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Join AAAS for the 2018 March for Science

2017 March for Science participants in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Bill Douthitt/Science. All rights reserved.

AAAS will participate in the 2018 March for Science in Washington, D.C.. on April 14. The D.C. March begins on the Mall at 12:30 p.m. with a rally with speakers and a musical act. Participants will then march from 15th Street, N.W., between Constitution and Independence Avenues, at 2:30 p.m. Satellite marches are happening in 230 cities around the world. Those who'd like to watch the event streamed live can do so, too.

This year's event follows up on the success of last year's marches around the nation promoting the importance of science to the residents of the United States. The mission of the 2018 March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity and asks participants to unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good, and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. AAAS underscores this mission and particularly focuses on protecting both the integrity of science and the conditions under which science can thrive, including the freedom to conduct science without intimidation, to collaborate with international colleagues, to encourage a diversity of scientific ideas, and to communicate findings with other scientists and with the public.

Citing the opportunity to join with millions of Americans in March for Science activities to communicate the importance, value, and beauty of science, AAAS will host a variety of pre-March activities both at our headquarters building (located at 1200 New York Ave., N.W.) and at a teach-in tent on the Mall.

To register for free events at AAAS headquarters, which include a 9:30 a.m. continental breakfast, a rally, and a walk en masse to the March complete with rally signs, RSVP here. Hour-long science teach-ins will be held in a tent on the Mall between 9 a.m. and noon, and range in topic from inspiring conservation action to speaking up for science through whistleblowing. Presenters include AAAS, The Nature Conservancy, the American Chemical Society, the Optical Society, and the Government Accountability Project. A Kids Zone will run in the tent during the same time as the teach-in sessions. Register for individual sessions (and Kids Zone) here.

Outside of Washington, D.C., AAAS members are encouraged to work with local Sigma Xi chapters and to connect with each other on the AAAS community platform, Trellis.

Educators who aren't able to make one of the March for Science events happening this weekend may want to consider using Science NetLinks' Science in My Life lesson and video with your students to get them thinking about the way science contributes to their everyday lives. You could even hold your own march at your school! If you do this, we'd love to see: share photos and responses with us by tagging us via social media and using the hashtag #ScienceInMyLife.

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