On Saturday 22 April 2017, the March for Science will be taking place in over 500 cities around the world. In Sweden, marches are being organised in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Umeå, Luleå and Uppsala.
The initiative originates from the USA, and involves scientists and the public coming together to highlight the importance of science and using research-based knowledge in society. One of the key messages is that science knows no borders and that diversity and openness are what characterise science.
"SLU supports the March for Science because Science is the foundation of a society that can take on pressing questions on sustainable futures in an open and democratic manner", says Kevin Bishop, Pro Vice Chancellor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and one of the speakers at the manifestation in Stockholm.
Besides SLU, more than eighty organisations support the manifestations in Sweden.
The Stockholm March for Science will set of at 12.00 at Mariatorget and land at Medborgarplatsen. On a stage in the square, a programme will run from 13:00 to 15:00, with contributions from a range of speakers and artists, including representatives of the scientific community, other parts of society as well as opinion leaders.
All types of support are welcome and there are different ways you can help. For example, you could help to spread information, participate in the march yourself or volunteer.