Academics urged to strengthen ties to US peers in face of Trump travel ban

March 20, 2017

In the face of the Trump travel ban, academics must strengthen, rather than sever, ties to the United States, argues Dr. Matthew Stanbrook, Deputy Editor, CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) in an editorial.

"Science, especially medical science, knows no borders and cannot advance effectively without the free international exchange of knowledge, ideas and skills among all its participants," writes Dr. Stanbrook. "For academics to suspend interactions with US colleagues or refuse to peer review and validate the work of US researchers risks weakening US at the worst possible time, abandoning colleagues to face a political administration that already manifests a desire to muzzle federal scientists, escape accountability by the media and wage war on facts incompatible with its preferred narrative."

He advocates against boycotting scientific meetings in the US or moving them to another country as this would prevent participation from the many scientists and trainees from the countries under the ban who live and work in the US.

"Although the travel ban targets individuals, its threat to the integrity and prosperity of scientific collaboration is of paramount concern. Physicians and scientists must not remain silent, but the best solution lies in more, rather than less, engagement with US ," Dr. Stanbrook concludes.

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More information: Canadian Medical Association Journal, DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.170247

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RobertKarlStonjek
not rated yet Mar 20, 2017
The USA brought this on themselves, only around 25% of eligible voters opposed Trump which is an overwhelming endorsement of Trump and his policies.

Moving conventions, conferences, meetings and academic headquarters to other countries is the pragmatic and practical thing to do; supporting ideologically driven resistance to Trump should not be placed on the shoulders of world science when 75% of Americans voted for, endorsed or did not oppose his election.

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