‘Party’s over,’ warns new science chief

José Goldemberg – Science for Brazil, 9/21/2015 

Newly-impoverished Brazil could soon be reaching for higher impact science to guarantee a better “bang for every research buck,” after wasteful years and policymaking divisions between rival agencies.

The “party’s over” message being delivered to Brazilian academics is that if they want access to fast-dwindling public resources, they must engage much more closely with the process of transforming their nation into a knowledge society, and align their research more closely with government policy.

Politicians running technology policy are also on notice that they need to pay more heed to scientific experts who should play the role of gatekeepers, before spending on public projects is allowed to begin.

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