FAQ

Q: What is the March for Science?
A: The March for Science is a series of events that will take place in close to 500 cities worldwide on April 22, 2017, a day also known as “Earth Day”. In the light of massive budget cuts for science, policymaking that is no longer based on evidence, and increasing threats to international collaboration, people all around the world feel the need to take a firm but peaceful stand on science. The Brussels march is part of this global action.

Q: What is the goal of the march?
A: The goal of the march itself is to highlight the valuable public service role science plays in society and policy and demonstrate the deep public support for science.

Q: When is the March for Science Brussels?
A: April 22, 2017. The Brussels march will start at 2 p.m. and end around 6 a.m.

Q: Where is the March for Science Brussels and how do I get there?
A: At the Place de l’Albertine (Mont des Arts, see Google Maps). The Place de l’Albertine is very close to Brussels Central Station which can be reached by train, metro (lines 1, 5) and bus (lines 29, 38, 47, 63, 65, 66, 71, 86).

Q: What is planned for April 22 in Brussels?
A: Rather than a formal “march” we are having a static event that celebrates science, and makes clear the importance we place in evidence-based policymaking, and how much we value the international and collaborative nature of science. Click here for a detailed programme – you may look forward to an entertaining couple of hours with music, comedy, speeches and a lot of fun.

Q: Is this march a political event?  
A: The march is explicitly a political movement, aimed at holding leaders in politics and science accountable. When institutions of any affiliation skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science, we have to speak out. Science should inform political decision making. At the same time, political decisions deeply influence the type of science we are able to do and the type of people who are allowed to conduct science and benefit from scientific advancements.

However: We take strong stands on policy issues based on the best available scientific evidence, but we will not let our movement be defined by any one politician or party nor do we try to advance the prospects of any party or individual. Science affects people everywhere, and we want to build a movement that can advance science’s ability to serve communities for a very long time, long after today’s politicians have left office and however political parties evolve.

Q: Who is the organiser of the march?
A: We are a group of volunteers and represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and relationships with science. We pursue neither financial nor partisan interests. We have no obligation whatsoever towards any organisation or person who endorses the event. Please also see our organisers site.

Q: Where are the other marches being held and how are they organized?
A: Marches for Science are happening in close to 500 communities around the world! Each satellite march is organized independently, but they all unite under shared principles and goals. For a comprehensive list, please visit the satellite marches page.