On Saturday 22 April people all around the world will assemble for the March for Science. In Sweden marches will take place in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Uppsala. Hundreds of thousands of people in more than 400 cities globally are expected to show their support for science.
The initiative for the event comes from the USA, where scientists and the general public want to stand up for the importance of science and to ensure that research-based knowledge is put to use in society. This also involves standing up against fact resistance, alternative facts and fake news.
“We are supporting the March for Science to emphasise the need for scientific facts in today’s public discourse,” says Björn O. Nilsson, CEO of IVA.
One particular point to emphasise is that science knows no boundaries, that it is based on diversity and openness and that it affects all of humanity.
The Stockholm March for Science will start at Mariatorget on Södermalm at noon. It will continue through smaller streets via Mosebacke and Folkungagatan and end at Medborgarplatsen square. A programme will follow on stage featuring researchers, artists and representatives from various parts of society.
About thirty organisations are involved in the Stockholm event, including the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
“Naturally we want to stand up for science and facts, and say no to prejudice and falsehoods. That’s why we’re supporting the March for Science,” says Göran K. Hansson, Secretary of the Academy.
Organisations and individuals can support the event in a number of ways: by spreading information, volunteering on 22 April or by donating money or other items needed.
“But it’s important to remember that this is an event in support of science and not a demonstration against any particular person in power,” says Cissi Askwall, Secretary General of Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science), which will be coordinating the activities in Stockholm.
The organisers hope that the event will be a starting point for an ongoing conversation on how to promote and strengthen research-based knowledge.