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.
A previously advertised event in Adelaide looks unlikely to occur.
- Why we’re marching for science – video from March for Science Australia
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.
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.
“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.”
- March for Science Australia – external website
- Scientists’ unions march for secure jobs – Media release
- Why we’re marching for science in Australia – The Conversation
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