What might Brexit mean for British and Aussie scientists?


27 Jun 2016

Britain has voted to leave the EU. What are the potential implications, both positive and negative, for Australian scientists?  Here’s what Professor Les Field AM FAA is Secretary for Science Policy at the Australian Academy of Science has to say:

“Brexit is likely to cause significant disruption to international collaborative research programs involving the UK, and to the extent that Australian researchers engage in those programs, there will likely be some impacts here.

However, there are strong natural links between Australia and the UK, and it is possible that the decision may provide opportunities for Australian researchers.

The UK will now potentially be more open to the rest of the world – having the UK as part of the EU has often meant that there was preferential access to positions, resources, collaborations etc for those that were part of the EU and lifting that restriction may provide new opportunities for Australia.”

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