The British Academy has today (Monday 25 July 2015) signed a pan-European statement on the value of research cooperation and collaboration internationally:
"On the occasion of the ESOF conference in Manchester 2016, Europe’s Academies celebrate the value of science and research. Many of today’s most pressing challenges are global ones. International science and research collaborations greatly enhance the knowledge and tools we need to tackle them.
"This means institutions from across Europe need to be free to recruit excellent researchers. Our researchers must be able to work, cooperate across borders and travel flexibly as part of multinational activities. We must support the exchange of ideas. Unnecessary barriers to this mobility will weaken science and be to the cost of all nations.
The academies of Europe stand together to support our governments in encouraging our countries and institutions to work in partnership to deliver research, scholarship and innovation across the continent for the benefit of society."
The statement was launched to coincide with the ESOF conference which takes place in Manchester this week.
Further information, and a list of organisations who have signed the statement is available here.