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March for Science

The Citizen Science Association is proud to partner with the March for Science, a movement and event, “… not only about scientists and politicians; it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.”[1]
The goals of the March for Science organization align well with those of the Citizen Science Association. One of the March for Science goals that speaks directly to the heart of the citizen science movement is the following:

To Partner with the Public:
“We join together as scientists and supporters of science to embody the importance of partnerships formed between scientists and the broader community. Science works best when scientists share our findings with and engage the communities we serve in shaping, sharing, and participating in the research process. We also look to the public for inspiration about what new questions need to be asked about the world around us. These lines of communication must reach all communities and must go in both directions. If scientists hope to discuss their work with the public, they must also listen to the public’s thoughts and opinions on science and research. Progress can only be made by mutual respect.”[2]

Hundreds of Marches will take place across the country and around the world, and the Citizen Science Association, SciStarter, Public Lab and other citizen science organizations are supporting the March. We invite you to partner with or participate in the March as well.
The March for Science coincides with the 2nd annual Citizen Science Day series of events, providing another opportunity to participate – and invite others to join in participating – in both the March and your own project. If you don’t run a project or it’s just not possible for someone to participate in your project during the March, here’s a short list of projects to consider. Already on board with the March for Science but want to take your citizen science to the next level? Check out our upcoming conference!

If you are taking part in or supporting the March for Science movement with citizen science, we would love to hear about it – please share your efforts in the comments below.

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