Roundtable: What does BREXIT mean for Research?


As you are aware, the UK will depart from the European Union on March 29th 2019. This is going to be a crucial moment for everyone living in this country.

From the EU referendum back in 2016, we have long discussed the impact of Brexit in research. From SRUK/CERU, we have worked hard to gather information and feed evidence to the British government and groups of influence with the aim to make a difference in the so-called final deal. Now, with the negotiations well under way, it is time to move forward and learn about those agreements that will drive the research system through Brexit.

We are pleased to announce the roundtable event “What does Brexit mean for research?”, that will take place on Thursday the 25th October 2018 at the Francis Crick Institute in London.

This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome. However, due to the high relevance of the topic, we anticipate a large audience and therefore registration is required. Microgrants are available for members, please see below for more information.


For any further information please contact [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at the event!


9.15 a.m Opening Ceremony:

  •  Dr Sam Barrell, Chief Operating Officer, the Francis Crick Institute.
  • Mr Miguel Oliveros, Minister Counsellor for Cultural and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom
  • Dr Rocío Gaudioso, Vice-President of SRUK

9.45 am – 10.45 am Session 1: Sources of R&D funding:

  • Ms Christina Miller, Director UK Research Office (UKRO) in Brussels.
  • Dr Sivasegaram Manimaaran., Head of European and Global Portfolio at Innovate UK

Coffee break (refreshment provided)

11.15 am – 12.15 pm Session 2: Scientific Excellence

  • Sir Jim Smith, Director of Science, Wellcome Trust,
  • Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President The Royal Society.

Lunch break (refreshment provided)

13.00 pm – 14.00 pm Session 3: Mobility and rights

  • Ms Sara Cebrián, Science and Innovation Attaché, UK Science and Innovation Network
  • Ms Naomi Weir, Deputy Director, Campaign for Science & Engineering

14.00 pm – 15.00 pm Debate: The role of the diasporas: What can European scientists do to ensure the best Brexit?

  •  Francis Crick Institute, Dr Patricia Barral,Group Leader
  • PARSUK, Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa, VicePresident
  • SRUK, Mr Sergio Pérez, Director of Science Policy Committee
  •  Imperial College London, Prof Stephen Curry, Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Networking event (refreshments provided)

In order to facilitate the attendance of members of SRUK residing outside London, we are offering microgrants to provide partial support of travel expenses.

If you are attending the event, you can apply for a microgrant until Sunday 7th of October. Please, send an email to [email protected] stating:

  • Your type of membership of SRUK/CERU.
  • That you have registered for the event.
  • The city you will be travelling from.
  • Your seniority (position/role).

The selection will be carried out by seniority, prioritising student members, then junior members, and finally senior members of SRUK. Within each group, funds will be assigned by strict order of application so early application is encouraged. Members from Oxford or Cambridge will receive up to £15, from Midlands up to £25, from Yorkshire, Northwest, Northeast or Southwest up to £50, and from Scotland or Northern Ireland up to £75.

We will confirm the award of the microgrant by 18th of October at the latest and the funds will be transferred after the event.