The March for Science is an International event being held in more than 500 cities on April 22, 2017. Science supporters around the world will come together to show their support for science.
Communication: Publicly-funded scientists must be free to communicate openly their research, data sets, and interpretations of their work. Public outreach, education, and accessibility of scientific knowledge should be encouraged.
Funding: Investment in science and research is essential to drive innovation and deliver solutions to the complex challenges society faces. A long term strategic approach to funding science is needed, with policy stability and a commitment to increased investment that will ensure future growth and prosperity.
Policy: Public policy should be guided by evidence-based scientific research, local scientific knowledge, and mainstream scientific consensus.
Literacy: A well-informed citizenry is essential to a free and successful society. We support initiatives to promote broad public knowledge and discussion of scientific work.
Diversity: We consider all human beings equal. This should be reflected by diversity in scientific opportunities and leadership, open access to scientific results, and fair distribution of the benefits of scientific discoveries. We oppose the manipulation of science to marginalize groups of people, and instead support the right to pursue and enjoy the fruits of science regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion or lack thereof, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status.
The March For Science - San Francisco consists of 3 parts: The Rally, the March and the Science Fair. The Rally: invited speakers will start the event at 11:00AM in Justin Herman Plaza. At approximately 12:30pm we will March down Market Street towards Civic Center Plaza. The Science Fair will take place in Civic Center Plaza immediately following the March and last until 6pm. This will include: food, drinks, music, invited speakers, science-related panels, interactive science booths, a photobooth and more!
Everyone and anyone! This is a family friendly event. If you need special considerations or accessibility, please contact us at [email protected].
Feel free to wear what you want. Have fun planning ways to connect visually with your friends, groups and family members. Check the weather and make sure you wear what is appropriate for the day. We offer commemorative apparel in our store if you want to support the cause. The next shipment however, will not be available until after the march.
Please bring/make any type of sign, banner or flags except those with metal, plastic or wooden poles or metal posts. You can use a cardboard post. When thinking about the content for your sign, themes around our goals will create unity. Our goals are Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Diversity. Please remember this is a nonpartisan, family friendly event.
Yes, the March For Science - San Francisco is for any person that believes in and is passionate about science. The March For Science - San Francisco celebrates public discovery, understanding, and distribution of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. We are a nonpartisan group, marching in support of the following goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Diversity.
We cannot promise cell service availability for calls or texting on the day of the march. In the event that cell service does not work, please be sure to make a plan for the day of the march with your friends, family, and group ahead of time. It may be worth bringing extra chargers or battery packs!
We have freely available posters for download at: https://marchforsciencesf.com/posters.
San Francisco public transit including BART, SF Ferries, MUNI and Caltrain will all be running and have access to Justin Herman Plaza and/or Civic Center Plaza. For more information see: https://www.sfmta.com/justin-herman-plaza.
We will have portable restrooms in both Justin Herman Plaza and at Civic Center Plaza, including ADA accessible facilities.
Yes! Photography and videography are allowed. If you are a member of a media outlet and would like a Press Pass, please go to https://marchforsciencesf.com/press. If you have photos are videos that you think are particularly memorable, please consider sending them to us at [email protected]
Yes! This is a family-friendly event. However, you should be aware that we expect large crowds at the Rally. We are planning to host a special segment at the front of the march for kids that want to be a part of the event and lead us down Market Street. For more information, please contact [email protected].
Since the event will be held in public spaces of San Francisco, dogs are allowed. However, we encourage you to keep your animals at home for their safety and comfort. If you do decide to bring your dog, you should be aware that we are expecting large crowds. Please consider how your animal may react in these conditions. We ask that you do not bring dogs to the Science Fair at Civic Center Plaza due to safety issues with the crowd and to protect the grass. Service dogs are allowed.
At the March For Science - San Francisco we will be adopting the policy used for the Women's March. It is copied here: All backpacks and bags may be subject to search at the March, and those not conforming to the standards set here may be confiscated or asked to be left behind. Backpacks are not permitted unless they are clear and no larger than 17"x12"x6" (colored transparent bags are not permitted).