March for Science: Dispatches from Washington, DC

The Scientist's Bob Grant and Tracy Vence are in the nation's capital, covering the demonstration designed to celebrate the research enterprise and advocate for evidence-based policymaking.

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Bob started with The Scientist as a staff writer in 2007. Before joining the team, he worked as a reporter at Audubon and earned a master’s degree in science journalism...

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Apr 21, 2017

“We made history!” marchers chanted at the terminus of a mile-and-a-half walk from the Washington Monument to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. And indeed, if only in spirit, the flagship March for Science in the US capital was the largest display of advocacy for science in the U.S. for more than 50 years, according to Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a partner of the march. (Official attendance estimates have not yet been released.) Scientists and science advocates joined in more than 600 marches around the globe today.

“To get this many thousands of scientists in so many towns and cities around the world to say, ‘We should go public with our science and with our concerns about the future of science,’ that is something I’ve never seen—at least in half a century,” Holt told The Scientist at AAAS headquarters following the...