think tank Bruegel which outlines the results of a simulated negotiation on science and innovation between the UK and EU.

James also discussed these issues in an interview on BBC Radio 5 – which can be heard here.