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What should the path from the pandemic look like for research?

A year ago this month, universities were forced to close lecture halls and labs as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the country. The measures—which many institutions had already taken in the days before prime minister Boris Johnson bowed to the inevitable and announced a national lockdown on 23 March—were imposed as the World Health Organization declared that Europe had become the epicentre of the pandemic.

Today, with the country just beginning to take tentative steps back to normality, the crisis feels far from over. But for researchers and their institutions, finding the best ways to continue their work effectively alongside the presence of the virus has become increasingly pressing. 

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