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Young Scientists Discuss the Future of Research in the United Kingdom

Published June 07, 2019

On the Cusp of Major Change

From Brexit, to particle colliders, polymers, and CRISPR-Cas9, Blavatnik Honorees reflect on how socioeconomic factors and scientific breakthroughs are reshaping the research landscape.

From left to right, Blavatnik Honorees: M. Madan Babu, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology; Konstantinos Nikolopoulos, University of Birmingham; Kathy Niakan, The Francis Crick Institute; and Rachel O’ Reilly, University of Birmingham

On March 7, 2019, Laureates and Finalists of the 2019 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the United Kingdom gathered for a one-day symposium showcasing some of the most exciting research underway in the UK today. We listened in on the last panel of the day, featuring Konstantinos Nikolopoulos (2019 Physics Laureate), Kathy Niakan (2019 Life Sciences Finalist), and Rachel O’ Reilly (2019 Chemistry Finalist), and moderated by M. Madan Babu (2018 Life Sciences Laureate).

From CRISPR-based technologies to the creation of massive particle accelerators, and the potential of plastic-eating bacteria, the discussion covered transformational developments that are re-shaping the scientific landscape in the United Kingdom and around the world. They also touched on issues of particular concern to UK-based scientists, including the impact of Brexit on research funding, recruiting postdoctoral researchers, and more.

To hear more from these and other Blavatnik Award Honorees, view the full eBriefing: Cure, Create, Innovate: The Future of Research in the UK.