Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Calls For Evidence-Based Policies At March For Science

Calls For Evidence-Based Policies At March For Science

This was the second March for Science, which debuted a year ago as part of more than 600 coordinated events across the planet. Organisers here claimed that the participation from the scientific community has increased. In the crowd as well as onstage, the message was mostly, "Listen to the scientists". Let me repeat: "Good science needs good democracy", she said.

The second edition of the march was organised in more than 200 cities across the globe attended by lakhs of scientists, research scholars, teachers and students. "Moreover, while there is some reality in the crunch of funds, one must also consider how well these institutions have delivered. It's very important that elected politicians that science is an important part our government", said Jessica Mason, March Organizer. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) Physics department faculty member Dr Umesh R Kadhane will deliver a lecture on 'Building a Scientific Young Mind: Why and How?'.


Breakthrough with Astro Kerala and Kerala Sasthra Sahithya Parishad had brought together various science enthusiasts and formed a March for Science Organising Committee. The demands of the march remained the same as its predecessor, organised in the city on August 9 a year ago: allocation of at least 3% of the GDP to scientific and technological research (currently, 0.85%) and 10% towards education; develop scientific tempter; ensure the education system does not contradict scientific evidence; and enact policies based on scientific evidence.

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