Science in Europe
The European Union is facing a pivotal political moment. Populist, anti-EU sentiment is rising in some countries, and the bloc is preparing to lose one of its most powerful member states, the United Kingdom. Although positive economic forecasts suggest Europe as a whole is on the upturn, research spending in some countries hasn’t recovered since the global financial crisis. But researchers hope that these tensions won’t dent the region’s reputation for world-class, open and collaborative science — and are planning for what the next decade will bring. This special issue examines what the future may hold for scientific research in Europe, from the next Horizon funding programme to the issues the bloc must make a priority if it is to maintain its position on the global stage. The cover image represents the cities in Europe mapped by their publication output for 2018, according to the Dimensions database of scholarly literature.