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22nd April 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

On Earth Day 2017, Ireland Marched for Science

More than a thousand scientists and science supporters marched in Dublin, including former Irish President, Mary Robinson, who spoke about the importance of science for climate justice.

Today, on Earth Day, Saturday 22nd April at 2pm ‘March for Science, Ireland’ took place as part of more than 600 marches around the world.

More than a thousand people marched in Dublin to highlight the importance of international scientific collaboration, of evidence-based policy-making, and of science and critical thinking in our society. Among the crowd were scientific researchers, science policy-makers, science communicators, teachers, and people young and old who support science and evidence-based policy.

Former President of Ireland, Dr Mary Robinson, attended the march, speaking about the importance of science for climate justice and reading a poem by Jane Hirshfield called “On the Fifth Day”, which was written this year for the March for Science in Washington DC.

Also speaking at the event were Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (Assistant Professor in the School Of Mathematics & Statistics at University College Dublin), Dr Síle Lane (Head of International Campaigns and Policy at Sense About Science), and Professor Luke O’Neill (Professor of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin).

This march was brought together by a group of volunteers who hope that this is the first event in a longer term initiative to support science and evidence-based policies in Ireland.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:  The March for Science, Ireland committee on sciencemarch.ire@gmail.com

 


16th April 2017 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ireland will ‘March for Science’ on Saturday 22nd April

Irish scientists and science supporters to support international initiative in Dublin on Earth Day.

On Earth Day, Saturday 22nd April at 2pm the March for Science, Ireland will take place in Dublin. It will coincide with the March for Science in Washington DC as well as over 500 satellite marches in cities all around the world.

March For Science is an international initiative to stand up for science and evidence in the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery. In Ireland, scientists and supporters of science, will march to ensure science and evidence are part of our national policies, conversations and culture.

March for Science, Ireland also highlights the international nature of science. Their mission states: “Science is an international endeavour, and the biggest issues we face are global. Climate change cannot be addressed by national policies alone; it also requires international collaboration. We will march to affirm the need for international collaborations and the global sharing of scientific knowledge, particularly in the US where this is especially under threat.”

March for Science, Ireland is organised by a voluntary team of scientists and science communicators. It has gathered support from students across the country, with Trinity College Dublin Student Union counted alongside organisations such as the Irish Cancer Society and Cool Planet Experience as official partners of the march.

March Details:

March for Science, Ireland will take place this Saturday, 22nd April, assembling on Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2 at 2pm and marching to Government Buildings. Full details on https://sciencemarchie.wordpress.com/

Speakers will include Luke O’Neill (Professor of Biochemistry at Trinity College Dublin), Síle Lane (Head of International Campaigns and Policy at Sense About Science), and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin (Assistant Professor in the School Of Mathematics & Statistics at University College Dublin).

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: The March for Science, Ireland committee on sciencemarch.ire@gmail.com

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