Hundreds of thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds participated in the March for Science on April 22 in more than 600 cities worldwide. As a partner in the global grassroots movement, Research!America staff participated in marches in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Salt Lake City, UT. A video featuring Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley and science policy fellow Anna Hatch, Ph.D., was shown during the event. “Science is a field of dream for all of us…everyone who cares about the future of health and economic prosperity in this country must speak up now,” said Woolley in the video.
Among the Washington, D.C., March for Science speakers were Research!America board members Rush Holt, Ph.D., CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Georges Benjamin, M.D., director of the American Public Health Association. Dr. Holt spoke about the public policies that are essential for achieving scientific progress, “Science needs certain conditions to thrive: free exchange of ideas, freedom to travel and collaborate, diversity of people and perspectives and ample public funding. These conditions are threatened today and we must defend them.” Dr. Benjamin underscored the value of a strong public health infrastructure in his remarks, “Public health science is the heart of so many successes that have prolonged our lives and improved our well-being…a strong commitment to research is absolutely essential to draft the evidence-based solutions that protect us from serious health threats.”
“Our numbers here today show the world that science is for all. Our lawmakers must know and accept that science serves everyone of us, every citizen of every nation and society,” said Bill Nye, the Science Guy, guest speaker at the march in Washington, D.C., and honorary co-chair. “Science must shape policy, science is universal, science brings out the best in us. With an informed optimistic view of the future together…[we can…dare I say it] can save the world.”
Research!America march for science branded buttons were distributed at the Washington, D.C., and satellite marches and messages from the day were captured across social media channels. On-the-ground highlights from Research!America staff at satellite marches are available here.