The March for Science demonstrates our passion for science and sounds a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists. The incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by the support of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.
We are people who value science and recognize how science serves. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.
Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. The relationship between science and democracy must not continue to erode. The application of science to society is not divorced from politics. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with Marches for Science world-wide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.
Please join us Saturday, April 22nd in Windsor!
Our March for Science in Windsor will coincide with the March for Science in Washington, DC, along with over 500 satellite marches around the globe. A non-partisan event, we plan to rally to discuss the importance of science and research, with key members of our research community. We will have a rally at 10:00am with speeches from the scientists in our community, followed by a march on the riverfront trail. The event will conclude with science-based children's activities, and information booths! More details to follow.
10:00am - Welcome Announcements and featured speakers:
Dr. William Baylis, President of Canada South Science City and
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics,University of Windsor
Dr. Tanya Noel, Learning Specialist, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor
Dr. Dennis Higgs, Professor and Head of Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor
Dr. Lisa Porter, Translational Research Director, Windsor Cancer Research Group & Associate Professor, University of Windsor
Dr. Kirsten Poling, Science Teaching and Learning Specialist, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor
Dr. Phil Karpowicz, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Windsor
10:30am - Riverfront March - 5km from Assumption Park to Dieppe Gardens and back to start (1km route available)
11:30am - Children's activities commence!
1) Canada South Science City Laser Maze (ages 5+)
2) Engineering Activity Zone (ages 7+)
4) Computer Science (7-10, 11-15+)
6) Science Scavenger Hunt (7+)
12:00pm until 2:00pm - Ted Paints Faces facepainting!
-Vendor booths; Eddy's Mediterranean Bistro, Brewin' Bros, Aloraflora jewelry, Sweet Revenge special-edition macarons
-several scientists on hand to complete a "living library"
-fun and educational opportunities for all ages :)
Please register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/march-for-science-windsor-tickets-33175679350
We look forward to seeing you!