Increased science funding drives physics in Brazil

    A rapid rise in science funding is transforming Brazil’s research landscape, according to a new report published on behalf of the Brazilian Physical Society by IOP Publishing.

    Brazil invested $25bn in scientific research in 2010 – up four-fold on its spend in 2000 – which has propelled the country to number 13 in the global rankings for published articles in scholarly science journals.
    The report offers an in-depth analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing the Brazilian science community. The exclusive coverage emerged from extensive research and face-to-face interviews with physicists at some of Brazil’s leading scientific institutions.

    Key themes explored in the report include the rise of experimental physics, increased investment in large-scale research facilities, and the challenges for science education in Brazil. Particular focus is also given to some core strengths for Brazilian physics, such as quantum information, theoretical physics, and technology solutions for agribusiness.

    A digital edition of the report can be accessed at

    This report on physics in Brazil forms part of the science impact series, a new and unique programme of partner publications from IOP Publishing.