2018 March for Science – April 14

Samantha Swamy

Over one million people gathered around the globe for the first March for Science in 2017 - a celebration of science and its impact on society. Since then, advocates have taken steps to support science, including signing petitions, making calls, and sending emails to their representatives on more than 70,000 occasions. On April 14, 2018, the March for Science will once again bring together scientists and science enthusiasts worldwide to urge elected and appointed officials to enact evidence-based policies that serve all communities and advance scientific knowledge. The event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. will include teach-in and poetry tents and a program featuring leaders in science advocacy. The March will be preceded by a Day of Action on Friday, April 13, with advocates contacting their representatives and visiting federal and local offices to urge policymakers to assign a high priority to science.

“Science continues to be ignored or minimized in the crafting of policies that should rely on robust scientific input, said Kristen Gunther, PhD, Director of Strategy for the March for Science national organization in a press release. “Ongoing silencing of science affects every conceivable sphere, from the environment to education to health care." Since the 2017 event, March for Science organizers have been mobilizing the public through campaigns such as Vote for Science, which creates a direct link between policymakers and the public and encourages science supporters across the country to hold their representatives accountable for crafting and implementing equitable evidence-based policies.

From the discovery of cutting-edge cancer immunotherapies to the increased development of renewable energy technologies, investments in science are paying off. Policies that support scientific research are vital to economic growth and maintaining the nation’s leadership position in science and technology. Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley and former policy fellow Dr. Anna Hatch describe the benefits of scientific discovery in a video that was shown at the 2017 March for Science on the National Mall in D.C.

Currently, 175 satellite events around the world have registered to take part in the March, the largest in D.C. Research!America has joined other partners for the March including Society for Neuroscience; the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society; and the American Society for Cell Biology.

To read Research!America’s coverage of the 2017 March for Science, click here

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You can change the image of things to come. But you can’t do it sitting on your hands … The science community should reach out to Congress and build bridges.
The Honorable John E. Porter