Par Anna Fazackerley
Giandomenico Iannetti, professor of neuroscience at UCL, originally from Rome, says: “In the current atmosphere of uncertainty, researchers with a decent amount of European research funding working in the UK are being approached. It has happened to me and I know other colleagues in the same position.”
Iannetti has a part-time residency at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Paris, and like many scientists he is used to collaborating across Europe. He was shocked by the Brexit vote and is now anxiously awaiting more details on what Brexit will mean for him and his team.
He recalls arriving at Oxford University a decade ago as a young postdoc and loving the feeling of everyone working together. “I felt immediately part of an academic community,” he says. “This was strikingly different from the sense of fixed hierarchy that is unfortunately often the case in Italy. The Brexit vote was so much in contrast with my perception of the UK being culturally a core part of my idea of Europe.”