MARS FOR SCIENCE

Live-opdateringer fra den globale marts for videnskab

Af Science News StaffApr. 22, 2017, 19:45

WASHINGTON, DC | 19:52 EDT

Sikke en dag! At sa indpakning, indtil videre

Ja, vi ved, at der endnu er et par marcher, der skal komme, inklusive de sidste begivenheder på Hawaii og måske det centrale Stillehav. Men efter at have udsendt mere end 60 historier om denne bemærkelsesværdige globale begivenhed, er Nyhedspersonalet i videnskaben nødt til at tage en pusterum.

Tak for at følge og bidrage til vores dækning. Kom tilbage for at se opdateringer, og se vores Twitter-feeds på @ScienceInsider og @NewsfromScience.

Hvis du marsjerede i weekenden, skal du tage et øjeblik et øjeblik for at udfylde vores undersøgelse . (Denne undersøgelse er nu afsluttet. Hold øje med et indlæg med dets resultater.) Og hvis du ønsker at indhente alle vores tidligere martsdækning, kan du tjekke vores arkiv for marts til videnskabshistorie .

Endelig er du velkommen til at twitre dine march tanker og billeder til @ScienceInsider .

Rul dig nu gennem en verdens værdi af marcher (de tidligste historier er i bunden) ...


Mexico City | 19:39 EDT

Budgetnedskæringer, korruption motiverer sejere

Marchen her havde et stærkt samlende tema: Modstand mod nylige nedskæringer til National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) og tilskud til kandidatstuderende, den giver. Hundredvis af mennesker marcherede fra uafhængighedsenglen til Zocalo i eftermiddag og sang "Flere forskere, færre politikere" og "Bevilger ja, skærer nej."

"De beder os om ekspertise, men de giver os elendige ressourcer, " sagde Guadalupe Barrera, en forsker ved Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM), der gik sammen med studerende fra sit økotoksikologilaboratorium. "Studerende er den mest vitale del af det videnskabelige samfund."

Anti-Trump-skilte var knappe, men mange marchere udtrykte forfærd over sagen om Javier Duarte, eks-guvernøren i Veracruz, der slog ud med statsmidler og for nylig blev arresteret i Guatemala. De penge, som Duarte tog, kunne have finansieret 60.000 doktorgradsstipendier, næsten antallet af alle kandidatstipendier, som Conacyt i øjeblikket giver, sagde Edith Marcial Ju rez, en doktorand ved forskningscenteret Cinvestav. "Det er desillusionerende."

Mange marchere håbede, at demonstrationen ville få Conacyt til at overveje en ændring i, hvordan tilskud blev beregnet, hvilket mange her siger vil gøre det umuligt for dem at holde trit med inflationen. "Vi kan ikke arbejde. Vi er nødt til at leve af vores tilskud, " sagde Leonardo Salas Dom nguez, en studerende ved UAM. Han bragte sin unge datter, som han støtter med sin Conacyt-bevilling, hvilket er omkring $ 1500 om måneden. ”Det er fuldstændig idioti at skære uddannelse og ikke politikernes løn, ” sagde han. Lizzie Wade

Lizzie Wade

Tromsø, Norge | 19:35

En optimistisk march i Norge på trods af frygt for smeltende is

På trods af nordmænds "notorisk forbeholdne karakter" var Adele Williamson glad for at fortælle Science Insider, at marchen i Tromsø, Norge, tiltrækkede omkring 200 mennesker. Ingen tvivl om, at sejrerne var lige så glade for at have en smuk dag, ikke et sikkert bud 300 km nord for polarcirklen. "Atmosfæren var så energisk og ganske åbenlyst, " siger Williamson, en biokemiker ved Universitetet i Tromsø og en arrangør af marchen. "Vi er lige kommet fra den kolde mørke (polare nat) vinter for lidt over en måned siden, så risikoen med smukt vejr er, at mange hellere vil gå på ski i solskin."

Men en mængde samlet og marcherede, ledsaget af byens velkendte studerende-marsjeringsband Ompagniet. Et af de lokalt relevante tegn sagde ' Isen Har Ikke Agenda, Den Bare Smelter! '(Is har ingen dagsorden - det smelter bare). På markedspladsen lyttede folk til taler fra lokale politikere og forskningsledere, inklusive direktøren for det norske polarinstitut, Jan-Gunnar Winther, der sagde, at han ville være død af kræft, hvis det ikke havde været til videnskabelig forskning. Efter marchen tiltrakkede diskussioner om videnskab "mange deltagere, der ikke var forskere, hvoraf nogle kom spontant med, " siger Williamson. - Erik Stokstad

Rhys Jones

Eagle-eye view: Skud fra amerikanske marcher


San Francisco, Californien | 19:00 EDT

Lever med HIV og marsjerer efter videnskab

San Franciscos Justin Herman Plaza var fuld, da premark-rallyet begynder. Byvejleder Jeff Sheehy var en af ​​tre politikere, der åbnede demonstrationen med historier om, hvorfor de marsjerer. ”Jeg blev 60 år i går, ” sagde han og fremkaldte jubel og lykønskninger fra mængden. ”Hold fast, ” fortsatte han. ”Jeg har levet med HIV i 20 år. Uden videnskab ville jeg være død.” Han afsluttede med at lede folkemængden i et voldsomt opkald og respons inspireret af en LHBT-aktivistisk sang: "Fakta og bevis under angreb, " "Akt op, slå tilbage!" "Folkesundhed under angreb, " "Aktér, slå tilbage!" "Vores børns og børnebørns fremtid under angreb, " "Aktér, slå tilbage!" - Rachel Bernstein

San Francisco march rally

Rachel Bernstein

NYE ORLEANSER, LOUISIANA | 18.45 EDT

Det viser sig, at det var let at stå ud i The Big Easy

I New Orleans er der parader i det franske kvarter hver dag, så antropologerne her til det årlige møde i den amerikanske sammenslutning af fysiske antropologer hyrede et New Orleans-band og uddelte Mardi Gras-perler for at følge med de lokale. Der var dog ingen grund til at bekymre sig, fordi synet af flere tusinde videnskabsfolk (inklusive ca. 1400 antropologer), der marsjerede i laboratoriefrakker og Einstein-parykker med plakater, der søger penge til videnskab, af alle ting, var en nyhed. Lokale mennesker stod op på Canal Street for at se forskerne, der sang:

"Hvad vil du have?"

"Finansiering!"

"Hvornår vil du have det?"

"Nu."

Sejrerne, der kom fra hele verden, bar plakater, der havde et tydeligt paleotema: "En verden uden videnskab er ikke humerus, " erklærede en. En anden: "Walking upright for science." Ann Gibbons

Ann Gibbons

MORGANTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA | 18:35 EDT

I Appalachia skal man være forsigtig med at gøre videnskab politisk

Under en grå himmel lyttede flere hundrede studerende, videnskabsfolk og børn til talere inklusive miljøkonsulent og rent vand talsmand Evan Hansen extol videnskab s rolle i at holde West Virginia s farvande og beskytte vandet fremtidige generationer. Meget af mængden, som march-arrangørerne anslår til 500, bestod af familier med små børn, der deltog i en premarkfestival med skærme fra West Virginia Universitys videnskabsafdelinger. Der var også levende ugler og falke fra Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia.

Færre bachelorstuderende var til stede, delvis fordi arrangørerne ikke ønsket at lægge dette på studerende siger Penny Dacks, en neurovidenskabsmand hos American Epilepsy Society, der var med til at køre march. Det er en frygt for, at dette vil blive misforstået som [partisan og politisk]. Videnskab bør ikke være politisk, siger hun. Videnskaben burde ikke fortælle os, hvad vi skal gøre, men det er et meget kraftfuldt værktøj. Det sa en skruetrækker og enhver burde kunne bruge den.

I mængden var Helen Honecker (midt nedenunder) og hendes mor, Jen (til venstre). Hvorfor? Fordi videnskaben er fantastisk, siger Helen. Catherine Matacic

Catherine Matacic / Videnskab

Cleveland, Ohio | 18:20 EDT

Undskyld søn, vi var nødt til at march

Biologen Andrea Case fra Kent State University grøftede sin søns klaverklang for at køre en times tid til sin første march nogensinde. ”Jeg vil placere mig selv derude som en af ​​mange videnskabsfolk, der ønsker at kommunikere mere med offentligheden, ” sagde hun. ”Og politikkerne bør være baseret på fakta, hvis vi forventer, at de fungerer.” Hendes mand, biolog Pat Lorch, der også grøftede betragtningen, tilføjede, at han ville ”skubbe tilbage på tanken om, at videnskab ikke er vigtig for samfundet. ”Det var et klart tema i Cleveland, hvor snesevis af institutioner fra alle livsområder var med til at sponsorere begivenheden, fra Rock and Roll Hall of Fame til Museum of Contemporary Art til Portside Distillery. (Og ligesom Calagarys marchere elsker Ohioans tilsyneladende brygger gær.) - Elizabeth Culotta

Andrea sag

Elizabeth Culotta

KALGARI, CANADA | 17:50 EDT

"Der mangler helt klart noget."

Vagter i hjertet af den canadiske olieplade kom ud af hundrederne på en solrig eftermiddag. Det var lige så meget en march for demokrati og mangfoldighed, der startede ved statuen af ​​kvinderne er personer! Monument i byens olympiske Plaza og slutter ved plaza foran Calgary kommunale bygning.

Indlæg kom fra en række forskellige talere, herunder en videnskabsudsender og forfatter, en pakistansk-født canadisk muslim, der arbejder i STEM, en pakistansk-født professor, der studerer cellebiologi og anatomi; og en lægehjælp, som hjalp med at starte processen med at udfase kuldrevne kraftværker i 2030 i Alberta.

Jay Ingram, den tidligere tv-station, der for nylig skrev The Science of Why, sagde, at der ikke engang skulle være behov for en marts for videnskab. ”Der mangler helt klart noget - og folket her, og jeg, er enige om, at videnskab er vigtig, og at regeringer bør anerkende det, ” sagde han, ”men vi har helt klart ikke gjort et godt stykke arbejde med at kommunikere det.” Så det er jeg håber, at dette ikke kun er en begivenhed i dag, men en begyndelse, ”tilføjede han.

Begivenheden indeholdt også en aktivistisk sanggruppe, The Raging Grannies, som sang om global opvarmning til melodien Glory, Glory Hallelujah. ”Vores emissioner er sikkert skadelige, ” sang de, ”men Donalds hoved er i sandet.” - Colette Derworiz

Colette Derworiz

MADISON, WISCONSIN | 17:30 EDT

I Badger State, få deres videnskab til

Anført af et marcherende band, en mængde fra 2000 til 4000 marcherede fra James Madison Park ved bredden af ​​Lake Mendota en af ​​de mest studerede søer i verden to Library Mall på University of Wisconsin (UW ) universitetsområde. Tidligt på dagen blev ankommende marchere spurgt, om de var klar til at give deres videnskab på. En pladspasset marcher (nedenfor) sved til videnskab. Senere fortalte UW-kulhydratbiokemikeren Laura L. Kiessling aldersgruppen af ​​forskere, lærere, studerende, sundhedsarbejdere, familier og videnskabsallierede, at "du lige nu laver vitamin D". Og de jublede, da hun sagde: "Giv os evidensbaseret politik. Vi er nødt til at kræve det." Christine Mlot

John Barkei

Se en samling af Washington, DC, march


Videnskabsmarsjen til Urcuqui plaza.

Catherine Rigsby i marts for videnskab i Urcuqui, Ecuador

Urcuqui, Ecuador | 17:05 EDT

En lille, men bestemt sydamerikansk march

Geolog Paul Baker, der arbejder i Ecuador ved Yachay Tech University, sendte e-mail til vores Mexico City korrespondent Lizzie Wade om en af ​​de mindre marcher i dag: Marsen var stor. Vi havde sandsynligvis 250 mennesker, så måske en fjerdedel af alle vores studerende på universitetet. Vi samledes på campus og gik derefter 3 km op ad bakke til plaza af Urcuqui. Vi fik endda en vred mand til at trække hans lastbil foran os og blokerede vejen, men vi gik bare rundt og fortsatte. Der var få mennesker undervejs, fordi vi er i et meget lille samfund, men vi synes, det var vigtigt for samfundet at se os og høre fra os om, hvad vi gør på Yachay Tech, og hvad der motiverer vores studerende. På plazaen talte borgmesteren kort, ligesom forskellige studerende fra Yachay gjorde. Lokale gymnasiestuderende deltog også (måske 60 eller deromkring), [og] et par tilfældige mennesker fra Urcuqui talte Jeg tror, ​​det var den eneste marts for videnskab i Ecuador. ”

Deltag i en march? Tjek ind, og fortæl os, hvor og hvorfor.

Se hele vores marts for videnskabsdækning her.

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Mexico City | 16:30 EDT

Roundtable før marts afslører generationsskille i Mexico

Timer inden marts for videnskab her gik i gang, kom repræsentanter fra de mexicanske akademier for videnskaber, teknik og medicin til et rundbord for at udtrykke deres støtte til den globale bevægelse - skønt nogle spændinger med den lokale march var klare. ”Vi er i et kritisk øjeblik for at forsvare videnskab over hele verden og i vores land, ” sagde José-Antonio Arias-Montaño fra det mexicanske nationale medicinske akademi. Flere talere udtrykte bekymring for den amerikanske præsident Donald Trumps benægtelse af klimaændringer, vicepræsident Mike Pences kreasionistiske overbevisning og Trumps vilje til at arbejde sammen med den fremtrædende antivaccinaktivist Robert Kennedy Jr. holdning, ”sagde Rosaura Ruiz Guitiérrez, direktør for Det Naturvidenskabelige Fakultet ved det nationale autonome universitet i Mexico her. Den mexicanske regering skal forbedre sin støtte til videnskab, sagde hun.

Ved lov skal 1% af landets BNP gå til forskning og udvikling. "Men som mange love i vores land, følges denne ikke, " sagde Ruiz Guitiérrez. Antallet af regeringsstipendier, der gives til kandidatstuderende, falder også, da Mexico står over for en økonomisk krise og en svag peso. Det forblev stadig uklart, hvor mange af de højtstående forskere på akademierne ville tage på gaden senere i dag, for marchen er i vid udstrækning arrangeret af kandidatstuderende. Ruiz Gutiérrez kaldte begivenheden "de unges march" og sagde blandt mere etablerede videnskabsmænd, "marchering har ikke været vores stil" - skønt hun mener, at det kan ændre sig takket være det eksempel, som amerikanske forskere har i dag. Hun vil marchere individuelt, sagde hun. - Lizzie Wade

Mexico city rundbord

Lizzie Wade

Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norge | 16:20 EDT

Kører over det norske arktiske, trommer klar

Bortset fra en trio af forskere, der gjorde deres nordpolstrek dobbelt som en march for videnskab, blev æren for den fjerneste nordmars i dag afholdt af den lille norske forskningsby: Ny-Ålesund på øen Svalbard i det arktiske hav. Cirka 11 nationer har små forskningsstationer der, hvor befolkningen hævede op til 150 videnskabsfolk og supportpersonale i de travleste måneder.

I øjeblikket er der imidlertid næsten 80 sjæle i byen, fortalte glaciolog Alex Messerli fra det norske polarinstitut til Science i dag pr. Telefon. Men en hel halvdel af dem viste sig for marts for videnskab denne smukke, smukke dag, siger hun. Vi lavede masser af skilte og havde et banner foran. Vi havde nogle trommer og messinginstrumenter til at hjælpe os med. Der er ingen offentlighed her, så vi marsjerede på egen hånd, og den lille støj hjalp med at holde os i gang.

Ruten var meget kort, men meget naturskøn, siger hun. Vi gik fra den vigtigste servicebygning i centrum af landsbyen, hvor vi spiser måltider gennem byen og derefter tilbage gennem det spektakulære, snedækkede landskab.

Gruppen var mangfoldig, bemærkede hun, og repræsenterede adskillige nationer og videnskabelige områder. Det var virkelig fornuftigt for os at marchere, siger Messerli, der koordinerede begivenheden, fordi videnskab i slutningen af ​​dagen er for alle. David Malakoff

Alex Messerli

BONN, TYSKLAND | 16:10 EDT

Lukende tanker fra Bonn

Videnskabsmarsjen i Bonn sluttede tidligere i dag. Politiet anslåede tilskuerne til 850. Der var nogle klagende, som arrangørerne kunne have gjort mere for at øge valgdeltagelsen, men de fleste demonstranter var enige om, at det dårlige vejr og de andre protester, der var planlagt til weekenden, var skylden. Kai Hu n tter, mikrobiologistudent ved universitetet i D sseldorf, med et "vaccine-arbejde" -skilt, sagde, at han havde håbet på flere deltagere. "Men jeg er ikke skuffet. Det starter."

Mens der ikke var marcherende her, blev demonstranter underholdt af et jazzband og videnskabelig improvisationsteater. Mange mennesker her havde tegn, herunder en, der siger "homøopati kan heles", en publikumsfavorit.

Catrin Muscheid, 29, sagde, at hun ikke havde nogen baggrund inden for videnskab, men at hun var kommet fra Köln for at støtte videnskab, og at hun tænkte på børn som hendes 7-årige nevø og den verden, de ville arve. "Jeg vil have, at de skal kunne nyde naturen, som vi har været i stand til." Kai Kupferschmidt

Kai Kupferschmidt

San Diego, Californien | 03:35 EDT

Folk rækker virkelig ud ”

Det er en solskinsdag, ikke en sky er på himlen, og arrangørerne af marts for videnskab i San Diego håber, at ikke et negativt ord vil blive hørt. Helen Wilfehrt, en neurobiolog, der er selvstændig, er ankommet tidligt for at sprede den gode stemning. ”Jeg ville ikke være her uden videnskab ¨ litterært, ” siger Wilfehrt, iført den lokale march-shirt, der indeholder en kvinde, der surfer gennem et atom. "Jeg blev indlagt inden for en måned efter fødslen med lungebetændelse."

En anden deltager, Savannah Orth, 18, er en sjælden sygdomspatient, hvis forældre begge er forskere. "Jeg kan ikke forestille mig en verden, hvor du ikke kan gå til et websted og se kliniske forsøg eller læse videnskab. Jeg har læst videnskab siden jeg var 11 år." Hun begynder på college i efteråret på San Diego State University som kemi.

Anita Darcey, et universitet i Californien, San Diego, sygeplejerske, der marcherer, siger, at tilskuere har været støttende. ”Jeg mødte to kvinder, der gik op, der sagde, at jeg er så glad for, at du er her. Så rørte de begge ved min skulder. Folk rækker virkelig ud.” Jon Cohen

Savannah Orth

Jon Cohen

WASHINGTON, DC | 3:16 pm EDT

Science Guy taler

Bill Nye cyklede til sin første DC Earth Day for mere end 40 år siden og låste sin cykel til en af ​​National Mall flagstænger. ("Hvis du gjorde det i dag, ville du være forsvundet, og din cykel ville blive taget væk for at blive røntgenfotograferet, " spøger han.) På Jordens dag 2017 tog han scenen til jubel og sang fra "Bill! Bill! ! Bill! " fra tusinder af marts for videnskabsdeltagere. For Nye, der netop i går aftes lancerede en ny Netflix-serie, kaldet Bill Nye Saves the World, der stort set er fokuseret på klimaforandringer, ville en vellykket march føre til "et stop for bestræbelserne på at begrænse miljøreglerne" og for nationen til at "begynde at forfølge vedvarende energi inderligt." I en samtale med Science Insider kritiserer Nye præsident Donald Trump for "dæmpede" interaktioner med offentligheden om spørgsmål som videnskab og miljø, idet han bemærkede, at ingen kunne fortælle ham, hvor Trump er i dag, da videnskabsupportrar marsjerer i byer rundt om i verden. ”Denne administrations upopularitet vil indhente dem, ” sagde han. "Se på alle disse mennesker!" - Lindzi Wessel

Lindzi Wessel

London | 14.45 EDT

”Jeg troede, at vi alle respekterede videnskaben”

Der var et let regnregn inden starten af ​​marts for videnskab - London, lige nok til at en deltager rigede en paraply over sit skilt. Der var en følelse af forventning. ”Vi er nødt til at forlade laboratoriet og vise folk, hvorfor vores arbejde er vigtigt, ” sagde Eva Zacharioudaki, en postdoc i udviklingsbiologi ved University of Cambridge. ”Vi behøver ikke at vende tilbage til en tid med mørke.”

Tusinder af marchere fræset rundt på gaden foran Videnskabsmuseet. ”De er en ret stille bunke, meget høflig, ” sagde en politibetjent, som ikke var autoriseret til at tale med medierne. ”Jeg har aldrig set en march starte på Videnskabsmuseet før. Jeg antager, at de alle ved, hvor det er. ”

Mange marchere kom fra London med en betydelig kontingent fra Cambridge, og nogle foretager en tur på flere timer. Arrangører anslåede mængden til 10.000 til 12.000. Cirka en mil, da marchen gik langs Hyde Park, var det ikke mange, der så på, men marchagerne jublede, mens turistbusserne blev passeret forbi, og sorte førerhuse hinkede. Langs Piccadilly mod Trafalgar Square var tilskuere let forvirrede. ”Hvad er meningen med marchen?” Spurgte Patrick Gleeson, en bogholder. Som for at svare, opstod en sang i marchen ”Respekt for videnskab!” Gleeson så forundret ud. ”Jeg troede, at vi alle respekterede videnskaben, ” sagde han til sin kone.

Flere deltagere sagde, at de marsjerede til støtte for forskere i USA og andre lande, hvor de siger, at videnskab får mindre respekt. ”Dette er som en solidaritetsmarsch, ” sagde Steve Canham, der arbejder inden for it til klinisk forskning på et universitet i Surrey. ”Det er lettere at fortsætte med at kæmpe, hvis du ved, at andre støtter dig, ” tilføjede kræftbiolog Isabel Quiros Gonzalez, der arbejder ved University of Cambridge. Hun er bekymret over antivaccinationsgrupper og mennesker “der tvivler på vores arbejde og vores ærlighed.

Erik Stokstad

Paul Bradbury, en bankmand, stoppede for at se noget af marchen og godkendte det. Videnskaben hjælper bestemt os, især mennesker med sygdom. Også det var Janice Alexander, en grafisk designer, der kunne lide tegnene og det faktum, at stemningen var rolig. Hvis de siger videnskab er vigtig, og vi skal tro på den, er dette en passende måde at vise det på. Vi er britiske; vi kan godt lide noget ordentligt.

Når marchen nåede Parlamentets plads, prøvede taler Andrew Steele fra fortalergruppen Science Vital at skru op for varmen. Som forskere synes vi ikke, at vi kan lide vrede, vi kan godt lide beviser, sagde han. Men lad s tale om finansiering. Det beløb, der blev investeret i Det Forenede Kongerige, som en andel af BNP, var meget lavere i end USA og Tyskland, påpegede han. Og så der s Brexit: regeringen har ikke beroliget EU-borgerne med, at de vil være i stand til at blive, efter at Det Forenede Kongerige bryder væk. Det er ikke godt nok, sagde Steele, og hans stemme stiger. Jeg vil have dig til at hjælpe mig med at gøre videnskab til et massivt politisk spørgsmål.

Brexit var hos mange, fordi det alvorligt kunne hindre europæiske forskeres evne til at arbejde i Det Forenede Kongerige Francisco Diego, en astronom ved University College London, mindede mængden om, at videnskaben har vist, at alle mennesker sporer deres oprindelse tilbage til Afrika. Hvordan befolket vi jorden? Ved migration, sagde han, til jubel. Westminster-paladset, hvor parlamentet mødes, blev gyldent i eftermiddagssolen. Sig det højt, så de kan høre.

Behovet for at nå ud til offentligheden blev understreget af mange talere. Hver af dig fortæll nogen, der ikke var ved marchen, hvorfor du kom her, sagde Suze Kundu, en materialekemiker ved University of Surrey. Med lyd fra den eneste note af kritik, formanede videnskabsjournalist Angela Saini det videnskabelige samfund til at gøre et bedre stykke arbejde mod sexisme og racisme i sine egne rækker.

Afslutningen af ​​rallyet var en komiker Robin Ince, der tænkte på det inspirerende i videnskaben. Det handler om at komme med det mindst forkerte svar. Det s hvad s store t slutter aldrig. Der er ikke noget barn her, der nogensinde vil høre ordene, den videnskaben er færdig. Arrangører håber, at det samme er tilfældet for marts for videnskab London. Historie Sylwester, en kandidatstuderende i paleopatologi ved Durham University, fortalte Science Insider, at hun gerne ville have det til at blive marts for Science UK med en fortsat tilstedeværelse, der går ind for forskning. Erik Stokstad

Jer der. Denne valgdeltagelse. Tak så meget for at du kom og var en del af noget så vigtigt. #ScienceMarchLdn pic.twitter.com/cUWn5hfbAD

- Marts for ScienceLDN (@LDNsciencemarch) 22. april 2017

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL | 02.35 EDT

Ingen march tilladelse, så telte i Brasilien

Arrangører af S o Paulo-marchen kunne ikke få tilladelse fra embedsmænd til march, så begivenheden blev oprettet som noget af en videnskabsmesse, med flere telte med navnene på berømte brasilianske forskere, hver med en udstilling af videnskabelig forskning for eksempel insektsamlinger og kast af hominide kranier fra University of S o Paulo. Cirka 200 mennesker var samlet her tidligere i dag.

På det øverste foto nedenfor viser Leonardo Barolo, en biologistudent ved universitetet i S oo Paulo, insekter og en skildpadde shell til offentligheden. På det nederste foto forbereder Pedro da Gl ria, en bioantropolog ved University of S o Paulo, en offentlig visning af hominide kranier. Herton Escobar

Herton Escobar
Herton Escobar

WASHINGTON, DC | 14:30 EDT

Reporterens rundbord: Reflekterer over europæiske marcher

Med marcherne i Europa næsten forbi, videnskabsreportere, der dækkede en række af begivenhederne, samlet til en online-chat for at sammenligne og kontrastere det, de så og hørte. Gruppen inkluderede Gretchen Vogel, der dækkede marchen i Berlin; Kai Kupferschmidt (Bonn); Daniel Clery (London); og Martin Enserink (Paris). Chatten blev modereret og redigeret for kortfattethed og klarhed af David Malakoff med base i Washington, DC

David Malakoff: Hvad var stemningen derude i dag?

Gretchen Vogel: Berlins march var mere støjsvag end forventet. Der var trommeslagere i starten, men selve marcheringen var for det meste stille, med folk, der chatte med hinanden, men ikke sang. Der var nogle fløjter og boos foran den ungarske ambassade (på grund af den ungarske regerings bestræbelser på at skjule det centraleuropæiske universitet).

David: Jeg blev ramt af sangen, der blev sunget i slutningen af ​​Berlinmarsjen. Var det spontant?

Gretchen: Det var ret bevægende. Slutningen i slutningen havde et kor fra et af universiteterne. Korets leder ledede tilskuerne. De nynnede først, sang derefter sammen, derefter i harmoni.

Martin Enserink: Der sang også noget i marts i Paris, men generelt var folk stille.

Daniel Clery: Londonmarsjen var meget lystig og god humor. I alle aldre til stede og mindst to arter (også hunde). Talerne i slutningen var generelt humoristiske, og komikeren Robin Ince førte syngen af ​​The Meaning of Life (fra Monty Python-musicalen).

Kai Kupferschmidt: I Bonn var det ret dæmpet. Regnen hjalp ikke. Man kunne mærke, at folk følte, at dette var noget, de bare skulle gøre. Og flere mennesker fortalte mig, at de ikke helt kunne tro, at det var kommet til dette ved at stå op for fakta, for videnskab. Webstedet, Hofgartenwiese, var vært for en af ​​de største frihedsdemonstrationer i tysk historie med mere end 300.000 mennesker til stede. Til sammenligning føltes de mindre end 1000 ved videnskabsmarsjen lille.

Dan: Londonmarsjen gik lige gennem hjertet af byen forbi mange store monumenter. Det var måske længere end den anti-Brexit-march for et par uger siden.

Gretchen: I Berlin var vejret det, som tyskerne kalder ”Aprilvejr. Det slukede hele morgenen, men solen kom ud for marchen. Derefter begyndte det at regne igen.

Martin: Jeg spekulerede på, hvad tilskuere i Paris lavede af marchen. Jeg ved ikke, om beskeden var meget klar. Videnskabsmænd fremstiller meget smarte bannere og skilte, men de har en tendens til at være temmelig små og sigter mod at få andre forskere til at humre ... Jeg tvivler på, at de tjenere, der så fra deres terrasser, fik det.

Gretchen: Der var masser af spørgsmål i S-Bahn og på gaden om skilte, som folk bar. Alle var meget positive. En tjener sagde, Så marchen er FOR noget snarere end imod noget? Det er rart for en gangs skyld.

Dan: Ja, den kommentar fik jeg også, for snarere end imod.

David: Valget af præsident Donald Trump spillede en stor rolle i at katalysere marcherne i USA. Trængte Trump stort i Europa?

Martin: Trump spillede en stor rolle i Paris. Han kom op i næsten enhver tale. Jeg tror, ​​at europæiske forskere virkelig er rystede. Og selvfølgelig er global opvarmning et stort emne. Dette er Paris, af Parisaftalerne.

Dan: Ja også masser af anti-Trump plakater i London.

Kai: Der var anti-Trump-tegn i Bonn. Flere mennesker havde tegn, der siger "greb dem ved dataene", også en indirekte reference selvfølgelig. Men bekymringerne gik langt ud over det: Tyrkiet, Ungarn, anti-vaxxere, klimaændringer.

Martin: Ja, jeg er enig i, at spørgsmålene går langt ud over Trump. Det er det interessante ved disse marcher: Alle kan projicere deres lokale bekymringer over dem. Nogle forskere her i Frankrig synes ikke om meritbaseret finansiering. Ikke bare at der ikke er nok af det; nogle kan bare ikke lide hele konceptet.

Gretchen: Jeg så ikke nogen eksplicit anti-Trump-tegn i Berlin, dog masser imod alternative fakta.

Kai: Uundgåeligt kom nazitiden op i næsten enhver tale her. Der er en stærk følelse af, at Tyskland har en forpligtelse til at kalde bekymrende udvikling som frihed, der bliver begrænset, forskere bliver forvirrede.

Gretchen: Tyskland s fortid kom også op i Berlin. De understregede også at stå i solidaritet med og gøre det, der er muligt for at hjælpe forskere under ekstremt pres i Tyrkiet, Ungarn og forskellige krigszoner.

David: Får du den fornemmelse, at der kommer noget varigt ud af dette? Eller føltes det som en engangs ting?

Martin: Dette er Frankrig, så der vil uden tvivl være en anden march; forskere har taget på gaden så mange gange. Hvad der sker næste, afhænger meget af den næste regering. (I morgen vil vi vide lidt mere om det.) Men jeg syntes, det var interessant, at dette var den første videnskabsmarsch, der havde en global fornemmelse af det. Du kunne fortælle det fra indlæg og plakater. I den forstand kan dette godt være starten på noget nyt. Også bemærkelsesværdigt: ved slutpunktet her på Place St. Michel blev der læst et digt på engelsk.

Kai: Folk i Bonn var bestemt villige til at gøre mere, men jeg tror, ​​at de fleste af dem ikke ved hvad og hvordan. Hele affæren kunne have været bedre organiseret (i betragtning af hvor mange universiteter der er involveret - Bonn, Köln, Aachen, D sseldorf og mere burde have været større). Så jeg har lidt håb for, at dette fører til noget konkret i fremtiden. På den anden side kan det være takeaway for nogle deltagere her: behovet for at organisere, at opbygge strukturer.

Martin: Arbejdsforeninger var også meget synlige ved Paris-marchen.

Dan: London havde også et internationalt præg og en meget international gruppe af marchere. Der var meget lidt kommentar her om det kommende folkevalg.

Gretchen: De mest synlige grupper i Berlin var videnskab og akademiske. Ingen fagforeninger eller politiske partier, som jeg så.

Martin: En anden ting, der ramte mig: marskere synes godt om æren for alle de gode ting, videnskaben har bragt - fra øl og antibiotika til flyrejser, men aldrig noget af det dårlige. At sige, at videnskab er svaret på alt, virker lidt naivt. Tanker?

Gretchen: Der var et tegn i Berlin, der sagde "undskyld atombomben."

Kai: Protestationer er allerede lidt underlige for de fleste forskere, og generelt følte jeg, at følelserne var meget tilbageholdende.

David: Så du også tegn på mere kontroversielle videnskabelige emner, såsom genetisk modificerede organismer (GMO'er)?

Kai: Jeg så en om GMO'er, men de fleste holdt sig til de ”sikre” emner.

Martin: Jeg så stort set også ”sikre” problemer. Ingen til forsvar for genetisk modificerede organismer, som f.eks. I Frankrig er ekstremt upopulære. Jeg så nogle tydeligt ateistiske tegn.

David: Nå, det har været en lang dag for dig. Tak for indsigtene.


WASHINGTON, DC | 14:00 EDT

Alchemister for Trump

Science historian Amy Slaton from Drexel University in Philadelphia took brief refuge from the rain in Washington DC's Ronald Reagan Building. She wanted a sign that was anti-Trump, but not necessarily pro-science: "I think it's a little dangerous to say that anywhere you see a scientist, you see good thinking and objective thinking and fair thinking, " she says. "Usually it's in the hands of the wealthy, the privileged, people who already have a lot of success in the world." Today's crowd, she notes, is "real white." – Kelly Servick

Kelly Servick

PORTLAND, OREGON | 1:19 pm EDT

Portland marchers brave the rain for science

Seems appropriate that marchers in Portland start the day huddled under the Morrison Bridge as the rain comes down. Speeches here set to begin in 15 minutes. – Robert F. Service

Robert F. Service

Ice, ice, science

Yes we even have scientists marching at the North Pole!!! They're marching for climate action #marchforscience #globalsciencemarch pic.twitter.com/z6sN86Ll2k

— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) April 22, 2017

Washington DC | 1:00 pm EDT

Poets take the road more traveled to DC

Six weeks ago, the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in Ohio decided to join the March for Science in its own way. At the suggestion of poet Jane Hirshfield, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, they decided to bring their long-standing Traveling Stanzas program to DC for the march; the program is designed to engage people across disciplines. "Science and art are not opposites, " says director David Hassler. "They share forms of passion and obsession, careful observation, desire to find shapeliness, and beauty to understand our world." Hassler and his group brought about a dozen 7-foot-tall banners with science-related poems on them, curated by Hirshfield, who read a poem about scientific freedom to the rain-soaked march audience. In their Poems for Science tent, the group encourages marchers to read printouts of some of the speeches from the rally; participants can cross out select words to create their own found poetry. Their work is featured on the group's Twitter feed. "We're on screen so much, " says Alan Walker, a web designer and creative director of IdeaBase in Kent, who is part of the group, "we want to engage people where they are." – Carolyn Gramling

David Hassler and Alan Walker (right)

Carolyn Gramling

Clips from around Europe


REYKJAVIK | 12:16 pm EDT

Marching near the Arctic Circle

Icelanders take to the street to support science.

Celia dshultz

CLEVELAND, OHIO | 11:50 am EDT

“Let's have a cheer for that great African math geek Euclid!"

Thousands gathered on this chilly cloudy Cleveland morning. The mood was friendly and happy and speeches emphasized diversity. Keynote speaker Emmitt Jolly, a schistosomiasis researcher, noted that he was the son of a preacher and janitor, and worked in Alabama cotton fields for 2 years as a young man, but was still able to become a professor at Case Western Reserve University here. "Science is for everyone, " he said." We must defend science with every moment, every energy of our bodies."

"Diversity has been important to science from the very beginning, " said march co-organizer Patricia Princehouse. "The surveyors who laid out this city needed real science ... and they named [main avenue through the city] Euclid. Let's have a cheer for that great African math geek Euclid!" The large crowd obliged.

Evalyn Gates, CEO of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, pointed out that many different kinds of organizations sponsored this march, showing how science is woven deeply into the fabric of society. Sponsors included the Cleveland Orchestra—music is sound science, says its poster—the Holden Arboretum, the Cleveland Clinic, and many more. Gates also noted a special guest atop the Tower City Center building adjacent to the rally: a female peregrine falcon sitting on five eggs. "Another species saved by science!" hun sagde. – Elizabeth Culotta

Elizabeth Culotta

WASHINGTON, DC | 11:50 am EDT

More numbers rolling in

Paris organizers are saying 4500 to 5000 people joined their event. The Berlin tally is 11, 000. In London, the unofficial estimate is 10, 000 to 12, 000. But Bonn attracted just 850 to 2000, depending on the estimate. And although it is still early, organizers of the DC march are estimating 40, 000.


WASHINGTON DC | 11:30 am EDT

As drizzle falls, a flurry of preparations in US capital

Speakers have begun addressing a crowd next to the Washington Monument here, and there have been signs all morning of preparations for the Washington, DC, science march. Despite the cool, drizzly weather, spirits appear to be high. Here are some scenes from Science photo editor Bill Douthitt:

Bill Douthitt
Bill Douthitt

Outside the entrance to the march, a crew from the science education program InSciEd Out, based in Rochester, Minnesota, prepared for the day, reports Kelly Servick. They came attired in zebrafish hats.

Kelly Servick

"We knew that the brain hat was a very high potential" among marchers, says Chris Pierret, a biologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, but his group commissioned crocheted zebrafish hats, honoring one of their favorite disease research models.

Carolyn Gramling reports that members of the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology and the Paleontology Society of Washington began gathering in DC around 9:30 am, sporting foam fingers and signs reading "Don't let science go extinct."

"Who knows better than paleontologists what can happen when the climate changes?" says paleontologist Mary Droser, who traveled to DC from the University of California, Riverside. She says they're expecting a group of 150 to 200 people to show up; and more paleontologists are marching in 47 marches around the United States. "We've run the experiment of climate change on this planet. More than anybody, we know how bad it gets."

Some costumes were a bit showy, Carolyn discovered. She snapped a shot of Stephen Young, of the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington, DC, dressed as The Muppet Show character Beaker. And artist Ed Charbonneau, who teaches at Minnesota College of Design in Minneapolis, dressed as a bee.

Carolyn Gramling

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

A video mashup of one of the globe's first marches, in Auckland


ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA | 11:09 am EDT

Washington, DC–area high schoolers prepare to march

An intense poster-making session was underway early this morning in Arlington, Virginia—just across the Potomac River from the march—by a group of students who planned to attend. Among those designing messages were high school seniors Elizabeth Woolford, Lily Gehrenbeck, and Abigail Etterson. "Both my parents are scientists, so the attack on science, it's a little bit personal, " said Etterson, who traveled from Duluth, Minnesota, to march in DC "The attack that Rachel Carson was under in the 1960s ... is what a lot of environmental scientists are experiencing today, " said Woolford, who lives in Arlington and this year wrote and performed a one-person show on Carson. As march time approached, the group was unhurried. "Let's make 10:15 our leaving time. But we'll make it a hard leaving time, " said Gehrenbeck, who lives in Arlington. – Meredith Wadman


Cape Town and Durban, South Africa | 10:45 am EDT

Tragic anti-science memories mix with youthful optimism in South African marches

Plenty of children joined the march in Cape Town, South Africa, this morning. Carrying placards saying "future scientist" and "science is for everyone, " they made their way with their adult companions to the Cape Town Science Centre that nestles at the foot of Table Mountain in the suburb of Observatory. The Cape Town march was apolitical and strove to showcase the positive things science can bring to South Africa, rather than negative sentiments about the anti-science movement, said its organizer Julie Kohn of Cornell University, a visiting Ph.D. student at the University of Cape Town. Every person on the march received free entry into the science center, which aims to improve the quality of science literacy among young South Africans.

Scientists also marched in the east coast city of Durban this morning. At the forefront walked veterans of South Africa's era of AIDS denialism: Glenda Gray, Jerry Coovadia, and Quarraisha Abdool Karim, among others, who stood up for science in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the country's government, led by former president Thabo Mbeki, cast doubt on whether HIV causes AIDS. Hundreds of thousands of South Africans died as a result of the "alternative facts" peddled by the Mbeki government because they could not access lifesaving antiretroviral drugs. – Linda Nordling

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Jerry Coovadia, and Glenda Gray (third, fourth, and fifth from left) were among those leading the Durban March.

Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) in Durban
Linda Nordling

Paris | 10:30 am EDT

More from Paris

The Paris march is taking its time, stopping at various research and higher education landmarks for speeches along the way. After a lengthy pause at the Universit Pierre et Marie Curie, we're now at the Coll ge de France, where speakers lament the Trump administration's views on climate change and the French government's broken promisies. Organizers say there are between 4500 and 5200 marchers, which seems about right. The march is relaxed but a bit subdued not nearly the level of noise and anger you see at some rallies here.

OK, the crowd is moving again. Next stop: the Sorbonne. Martin Enserink

Peter Vermij

LONDON | 10:14 am EDT

Retraction watch in London

James Wagstaff, a University of Cambridge Ph.D. student in molecular biology, set some realistic expectations at the London march. "We don't want to have to retract our sign, " he told me. Erik Stokstad

Erik Stokstad

Amsterdam | 10:00 am EDT

We all scream for ice cream, and science

Throughout the day, an estimated 2000 people have come to the Museum Square in Amsterdam for this city s March for Science event. In front of the Rijksmuseum, the largest museum on Dutch heritage in the country and holder of some of the most well-known pieces of art in the world, like The Night Watch from Rembrandt, a nice science fair took place. Many activities were inside two white tents, not a bad choice given it was fairly cold and rainy today. The tent run by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences was popular although that may be because it offered free ice cream. Small exhibits with experiments were everywhere, mainly done by volunteers from different Dutch universities and other science institutes. You could enjoy watching what happens when a marshmallow sits in a vacuum, or just look through a telescope. Scientists in front of research posters explained scientific concepts, like climate change and fabrication of the flu vaccine. One protester s sign quipped Science: running everything since 1543, a reference to Nicolaus Copernicus s treatise that year arguing our planet revolves around the sun, instead of the other way. Krijn Soeteman

Toby Kiers, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Amsterdam, and her kids

Krijn Soeteman

PARIS | 9:42 am EDT

I m marching for her

We're marching past the National Museum for Natural History now, one of many science landmarks along the way. M lina Heuz and Antoine Chaillet (below) are marching clad in lab coats, along with their daughter, who's taking pictures. Chaillet says he's troubled by the rise in fake news and uncritical thinking, even among his own relatives. Heuz, who has test tubes attached to her hat, points at her daughter and says: "I'm marching for her." Martin Enserink

Peter Vermij

BERLIN | 9:31 am EDT

Ending with an ode to freedom of thought

The Berlin march has ended with the crowd singing, in harmony, “Die Gedanken sind frei” a German folk song that was prohibited during the student unrest of the 1840s, and again during the Third Reich. It is one of Germany's most beloved protest songs. - Gretchen Vogel


Barcelona, Spain | 9:21 am EDT

Beachside science discussion in Barcelona

About 40 volunteers organized this city's March for Science event, a roundtable discussion not far from one of its famous urban beaches. Pablo Rodríguez Ros of the Institute of Marine Sciences, one among the hundreds of attendees, says he gave up a Saturday “because I think science should be closer to society. We need to involve people to improve the wellbeing of society. We help you, but we need society's help too.”

The event began with a reading of a pro-science manifesto in three languages: English, Spanish, and Catalan. One part declared: “It is worrying the rising acceptance of environmental and safety policies that purposefully go against scientific evidences such as the effectiveness of vaccination, the theory of evolution or climate change.”

The roundtable included scientists, journalists and science policy officials. “We need to march for open science, not just science, ” said Joan Subirats a political scientist at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Another panelist, Mara Dierssen, a neurobiologist at the Centre of Genomic Research, argued that “countries that invest a lot in science have a higher level of life quality and stronger economies. “ Pere Estupinyà, a journalist participating in the roundtable, also noted “Science is not easy, because sometimes it tells us things we don't want to hear. We can't cherry pick only the things we like!” – Luca Tancredi Barone

Luca Tancredi Barone

BERLIN | 8:40 am EDT

10, 000 marchers? “That would be an unverified fact.”

Science ’s Gretchen Vogel reports from the speeches:

  • Berlin mayor Michael Müller tells the crowd that while Berlin has a history of great science, it also has a dark chapter when science and scientists were persecuted and silenced. Therefore we especially stand with scientists around the world who suffer political persecution, he says. There is a big cheer for solidarity with Central European University in Budapest, which the Hungarian government has targeted for closure.
  • Speakers have had to ask the crowd to squeeze forward more so everyone could fit in the allotted space, which is Pariser Platz, in front of the Brandenburg gate. One speaker, science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar, says there is a rumor that the police estimate 10, 000 marchers, "but I want to be careful. That would be an unverified fact."
Gretchen Vogel

PARIS | 8:20 am EDT

“Marty, science is in danger!”

A sign referencing the film Back to the Future is among those being held by marchers in a crowd of at least a thousand people that has gathered outside the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Trade unions out in force, it seems. Speeches denouncing Donald Trump and attacks in science and education are in progress; the actual march will start later. – Martin Enserink

Peter Vermij
Peter Vermij

AUSTRALIA | 8:15 am EDT

The numbers are in from down under

About 10, 000 people marched in eight events nationwide, with 4000 in Melbourne, 3000 in Sydney, and 1000 in Canberra, according to Jocelyn Prasad, media coordinator for March for Science Australia. – Dennis Normile


BERLIN | 8:00 am EDT

Berlin hits the road

In Berlin, marchers gathered at Humboldt University, across from bebelplatz, where Nazis burned books. They marched past the Hungarian embassy, where some marchers held signs in support of the central European university. They have now reached the Brandenburg gate. Organizers just said the crowd is between 4 and 5000 people. - Gretchen Vogel

Gretchen Vogel

Bonn, Germany | 7:45 am EDT

Protests abound in Germany, not all science-related

About 500 people have gathered in drizzly rain in Bonn for a science march with no marching but plenty of signs and several speeches. Many people here said they had a hard time deciding which protest to join this weekend. Several large pro-European Union demonstrations are scheduled for Sunday. And plenty of protests are planned in nearby Cologne where right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is holding a convention this weekend. The party's manifesto has this to say on climate change: "For as long as the earth exists, the climate will change. Policies of climate protection rely on useless computer models of the IPCC. Carbon dioxide is not a harmful substance, but an essential part of life."

Several people here said they knew friends and colleagues who had decided to join those protests to take a stand for science. Other protesters decided to join the March for Science, still somewhat stunned at how the world had changed in recent months. "I really still can't believe we have to fight for facts, " says Stephanie La Hoz Theuer, a Brazilian expert on international climate policies who lives in Bonn. "But here we are. You can't take progress for granted." – Kai Kupferschmidt

Kai Kupferschmidt

LONDON | 6:46 am EDT

London march revving up

The March for Science London is about to set off from outside the Science Museum. From there marchers will go along the side of Hyde Park, along Picadilly, Pall Mall, Trafalgar Square and then down Whitehall to Parliament Square. A rally there is due to start at 2 pm There is a genial atmosphere and numbers are in the thousands.

Dan Clery

PARIS | 6:16 am EDT

In Paris, a march sandwiched between a terror attack and presidential elections

The March for Science in Paris will start in less than an hour at the Jardin des Plantes, a botanical garden, from where it will make its way past a series of research landmarks on the Left Bank, to finish at the Place St. Michel. It's one of two dozen events today in France and its overseas territories.

The French march often to express their political views, and scientists are no exception; lab coats have flooded the streets and squares of Paris and other cities many times the past decade to protest lagging funding, a lack of permanent jobs, or proposed reforms to the academic system. The organizers of today's march say in a statement that the event is partly about Donald Trump's “hostile ideology” with respect to science, but also about threats in France, including politicians' focus on “innovation and the knowledge economy.”

How many people show up today is anyone's guess. It's an extraordinary time in France, and Paris is on edge. Tomorrow is the first round of what could be the most consequential presidential electon in half a century; right-wing nationalist Marine Le Pen of the National Front, abhorred by most French academics, is expected to proceed to the 7 May run-off easily. (Here's a Science news story about the race.) And this past Thursday, a gunman attacked a police bus on the Champs Elysées, a famous shopping boulevard here, killing a policeman. (The shooter, a radicalized Frenchman with a violent and criminal past, was also killed.) Several of the main presidential candidates canceled their campaign appearances yesterday.

The French, in other words, have many other things to worry about besides the future of science, which could put a damper on today's event. On the other hand, it could also motivate people to come out and express their trust in science and reason. It will be interesting to what extent the presidential race—in which science has been notably absent—plays a role in the march. – Martin Enserink

Marchers in Paris will pass the famous Collège de France this afternoon.

College de France/Wikimedia

CAMBRIDGE, UK | 5:15 am EDT

London calling

Science 's Erik Stokstad is heading from our bureau in Cambridge, UK to the London march. At the train station, he met Rebecca Gladstone, right, a postdoc at the Sanger Institute, and Elizabeth Beales, left, who is associated with the Babraham research campus. They said they are marching to get people excited about science. Gladstone's shirt offers a quick lesson in the scientific method.

Erik Stokstad/Science

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA | 4:40 am EDT

Robots help Korean science community engage the public

The March for Science in Seoul has turned its event into something of a science fair. A variety of science-related groups set up about 15 booths to disseminate information and attract children with biology and robotics demonstrations.

"We were trying to share science with the public, " says Seungwhan Kim, a physicist at Pohang University of Science and Technology who chairs the local organizing committee. And the weather cooperated. "It's a beautiful Saturday, sunny and with clear skies; a lot of families were coming to the area, " says Kim. The booths, located in a plaza in front of the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul, were open from 11 am until 5 pm and attracted "a steady stream of people, " Kim says.

An hour of speeches began at 2 pm local time, with 10 researchers and teachers describing their lives as scientists to an audience sprawling over the steps of the center. And at 3 pm, there finally was a march, with about 1000 participants, proceeding through the city's Gwanghwamun district and returning to the center.

Two foreign scientists were among the 10 speakers—one from Syria, the other from the United States. There were also quite a few non-Koreans participating in the march. "It was an international event, " he says. – Dennis Normile

Seungwhan Kim

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM | 4:29 am EDT

Half a dozen take to the streets in Saigon

Here are the people who participated in the March for Science in Ho Chi Minh City—all six of them! A small but enthusiastic crowd, they say on their Twitter feed, which has a few more photos: “Only 6 of us here for the #marchforscience in Saigon but we're excited!” – Martin Enserink

Science March Saigon

DHAKA, BANGLADESH | 3:45 am EDT

Science supporters gather in Bangladesh

The science march in Bangladesh earlier today was what looks like a fairly small gathering at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University in the capital, Dhaka. Check out the Twitter feed of Arif Hossain of the Bangladesh Alliance for Science for an impression. Here s the alliance s march promotion video.

Update: Hossain estimates that nearly 300 people participated in the event. Here is their Facebook page; a photo is below. Martin Enserink

Courtesy of Arif Hossain

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND | 3:10 am EDT

Marchers credit science for humanity's advances

Waving banners reading from "Wasting Science is Wasting Solutions" to "Your Truth Needs Proof, " an enthusiastic crowd of 300 to 400 people joined the March for Science in Auckland, New Zealand, this afternoon. Onlookers were captivated as the procession made up of researchers, families and other science supporters advanced up Auckland's Queen Street in the heart of the city.

The March for Science NZ organizers say they walked today for science and knowledge to be reaffirmed as fundamental" to democratic decision-making in New Zealand, as well as to stand in solidarity with fellow scientists worldwide. March co-organizer Steph Borrelle, a conservation scientist at the Auckland University of Technology, told Science that she was also personally motivated to march as a woman in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). I march to demand equity, she said, "I march for all women who follow after us, so that they can flourish and make science better for everyone.

Auckland s march is the last of five taking place in New Zealand today, joining Christchurch, Dunedin, Palmerston North, and Wellington. Following the march, the crowd gathered around the bandstand in Albert Park to hear a number of speakers. Microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles, of the University of Auckland, began by stressing the importance of science to modern life. "Science is the reason that I as a woman am here today and didn't die 10 years ago when I was giving birth to my daughter, " she said. "Science is why many of us didn't die before we got to the age of 5 how amazing is that?" Wiles also said that the scientists were standing with their colleagues in the humanities, who "are also taking a pounding from the government."

"When politicians use their belief systems to override the facts, the scientific facts, we are all in for a whole world of hurt, " said Green Party co-leader James Shaw, thanking the crowd for standing with science. In New Zealand, "things aren't nearly as bad as they are in the United States in terms of that political discourse but it could go that way, he said. We do need to stand up against that."

Shaw also stressed the importance of ensuring that science is properly funded in New Zealand. "You [scientists] are heroes, you save lives, you make the future better for all of us, " he concluded. "Science is, and always will be, the reason that humanity moves forward, " added Alexia Hilbertidou, founder and CEO of the New Zealand based organization GirlBoss, which encourages young women to enter male-dominated STEM fields. She concluded: "We must be a generation brave enough to stand on the shoulders of science and see further and then march forward into that future." Ian Randall


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 11:49 pm EDT

Marchers spill into streets surrounding park

The event in Sydney started at noon local time with a lineup of speakers who found themselves addressing a crowd that filled Martin Place, a pedestrian mall stretching for several blocks in the central business district. "We're absolutely packed, the crowd is massive, well beyond expectations, " says Stuart Khan, an environmental engineer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, told Science by phone. "People are overflowing onto the road, " he adds. Speeches are wrapping up at 1 pm and then participants will march down Macquarie Street, past the building housing the New South Wales parliament, to Hyde Park, at the very center of Sydney.

The Sydney crowd probably numbers over 2000, says Jocelyn Prasad, media coordinator for the Australian marches. "We've got a wide variety of ages and groups, it's peaceful, and there is a great feeling of solidarity, " she adds. "We're feeling pretty happy about it just now."

They don't yet have turnout numbers for the other eight marches happening around Australia at different times today. But the other events also seem to be going well. "We're happy to be kicking it off globally, we're hoping they get a good turnout in the States, " Prasad says. Dennis Normile

Corey Watts

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA | 11:03 pm EDT

A spin around the Sydney march

Defending Science's vital role in our society #MarchForScience #Sydney @ScienceMarchSyd @Sydney_Uni pic.twitter.com/CCEk3Nuj0D

— Matt Swan (@MattASwan) April 22, 2017

TOKYO, JAPAN | 10:30 pm EDT

Small but enthusiastic crowd marching through downtown Tokyo

The numbers for the march in Tokyo are modest at just 50 to 60, as a result of a late start on organizing. "It's not a huge number, but we are all quite excited, certainly, " says Rintaro Mori, a health policy expert at Japan's National Center for Child Health and Development in Tokyo. Starting at 11 am local time, marchers were heading out from Hibiya Park, which is located in the heart of the capital's governmental ministry district, and walk through the streets to Tokyo Station. "People from the governmental sector will be able to see us quite well, " Mori says.

In addition to the typical signs pronouncing "Science not Silence" and "Respect Science, " Mori says several people are carrying banners focusing on particular concerns, including the environment and renewable energy. One marcher in Christian religious garb is carrying a Japanese language sign that reads: "Religious people respect science."

You can see pictures of the Tokyo march on the Twitter account of @neuroamanda. – Dennis Normile

Amanda Alvarez

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND | 10:15 pm EDT

New Zealand sounds off

Science contributor Ian Randall is in Auckland, New Zealand, where the march recently began. Participants are chanting "science stops silence!"—and "science not silence!"—as they head up Queen Street in Central Auckland, he reports, led by microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles.

Ian Randall/Science

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA | 9:33 pm EDT

South Korea joins in

Marchers in Busan plan to gather at a Korean War veterans memorial, conduct some group chants, and march around the perimeter of the park. Busan is South Korea's second biggest city, behind Seoul.

Marching for Science in 20 minutes! @ScienceMarchDC #marchforscience #marchforsciencebusan pic.twitter.com/Vk1pmykpE2

— March for Science SK (@mfsbusan) April 22, 2017

AUSTRALIA | 8:55 pm EDT

Australians start heading to their marches

David Hyland-Wood, a writer, speaker, and computer researcher, took this shot of some marchers heading for the march in Brisbane. Australia's marches are about to get underway. Bernadette Hyland (right) is a Ph.D. student at the University of Queensland studying evidence-based policy. The two students to the left will be speaking at the march, Hyland-Wood says.

David Hyland-Wood (CC BY 4.0)

Beefy turnout in Wellington

#marchforsciencenz #SCIENCEMARCH Wellington New Zealand pic.twitter.com/GAB0Q7i1wo

— Chris Edsall (@hpcchris) April 21, 2017

TOKORIKI, FIJI | 7:46 pm EDT

Can't beat this marcher's view

Julie Robson, a former lemur geneticist, and her 7-year-old daughter join the New Zealand marchers in spirit from a Fiji beach. Robson, whose @joolzr Twitter bio says she's a "primatologist who got a bit lost, and found her place to stand, " now works as a consultant for the University of Auckland, nongovernmental organizations, and others.

Julie Robson

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND | 7:11 pm EDT

Blomster kraft

Megan Woods, a member of New Zealand's parliament representing the Labour Party, is among the marchers and took this photo. "Wanting us politicians to use evidence when making policy is not confined to scientists, " she wrote on Twitter. Woods is the Labour spokesperson for climate change.

Megan Woods

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND | 6:37 pm EDT

Leaf science alone

Marchers gather in Cathedral Square before an 18-meter-high sculpture that commemorated the new millennium. It depicts the leaves of 42 plant species that are native to the island nation.

Plenty of people at the #marchforsciencechch #firsttomarch #marchforsciecnenz pic.twitter.com/j0hSsGjYWQ

— Andrea Byrom (@squirrelsnz) April 21, 2017

They're off and walking in New Zealand!

Gorgeous day to march for science! #firsttomarch #marchforscience #marchforsciencenz pic.twitter.com/YKzcyqJI6q

— Andrea Byrom (@squirrelsnz) April 21, 2017

Marchers get their heads together

Happy @ScienceAlly poster recipient shows off her @ScienceMarchDC brain hat to be finished for #marchforscience tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/jgOlCXi4pT

— Alliance for Science (@ScienceAlly) April 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC | 6:00 pm EDT

What are editorial pages saying?

The marches haven't started yet, but editorial page writers around the world are already weighing in. Here's a small sampling of opinions:

The Washington Post argues that The March for Science could save lives by reminding the public of the importance of research to fight diseases such as Ebola. But it urges marchers to remember that winning science funding battles can mean plunging into politics. Many of those organizing and participating in the March for Science say it is a statement of belief in the power of empirical discovery, and not an anti-Trump protest, the Post editorial notes. It is fine to remain nonpartisan, but that should not mean being blissfully ignorant of the realities of politics. The battles to come in Washington over spending priorities could determine whether the United States will remain a global leader in scientific research.

In Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald notes that Australians are not used to scientists and engineers being public figures. Still, it welcomes this public expression of support for science and rationality. However, we worry that displays of hubris or overt attempts to politicise the debate for narrow self-interest could cause a backlash among the very people the organisers claim to be speaking to: members of the public who do not trust science.

At Cleveland.com, a roundtable of editorial writers was generally supportive of the march. But Ted Diadiun, one editorial board member, took a dim view. A grandstand play, put on by people who don t like Trump or the GOP, regardless, that has nothing to do with climate change, alternative fuels or any other science. These folks ought to put their pocket protectors back in their short-sleeved dress shirts and get back into the labs where they belong.

The Independent, which serves Livermore, California home to the Department of Energy s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory notes that science plays a large role in the economy of the area and is urging local scientists to take a stand in favor of research; take part in the march. David Malakoff


WASHINGTON, DC | 6:00 pm EDT

Ready, set

Welcome to Science s live, global coverage of the March for Science.

The first of more than 600 marches will kick off in New Zealand on Friday night, US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The Washington, DC, march opens its grounds at 8 am EDT. The last marches will occur in Hawaii on Saturday night EDT.

Science reporters are on the ground around the world, following the action and speaking with marchers. Come back to see our frequent updates, and follow along on Twitter at @ScienceInsider and @NewsfromScience.

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