London research institute threatens to move meetings outside Britain after Brexit

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Seventeen academics have been been unable to attend a leading conference after being refused a visa from the British government.

The head of the leading London-based research institute hosting the meeting has threatened to move future meetings out of Britain to make them more accessible.

Peter - Piot - Director - London - School

Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, wrote to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid expressing his concern after delegates from Africa and Asia were refused visas.

He condemned the rebuttal of the visas and said such blockades represent a 'significant threat' to the UK's goal of becoming a 'global hub' for health and science after Brexit.

Participants - Countries - Nationalities - Conference - Inequality

Nearly 900 participants from more than 70 countries and over 80 nationalities are attending the conference which is discussing gender inequality in global health leadership.

It tackles the global issue of less than 25 per cent of influential leadership positions being occupied by women despite making up 75 per cent of the industry's workforce.

Letter - Home - Secretary - Professor - Piot

In his letter to the Home Secretary, Professor Piot writes: 'This conference is a forum to promote international debate and to nurture new talent.

'The denial of these visas not only excludes experts and emerging experts from low- and middle-income countries from participating in these global dialogues around health and health equity but it also precludes the UK from benefiting from this important knowledge exchange.

UK - Hub - Health - Science - Visa

'If the UK wants to establish itself as a global hub for health and science, the current visa restrictions represent a significant threat to that goal.

'Our School is already considering moving the locations of many of our large international meetings to outside of the UK so that valued global experts can participate more easily.

Criteria - Business - Visas - Organisations - Conferences

'Unfortunately, the current restrictive criteria for granting short-term business visas can only deter organisations from holding future conferences in the UK at...
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