Making science work for development

The future for international research partnerships: responding to Brexit, the Newton Fund and new relationships

17 October

The focus:

To discuss the UK science and research sector’s future priorities for international collaboration and partnerships in research.


Takes place as the UK begins the process of leaving the European Union, and follows the Department for Exiting the European Union’s policy paper on the future of EU partnerships in science and research.

Key discussion points:

  • The future of EU collaboration
    • Discussing the UK’s future involvement in Horizon 2020 and availability of ERC research funding as well as issues relating to the mobility of researchers post-Brexit, as outlined in the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s report on the impact of Brexit on UK science and research.
  • Next steps for the Newton Fund
    • Assessing the fund’s links with partner countries and delivery partners, and its role in encouraging international collaboration.
  • Priorities for new research relationships
    • Analysing the UK’s role in the global research landscape, identifying new funding opportunities, the Global Challenges Research Fund, current case studies of collaboration and key issues going forward. 


Dr Sarah Honour, Head of Science and Innovation Strategy and ODA, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Professor Stuart Taberner, Professor of Contemporary German Literature, Culture and Society, University of Leeds and Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, RCUK and Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research and Evidence Division, Department for International Development


Professor Heiko Balzter, University of Leicester;Dr Lutz-Peter Berg, Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom;Professor Carlos Frenk, Durham University;Dr Dan Korbel, British Council;Stephanie Marie Black León, Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom;Dr Sarah Main, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE);Shane McHugh, Royal Academy of Engineering;Rachael Sara-Kennedy, Universities UK International;Dr Martin Szomszor, Digital Science andTom Thackray, CBI

Chaired by:

Layla Moran MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Education and Daniel Zeichner MP, Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Life Science and Medical Research