In January 2017, an international initiative began, to stand up for science and evidence in the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery. This 'March for Science' was political and non-partisan. As part of this initiative, I assembled a group of scientists and science communicators to organise a March for Science in Ireland.
On Saturday 22nd April, Earth Day, at 2pm ‘March for Science, Ireland’ took place as part of an international movement of more than 600 marches around the world.
More than a thousand people marched in Dublin to highlight the importance of international scientific collaboration, of evidence-based policy-making, and of science and critical thinking in our society. Among the crowd were scientific researchers, science policy-makers, science communicators, teachers, and people young and old who support science and evidence-based policy.
Former President of Ireland, Dr Mary Robinson, attended the march, speaking about the importance of science for climate justice and reading a poem by Jane Hirshfield called “On the Fifth Day”, which was written this year for the March for Science in Washington DC. Also speaking at the event were Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (Assistant Professor in the School Of Mathematics & Statistics at University College Dublin), Dr Síle Lane (Head of International Campaigns and Policy at Sense About Science), and Professor Luke O’Neill (Professor of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin).