EDITORIAL

Growing Latin American Science

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Science  30 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6111, pp. 1127
DOI: 10.1126/science.1232223

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How can a country rapidly improve its capacity in science, technology, and innovation? Invest in people, as Latin America is doing. For Brazil, supporting this effort through international exchange and increased mobility over the past year will substantially enlarge the nation's corpus of highly qualified scientists and technologists. Argentina has increased its number of doctoral fellowships and is concentrating on recruiting back Argentine investigators working abroad to advance its own basic research and industry. And in Chile, special programs have been funding fellowships to send students abroad to obtain Ph.D. degrees in science. These activities reflect the growing desire of Latin American nations to train an educated workforce in the world's best institutions and foster “globalized” science on the continent.