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Scientists march in global solidarity

Thousands of scientists will take part in hundreds of marches across the world tomorrow, to stand up for evidence-based policy, academic freedom and the benefits of science for society.

Marches for science are taking place in dozens of cities across Germany and France, as well as in Brussels, London, other European capitals, across the United States and around the world. Motivations for the marches vary from city to city and scientist to scientist, but all revolve around protecting science from interference and highlighting its power to deliver progress.

The idea for the marches originated in the United States. Medical researcher Jonathan Berman was inspired by the Women’s March against US President Donald Trump, which took place in January, to organise a March for Science in Washington DC in protest against Trump’s plans to cut research budgets and his expressed scepticism about climate change.

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