Rochester March for Science

Rochester March for Science is a satellite march in support of the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on the same day. Please visit the informative national organization's website to learn about the national mission and diversity principles.

We fully support and adhere to all of the national organization's statements and policies, and have also developed our own Rochester March for Science goals and principles, which are stated below:

Our Goals

By marching, we take one of many steps to become more active in our communities and in democratic life. We hold our leaders--both in science and in politics--accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity. We gather together to send a message: we will all work to ensure that the scientific community is making our democracy stronger.

Humanize science

We strive to demonstrate the many ways that science is practiced by and for us all.

Engage the public

We endeavor to engage with the public in an open dialogue about the value and potential of science.

We seek to affirm science as a vital component of a free society, spurring innovation, critical thinking, increased understanding, and better, healthier lives for all people.

Defend science

Our Principles

Science that serves the common good

Scientists work to build a better understanding of the world around us. Science is a process, not a product -- a tool of discovery that allows us to constantly expand and revise our knowledge of the universe. In doing so, science serves the interests of all humans, not just those in power. We must protect the rights of every person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science, free from manipulation by special interests.

Evidence-based policy and regulations in the public interest

Science observes and asks questions about the world. Our understanding is constantly changing, presenting us with new questions and answers. Science gives us the ability to examine these questions, enabling us to craft improved policies and regulations that serve our best interests. Political decision-making that affects the lives of Americans and the world at large should make use of peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus, not personal whims and decrees.

Federal funding for scientific research and its applications

De-funding and instituting hiring freezes in the sciences are against any country's best interests. We believe that the federal budget should reflect the powerful and vital role that science plays in supporting our democracy. We advocate federal funding in support of research, scientific hiring, and agency application of science to management. This funding cannot be limited to environmental and medical fields -- scientific support must be inclusive of diverse disciplines.

We support science education that teaches children and adults to think critically, ask questions, and evaluate truth based on the weight of evidence. Science is not a field that should be understood only by a small few -- every citizen, from every background, deserves an education that encourages scientific learning alongside the arts and humanities. Science works best when scientists come from diverse perspectives, and we must work to encourage and support a new generation of scientists that includes historically underrepresented groups.

Cutting-edge science education

Gag rules on scientists in government and environmental organizations impede access to information that is a public right. Our tax dollars support this scientific research and withholding their results limits the public's ability to learn from the important developments and discoveries that we have come to expect from our scientists. In addition, scientists often rely on the public to help identify new questions that need to be answered.

Open, honest science communication and inclusive public outreach