March for Science: Photos from around the world
Malawi: An estimated 70 people joined the march in Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, to support science, scientists and evidence-based policymaking. Agnes Dumisani Mizere joined the march "as a citizen journalist and in solidarity with Malawian doctors working on the Malaria Project".
Terrie Taylor / Agnes Dumisani Mizere
“The thrust is not anti-Trump as much as it is to support for US federally-funded research and training, which has had a huge impact on so many people here in Malawi,” says Terrie Taylor, from Michigan State University.
Nigeria: The march in the capital Abuja was organised by the Nigerian Alliance for Science. "The march was phenomenal, as scientists from all walks of life showed their support. My passion as a science communicator and promoter inspired me to march too," said Ifeoma Ndefo of the National Biotechnology Development Agency
Ifeoma Ndefo, NABDA Communication& Protocol
South Africa: "The rising global anti-science sentiment is very concerning. 'Science saves lives' and it is my duty as a scientist to speak up", said Tanuja Gengiah, from research centre CAPRISA, who marched in Durban.
Costa Rica: About 250 people — including researchers, students, academics, politicians and the general public — marched for science in Costa Rica
Anel Kenjekeeva/Universidad de Costa Rica
Colombia: About 300 people marched through the capital Bogota, alongside four other cities: Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali and Medellin
Brazil: Bello Horizonte was one of the 25 Brazilian cities that joined the global initiative, and called the attention of the press.
The Philippines: Supporters walk through Manila with a banner for Kalikasan PNE, an environmental network, one of the science organisations that marched through the capital.
Mon Ramirez of the Advocates of Science and Technology for the People (AGHAM), the organisers of the march in Manila, also joined.
Jhesset Enano/Philippine Daily Inquirer
India: a satellite event in Begusarai, in the state of Bihar, with marchers including Ashutosh Kumar, assistant professor at the medical research institute JIPMER.
Dr. Ashutosh Kumar/JIPMER/IBRO
United States: An estimated 40,000 people marched in the capital city of Washington, DC. Here participants hold placards highlighting the importance of women in science.
"Our improved health, agriculture, environment, economy and national security depend on science. Also, discovery is fun and nature is awesome," said molecular biologist, India Hooke-Barnard who took this photo at the march in the city of San Francisco.
Scientists Kathy Barker and Alan Aderem attended with thousands of others in Seattle, Washington state. "Science without intentional thought and morality can do great harm," they said.
UK: London hosted an estimated 10,000 people on the march, with several thousands attending a rally in Parliament Square.
The march brought over 600 cities together in one big celebration of science and community, but also to speak out in defence of the value of science, evidence-based research, science-based policy and protecting the environment and the planet.
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On Earth Day (22 April) a global March for Science was held in more than 600 cities. Thousands of people — from farmers to politicians, biologists, science communicators and celebrities — marched in solidarity with scientists across the world whose work may be sidelined by politics or out of the public eye.
“The rising global anti-science sentiment is very concerning. 'Science saves lives' and it is my duty to speak up.”
Tanuja Gengiah, South Africa
This gallery highlights scenes from marches in Africa (Malawi, Nigeria and South Africa), Asia (India, Philippines), Latin America (Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia) as well as major events in the global north (United Kingdom and United States). It features a few of the organisations involved and individuals expressing their own personal reasons for showing support for scientists.
The group March for Science, which was at the forefront of organising this event worldwide, aims to raise awareness on the overall lack of evidence-based research in policy, using science as a tool to guide long-term decision making.
"The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science,” they write on their website. “We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people's everyday lives."