This article in the Guardian describes a situation which is already happening. I have personally been in two recent scientific/training network planning meetings in which UK leadership was ruled out as a possibility (by mutual agreement) as too risky in the circumstances.
I am pleased and proud that our EU collaborators are standing by us as network members though, despite the risk to them from our current political instability. We also did out best for Swiss friends during their difficulties, but as you can see from the article, the impact of isolationist decisions can’t be completely mitigated.
(Not really an article, just another tweet that got out of hand…)
My weekend was mostly spent on the French side of border country, experiencing serial incidents of Englishness.
On Saturday we went to a lake and swam. There was a French guy who seemed to be staring at me while I changed out of my swimming trunks. I was doing this under a towel, a manoeuvre which feels very English and always makes me think of cheeky Blackpool seaside postcards. (The French have no word for manoeuvre, of course¹.)
I talked to Julie Gould for Nature recently, about the challenges of working on big collaborations, of doing physics in the media spotlight, on why LHC had more impact with the public than LEP, and more. (I also occasionally manage to finish a sentence without stuffing it full of sub-clauses.)
Here’s the link.
And here’s a nice picture from above Les Houches a couple of months ago to encourage slightly perturbed reflection, perhaps. And because why not.