March for Science 2017

March for Science witnessed a worldwide series of rallies and events on 22 April 2017.

Coinciding with Earth Day, March for Science rallies took place across the United States and many countries, including Australia.

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Science unions speak out 

The CSIRO Staff Association and the The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) called on members to join March for Science events happening around Australia on Saturday 22 April 2017.

“As the unions representing university and CSIRO staff, we are pleased to support March for Science and its championing of education to encourage broad public knowledge and discussion of scientific work, as well as open communication, informed policy and stable investment,” Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski said.

Read the media release here.

“We encourage NTEU and CSIRO Staff Association members, their families and friends to get involved in the March for Science and join the call for secure jobs for scientists,” Mr Popovski said. 


“The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.”

“People who value science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. Staying silent is a luxury that we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.”

“At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.”

“The March for Science champions and defends science and scientific integrity, but it is a small step in the process toward encouraging the application of science in policy. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it.”

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