The Times Higher Education website published this Sunday October 8th an article on the state of scientific research in Brazil, following budget cuts, determined by the Temer administration.
According the news a petition with 80,000 signatures was set to be presented as part of mass protest outside Brazil’s National Congress in Brasilia.
Scholars from more than 25 organisations were expected to join the demonstration on Tuesday October 10th, which was set to conclude with a petition signed by tens of thousands people being delivered to parliament.
Speaking to Times Higher Education, Ildeu de Castro Moreira, president of campaign organisers the Brazilian Society for Advancement of Science, warned that a number of labs were already facing closure due to lack of funding.
“We hope we can sensitize Brazilian parliamentarians to allocate more resources,” he said. “Science in Brazil has advanced significantly in the past two decades, leading it to 13th place for scientific production in the world…it also has great potential to contribute to the country getting out of the current [financial] crisis.
The group, led by French physicist and Nobel winner Claude Cohen-Tannoudji, said that the lack of funding “seriously compromise[s] the future of Brazil”, as well as its reputation as a powerhouse for South American research.
“This will damage Brazil for many years, with the dismantling of internationally recognized research groups and a brain drain that will affect the best young scientists,” the letter states. “We know that Brazil’s economic situation is very difficult, but we urge you to reconsider your decision before it is too late.”
The Nobel laureates’ letter followed a petition by 250 top mathematics researchers, sent to the president Temer in the same week to oppose the cuts.
Read more in Times Higher Education