24 June 2016

Brexit referendum brings major drawbacks for research

The Secretary General of the Humboldt Foundation warns of disadvantages for the entire European research landscape.

Great Britain's withdrawal from the European Union will have serious consequences for science, Enno Aufderheide, Secretary General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, fears: "To begin with, researchers from Great Britain won't be able to move and work anywhere in Europe without regard to borders. At the same time, many outstanding scientists who have worked in Great Britain with the help of research funding from the European Union will have to leave the country."

In addition, research collaboration will be much more difficult and the British science system will have to do without several billion euros in European research funding that had been part of their planning for the next several years. "This makes it clear just how big the damage will be for research in Europe in general – and most importantly for British research!", Aufderheide noted.

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