March For Science: April 22th, 14h00, Place Raspail Lyon 7ème.
Date / Heure
Date(s) - 22/04/2017
14 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min
place Raspail, Lyon 7ème
On Saturday, in 3 days, we will be marching for Science. The mobilization is amplifying around the March for Sciences, a non-partisan movement, not connected with any political party!
You are increasingly following the French March on Social Networks and you have been more than 10000 to visit the website in the past 24 hours. The influx of partners of all types continues. This week, for example, we received support from the Academy of Sciences, France Nature Environnement, Tara Expeditions, unions of secondary and pre-university teachers, the French space agency CNES, and the HER inter-union to name but a few of our new partners. Press conferences have been well followed, good articles are published in the national and regional newspapers and the movement is increasingly covered by radio and television.
Saturday, it will be YOUR turn to make your voice heard in at least 24 French cities, large and small, in mainland France but also in Saint Denis de la Reunion and Noumea. Because your participation will make such a difference, here isa small Q & A, to convince you!
Why walk? To defend the place in society of the scientific approach based on the collection and critical analysis of facts! To ask that the sciences – all sciences – be better understood, shared and debated with the citizens!
What is the ambition and mission of the March? To improve the relations between scientists, citizens and politicians, currently marked by profound mutual misunderstandings. It is necessary to reconcile these worlds, and to recognize efforts in this direction in the careers of scientists of all status and levels. This ambitious goal explains why our more than 200 partners come from all fields of society: citizens’ and environmental associations, major research and higher education institutions, public understanding of Science associations, science teacher associations, Learned societies, unions and defense associations of the HER …. Everyone has his place and his role.Will the movement stop on the evening of April 22? No! Marching is only the beginning but it will give weight to the next steps. We must be very many on Saturday 22nd, Earth Day and the day before the first round of the French Presidential elections. The next step will be the drafting in the coming months, with all the partners, of a list of about thirty proposals on the four main goals of the March. A popular consultation will then be launched on the basis of these proposals. We want to show that there is a broad consensus among all actors around the goals of the March, and that politicians on all sides can not ignore it.Will this improve the situation in the laboratories? La Marche proposes to break with the widespread image that the sciences are especially valuable for their immediate applications and innovation. Their rejection by Trump sheds light on the democratic role of scientists’ whistleblowers, provided that their work is independent of the influence of lobbies and their research is free and turned towards understanding the world around us. This requires that research organizations and universities have the means to conduct an independent and ambitious science policy. This investment has a cost that must be accepted by society … Proposals will go in this direction, and also in the direction of the reform of the procedures for appointing presidents of institutions, but also scientific advisers within Ministries and agencies.
Will this improve the situation of young scientists? The last few years have seen a worrying increase in precariousness in public laboratories. So much so that the number of doctoral students drops, even as the number of students increases. Now, the 21st century needs scientists! La Marche will propose measures to improve the employment prospects of young people both in the academic world (the sustainable increase in the number of students can not be done with a constant number of tenured positions …), and outside the world via a better recognition of the PhD.Should undergraduate students feel concerned? Yes! The increase in the number of students can not be achieved without a deep reflection on the mode of financing of universities. La Marche pour les Sciences will initiate this reflection, focusing in particular on the inequalities of treatment and chances of success depending on the type of institution considered.That’s all? No, La Marche’s proposals will also cover public understanding of science issues and participatory sciences, science teaching from primary to high school, and ways to improve the scientific culture of elected officials especially in Parliament.
Is that not too ambitious? No! Because many texts and documents already exist but lack visibility because of their dispersion. These documents will serve as the basis for the proposals established in collaboration with our partners. We will only develop new texts for themes not previously covered.