As I am sure you are all too painfully aware in the UK referendum yesterday people were given the choice either to remain or leave the EU. This morning we heard that the unthinkable had happened, and that the majority vote was to leave. Social media is awash with people who cannot believed the UK population has made such a decision, and have huge concerns over what will happen in the future. It was a decision which is clearly diametrically opposed to the aims and objectives of the European Academy of Design, which for over 20 years has strived to make closer connections with design researchers in other countries.
As a community of open-minded scholars we obviously worry about what will happen to the UK university and academic sectors, and to the thousands of friendships that have been forged through cross-border collaborations in research and teaching. We know we want to maintain our collaborations and connections.
Whatever happens, the EAD will continue to promote such alliances and to bring design researchers together from across the continents. We look forward to seeing you all in Rome next year…
Paul Atkinson, Louise Valentine, Rachel Cooper