Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Dozens March For Science

Meet U of T student involved in this weekend's March for Science Meet U of T student involved in this weekend's March for Science
Theresa Hayes | 15 April, 2018, 06:40

The Monterey Bay Aquarium held a similar event past year for the inaugural march, featuring several of the aquarium's African penguin colony residents.

Saturday was a cold windy day in Saskatoon, but that didn't stop a group of around 50 people from gathering in Victoria Park for the second annual March for Science.

This year's main march took place outside the National Mall in Washington, D.C, with more than 230 satellite events scheduled worldwide. The demands of the march remained the same as its predecessor, organised in the city on August 9 a year ago: allocation of at least 3% of the GDP to scientific and technological research (currently, 0.85%) and 10% towards education; develop scientific tempter; ensure the education system does not contradict scientific evidence; and enact policies based on scientific evidence.

"I also believe science education in school and beyond is vital to create future generations of scientists and develop innovative research and cure various diseases", Mittleman said.

"We need to speak up, or policy decisions will be made without scientific input", the toxicologist told CNN.

Their goal was to let people know that science should not be ignored. "It's not just about investment in science.it's about stipulation to fact, to truth, to knowledge, to science".

"We're here because no one wants to be led by the gut feelings of our elected officials", Sheila Jasanoff, a professor of science and technology studies at Harvard, said in Washington.

At a public meeting after the march, organisers read out messages from geneticist M.S. Swaminathan and former Anna University Vice-Chancellor M. Anandakrishnan.