Event Details

Gregory St Amphitheatre

Saturday 14 April 2018
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEST

Join us at the second annual March for Science! If you are passionate about science, we want to see you. If you want to see policies from the government that are based on evidence, we want you there. If you want to share your concerns about how science is often seen as a negative thing, come and speak up with us. If you simply think science is awesome and you want to share that love with others, join us to celebrate science. The Townsville March for Science will have speeches, a march, and a science fair. It's all happening on Saturday, April 14, on the Strand.

  • Rally/speaking: Gregory St Amphitheatre, 12 pm
  • March begins: 12:30 pm
  • March ends at the Tobruk Pools parklands: 1 pm
  • Science fair continues at the Tobruk Pools until 3 pm

The event is wheelchair accessible and we will have Auslan interpreters.


Wil Reuben

'Big' Wil Reuben
Master of Ceremonies

Reuben is a young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man who has been an advocate for climate justice and social justice ever since high school. He acknowledges and respects the integral part that science plays in shaping the future of the Human Race.

Aunty Jeanette Wyles
Guest Speaker

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis is a year six student in Townsville. He is passionate about science and drives his mother crazy by conducting experiments in his 'lab' under the house.

He hopes one day to pursue his passion at university, studying every branch of science he can.

Jonathan believes young people should engage with science from an early age, and is keen to spread the word amongst his peers.

Peter Junk

Professor Peter Junk
President, Royal Australian Chemical Institute

Junk graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1984 obtaining a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, and completed a Ph.D in Organometallic Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Colin Raston in 1988. He obtained a DSc from James Cook University for his international reputation in organometallic chemistry of the main group and rare earth elements. He is currently the Nevitt Professor of Chemistry at James Cook University.

His main research interests are in rare earth and main group organometallic, organoamido and aryloxo chemistry. He has published in excess of 400 publications and reviews and was the 2016 recipient of the Burrows award, the premier award for Inorganic Chemistry in the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He was awarded the international Terrae Rarae prize in 2016 for his contributions to rare earth chemistry. He is also the current President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Maria Nayfa

Maria Nayfa

Maria Nayfa graduated with distinction from Duke University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, James Cook University in 2014 with a Master of Science in Marine Biology, and is currently a PhD candidate at James Cook University. Her current research aims to unravel the effects of selection on a breeding program of Nile tilapia in Egypt using genomic tools.

Maria is a firm believer that science is for the masses and is starting her career as a science communicator in order to help do just that! She has participated in science communication competitions, like 3 Minute Thesis and FameLab Australia, where she was a 2017 National Finalist. You can follow her on twitter @mnayfa12.

Taryn Laubenstein

Taryn Laubenstein

Taryn graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and is currently a PhD candidate at James Cook University. Her current research explores how climate change affects fish behavior, physiology, and adaptive potential.

Taryn is passionate about engaging with the community about science, and is very interested in science communication as a future career path. She has participated in a number of science communication competitions, including 3 Minute Thesis and Famelab Australia, where she will be participating in the Final in Perth in May of this year! You can follow her on Twitter at @ScienceTaryn.

Christa Placzek

Dr Christa Placzek

Placzek's research focuses on the interaction between climate, hydrology, and Earth surface geochemistry. She utilizes a breadth of isotopic techniques, fieldwork, and both numerical and climate models to understand interactions between global climate and to quantify the rates and processes of rock weathering and erosion.

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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.