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Source: United Kingdom – Executive Government & Departments

Reaction to the publication of the Smith-Reid Review “Changes and Choices” which gives advice on international partnership opportunities for UK research and innovation.

Prof John Womersley, Director-General, European Spallation Source (and Chief Executive of the Science and Technology Facilities Council 2011-16), said:

“It’s great to see this report now released, and its recommendations are extremely timely given the general election.  I’m slightly disappointed that some of the more exciting and visionary ideas hinted at earlier by the authors, such as creating a UK-initiated international research council, didn’t make it to the final version, but I understand how that can happen.  Nonetheless the report presents a cogent and well-argued analysis.  I hope the science community can support much of what’s in here and doesn’t instinctively react negatively to the possibility that the UK may need to explore alternatives to association to Horizon Europe.  As the authors make clear, association remains the government’s policy.”

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