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Brazil backs law to bridge public-private divide

A framework for innovation that will help universities and companies work more closely together has been signed off by the president of Brazil Dilma Rousseff.

The legal framework for science and technology was given the green light on 11 January at a ceremony at the president’s palace in Brasília. One of the aims of the legislation is to enhance innovation by building links between public and private organisations. As part of this rules on the employment of university professors in business will be changed.

As it stands, academics are permitted to work only 240 hours a year with businesses or foundations. This limit will be extended to 416 hours under the rule change, a statement from the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science has said. “It’s a historic moment,” the society’s president Helena Nader said.

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