2018 was a year for Brazilian science to forget

Brazil has systematically cut funding for science
Brazil has systematically cut funding for science

It’s true that science and research have never been properly funded in Brazil. But 2018 proved to be one of the worst years in recorded history. Public spending has been suffering from cuts since 2014, when Dilma Rousseff was still president. The budget of the Federal Science Ministry has shrunk by more than 50 percent in the last 5 years, and an additional 10 percent cut is expected for 2019, despite numerous appeals by scientists to legislators in Brasília. 

This last year, the losses became even more concrete: When important pieces of Brazilian science and...

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