On 14 April we invite the people of Canberra to come out and Picnic for Science! The proposed meeting place Regatta Point at 11am for a series of inspirational speeches. The speeches will be preceded by a Welcome to Country.
After the speeches, we propose to walk across the bridge to Citizenship Place for a picnic and an interactive session with local scientists in an 'Ask a Scientist' forum. The march route and picnic location are wheelchair accessible, have shade along the way, and are well under 1 km. Should you have accessibility requirements, please don't hesitate to contact our organising team at [email protected].
So, bring a picnic blanket, water bottles, sunscreen and prepare to settle in for some science chat!
HOW: We encourage you to bike, walk, carpool and use public transportation. Plan your trip here.
Check your route to the March for Science picnic. There will be some road closures due to the Australian Running Festival.
There is no official head gear or costume for the March for Science Canberra. Come as you are but consider a raincoat and/or umbrella in case of rain. We encourage our participants to bring re-fillable water bottles and to make sure to slip slop slap. You're more than welcome to bring along a sign/placard/banner to express your science-related views and/or to show your organisation's support for the march. In crafting your sign's message, please keep in mind that we are promoting this event as family-friendly. After the march, we'll be convening in the park for a picnic. If you'd like, bring along a camping chair and picnic blanket! We're hoping to have a few people stationed at Regatta Point to mind marchers' belongings but you'll ultimately be leaving items at your own risk.
Are you a scientist who is prepared to engage with the public and others at the March for Science? We're looking for people like you, who are willing to stand on a soap box, lounge on a picnic rug or sit with others to chat about why you are at the March for Science, to talk about science and discuss what you do as a scientist.
Saturday, April 7 at 14:00 – 16:00; and
Monday, April 9 at 16:00 – 18:00. Smith's Alternative
76 Alinga Street, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Depending on who he sits next to at the dinner table, Professor Bowden will decide which of his professional roles he should use to introduce himself. Professor Bowden is a specialist of infectious disease at the Canberra Hospital and the foundation professor of medicine at the Australian National University.
His special research interest has been population health approaches to the control of infectious diseases (especially sexually transmitted infections). He teaches a course in Evidence Based Medicine and is a board member of the One Disease Foundation which is working in the Northern Territory to eliminate crusted scabies. His books 'Gone Viral - the germs that share our lives' and 'Infectious - are a doctor's eye opening insights into contagious diseases.
Emma-Kate, or E-K as she likes to be known, describes herself as a teacher, academic, mother cubed, partner and reluctant multi-tasker. After completing a PhD in Geophysics and Geochemistry she went on to research sea-level and climate change using ancient coral reefs and satellite data as well as working to support research students. She has worked internationally including in Switzerland and over the ditch in New Zealand. E-K now teaches Physics at our very own Canberra College.
E-K is recognised as an inspirational physics teacher. Her students have even been known to say “Wow, that is most I've had to 'think' in any class, ever… and it was really great”. Great teachers are among the unsung heroes that transform our lives and E-K has both transformed the lives of others and had her own life transformed with Science.
Loong has been professionally programming since he moved to Canberra in 2010. In 2013 he went on to study at the Australian National University where he specialized in concurrent and distributed systems, completing research in supercomputing and designing massively parallel programming languages. Eager to continue his work in industry, Loong co-founded a design and development studio where he worked for several years working with government and private enterprise.
In 2017, his passion for distributed systems led him to co-found Republic Protocol, a company that advanced the state-of-the-art in decentralized computations, becoming the first to build a decentralized dark pool for cryptocurrencies. After 2 months, the company raised over $40M and he continues to work there in his position as Chief Technology Officer.
Dr Wendy Elford is an experience designer and practical futurist. With a PhD in Environmental Design and a focus on the future of work, Wendy collaborates with designers to create human centred ways of working within productive work systems. She helps young people anticipate opportunities and shape their careers as they study and enter the workforce. Her passion is to partner with businesses employing people who are neurodiverse to make sure the environment and work are designed to bring out the best of their unique abilities.
Not in Canberra? We're organising science marches all across Australia!
See the March For Science Australia page for more details!
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.