Why I am Marching: Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin

Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at University College Dublin.

Science is not a one-dimensional body of knowledge. Science is a human endeavour, where people try and find out more about the world around us – from the tiniest particles to the largest systems in the universe.

What scientists present is not suggested as an absolute truth. Not so long ago scientists, or natural philosophers as they were called, considered all matter to be made up of fire, air, water and earth. Standing on the information gathered by those before us and constructing new theories, we now stand by the Standard Model of matter, not as a truth, but as the nearest thing to fact as can be known at this point in time. How can we stand by such facts? Because they are collectively constructed through careful investigation, through thorough review, and through the collaborative endeavour that defines us as humans – our curiosity.

Scientific research is critically important to making compelling cases for change in society. Research is not based on opinion, but based on high-quality evidence. From health-care to education, from computer systems to climate – science is necessary to move humanity forward.

This is why I’ll be marching on Saturday.

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