Event Details

Murray St (in front of Commonwealth Bank)

Saturday 14 April 2018
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM AWST


Steven Tingay

Distinguished Professor Steven Tingay
Distinguished Professor, John Curtin University

Steven Tingay is an Astrophysicist, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Director of Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and Deputy Executive Director of International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. He is an expert in astronomy and astrophysics, in particular radio astronomy. His areas of expertise encompass building and using radio telescopes, as well as astrophysical interpretation. Professor Tingay likes designing challenging and novel experiments to answer the fundamental questions about the Universe. Prof. Tingay has been at Curtin University since 2007, prior to 2007 he was at Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

Christobel Saunder

Professor Christobel Saunders

Professor Christobel Saunders MB BS, FRCS, FRACS, FAAHMS 2017 WA Scientist of the Year is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most prominent research-orientated cancer surgeons.

Professor Saunders is a Consultant Surgeon at Royal Perth, St John of God and Fiona Stanley Hospitals, and Professor of Surgical Oncology at UWA.

She has a particular research interest in breast cancer including clinical trials of new treatments, supportive care, and translational and health services research which have led to better treatments for people with cancer and improved survival.

Chaminda Ranasinghe

Chaminda Ranasinghe
PhD candidate, Edith Cowan University

Chaminda is a PhD candidate in neuroscience from Edith Cowan University. He was one of the 2017 FameLab National contestants and is passionate about science communication in the fields of medicine and environmental biotechnology. He has a research background in microbiology, plant pathology and genetics. He believes science education must be universal, and is the most sustainable way to tackle many of todays problems threatening science.

Catriona Lorenz

Catriona Lorenz

Catriona completed a Bachelor of Education majoring in Art at Edith Cowan University, raised two boys and has worked in the public sector for over twenty years in a variety of roles. She is currently a data analyst and also an avid reader of science, scepticism and history.

Catriona thinks a minimum level of education in critical thinking and scientific literacy is essential for those who wish to be effective citizens. She is supporting the March for Science because she believes that science and its related disciplines are the key to addressing urgent challenges that face humanity such as climate change.

More speakers to be announced in the next few days.

Caroline Perks

Caroline Perks

Caroline has been a passionate advocate for the environment, since growing up in the Perth hills and has built this passion into a career. Caroline now has over six years’ experience in sustainability and climate change mitigation and adaptation policy throughout all three tiers of government; Federal, State and local. Through this work she values and understands the importance of using science to inform decision-making.

Caroline has a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and has completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Development at the Australian National University with units in Domestic and International Climate Change Economics and Policy and International Environmental Policy.

Alongside this work, Caroline has also been a passionate climate change campaigner and advocate for climate action. Caroline is a board member of the Conservation Council of WA, climate change portfolio lead for United Nations Association of Australia (WA) Environment Committee. She has been trained in climate change communication by Al Gore, and is a Local Coordinator for the Climate Reality Leadership Project.

Additionally, at the end of 2015, Caroline took herself to Paris to be there on the streets and at side events while the Paris Agreement was being drafted and negotiated.

Caroline also had a key role in the most recent Federal and State election campaigns and stood in the recent State election as the Greens Lower House candidate for the seat of Maylands. Through her campaign, hundreds of conversations on renewable energy and climate change were had throughout the electorate.

All of these actions have been undertaken with an evidence based approach towards building a better world for all people.

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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.