We did it!

Thanks to the awesome Cairns community for coming out and putting us on the world stage with our March for Science symbol! Check out the results for yourself.

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Event Details

Eastern Events Lawn

Saturday 22 April 2017
Time: 4pm




10:00 - 10:30 AM
Yorkeys Knob Beach, Sims Esplanade


The March for Science Cairns event will be formatted as a rally.

The rally will begin at 4pm with talks on the Eastern Events Lawn along The Esplanade (on the grass between the Lagoon and Salt House). The event will include a diverse group of speakers across the sciences that contribute to the local Cairns and Far North region and will share how their work and the broader role of science in our community is critical to our success and future in the tropics.

Master of Ceremonies

Andy Ridley

CEO Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef; Director of Circle economy Amsterdam ; ex-CEO and Founder of Earth Hour


Andy Ridley

Andy Ridley

  • CEO Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef; previous Director of Circle Economy Amsterdam; ex-CEO and Founder of Earth Hour
  • Engaging millions in the future of the GBR and by implication the future of our planet.
  • Andy’s core focus is on growing a circular economy to reduce emissions and provide a prosperous future as our world grows to 9 billion people

Gudju Gudju

Gudju Gudju

  • Traditional Elder of the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people
  • Director of Abriculture
  • Expertise in tribal science and tribal ecology; skillsets bring together tribal ecological knowledge (TEK) and western science in a culturally sensitive way

Steve Turton

Dr. Steve Turton

  • Director of Terrain Wet Tropics NRM and Adjunct Professor, Central Queensland University Cairns
  • Steve has spent decades working on climate change impacts and adaptation in tourism, agriculture, forestry, local government and business sectors
  • He has extensive expertise in science-practice partnerships, world heritage and protected area management

Scott Ritchie

Dr. Scott Ritchie

  • Professor and Medical Entomologist, James Cook University Cairns
  • His research focuses on prevention of mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and Zika in the tropics
  • Involved in the Eliminate Dengue program that has been successfully deployed in north Queensland

Karen Joyce

Dr. Karen Joyce

  • Remote Sensing and GIS Senior Lecturer at James Cook University Cairns
  • Co-Founder of the She Flies outreach program - an initiative designed to encourage more women and girls to engage in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through the world of drones

Richard Fitzpatrick

Richard Fitzpatrick

  • Emmy Award winning cinematographer and qualified marine biologist specialising in sharks
  • He has shot more than 50 films for clients such as the BBC, National Geographic and Discovery Channel
  • Richard was one of the first to raise the alarm over the back-to-back mass coral bleaching event as it unfolded in February this year

Science in the Pub
The Salt House

At the end of the rally (approx. 530pm), we encourage everyone to take a short stroll over to the Salt House to mingle with your fellow scientists and science supporters, as well as to connect with individuals and organisations. We want this to be an open dialogue between everyday members of our community, scientists, business leaders, politicians and organisations to ensure everyone can discuss science and get any questions they have answered in a friendly and welcoming environment. 

At the Salt House, we will be joining in festivities for the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre’s (CAFNEC) Bat Festival being held on the Salt House Lawn. The CAFNEC event is an opportunity to learn more about our local Cairns’ bat population and watch the flying foxes fly out over Trinity Inlet at sunset. This event is also family friendly with kids’ crafts, activities and live music. 

Other Details

Please feel free to bring a placard, sign, or wear your favourite shirt in support of all things science! This is a family-friendly event and we encourage all ages including children to attend this celebration of science. We also therefore ask that any signage avoid inappropriate language that might offend others.

As part of the national March for Science event, we have a fantastic Red Bubble website where you can purchase t-shirts and other merchandise to wear on the day to support the Cairns event. Just scroll down to find a variety of gear for Cairns or other Australia locations if you will be attending somewhere else on the day. 20-30% of funds from all purchases go back to March for Science to help cover the costs of this volunteer-based event for everything from PA systems to marketing materials and more. Thank you so much for your support in making this a successful event!

Not in ? We're organising science marches all across Australia!

See the March For Science Australia page for more details!

If there aren't any marches near you or you can't make it come join the Virtual March for Science.

Get in touch with us

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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.

Universal Literacy

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.

Open Communication

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.

Informed Policy

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.

Stable Investment

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.

Our acknowledgment

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.