AAAS, the world's largest general scientific organization, announced Thursday that it will partner with the March for Science, a worldwide nonpartisan movement highlighting the essential role that science plays in understanding our world, improving our daily lives and informing policymaking in towns and cities across the globe.
In addition to the March for Science rally on April 14 in Washington, D.C., more than 175 satellite marches are being organized around the world, offering supporters of science and scientists a chance to leverage the value of science in and beyond their communities.
"The March for Science is an opportunity to communicate the importance and enduring value of science to address challenges, big and small, facing towns and cities across the globe and showcase public support for scientific endeavors that open doors to innovative solutions to improve the lives of all," said AAAS CEO Rush Holt.
AAAS' participation in the March for the second year in a row is in keeping with its longstanding mission to "advance science, engineering and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people," noted Holt.
As part of its activities, AAAS is hosting its members and those of affiliate scientific organizations at its Washington, D.C., headquarters for a pre-March rally that will feature comments from Holt. The group will then head to the National Mall for the March festivities.
In addition, AAAS will have a teach-in tent on the Mall where participants can learn how to spread the benefits and value of science through advocacy. Workshops will include how to share perspectives via traditional and non-traditional media and collaborate with others on science issues of mutual concern. Practical tips on how best to influence science policy also will be offered. The event is open to the young and old as part of multiple activities accompanying the March.
AAAS also is making a Force for Science advocacy toolkit available to individuals and groups to guide them on how to be advocates for science in their communities, prepare for the March and build on their ongoing activities in support of science in their local communities.
"AAAS encourages its members and supporters to stand up for science, renew efforts to communicate its value and celebrate its many contributions to our communities. Science is a global good that informs and improves our lives; therefore, we all must work together to ensure it continues to thrive," said Holt.