March for Science calls for spirit of enquiry


This year fewer than 100 people stopped by, down from the 500 who attended in 2017. "Music is not just for musicians, and science is not just for scientists", he told a cheering crowd.

"Good science depends on good democracy". Shanley said that she hasn't had a unit on science yet this year.

"In general, I think that having an informed, scientifically literate population that can think critically is really important for citizens to ensure that policies are being made that are in their best interests and to be able to recognize when people are trying to pull one over (on them)", she explained.

Some of the signs hoisted by marchers Saturday conveyed messages such as "Make Science, Not War", "Trust the Scientific Method - Not Politicians" and "No Science, No Beer". "But we do", Malow said. In Cologne and Münster there were more than 1,000 marchers.

Ahead of the march, a seminar will be organized at IEI hall at 9.30am.

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March attendee Charlie Post said, "Let's not ignore science". "So that's where the postcard writing campaign came in".

"Scientists, we are all here today because staying isolated in our labs and our offices, relying on others to tell our stories and interpret our research, is not working", said Crystal Dilworth, a molecular neuroscientist and science communicator.

Thousands of people across the globe participated in the second annual March for Science - including several protestors who attended the march in Sacramento. He encouraged people to continue fighting for science beyond just making sure that federal funding remains intact. "Last year was historic", Tran says, "and this is a sign of our persistence".

"It is a duty of all of us who are scientists and who educate young people to rise and defend scientific principles, scientific thinking and scientific education", said Bakić, warning about the challenging of scientific results as evidenced by the movement against child vaccination. "It's hard to know whether the march is turning anything around with respect to the concerns that scientists have about scientific advisory councils or appointed science advisors or evidence-based policymaking", he says.

The protesters carried banners reading "See how billions of atoms are marching for science", "I think therefore I march", "Don't believe, doubt!", "Science for all, all for science".