Science advice for Europe

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Science  22 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6297, pp. 327
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah5584

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On 23 July, exactly 1 month after Britain's momentous decision to leave the European Union, around 4500 scientists and friends of science will assemble in Manchester, UK, for the opening of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), Europe's largest interdisciplinary research conference. The vote for Britain's exit (“Brexit”)—with worrying repercussions for European science and wider society—and questions about the plans of the new UK Prime Minister Theresa May, will inevitably cast a shadow over proceedings. But as Jerzy Langer, chair of ESOF's program committee, argues, the meeting has now acquired a sharper purpose: to demonstrate at a time of acute uncertainty that “we, the scientists, are one big family, whose rules and values extend beyond political and geographic borders.”