A DUTCH PRO SCIENCE MANIFESTATION AT THE MUSEUMPLEIN
Scientists from all over the world are prepping for their March for Science on Earth Day, the 22nd of April, as a wake-up call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives.
Only hours after the March for Science in Washington DC was introduced on Facebook, on January the 23d, several countries followed the lead and the call for action went viral. It is estimated about 300 countries will be organising pro science satellite events: from Trømso to Tokyo. A signal the heartfelt mission of the organisation committee in the United States is strongly supported, globally.
The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.
‘The March’ is supported by Rush Holt of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and many other concerned scientists from all over the world. In the Netherlands rectors of Dutch universities just recently shared their worries about the restriction of the freedom of scientists in an open letter in NRC Handelsblad.
With the March for Science NL Dutch scientists aim to bring their research closer to the public. The manifestation on April the 22nd at the Museumplein will include keynote speakers and teach-in areas, touching on issues such as climate change, vaccine safety and scientific methods.
The Dutch organisation committee, supported by volunteering scientists, and science aficionados, is planning on arranging activities for all ages. To cover for the cost of stages and security, they have opened an account on their website marchforscience.nl.