Saturday 22 April 2017
10:30AM - 2PM
This Earth Day – on Saturday 22nd April beginning at 10:30am -- we will gather on Murray St Mall to speak up for the critical role science education and research play in Western Australia and the global community: to drive evidence-based policy, support health and wellbeing, secure our future, and simply marvel at the wonder of scientific discovery.
We’ll be joined by some of WA’s top scientists and change-makers, including Lyn Beazley, 2015 Australian of the Year, and Carmen Lawrence, former Premier of WA.
Location: The intersection of Murray St Mall and Forrest Place (by the information kiosk, Top Shop and Commonwealth Bank)
Who: Anyone who celebrates the role of science in a thriving society! This is NOT an event just for scientists; we want to send a clear message that scientific discovery and application is valued far beyond the lab. Bring the family, and tell your friends. And by all means, bring posters telling the world why this matters!
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.