On April 22, 2017, people in 481 cities across the globe will take to the streets in the March for Science to champion science, facts and evidence-based policy. Hamburg is hosting a March for Science too: On April 22, 2017, scientists and supporters will gather at the Hamburger Rathausmarkt at 2 pm and march through the city to celebrate science in the March for Science Hamburg. The march will close with a Science Slam where young scientists entertain a lay audience with fun descriptions of their current projects.
The international Science March movement began in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to champion robustly funded and publically communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. The March calls for a science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest. Science is often undervalued in Germany as well, where it is often relativized or denied in favour of opinion, emotion, and economic or political interests.Marina Brink, a member of the March for Science Hamburg organizational team, expressed the central motivation behind the march: "Opinions are not facts, and there is no alternative to facts. We all need science to make informed decisions."
The March for Science is non-partisan and arose out of a private initiative backed by scientists, science communicators, and people interested in science. In Germany, in addition to the Hamburg march, marches are also planned for Berlin, Bonn, Dresden, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Munich and Tübingen and enjoy the support of numerous scientific organizations. We would like to encourage everyone to come out and show their support for science and scientific research.