The Raleigh March for Science is a nonpartisan, family-friendly event that will attract scientists, students, activists and stargazers to celebrate and stand up for science. It will be held Saturday, April 14, at Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh.
In 2017, more than 5,000 people from the Triangle gathered in solidarity with one million people at 600 locations worldwide for the March for Science, marking the largest event for science advocacy in history. This year, 200 cities have already signed on to unite in a day for science advocacy.
This year’s theme, Science for Everyone – Everyone for Science, highlights the importance of making science accessible to people from all backgrounds, while shining a light on the pivotal role that evidence-based science plays in protecting North Carolina’s natural resources.
In addition to a program of prominent speakers, a Kids for Science Corner will host hands-on science fun, and there will be tables for voter registration and various advocacy groups. The Raleigh Kids March for Science kicks off the rally with a parade around Halifax Mall led by kids and accompanied by the Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
The Nature Conservancy is among a dozen Community Partners that have committed their support to date. Liz Kalies, Director of Science for the North Carolina chapter, said, “the March shows us that science isn’t just for scientists. Science is woven into our everyday lives as we continually improve our understanding of the world and try to affect rational change."
Astrophysicist Katie Mack, a confirmed speaker and member of NC State’s Leadership in Public Science Cluster, hopes the event will highlight how scientists and the public can more openly and effectively work together to confront the biggest challenges facing us in the modern world.
Science comedian Brian Malow, who will emcee the event, said “I can’t wait! We have a fantastic slate of speakers who will help us celebrate science and its many successes - but they will also address some of the serious challenges facing science.”
Organizers aim to amplify the role of science in the region and to strengthen the network of science advocates.