This Saturday, Boston will host its satellite version of the March for Science, the national rally meant to be a call for politicians to implement science-based policies, as well as a public celebration of science.
“I think that, as a science community, we have not done enough to explain the benefits of science, as well as just how science works and what it means to be a scientist to people who are not scientists,” said Nina Dudnik, founder and CEO of Boston nonprofit Seeding Labs, in an interview with BostInno.
Located on Milk Street in downtown Boston, Seeding Labs has worked in 27 different countries to create a network of thousands of scientists. The organization gives donated lab and science equipment to labs in underdeveloped countries that have been accepted into the nonprofit’s flagship program, Instrumental Access. The Boston team of Seeding Labs is comprised of nine people, and four of them are scientists.
“I think the general public has a lot of misconceptions about science and scientists, but in a lot of cases, no knowledge of science and scientists personally at all. And that’s our responsibility, to fill that gap,” Dudnik added.
In Boston, the March for Science is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. in Boston Common. Rally and speakers will be at Beacon & Charles. An event for kids and families will start an hour before, at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Participants are encouraged to sign up for a free ticket through Eventbrite. So far, nonprofit Better Future Project, Inc., which fiscally sponsors the March for Science Boston, has raised $82,439 on a our total budget of $97,000.
Community marches are also organized at MIT, Tufts, Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern University (here’s the full list).
“Boston is known as an innovative city where science and scientific research are paramount, and the enthusiasm and response to the March for Science have been inspiring,” said Kim Hokanson, co-chair of March for Science Boston, in a press release.
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