The March for Science: advocacy masterstroke or PR misfire?

19 April 2017
  • Start: 18:30
  • End: 21:00
  • Location: The Castle

On Saturday 22 April 2017, thousands of people will show their support for science by marching in cities around the world, including Washington DC and five cities in the UK (London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Norwich and Manchester).

The ‘March for Science’ movement has harnessed a huge amount of enthusiasm from people who are worried by recent political events in the US. But it has also sparked a conversation about what exactly the march is hoping to achieve, and whether it might have unintended consequences.

Come to this debate to hear from speakers with different views about the March for Science, and to have your say.

Confirmed speakers:

Mark Lynas is the author of several books on the environment, including High Tide, Six Degrees, and The God Species. He is also a member of the advisory board of the science advocacy group Sense About Science, and campaigns on behalf of various pro-science causes.

Fiona Fox is the Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre, an independent press office which aims to provide access to accurate science to the media.  An often outspoken defender of science and science journalists, she was also called to give oral evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards in the UK in 2012, and writes regularly on science in the media.

Stephen Curry is a professor of structural biology at Imperial College London. His group works on a variety of fascinating problems related to different aspects of the replication of RNA viruses such as foot-and-mouth disease virus and the dreaded norovirus (the winter vomiting bug). He has a strong interest in exploring the wider role of science and society, and writes regularly about science and scientific life in the Guardian.

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