ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.
We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.
As a satellite march, we will be organizing in Waterloo Town Square. We will be choosing a wheelchair accessible path in the coming weeks as details of the event are solidified. We invite educators in the region and members of the local government to reach out to us and speak at the event.
The March for Science is an international movement, led by organizers distributed around the globe. This movement is taking place because of the simultaneous realization by thousands of people who value science in their lives that staying silent is no longer an option. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally.
SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
PS: Let’s keep in touch! We will soon publish a final financial statement with the amount of donation we were able to make to Evidence for Democracy.
April 21, 2017
We are so excited to meet you all tomorrow!
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
arrival time: rally
Please arrive on time. Due to the incredible amount of love this event has gotten, we have incredible speakers and MC’s who you do not want to miss! Because science and science appreciation belongs to all, you will also have a chance to speak between each speaker.
arrival time: march
If you can only make it to the march, please arrive an hour after the start of the event. Out of respect for the people who will be with us the whole time, we will depart following the schedule of the day, which is hard to predict exactly due to audience participation.
Your own water bottle (we will have a manually operated water dispenser on site).
Whatever equipment you need to stay cool/warm/comfortable at the event, which is outdoors.
Your protest sign.
Your enthusiasm, curiosity and voice!
During the rally
Talk amongst yourself during the breaks. One mission of the march is to bring scientists and science enthusiasts together.
During the march
We will have megaphones. Here are a list of suggested chants to start:
“What do we want? Data! When do we want it? Forever!”
“Save science. Save our democracy.”
“What do we want? Evidence Based Science! When Do We Want it? After peer review!”
“Don’t hate, educate!”
“Science not silence!”
“This is not a partisan debate! It is a human one.”
Don’t hesitate to suggest more!
Don’t forget we have a map
Help us keep people energized, and encouraged.
Help us clean up.
We have a reservation at Abe Erb at 4PM for those who want to stay and grab some food and drinks!
The logistics are almost finalized but we are behind on speakers.
If you know any speaker who would like to give a speech, please point them in our direction.
If you want to contact a scientist who would make a good speaker for this event, here is a template to contact them.
April 9, 2017
We will be relocating from Waterloo Park to Waterloo Town Square.
Relocating allows us to change the fundraising goal from 500$ to 200$! Additionally, a generous donor has given us 100$ off the online platform, making the goal 100$.
We are so close to reaching that goal. Please consider donating here.
We will donate all unspent money to Evidence for Democracy, a non-profit organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making in Canada.
More logistics detail about the change of location:
After many correspondences with the city of Waterloo, we determined that the park was a suboptimal location for the March for Science rally: construction scheduled to happen that day prevents the ways out of the park from being accessible to all, the liability insurance to reserve to park + the reservation fee was too high (300$ in total, plus more for insuring the area around the march), and uncollaborative staff in charge of the process.
The Town Square provides many advantages for the rally: it has higher pedestrian traffic, it is free to reserve for non-profit causes, the price for PA equipment rental is very good at 50$ per day for non-profits, and the liability insurance is only 108$, bringing the total price to 158$ to hold our march. Moreover, the staff in charge of this process has been extremely helpful and flexible on our behalf.
We plan to spend the remaining 42$ on banners and other functional items for the event, with the intent of upgrading our equipment (ex: getting loudspeakers) as donations allow.
To be honest, none of us had done this before. I can say personally that I’ve always been skeptical of these campaigns, and who they benefit.
How much money organizing a protest, which is a civil right, actually costs (if we are to get all the permissions from the city) has been very surprising.
As a result, we decided to be completely transparent about our budgets for two reasons:
To earn (not assume) trust when it comes to how we will choose to spend donor’s money,
To familiarize people, especially members of the scientific community, with the process of organizing political protests. We scientists are great at understanding systems when we have information at our disposal. I hope this understanding will make a difference in the frequency at which we engage with politics. This was certainly one of my goals when organizing this protest.
March 17, 2017
Welcome to the official site for the March for Science satellite march in the Kitchener-Waterloo region! This site was built with the mindset of giving access to the event to anyone, regardless of what social media platform they choose to use.
There are no analytics on this marchforscience-kw.ca, because we deeply respect people’s right to privacy on political matters. This was a decision made when the site was first built.
It is our honour to announce our distinguished speakers for the rally!
VP of Nobel Peace Prize Winning Organization and PhysicianDr. Neil Arya is a family physician in Kitchener-Waterloo who has written and lectured around the world about achieving peace through health.
He is chair of the Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace as well as the Founding Director of the Global Health Office at Western. He is also the former Vice-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
Dr. Arya remains Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at McMaster University and Adjunct Professor in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. In addition, he advocates for refugees through his work as the founder of the Centre for Family Medicine Refugee Health Clinic.
Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry at uWaterloo
Bob Lemieux is Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo.
His research bridges the fields of organic synthesis, physical organic chemistry and condensed matter physics to create new liquid crystal materials that are used in fast switching LCD applications. His group is one of only a few chemistry groups in the world with the expertise to design and synthesize new liquid crystal materials, characterize their physical properties, and evaluate their potential as active components of electro-optical and photonic devices.
His contributions to the field of liquid crystals research were recognized by the International Liquid Crystal Society with the 2012 Samsung Mid-Career Award.
Environment Researcher and Storyteller
Cheryl Chan is a master’s candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She is also a member of the Environmental Change and Governance Group and the Community Conservation Research Network. Cheryl studies community conservation through the lenses of ecosystem services and social well-being, and examines how marine protected areas have impacted the well-being of small-scale fishing communities.
Faculty at uWaterloo and the Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC)
Jonathan Baugh is a faculty member of the Department of Chemistry and the Institute for Quantum Computing since 2007 at the University of Waterloo. He is working toward the physical realization of quantum information processors in solid-state systems, using the property of spin to encode and manipulate quantum information. He has won the Ontario Early Researcher Award for his work.
Debbie Leung is a faculty member of the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization and the Institute for Quantum Computing since 2005 at the University of Waterloo. She works on many theoretical aspects of quantum information processing, including quantum error correction, quantum communication, and quantum cryptography. She is also a member of the quantum information science program in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Christina Tan is the founder of EloquentSpeaking, a communication skills improvement company. She is doubled-majoring in Computer Science and Business at the University of Waterloo.
Jon Walgate is Research Initiatives Officer for Waterloo Engineering and VP of Waterloo Region Nature. He holds a doctorate in Physics from the University of Oxford.
Hang Lu Su is the Principal Organizer of this event. She holds a BSc Honours in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from McGill University. She is spending her first post-graduate year pursuing math, engineering, and computer science projects at MIT, Tufts, and Waterloo. She also blogs about mathematics on her site, homeowmorphism.com.