CNPq announces two new criteria for evaluation of scientists

Researchers will report on the innovation of its projects and also describe initiatives to disseminate scientific and educational

CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development) will add on electronic platform Lattes curricula and activities that brings 1.8 million researchers around the country, two new tabs to public disclosure.

In one, scientists in Brazil inform about the innovation of its projects and research. In the other, should describe initiatives and dissemination of science education.

With the change, scientists from all fields of research should describe, in the Lattes platform, data on the organization of science fairs, promotion of lectures in schools, articles and interviews to the press.

Along with this, shall contain basic information such as personal data, educational background, professional activities, publications, research projects and lines, areas of expertise and mastery of foreign languages.

The intent of the CNPq is to increase awareness of society about the scientific activities that occur in the country.

"In the 21st century, the scientist recognizes its role in society engagement. He knows he's being paid and funded and must provide a report on what they do," said the president of CNPq, Glaucius Oliva, told Brazil Agency .

According to Oliva, became the role of scientists to publicize the activities of research, experiments to show and explain to the public projects, and work to turn the innovations that contribute to public policy and even to create new products to be launched on the market.

The change in the Lattes platform may occur in up to two months. The model and functionality of the tabs are already formatted and respect the rules of transparency of public information.

The CNPq changes next week your portal that, among other functions, allows access to the platform Lattes.

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The new data reported will be considered by the 48 committees CNPq assessment when approving research projects and grant scholarships to teachers and students.

The board shall have indicators for evaluation of scientific papers on questions of innovation and production in scientific publishing, as happens today to a charge of publishing scientific articles, "papers" in magazines, including abroad.

Since June last year, the National Research Council requires the electronic submission of research proposals and reports in electronic scientific award, to be described, "language for non-specialists," the relevance of what is being proposed and the results achieved.

For years, about 15 000 research proposals are received by the board in the announcement universal (for all areas of knowledge).

With the dissemination of proposals and reports, the expectation of Oliva is to arouse the interest of "young talent" for science and create a new academic culture in four years, taking advantage of the significant increase of new masters and PhDs in Brazil. In the past decade, that number has doubled, reaching over 50,000 in 2009.

In addition to changing the culture in the academic environment, the president of CNPq think that the dissemination of scientific work and education can change social behavior. "People have to use science in everyday life. Understanding, for example, that there are relations of cause and effect," he noted. "Educating for the values ​​of science and the scientific method in life protects us from extremism and intolerance," he added.