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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The French presence at Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia-INPA
Author: Toni, F
Velho, L
Abstract: Collaboration in science is almost as old as science itself However, recent years have witnessed an unprecedented growth in scientific activities involving researchers of different countries. Such general trend is, nonetheless, affecting differently the industrialized and the developing countries. The former tend to collaborate more in the hard sciences, while partnerships involving both advanced and developing countries are more frequent in the life sciences. This is partially due to the specific environments which can only be found in the South and which pose important scientific questions for those in the North. Location specificity is exactly what is found in Brazilian Amazonia. For this reason, there is a significant collaboration activity between the scientific institutions located in this region of the country and foreign researchers. This paper looks more closely at the scientific relationships established between Brazilian scientists working at the Amazonia National Research Institute (INPA) and researchers of two French institutions: ORSTOM and CIRAD. This analysis tries to point out not only the results generated by the collaboration efforts but also the circumstances under which the partnerships developed. The information collected both from documents and from face-to-face interviews with a considerable number of participants reveal an asymmetrical partnership where the important decisions, control of resources and scientific output are clearly on the hands of the French researchers. Explanations for this state of affairs are explored and possible ways to counteract them are suggested.
Country: Venezuela
Editor: Interciencia
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 1996
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