With the World Cup in full swing in Brazil, it’s perfect timing for Nature News, who have shone a spotlight on science in South America.
South America isn’t known for it’s high scientific output, with Brazil being the only country which dedicates significant funding to its research and general levels of publications and citations being low compared with the rest of the world.
Nature News investigate this through several special issue articles which delve into South America’s scientific highs and lows, and what may be done to improve things.
It’s by no means doom and gloom though – many countries in South America are thriving at the moment, and one article describes new initiatives which are being brought in place by such countries to encourage researchers back home after spending time abroad during economic difficulties. It’s encouraging to see countries which aren’t known for their scientific prowess putting some real funding and encouragement into research and building up a strong scientific base.
The feature makes for really interesting reading, and it will be intriguing to see how science in South America grows and develops during the near future.