Bethesda, MD (April 3, 2018) - The March for Science, a global organization that advocates for equitable evidence-based science policies, has teamed up with hundreds of scientific organizations to host the 2018 international Marches for Science on Saturday, April 14, 2018, which will focus on holding political leaders accountable for passing equitable, evidence-based policies that serve all people and all communities.
The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) is honored to join with The Nature Conservancy, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), The Optical Society, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and National Science Teachers Association, among many others. This diverse coalition will mobilize thousands of advocates on Citizen Science Day to strengthen the ties between scientists and their community. April 14 will be a powerful day that is part of a year-round effort to mobilize people for science advocacy, including making their voices heard at the polls this November.
"As one of the oldest science organizations in North America, AAA and its members have a long history of supporting and conducting scientific research and education that inspires scientific curiosity and discovery. Our vision, mission, and values overlap those of the March for Science and is why we have partnered with them. Seeking scientific truth through hypothesis driven, evidence-based scientific research is essential for the advancement of society. It is vital society makes informed, factual decisions regarding science policy and funding, independent of partisanship. If not, we stagnate. Hence, advocacy promoting the advancement of scientific knowledge and understanding is why AAA supports the March for Science" stated Phil Brauer, Ph.D., President of AAA.
This global day of science advocacy will continue the momentum of the group's work of the last year. Last year's March for Science event was the largest pro-science march in history with more than 1 million people in more than 600 locations across all seven continents joining together in support of science. The organization since then has launched its Vote for Science year-long campaign and strengthened its reach within local communities with the development of its Community Grant Program and Students for Science program. Science advocates can find information on marches in Washington D.C. and around the world at https://www.marchforscience.com/2018. For advocates traveling to their local marches, we encourage them to offset their travel with our partner, Cool Effect.
About AAA: The American Association of Anatomists (AAA) was founded by Joseph Leidy in Washington, D.C. in 1888 for the "advancement of anatomical science." Today, via research, education, and professional development activities, AAA serves as the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators focusing on the structural foundation of health and disease.