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February 2017 | March for Science in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA (February 2017) – To advocate for continued public support for, as well as

transparency and non-partisanship in scientific research, the March for Science will be held on Earth

Day, April 22. The event will take place in Washington D.C. along with hundreds of cities worldwide

hosting satellite marches. Philadelphia will join these cities on April 22 and showcase the region's

breadth of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) community. Organizers are

still working with the City of Philadelphia to determine the March's time and final route but anticipate

a midmorning gathering followed by a march through downtown Philadelphia. A rally with speakers

and entertainment will follow.


The March for Science originated as a response of concerned science supporters to recent shifts in

public policy and changes in the public discourse, which many feel suggest a need to more clearly

communicate the scientific process and the importance of publicly funded research to those outside the

scientific community. A diverse group of scientists, science communicators, and science supporters

plans to take to the streets in April to celebrate the scientific process and to call for continued support

for science that upholds the common good, open accessibility and communication of data, and the

observation of scientific findings by political leaders and lawmakers to form evidence-based policies in

the public interest.


Major partners of the nationwide movement include the American Association for the Advancement

of Science, the world’s largest general scientific organization and a leading publisher of cutting-edge

research through its Science family of journals; Sigma Xi, the first scientific organization to partner

with the march, and one of the oldest and largest international scientific research honor societies in the

world; the Entomological Society of America, the largest organization in the world serving the

professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines; NextGen

Climate America, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policies to prevent

climate disaster, promoting prosperity, and protecting fundamental rights for every American; and, which organized a blue-ribbon coalition of 56 leading U.S. non-partisan

organizations, representing more than 10 million scientists and engineers, to solicit responses to

science-related questions from presidential candidates.


Other national partners include the American Anthropological Association, the American Association

of University Professors, the American Geophysical Union, the Center for Biological Diversity, the

Consortium of Social Science Associations, the International Federation of Professional and Technical

Engineers AFL-CIO, the New York Academy of Sciences, Research!America, the Society for

Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, and the Union of Concerned

Scientists. Please see below for the full list of partners.


In Philadelphia, the March for Science is a grassroots effort being coordinated in partnership with the

Freethought Society. The Franklin Institute has already announced its endorsement of the March for

Science and the march organizers anticipate adding many more partners in the coming weeks. In

affirmation of the March's goals, Franklin Institute President and CEO said “The Franklin Institute

supports the March for Science, and it’s exciting to see the greater Philadelphia community come

together to celebrate science. Our mission is to inspire a passion for learning about science and

technology, and we provide opportunities for students, families, and adults to do that all year long. We

will continue to be a resource for science education for our community, and to stand up for science, as

we have done for 193 years.”


Specific details of the Philadelphia march, including the exact time and route, are currently being

considered and will be released soon. Organizers encourage interested individuals to follow the official

March for Science social media pages and website (@marchforsciencephl and for the most up-to-date information.


If you would like to receive more information on this topic or to schedule an interview, please contact

Gina Lavery, Outreach Coordinator for the March for Science PHL at or 215-869-9823.