I am quite surprised not having seen this discussed earlier, because EBI is such an essential resource for European and world-wide bioinformatics. On Thursday, 23 June, there will be referendum in the UK whether to leave or stay in the EU.
EBI provides and contributes a wealth of resources, like Ensembl, web services, databases, and is also the largest bioinformatics centre, service provider and employer in Europe as to my knowledge? It appears to me me that the possible Brexit puts these contributions at a very high risk and uncertainty. What would be the consequences of such act, has anyone thought about it? Working in both EU and non-EU countries, I have some impression, however Norway adopts most of the EU legislation rapidly without being involved in the decision making. Do you agree with me, that the loss or limitations of the EBI for the Bioinformatics community would be a major set back for Europe?
Please discuss, I think it is our responsibility to involve us also in political debates if the consequences affect science.
What is the European Bioinformatics Institute? The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is Europe's home for big data in biology. EMBL-EBI was established in 1994 on the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge in the UK, and is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL). We have 570 members of staff, including scientists and engineers at all career stages, software developers, user experience designers, administrators and many others.