The March for Science celebrates publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to support science that upholds the common good, and political leaders and policymakers who enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.
March with us on 22 April 2017
As the nature of scientific inquiry has developed from the “solitary genius” model of a Sir Isaac Newton, to the international collaboration required by such initiatives as the Rosetta space exploration mission, UK scientists have been leaders in the development of scientific thinking and methodology for centuries. And yet in an age where science has resulted in new technologies, improved quality of life, and improved understanding of the world around us, it faces some of its toughest challenges. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it.
There is growing concern that scientific progress and freedom is under threat on a global level – from the policies of the new US administration, uncertainty around the impact of the EU referendum, and a broad increase in anti-intellectualism and resistance to facts that contributed to both. The application of science is not a partisan issue: it should neither serve special interests nor be rejected based on personal convictions. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It is at its best when it openly presents results for review, sparks debate, and is free to speak truth to power. In the modern world, science is increasingly collaborative, and thrives when people have the freedom to work together across borders in the search for answers to difficult and fundamental questions.
The March for Science is a celebration of progress, raising awareness of the accomplishments and impact of science over time. It’s not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. The London March for Science is part of this global movement that recognises the need to preserve the productive and diverse research partnerships in the UK and around the world.