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March for Science: April 14th 2018

A year on from the first March for Science, it's time for a follow-up, are you getting involved?

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Apr 08, 2018
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March for Science is a global movement to stand up for science in politics and society as well as to protest #AlternativeFacts and the slashing of science budgets.

It was born in the US as a response to some of Donald Trumps damaging rhetoric and policies but it quickly spread as similar sentiments were felt in countries around the world. The results was a synchronised global March on the 22nd of April (which is also Earth Day).

This year, a second event will be held in cities around the world, most of them will be held this Saturday (14th April). To find out about a march near you, check out the official link:

https://www.marchforscience.com/

The main event will be held in Washington DC but there are around 230 satellite events being held around the world, mostly concentrated in the US and Europe.

This year many of the countries will follow up the events with a digital campaign on social media platforms. For example, in Sweden where I am living, we are starting the hashtag #HurVetDuDet, which translates to, How do you know that? As there are elections in Sweden this year, the goal is to hold politicians accountable to their claims, making sure that debates are held on the basis of evidence and solid facts.

Some of the other marches may have slightly different goals but the important thing for all of us in not to lose momentum at a time where science is under threat.



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Ben Libberton

Communications Officer, MAX IV Laboratory

I'm a Communications Officer at MAX IV Laboratory in Lund, Sweden, formally a Postdoc in the biofilm field. I'm interested in how bacteria cause disease and look to technology to produce novel tools to study and ultimately prevent infection. Part of my current role is to find ways to use synchrotron radiation to study microorganisms.

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