The second annual March for Science Los Angeles rally and expo will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 9:00 a.m. in Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles.
This year’s event will not be a march but a rally, with keynote speakers and science demonstrations, plus an all-day expo.
“This year, we will focus on thinking about lasting change,” said Jennifer Wheeler, managing director of the LA Alliance for Science. “Our march brought Angelenos together and got them excited about fighting for science. After a year of harmful legislation, budget cuts and censorship, we need to keep that fire burning.”
Nearly 50,000 people attended the March for Science last year despite the 90-degree heat. Organizers expect thousands of scientists, educators, advocates and community members will attend in support of science-based policymaking.
The LA Alliance for Science, a nonprofit organization born out of last year’s march, will host the 2018 event. This volunteer-run organization also launches local programming focused on science education and communication.
“We want to bring people together around science and raise our voices to demand that policy advisors make the best decisions possible, based on science,” Wheeler said. “Sometimes policy decisions are based on ideology rather than facts — we want all policy to be evidence-based policy. “
The rally will feature speeches on topics ranging from the importance of diversity in research to the role of science in fighting problems like climate change and gun violence. The event will end with a discussion on how to inspire future leaders to be advocates for science and fact-based policy.
Nerdist’s science editor Kyle Hill will emcee interactive demos, science-inspired entertainment and a series of focused sessions on the stage from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Confirmed speakers include, Malik Ducard, global head of family and learning at YouTube, Kevin de León, California Senate president pro tempore, Yadira Valadez, TECHNOLOchicas ambassador and computer scientist, and others.
“We want to look at science from an inclusive standpoint,” Wheeler said. “It would not be productive to start this movement without diversity in mind, without thinking of the people who have been traditionally marginalized in STEM.”
The March for Science expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4p.m., speakers and demonstrations will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14 in Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles. Both the rally and expo are free and open to the public.