Challenger President Marches for Science

On International Earth Day (22nd April) our President Prof. Rachel Mills joined 100s of 1000's of people around the globe to March for Science.

The aim of this March was 'To unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest' (www.marchforscience.com).

Talking about her experience and reasons for marching Prof. Rachel Mills said 'I marched, along with a crudely estimated 10, 000 from the Science Museum to Parliament (London) on Earth Day. I teamed up with Nigel Brown, once the president of the Society for General Microbiology and several of our graduate students and colleagues (see picture). I decided to march for Science because I think it's essential that we move our global society to a place where science values are right at the heart of decision making. This won't ever happen unless we capture the hearts and minds of all in society and we need to open up our profession to everyone.'

Rachel Mills marching
Rachel with Nigel Brown marching in London.

Were you on the march and a member of the Society? Please get in touch via twitter, the online contact form or direct to emma.cavan@utas.edu.au. We would like to collate comments, reasons for marching and photos for those who Marched for Science from the UK marine science community.