The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.We are a nonpartisan group, marching to demand action in the following areas: Literacy, Communication, Policy, and Investment.
A well-informed community is essential to a free and successful society. We support education to promote broad public knowledge and discussion of scientific work. As professionals, parents, and community-engaged volunteers, we enthusiastically contribute our time and expertise to helping children and students of all ages engage with the physical universe and biological world.
Publicly-funded scientists have a responsibility to communicate their research and public outreach and accessibility of scientific knowledge should be encouraged. Communication of scientific findings and their implications must not be suppressed.
Public policy should be guided by peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus. Public policy must enable scientists to communicate their publicly-funded research results, and must support literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A long-term, strategic approach to investment in scientific research and development is essential for driving true innovation. Government commitment to stable science funding policy will deliver solutions to complex challenges, promoting prosperity for all.
On 22 April 2017, we are marching in solidarity with over 400 cities around the world to bring awareness to these issues. We have not yet selected a local venue but plans are in the works to support a rally, a march, and an exhibition of local science for the people of Canberra.
We require donations to cover costs incurred in hosting the event. These costs include the purchase of public liability insurance, printing of promotional materials, and rental of materials such as tables and a PA system. Any donations collected in excess of our operating costs will be donated to a, yet to be selected, science advocacy charity.