Scientists, students and science enthusiasts came out in droves for March for Science events in Washington, D.C., and globally on Saturday, April 14. Thousands gathered to call attention to how science serves society and increase the visibility of science. Only 16% of Americans can name a living scientist, according to a survey commissioned by Research!America.
“The problem is that for 20 years that 16% has not changed, and that is one of most important reasons for the March for Science: to put a human face on the science enterprise and being a stakeholder for science,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO, Research!America, during a pre-march rally at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
The 250 satellite marches took place in cities around the world from Hawaii to Abuja, Nigeria. Former Research!America communications intern and Stanford University Postdoctoral Fellow Caitlin Grzeskowiak attended the San Francisco/Bay Area march with fellow science advocates. In a blog article about her experience at the march, she said “I hope scientists continue to encourage each other to get involved in outreach efforts and mentor the next generation of scientists to do the same. We may find it difficult at times to incorporate public outreach into our research, but without such efforts, we would not have the support, public trust, or funding to ask the important questions.” Research!America communications intern and biomedical engineer Samantha Swamy participated in the Washington, D.C. march, and in a blog article, called on scientists to make their work more accessible to the public.
The March is over, but until next year, science advocates are encouraged to build on the momentum of the event by engaging with the public and policymakers in their communities.
For more information on current March for Science initiatives, visit: https://bit.ly/2qMoIYT
To watch a video of the AAAS pre-March rally, visit: https://bit.ly/2K3f3oM