March for Science Announces First Round of Partnerships and New Ways to Support Its Work – Network of Satellite Marches Nears 300 Globally
WASHINGTON (Thursday, February 23) - The March for Science today announced its first round of partner organizations, including many leading scientific, academic, and educational institutions, among them, Earth Day Network (EDN), which will co-organize the national March for Science rally and teach-in in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22.
In just the last month since the concept of a March for Science went viral online, 287 satellite marches across the globe have been organized with more coming online every day, and more than 50,000 volunteers have responded to offer assistance.
Major partners include the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific organization and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals; Sigma Xi, the first scientific organization to partner with the march, and one of the oldest and largest international scientific research honor societies in the world; the Entomological Society of America, the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines; NextGen Climate America, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policies to prevent climate disaster, promoting prosperity, and protecting fundamental rights for every American; and ScienceDebate.org, which organized a blue-ribbon coalition of 56 leading U.S. non-partisan organizations, representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, to solicit responses to science-related questions from presidential candidates.
Other partners include the American Anthropological Association, the American Association of University Professors, the American Geophysical Union, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers AFL-CIO, the New York Academy of Sciences, Research!America, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Please see below for the full list of partners.
The march organizers anticipate adding many more partners in the coming weeks. They note that the breadth and diversity of science-based organizations joining the March for Science movement speaks to the importance of the organization's mission and the need for scientists across disciplines to stand up for the vital public service role science plays in society and policy-making.
“This started as an idea, but it’s rapidly actualizing into a global movement,” said Valorie Aquino, one of the march’s three national co-chairs and an anthropology PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico. “Scientific integrity serves everyone, and we need to speak out for science together. We’re thrilled and inspired that our message is resonating with so many organizations and so many people who have been advancing and defending science for years.”
The march organizers noted how fortuitous it is to be able to partner with the Earth Day Network for the Washington, D.C. rally and march, especially given the history of Earth Day, with its emphasis on using teach-ins to help people learn more about our world. Earth Day Network’s organizers say pairing with the March for the Science was a natural fit.
“Earth Day is a great day to talk about science,” said Kathleen Rogers, EDN’s president. “Science informs policies that protect the environment and scientific and technological advances help create green jobs and a green economy, all things we need to effectively respond to the risks scientists have identified for our planet. This year’s global Earth Day theme is climate and environmental literacy and of course science speaks directly to our mission. In addition to the co-hosted March for Science rally on the National Mall, Earth Day 2017 will see hundreds of thousands of teach-ins around the world.”
March organizers also launched a new social media campaign that highlights how scientists serve their communities. #ScienceServes showcases the many ways science saves lives, protects communities and advances the public interest. Scientists perform critical civic duties and the march will be an opportunity to make their valuable public service role more visible.
“Scientists aren’t just working in labs wearing white coats,” said Caroline Weinberg, MD, MPH a health educator and science writer and march co-chair. “They are testing our water, developing vaccines, and helping to keep our farms and fisheries productive. The March for Science unites scientists and people everywhere who love and appreciate science to stand together and ensure that we can all continue to enjoy all the benefits science gives us. As we’ve noted in our principles, that absolutely includes holding our leaders --— both in science and in politics --— accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity.”
To that end, March for Science will publish a pledge for participants to take, which highlights many ways they can advance science and science-based policies. The march is working with partner organizations to identify specific projects, programs and policies that people who value science can get involved in, from the marches themselves to arranging visits with legislators to participating in local citizen science projects.
“People are eager to turn the enthusiasm we’re seeing about science into action,” said Jonathan M Berman, another co-chair and a postdoctoral fellow who studies the molecular origins of hypertension. “We’re grateful that so many people are willing to share ideas, and we’re working to identify specific ways scientists and people who appreciate science can get involved in their communities and advocate for science-based policy.”
In the coming weeks, the march organizers will release more information on logistics for the national march and satellite marches. Organizers are encouraging participants to use Skedaddle to organize bus transportation to and from march locations.
Organizers are accepting donations to help fund the marches. Inquiries about volunteering, starting satellite marches and other topics can be appropriate directed via email addresses on the organization’s site.
List of each partner with a press contact:
- Earth Day Network (co-organizing Washington, D.C. march) - Denice Zeck (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 314 Action - Ted Bordelon (email@example.com)
- 500 Women Scientists - firstname.lastname@example.org
- American Anthropological Association - Jeff Martin (email@example.com)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science - firstname.lastname@example.org
- American Association of University Professors - Laura Markwardt (email@example.com)
- American Geophysical Union - Joshua Speiser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- American Society for Cell Biology - Kevin Wilson (email@example.com)
- Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology - Joann Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Center for Biological Diversity - Patrick Sullivan (email@example.com)
- Cochrane Collaboration - Jo Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Consortium of Social Science Associations - email@example.com
- Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO - Katie Barrows (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Entomological Society of America - (JRominiecki@entsoc.org)
- International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO - Paul Shearon (202-239-4880)
- League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers
- National Center for Science Education - Robert Luhn (email@example.com)
- National Coalition of Native American Language Schools and Programs - firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Natural History Museum - Beka Economopoulos (email@example.com)
- New York Academy of Sciences - Marie Gentile (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- NextGen Climate America - Samantha Crouch (email@example.com)
- Research!America - Anna Briseno (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science - Jenny Kurzwell (jenny@SACNAS.org)
- Science Debate - Sheril Kirschenbaum (Sheril@sciencedebate.org)
- Sigma Xi - Jamie Vernon (email@example.com)
- Society for Conservation Biology North America - Jamie Hogberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Union of Concerned Scientists - Seth Michaels (email@example.com)