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‘Brexit’ casts pall on future of U.K. science

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Science  01 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6294, pp. 12-13
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6294.12

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Days after the United Kingdom's momentous vote in favor of leaving the European Union, the U.K. science community is seething with anxiety. No one knows whether U.K. science will struggle or thrive when the divorce goes ahead. Neither the U.K. government nor the European Commission had thought through beforehand how U.K. research could untangle itself from the European enterprise—or whether it even needs to. Scientists have pressing and practical questions: Can U.K. researchers continue to apply for E.U. grants? Will reviewers looking at a proposal involving U.K. scientists wonder about their commitment? Will U.K. postdocs have trouble taking up positions on the continent? What is the future for E.U. facilities on U.K. soil?

  • * in London; With reporting by Kai Kupferschmidt, Gretchen Vogel, Erik Stokstad, Martin Enserink, and Tania Rabesandratana