Latin Science Isn’t Too Popular

Latin America’s scientists are failing to reach out to local populations or to share their knowledge effectively, a leading conference of academics in Buenos Aires was warned. A survey carried out by Brazil’s Science, Technology and Innovation ministry (MCTI) found just 12 percent of respondents could cite the name of any of the country’s research   …Continue Reading

Philosophy of Education

Brazil’s new education minister has promised to deploy university resources and talent to help address poor performance in basic education, which is frustrating the country’s attempts to evolve into a knowledge-based society. If he is to be successful, the new minister will have to challenge powerful interests controlling for-profit universities and training institutions, which today   …Continue Reading

Nature's Amazon discovery: Destruction is down

Amazon Deforestation: Turning of the Tide?

Nature has offered up handsome praise for the Brazilian government’s efforts to protect the Amazon from deforestation, in a series of reports that chart the downward spiral illegal of forest clearance in the official statistics. In an editorial entitled “Tree Cheers”, Nature says that deforestation is not an unstoppable process and that: “Brazil proved   …Continue Reading

California comes to Brazil

Twenty six scientists from the University of California (Davis) and their Brazilian counterparts are meeting in São Paulo 12-13th May for a conference on issues including cancer research, neuroscience, food and agriculture, materials science and topics related to water and energy. You can read more details by clicking here. The FAPESP Week UC Davis   …Continue Reading

Research Pact with AstraZeneca

Pharmaceuticals major AstraZeneca is investing in a US$4 million health research project covering metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, to be carried out by Brazilian universities over the next five years. For the first three year phase of the project, bids are invited by 26th June latest for the initial US$ 2.4 million in aid which will   …Continue Reading

Brazil Joins Drug Discovery “Super Network”

Open-access research into drug discovery has arrived in South America, with a ground-breaking collaboration between leading scientists in North America, Europe and Brazil to provide completely free and open research results to the world. British scientists from Oxford University are taking part in highly innovative research into new drugs being launched in the university city   …Continue Reading

Hernan Chaimovich: Exemplary choice for top science post

New Scientific Research Chief

A biochemist from Chile with an active career in science policy management at universities in São Paulo, has been named as the new head of Brazil’s federal research funding agency CNPq. Hernan Chaimovich’s appointment as president of CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) in Brasilia, has been welcomed by scientists, thanks in   …Continue Reading

Latin focus for astrophysics

Latin American research into astro-particle physics and high energy cosmic rays is set to pass a crucial milestone in 2015, when the location is chosen for a huge new radio-astronomy observatory in the southern hemisphere. At the same time an existing facility in Argentina is receiving an important upgrade to boost its ability to measure   …Continue Reading

Brazilian Science Minister Rebelo: "bold cooperation"

Aldo Rebelo: Bark or Bite?

Scientists and foreign observers are puzzling over the seemingly-incongruous choice of a climate change skeptic with a stridently nationalist technology agenda, as Brazil’s new Science Minister. Since January the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has been headed by veteran leftist Aldo Rebelo. The marks a significant shift after years during which the portfolio was   …Continue Reading

Education: Promise to Pay?

In her inaugural speech January 1st 2015, re-elected Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff promised “a country of education” as the key theme for her second administration. Academics and scientists might take that as a sign that education will finally enjoy its long-awaited day in the sunshine of presidential favour. A golden age of research should be   …Continue Reading

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Researching in Brazil

Brazil’s best-known scientist, the veteran nuclear physicist  José Goldemberg,  in September 2015 took office as the president of  the São…

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