Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-07-28

Focus on Europe

At a speech given in Manchester at EOSF16 earlier this week, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science Jo Johnson complained that partners and scientists from EU countries are reluctant to work with UK researchers on new Horizion 2020 proposals or projects post Brexit. Although it is not clear what is going to happen, Johnson stressed that the UK is still part of Horizon 2020, the European Research programme, so there is no reason to exclude European partners. He told the audience that EU students studying in the UK, or looking to start in the autumn, remain eligible for student finance for the full duration of their courses. The UK remains fully open to scientists and researchers from across the EU. Read further...
At a speech given in Manchester at EOSF16 earlier this week, EC Commissioner Carlos Moedas said the European Horizion 2020 research funding programme is based on excellence, not on nationality. So there is no reason to exclude UK researchers from European projects as long as the UK is legally part of the EU and Horizon 2020. Moedas also announced the new calls for 2017 for Horizon 2020 for a total of 8,5 billion euro. Citizen Science is one of the focal points as it can bring science and society closer together. Open Data, now obligatory for all European projects, can start a new era that restores trust and confidence in science, Moedas told the audience. Read further...