Support researchers or risk academic ‘brain drain’ post Covid, warns leading Oxford expert

UK’s science sector needs to capitalise on new interest and offer people ‘opportunities to be more involved in infectious diseases research,’ Sir Professor Peter Horby tells Samuel Lovett

Monday 04 October 2021 09:16

A leading expert from the University of Oxford has warned of the prospect of an academic “brain drain” in the wake of the Covid pandemic if more is not done to support scientists with their research.

Sir Professor Peter Horby said it was vital to “capitalise” on the interest among young scientists who have shifted their focus to infectious diseases and global health during the course of the past 18 months.

Otherwise, he warned, these individuals will “drift back to other areas of work”, jeopardising the knowledge and expertise that has been acquired throughout the pandemic.

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