The march will depart Reddacliff Place at approx 11:30am and proceed along George Street foothpaths to the Speakers Corner outside Parliament House near QUT Gardens Point where there will be speeches and activites.
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It’s by no means an exaggeration to say that Brisbane writer Lisa Cox is here today because of science. After her brain haemorrhaged at age 24, Lisa was in a coma for 3 weeks, on life support for 2 months and in hospital for over a year – and that was just the first time.
Whether she’s having another joint replaced, heart valve repaired or being fitted for another prosthetic limb, Lisa is very grateful to scientific advancements for making her partially bionic body possible. She is a true example of just what is possible if science is prioritised.
Anne Brant is a celebrated science advocate, who passionately encourages young people to study and pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). She has worked as a high school teacher and at universities promoting the importance of science and how scientific knowledge and skills can empower us to be informed and active members of our community.
Anne has won numerous awards for her teaching and leadership in the delivery of science, including recognition by the Queensland Government as a Queensland Science Champion.
Dr Joel Gilmore is a physicist and science presenter who has appeared on TV programs such as Catalyst, The Shak and most recently, the Food Lab with Ben Milbourne. He is passionate about communicating the value of science and inspiring the next generation of critical thinkers.
Lee Constable is the host of Scope, a fast, funny and informative science TV show for kids on Network Ten. Scope was created to demystify the world of science and technology and is produced in association with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Lee believes in making science fun, relevant, accessible and above all fascinating for her young audience.
Andrew is a science communicator who has spent much of his career sparking interest and engagement in science. In addition to creating science-based public events and helping produce science-related television, he has personally performed science demonstration shows and workshops for over 10,000 school students all over QLD and the NT.
Mikayla and Ella are year 11 international students originally from the USA. Outraged by the current war on science, they will share their perspective on the importance of a strong science education and what we can do to remain engaged after the March for Science 2017.
What is happening with the march in Brisbane
Science, not silence: Brisbane locals take to the streets in global campaign. (Media Release, PDF, 122kb)
The March for Science celebrates the public discovery, distribution, and understanding of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet.
We are a nonpartisan group, marching to demand action in the following areas:
Literacy, Communication, Policy, and Investment.
A well-informed community is essential to a free and successful society. We support education to promote broad public knowledge and discussion of scientific work. As professionals, parents, and community-engaged volunteers, we enthusiastically contribute our time and expertise to helping children and students of all ages engage with the physical universe and biological world.
Publicly-funded scientists have a responsibility to communicate their research and public outreach and accessibility of scientific knowledge should be encouraged. Communication of scientific findings and their implications must not be suppressed.
Public policy should be guided by peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus. Public policy must enable scientists to communicate their publicly-funded research results, and must support literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A long-term, strategic approach to investment in scientific research and development is essential for driving true innovation. Government commitment to stable science funding policy will deliver solutions to complex challenges, promoting prosperity for all.
Science belongs to everyone. It should be pursued for the benefit of all people and for the health of the environment we depend upon.
At March for Science Australia we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Australian continent, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pay our respects to ancestors and Elders both past and present.
We recognise that science and scientific pursuits have been used in the past to disenfranchise many minority groups. We are committed to the promotion of science, now and in the future, as an endeavour which all persons have the right to pursue and enjoy the fruits of, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status.
Diversity has strengthened and enriched scientific inquiry, and the inclusion of all peoples and the promotion of equal opportunity and training within science should be a goal pursued by scientists and non-scientists alike.