The March for Science, a global organization that advocates for evidence-based science policies that serve all communities, today announced that its New York City satellite will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, Citizen Science Day.
[ClickPress, Sun Mar 18 2018] The March for Science, a global organization that advocates for evidence-based science policies that serve all communities, today announced that its New York City satellite will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2018, Citizen Science Day.
We join more than 70 cities from Washington D.C. to Abuja, Nigeria in this second annual event. In one year, the March for Science has grown from a single-day event to a movement that champions robustly funded science as pillars of human freedom and prosperity. Last year, we called on scientists to make their voices heard in support of this cause. This year, our focus is to hold our government accountable for passing equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all people and all communities.
“We have seen cognitive biases get in the way of effective policy formulation and as scientists, it is our responsibility to prevent that,” said Syed Ali Shehryar, an M.S. candidate in Computer Science from New York University and a co-organizer of the march.
The event will commence at 9 AM in front of the Washington Square Park arch. It will be a celebration of scientific achievements with mini lectures, project showcases and jazz music. Scientists will have the opportunity to conduct outreach, mingle with local political advocacy groups, and rally for action that protects and promotes science and the scientific community.
“April 14 will be a day for scientists, activists, and friends to meet and celebrate the work that’s been done and encourage the work that’s left to do,” said Ingrid Paredes, a PhD candidate at New York University and another one of the NYC satellite’s co-organizers. “Our goal is to continue the momentum we gained from last year’s march to ensure that our organization is one of sustained action.”
The movement has already gained support from local hospitals, research institutions, organizations, and universities through -partnerships and endorsements.
Dr. Eric Nestler, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist at one of our partners, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, said the decision to support the movement was simple. A participant in last year’s march, Nestler stressed the importance of public communication to the March for Science movement.
“It is absolutely essential to educate the public on what they get on their investment on research through tax dollars,” he said. “Science is not political. Everyone gets sick. Everybody needs energy to drive. Science is important for the sake of science. It is looking for the truth, and it’s an essential part of helping humankind.”
For information on how to get involved, please visit the satellite’s official website at www.marchforsciencenyc.com and follow it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mfsnyc .
ABOUT MARCH FOR SCIENCE
The March for Science (MFS) grew from a single-day event on April 22, 2017 to a movement that champions robustly funded science as pillars of human freedom and prosperity. As a global network of more than 1800 satellite organizers and 300 partners, the MFS network unites as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.
The March for Science national organization is organized and operated as a 501(c)(3) and is in the process of seeking IRS recognition of its tax-exempt status. For more information, visit www.marchforscience.com.