President of the British Academy writes to sister academies in Europe

31 Jan 2020

Professor Sir David Cannadine, the President of the British Academy, has written to his counterparts at the national Academies of Europe ahead of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union this week (January 31).


As well as affirming the British Academy’s openness for collaboration, Professor Cannadine outlined the Academy’s support for the UK’s association to Horizon Europe and highlighted the Academy’s own programme of opportunities for European research collaboration and mobility.


Commenting on the letters, Professor Sir David Cannadine said:


‘As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union and set off in a different political and economic direction, I wish to assure our European friends that the British Academy and, indeed, the UK, will always remain open to collaboration. Whether it is championing enlightenment values, protecting academic freedom or nurturing new talent, we only succeed when we work together. We also know that to tackle the great challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to the rise of artificial intelligence, academics will need to collaborate across disciplines and across borders.


‘I value the close relationships between the European Academies and I very much look forward to this continuing in the years ahead, starting with the All European Academies (ALLEA) General Assembly, which we are hosting here in London in June.’


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