Hundreds to rally in Birmingham at the March for Science
Who: Scientists and science enthusiasts
What: Birmingham March for Science
When: Saturday, April 22 at 9:30 am - 4:00 pm, March from 12:00 pm to 1 pm
Where: The event will take place at Linn Park with some additional activities at the Birmingham Public Library. The march itself will start at the north entrance of Linn Park and return by the south entrance.
BIRMINGHAM, AL – March 20, 2017 — Scientists and science enthusiasts in Birmingham will join hundreds of other cities across the world in a March for Science on Earth Day at Linn Park.
The event will feature a variety of speakers from the Birmingham community as well as booths, exhibits and activities in the park and the Birmingham Public Library showcasing the importance of science in day-to-day life.
The goal of organizers is to bring attention to the necessity of science as well as the importance of fully funding scientific research and science education in schools. Organizers also hope to promote science-backed public policy on a state and national level. Proposed cuts to scientific agencies and research as well as restrictions to the free flow of scientific communication at the federal level underscore the urgent need for science advocacy.
March for Science Birmingham is one of more than 390 sister marches comprised of scientists and science enthusiasts who will take to the streets on Earth Day, April 22, for an event that is part protest for the free communication of scientific research and part celebration of the fruits of scientific research that society benefits from daily. The ultimate goal of organizers is to engage the community and emphasize the importance of science on a local, state and national level.
9:30 am– Event opening. Public will have the opportunity to interact with booths, tables and events staffed by March for Science organizers and community partners. There will also be exhibits in the nearby Birmingham Library.
10 am – The opening speaker at Linn Park.
11 am – Keynote speaker.
12 pm - March begins.
1 pm - Closing Speaker.
2 pm - Following the last speaker there will be two panel discussions. One will take place inside the Birmingham Public Library and focus on diversity in science. The other will take place in the park and focus on the topic of community science.
Please see the below map for the route: