On Saturday the world walks for science

By on April 17, 2017

On Saturday, April 22 a manifestation for science – March for Science – is organized in more than 500 cities around the world. In Sweden there are activities in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Uppsala, Umeå and Luleå. Thousands of people are expected to attend and some 70 Swedish organizations stands behind the manifestation.

The initiative for the worldwide March for Science comes from worried researchers and citizens in the United States. They want to highlight the importance of science being valued and communicated in society, and that research-based knowledge is used when decision is made.

– We have to stand up for education, knowledge and science at a time when the competition from its straight opposites is hard, says Göran Arrius, chairman of Saco, which is one of the organizations supporting March for Science in Sweden.

The worry for facts resistance, “alternative facts” and false news are a driving force behind the Swedish manifestations. One emphasizes the importance of source criticism, critical thinking and a scientific approach.

We want to highlight the importance of that social functions resting on research-based knowledge and, in particular, emphasizing the role of science in school, said Marie-Hélène Ahnborg, CEO of Ifous.

The manifestations around the world also want to show the connection between independent research and democracy, as well as the fact that science affects us all.

I engage to note that science is important in all people’s lives. Every day, we use all of the results of research, said Elisabeth Ekener, researcher at KTH and one of the volunteers who arrange the manifestation in Stockholm.

The manifestations in Sweden are organized by various organizations and volunteers. The information about the activities is coordinated by Vetenskap & Allmänhet, which also coordinates March for Science Stockholm.

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