Best T Shirt For March for Science
The next March for Science will take place in Washington, Göttingen and many other cities around the world on April 14, 2018. This movement of research activism born last year is poised to grow. It is a reminder to the scientific community that researchers must make their voices heard.
Failures of trumps
In January 2017, the Trump administration put in place a travel ban against six countries. At the time, I was president of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. I was struck by the fact that an action partner, Marie Skłodowska-Curie, of Iranian nationality, was forced to give up an invitation to speak at a meeting of the American Physical Society. It was clear that this ban would prevent some AMCA members from attending conferences in the country with the most outstanding scientific activity and that AMCA should show solidarity with these members.
The central idea of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and the European Research Area is that the international mobility of researchers promotes a better understanding and exchange within the research community. The MCAA opposed the ban on travel and all that limit the freedom of researchers to participate fully in scientific exchanges. AMCA has joined many other European research organizations to support the open letter by Euroscience expressing opposition to the travel ban, but also disregard the Trump administration’s policy based on facts and censorship threatens US researchers, for example, the elimination of funding for climate scientists.
The trump administration’s invention of the term “alternative facts” has irritated the scientific community, which is trying to determine the facts by applying the scientific method. The US government’s medical agency The United States, CDC, has recently banned the use of “evidence-based” and “science-based” phrases in its literature.
Influence of researchers
How researchers can make their voices heard to positively influence the world was at the center of the annual conference of the AMCA in Salamanca in March 2017. The director of the Marie Curie Commission of the European Commission, Sophie Beernaerts, gave a plenary lecture on the role of scientists and researchers in society. He urged AMCA members to be active, involved and engaged as scientists and as citizens. MCAA has undoubtedly played this role in my life. MCAA has become a platform that can help members to participate more actively in social debates.
In February 2017, I joined the team organized by Science March Göttingen. The science Mars Göttingen was initiated and led by a select group of US citizens, Yuko Maeda, Anne-Marie Bessette and Brian Kearney, who opposed and were very ashamed of events in their country. The grassroots initiative was as broad and inclusive as possible and attracted the support of the research community and the general public. Events in USA UU. They sparked the emergence of the March of Science movement, but the vast majority of activists see March for Science as a broader celebration of science that promotes communication between the scientific community and the public.
The Seven of Göttingen
Göttingen, where I lived for the past ten years, is a university town in central Germany, located between Frankfurt and Hanover. The University of Göttingen has always been at the center of the development of academic freedom in German life. In the nineteenth century, the Seven of Gottingen (including Brothers Grimm) were removed from office at the University of Göttingen for his opposition to the autocratic rule of the King of Hanover. The Seven of Göttingen have gained wide public support throughout Germany and their case has become an important step in the development of democracy in Germany.
In the twentieth century, the Göttingen Manifesto Eighteen (supported by Nobel Laureates Otto Hahn, Max Born, Werner Heisenberg and Max von Laue) managed to convince the German government of the West not to acquire tactical nuclear weapons. Both cases involved scientists and academics, who gave their opinion to those in power. In the first case, the signatories became displaced academics. In the second case, the signatories influenced the formulation of policies for the better.
Mars for science
Discussions with colleagues involved in the March for Science movement elsewhere, it is clear that many of those in positions of power in the world of research were too slow to understand and support the March for Science.