Royal Society international mobility study

International mobility
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The Royal Society publishes its research on international mobility, providing an understanding of how, where and why researchers move to and from the UK. Dr. Steven Spoel provides his personal perspective on international mobility in one of ten case studies.

Edinburgh, 4 May 2017 – The Royal Society has published its findings from a study on the importance of international mobility and collaboration in scientific research. The study provides an understanding of how, where and why researchers are so inclined to move between countries during their careers.

The study reports that 28% of the UK academic workforce and more than half of PhD students are from overseas. This makes the UK an excellent hub for the global exchange of ideas and lasting collaborations that transcend borders. The report highlights the importance of international mobility for education, training and exchange of knowledge.

In a set of 10 case studies on individual researchers that have experienced extensive international mobility, the study provides a personal perspective of how it has influenced their career and lives. One of the case studies reports how Dr. Steven Spoel transitioned between countries and how it has shaped his scientific career and contributions.



Case study on Dr. Steven Spoel

International mobility study website

All 10 case studies


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