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Government looks into claims of discrimination against UK scientists since Brexit

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3932 (Published 14 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3932
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The UK government has created a unit to gather evidence of bias against scientists and researchers in the United Kingdom after the national referendum decision to leave the European Union, “Brexit.”

During an evidence session of the House of Commons Science and Technology committee held on 13 July, MPs heard that a science minister had taken steps to deal with concerns that scientists and researchers were facing discrimination.

The MPs asked about reports that some scientists in the UK who were already part of a consortium were being asked to leave or were made to feel unwelcome because some scientists in other European countries assumed that the UK no longer wanted to be part of Horizon 2020, …

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