Event Details

Martin Place (Phillip St)

Saturday 14 April 2018
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM AEST

  • The rally will begin at midday with talks at Martin Place (Phillip St).
  • Auslan interpreters are available. Please contact us ([email protected]) if you would like to reserve a place at the front for clear viewing.
  • At about 1pm, the march will take Phillip St north, turn right (east) onto Hunter St, right (south) onto Macquarie St, and end at Hyde Park North. This route passes the Library of NSW and NSW Parliament house.
  • Participants are welcome to take a shorter route by moving through Martin Place to Macquarie St.
  • At the end of the march, we encourage everyone to mingle at Hyde Park, meet your fellow science supporters and connect with individuals and organisations.

Public toilets are available at Martin Place Station and St James Station, and above ground near the Macquarie St entrance to Hyde Park. Both stations have lifts.

If you have any access requirements in order to participate in the March for Science please contact [email protected]. A March for Science organiser will contact you to discuss your requirements further.


Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer

Adam Spencer is a well-known Australian media personality. He is a patron of science-related events and programs, including the University of Sydney's Sleek Geeks Science Prize. He collaborated with Karl Kruszelnicki for the long-running Sleek Geek Week tour as part of National Science Week in Australia. He hosts events and panels, writes mathematical recreation books, and performs his own comedy at events around the country.

Renee Cawthorne

Renee Cawthorne

Renee is a proud Wiradjuri woman who grew up on Darkingjung Country on the Central Coast of NSW.  Renee is employed as the Indigenous Education Project Officer and is responsible for the research, design, development and delivery of Indigenous Education programs at the Australian Museum. Renee graduated in 2015 from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology.    Renee was runner-up in the 2016 Indigenous STEM Professionals Awards, is co-chair of INDIGILAB a consortium of Indigenous STEM Professionals and involved and supports various STEM initiatives.    Renee is committed to Indigenous education and providing opportunities for Indigenous students especially youth from disadvantaged (low socio-economic, refugees and non-English speaking) backgrounds. Renee is committed to changing current negative perceptions and perspectives of Aboriginal peoples and culture and believes that we can achieve this through education.

Renee Cawthorne

Vivien Thomson

Vivien Thomson is a farmer and has been a rural fire fighter for over 30 years. She was one of the incident controllers during the ACT fires in 2003 and has experienced firsthand the dangerous bushfire conditions that can result from climate-related extreme weather.  Vivien is Director of the Australian Firefighters Climate Alliance and was previously President of the ACT Fire Controllers Group. In 2004, she was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for distinguished service to the Australian Capital Territory Bushfire Service, where she worked as both a departmental and volunteer firefighter, and as a brigade officer. She was the first female firefighter to receive the award in the ACT. Vivien is the author of 'Ashes of the Firefighters’, which tells the real story of firefighters and their journey of recovery after witnessing a major bushfire events. She also helps to run the family farm where they run four mixed farming enterprises in Muttama, in the Riverina NSW.

John Church

Dr John Church

John Church is a Professor in the Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales. He has published across a broad range of topics in oceanography. His area of expertise is the role of the ocean in climate, particularly anthropogenic climate change, and in understanding global and regional sea-level rise. He is the author of over 150 refereed publications, over 100 other reports and co-edited three books. He was co-convening lead author for the Chapter on Sea Level in the IPCC Third and Fifth Assessment Reports. He was awarded the 2006 Roger Revelle Medal by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, a CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in 2006, the 2007 Eureka Prize for Scientific Research, the 2008 AMOS R.H. Clarke Lecture and the AMOS Morton Medal in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the American Meteorological Society and the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

Sanchia Aranda

Sanchia Aranda

Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO of Cancer Council Australia, has more than 30 years’ experience in cancer control as a clinician, researcher, educator and senior healthcare administrator.  Professor Aranda is President-elect of the Union for International Cancer Control (the world’s peak member-based cancer organisation) and a former President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. She is a research fellow at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and holds academic appointments at the School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, and the Faculty of Nursing, University of Sydney. As CEO of Australia’s peak non-government cancer control organisation, Professor Aranda is a strong independent voice on evidence-based cancer control. She is engaged in all fields of cancer from primary prevention through to survivorship and advanced care, and has a particular professional interest in improved ways to care for and support cancer patients.

Merlin Crossley

Professor Merlin Crossley

Professor Merlin Crossley is an Australian molecular biologist, university teacher and administrator. Crossley is well-known for his contributions to science communication in Australia, having written numerous articles for newspapers and media outlets such as The Conversation. He is a member of the judging panel for the annual anthology Best Australian Science Writing. He is Deputy Director of the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC), and serves on the Trust of the Australian Museum and the Board of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science). He is Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Alice Williamson

Dr Alice Williamson

Dr Alice Williamson is an open scientist, chemistry lecturer and science communicator based at The University of Sydney. She worked as the principal synthetic chemist for the Open Source Malaria consortium before commencing her independent research career. Alice is committed to enhancing public engagement with science through citizen science projects and science communication. She co-founded the Breaking Good project; empowering high school and undergraduate students to make inaccessible medicines as part of an open source drug discovery project. In 2015, Alice was named one of ABC and UNSW's Top 5 Under 40, in recognition of her passion for sharing science stories. She has been an active participant in science outreach events across Australia, is the co-host of the ABC podcast Dear Science, regular co-host of Dr Karl’s Shirtloads of Science podcast, and hosts a weekly science slot, Up and Atom, on FBi Radio’s breakfast show.

Kirsten Banks

Kirsten Banks

Kirsten Banks is a proud Wiradjuri woman. Growing up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Kirsten always had a fascination with the sky and after graduating from Davidson High School in 2014 she pursued a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Physics at the University of New South Wales. Within her first year of tertiary study, Kirsten was awarded an Astronomy Educator position at Sydney Observatory. It was at Sydney Observatory where Kirsten discovered her love of Science Communication. Now, she dreams of joining the likes of Brian Cox and Neil deGrasse Tyson on the big stage, so she can share her passion with the world. If you’d like to follow and support Kirsten’s journey to becoming a great Science Communicator, you can like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter with the tag @AstroKirsten.

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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.