EGU endorses March for Science
24 March 2017
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is now an official supporter of the March for Science. This global movement will culminate with a march on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, in Washington DC. On the same day, hundreds of satellite marches will take place around the world, including in Vienna, the day before the EGU General Assembly starts in the Austrian capital.
The EGU is Europe’s leading geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. It has over 12,500 members from all over the world.
“While the March for Science idea started in the US, its mission and objectives are global and nonpartisan. A movement that champions science, supports freedom to conduct responsible scientific research, and calls for more evidence-based policy, is one that aligns with EGU’s own objectives,” says EGU President Hans Thybo.
“We wholeheartedly support the core principles of the March for Science, which include protecting the integrity of scientific research and supporting open science communication with the public,” says EGU Vice-President Jonathan Bamber.
The EGU joins other leading science organisations in supporting March for Science, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union.
The March for Science includes a satellite March in Vienna on the day before the start of the EGU 2017 General Assembly. This meeting, a gathering of over 14,000 Earth, planetary and space scientists, takes place on 23–28 April in the Austrian capital. We encourage conference participants to consider taking part in the March to celebrate science and to call for the safeguarding of its future.
At its General Assembly, the EGU is hosting a session about standing up for science. At this event, high-profile speakers and conference participants will discuss ways in which scientists can further the progress of scientific research and ensure policymaking in underpinned by sound science.
EGU Executive Secretary