Dr Katrin Schreiter participated in Deutschlandfunk's expert panel discussing the post-Brexit future of British-German academic cooperation. Other guests were Vivienne Stern from Universities UK International, the London director of the German academic exchange service DAAD Georg Krawietz, and the director of the Centre for British Studies at the Humboldt Universität Berlin Gerhard Dannemann.
Now that Article 50 has been triggered, British academia prepares for the potential of important structural changes in its relationships with the continent. EU research funding, EU student fees as well as the Erasmus+ exchange and EU citizens' mobility generally ought to be at the top of the list during Brexit negotiations to secure Britain's international academic excellence for the future.
Dr Schreiter said: 'To impress the broader significance of these issues on British Brexit negotiators, academics working in the social sciences and humanities in Britain need to continue to expand the reach of their scholarship. Public engagement can improve the population's understanding of the many ways in which academia contributes to mutual appreciation and exchanges between different societies and cultures. These constitute, after all, the baseline of success for peaceful collaboration in Europe.'
You can hear the piece in full on the Deutschlandfunk website (in German).