Stars of comedy and science march in London
On Saturday 22nd April, comedians, BAFTA winners and notable scientists will join thousands of people marching through the streets of London in the name of science.
Starting from the iconic steps of the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum, March for Science, London will pass some of the capital’s great scientific institutions such as the Royal Society and culminating in a rally in Parliament Square.
Leading the march and addressing the crowds at the rally will be:
- Robin Ince, comedian, writer and broadcaster
- Dr Brenna Hassett, bioarchaeologist and author
- Dr Francisco Diego, astronomer and broadcaster
- Dr Suze Kundu, materials chemist and science communicator
- Jon Butterworth, professor of physics
- Angela Saini, author and science journalist
- Pete Etchells, science writer and senior lecturer in psychology
- Dr Andrew Steele, chair of Science is Vital
- Heydon Prowse, BAFTA winning director, writer and comedian
London has long been a global centre for the advancement of scientific thinking and The London March for Science is part of an international movement with over 500 marches globally, that recognise the need to preserve the productive and diverse research partnerships in the UK and around the world. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and engage with it.
Story Sylwester, March For Science London organiser, said:
We are delighted that these incredible speakers from science, journalism and entertainment are supporting the march, with many more adding their supporting online. We hope that people will be inspired by them to be curious and find out more about science and the issues it faces, and to continue to stand up for science long after the march is over.
Hosting the rally will be Bafta winning satirists Heydon Prowse and a number of speakers have told us why they are taking part in the march.
Christmas Lectures Manager and Science Communicator
“Science is the best method we have of finding the best way to do things. It allows us to focus humanity’s curiosity about the universe and to be able to discern facts from fictions.
But it’s a lot more than just that- science has the ability to improve our lives.
Increases in life expectancy and decreases in mortality due to vaccines and antibiotics, advances in medical technologies and the development of disease resistant crops; smartphones, computers and worldwide web allow us to instantly access all of human knowledge and the economic boost that new discoveries and technologies gives: none of this would be possible without properly funded, truly collaborative science.”
Bioarchaeologist and Author, Trowelblazers
“There has never been a more critical time for scientists to show up and be seen.”
Professor of Physics
“International science is a wonderful example of what we can achieve when we work together with mutual respect.”
Science journalist, author and broadcaster
“I’m supporting the March for Science because I want good evidence to be better valued. Rigorous scientific research is what produces facts. And facts make for a healthy society.”
Writer and Senior Lecturer in Psychology
“Science isn’t just for scientists – it’s for everyone. That’s why we all have a duty to stand up and fight for it.”
Materials Chemist, University of Surrey and Science Communicator
“Why am I marching? Because in this day and age it isn’t OK that leading officials can simply reject evidence-based science such as climate change or child immunisation, leaving the public powerless to change these decisions.
I am marching because our battle is for more than securing science funding. It is about engaging the public in our research so that they understand their role in funding and directing the scientific research that has such a great impact on all of our lives, and empowering them to be critical and sceptical about science in the media.”
Chair of Science is Vital, computational biologist, Francis Crick Institute
“Science has built the modern world, creating new technologies, protecting the environment and saving lives. The Science March is about showing our support for research, researchers and lovers of science around the world, and telling our political leaders that Science is Vital!”
Astronomer and science educator at University College London
“Science shows that humanity had a single origin in central Africa not that long ago, that genetically, we all are almost identical.
Science shows that our environment is a cosmic miracle, possibly unique.
Science discoveries unify humanity and empower us to manage and preserve our fragile environmental paradise.
I am marching because we must work hard to make science a main topic at all levels of education and a major component of modern global culture, for a brighter future, for a better world for all.”
Further speakers to be announced.