For those who might be interested in volunteering, both Hobart and Launceston volunteers are using a Facebook Messenger group chat to organise their events. Please feel free to send a request to join either Hobart Facebook Messenger group chat or Launceston Facebook Messenger group chat.
Second-in-command (2IC) on the day is Patrick Lennard, he can be reached on 0467 357 870.
Professor Brigid Heywood (BSc) (PhD) is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Tasmania. Professor Heywood has responsibility for the research and innovation strategy of the University, the University research institutes, research students, research infrastructure and commercialisation services.
Prior to taking up this position, Professor Heywood was the Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research, Academic and Enterprise at Massey University in New Zealand, where she led the development and implementation of the strategies, policies and standards to underpin its research and teaching effort. Preceding this position Professor Heywood held the office of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at England’s Open University. Her academic background and research career placed Professor Heywood as a leader at the intersection of medical sciences and inorganic chemistry and she has worked in diverse fields from process science to earth sciences, to advanced materials.
Distinguished Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, measures his success by the new things he discovers that allow us to better protect the natural world, and by how much they are used to do so. He has been awarded the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research and an Order of Australia for service to forest and world heritage conservation.
Jessica Munday is the current Secretary of Unions Tasmania, the peak body for trade unions in Tasmania representing 50,000 workers across industry, in the private and public sector. Prior to leading Unions Tasmania, Jessica worked with the Community and Public Sector Union for over 12 years. During this time, Jessica spent much time working with union members in federal sciences agencies such as the Bureau of Meteorology, the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
Jessica is also a Board member of WorkSafe Tasmania and a director of superannuation fund, Tasplan.
Andy is an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, and has joint appointments with the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the University of South Australia. His primary research interest is developing an immunotherapy treatment for the Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease. He has also initiated parallel studies to develop immunotherapy treatments for cancer in pets. Additionally, he has initiated research on novel peanut allergy diagnostics and therapies at UniSA.
Not in Hobart? 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.