Event Details

Birrarung Marr

Saturday 14 April 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM AEST


Krystal De Napoli

Ms Krystal De Napoli

A Kamilaroi woman undertaking an undergraduate degree in astrophysics at Monash University. In 2018 she will be commencing a cadetship with the CSIRO's Data61 team, and is working closely with Dr Duane Hamacher and Indigenous Elders in their research into Indigenous astronomical traditions.

Duane Hamacher

Dr Duane Hamacher
Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

An astronomer and Senior ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow at the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre. He publishes extensively on Indigenous astronomical and geological knowledge and traditions, working closely with Aboriginal and Islander elders, students, and knowledge custodians across Australia.

Linda McIver

Dr Linda McIver
Founder and Executive Director, Australian Data Science Education Institute

Founder and Executive Director of the Australian Data Science Education Institute, she is working to ensure that every Australian student has the opportunity to be Computationally and Data Literate.

Roger Jones

Professor Roger Jones
Professorial Research Fellow, Victoria University

Professorial Research Fellow at the Victoria Institute for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University. He leads a small team who work on climate-related risk, ecological and institutional economics and building research into practice.

Andrew Siebel

Dr Andrew Siebel
Research manager, Centre for Systems Genomics, The University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne

Research Manager of Melbourne Integrative Genomics, Academic Convenor for the Computational Biology Research Initiative and Assistant Dean for Diversity & Inclusion in the Faculty of Science, The University of Melbourne.

Tien Huynh

Dr Tien Huynh
Superstars of STEM

Selected for Superstars of STEM for her work promoting environmental sustainability, and improving the quality of life and equality for the underprivileged. co-founder of the Centre for Health and Biological Innovations Lab. Her current work focuses on cancer, tissue repair, neuropharmacology and drug discovery technologies.

Tien Huynh

Jeannie Rea
National President, National Tertiary Education Union

National President of the National Tertiary Education Union, Jeannie has a masters degree in environmental science, and is a former Deputy Dean of Arts, Education and Human Development at Victoria University.

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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.