The directory and board of the Brazilian Materials Research Society (B-MRS) are in solidarity with the Director of the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Prof. Ricardo Magnus Osório Galvão, with regard to the unsubstantiated claims by President Jair Bolsonaro. Had the President been careful to verify INPE’s work and Professor Ricardo Galvão contributions, he would not have made such an unfounded accusation.
Public agencies and their officials must serve the people and the Nation and are therefore subject to criticism and evaluation. However, it is inadmissible for a President of the Republic to make public accusations without the bare minimum of verification. It’s not just Professor Ricardo Galvão and INPE that the President offends, but all who work in favor of Brazil for knowledge generation.