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Traditional academic engagement provides an easy route for a hostile state actor to gain access to you, for example at a conference or research placement. When considering the potential risks to your research through international partnerships, researchers should consider the potential security issues associated with travelling to a different country. 

  • Consider the country that you are travelling to, and be aware of local laws and customs
  • Think carefully about what information you share or present and ensure that you are compliant with UK export control legislation
  • Make sure you understand your host’s attitude to academic freedom and discussion
  • Be clear on the areas of research that you can, and cannot, talk about
  • Be polite but firm if pressed to share more information that you are comfortable or legally able to
  • Report any suspicions to your Head of Department