March for Science 2017

March for Science is a worldwide series of rallies and events scheduled for 22 April 2017.

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

Events are planned for Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Townsville, Launceston and Newcastle.

Find your local event here.

A previously advertised event in Adelaide looks unlikely to occur.

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Science unions speak out 

The CSIRO Staff Association and the The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) have called on their 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.

How you can participate

“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. 

If you would like to meet up with fellow Staff Association and union members at your nearest event, please email your local organiser with your contact details.

March for Science events 

Brisbane Saturday 22 April 11am-2pm Reddacliffe Place to Speakers Corner. More here.
Cairns Saturday 22 April 4-6pm Eastern Events Lawn along The Esplanade. More here.
Canberra Saturday 22 April 11am-2pm Federation Mall, Capital Hill. More here.
Hobart Saturday 22 April 1-3pm Parliament House, Hobart. More here.
Melbourne Saturday 22 April 1-4pm State Library of Victoria. More here.
Perth Saturday 22 April 11am-2pm Forrest Place. More here.
Sydney Saturday 22 April 12-2.30pm Martin Place, march to Macquarie Street and Hyde Park. More here.
Townsville Saturday 22 April 11am-3pm Strand Park, Townsville. More here.
Launceston Saturday 22 April 9.30am-12pm The Mall, Launceston. More here.

Newcastle will hold a forum on Thursday 20 April in the lead up to the Sydney event. More here.

Mission

“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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